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British Schools Orienteering Championships 2018

Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November 2018

Witton Park, Blackburn

Organised by Pendle Forest Orienteers, South East Lancs. Orienteering Club, Lakeland Orienteering Club and Octavian Droobers.

Saturday 17th November World Schools Qualification Races & Training Event
Sunday 18th November British Schools Orienteering Championships 2018

Supported by the British Schools Orienteering Association

Final details for these two events are available here.

Overall Organiser Melanie Elkington, says: 
"We wish all athletes the best of luck in both competitions and are hoping for a dry weekend."





Overall Organiser: Melanie Elkington

Saturday SQE: Planner – Richard Tiley; Organiser – Hamish Willis; Controller – Barry Elkington

Saturday training: Planner – Bridget Jardine; Organiser – Hamish Willis

Sunday: Planner – Stephen Richards; Organiser – Barbara Alexander; Controller – Richard Tiley


Many thanks to United Utilities, Blackburn Council and Witton Country Parks for allowing us to use their areas.


British Orienteering would like to especially thank Melanie Elkington and all the officials for their hard work involved in organising this weekend.  Wishing all attending a fun and enjoyable weekend of junior orienteering.

British Schools Orienteering Championships 2018
Tweet Thursday 15th November 2018

Early bird discount closes on Sunday 18 November!

British Orienteering Coaching Conference 2019.

Saturday 12 January and Sunday 13 January 2019 
The University of Nottingham Humanities Building

Places are still available and we would encourage you to book before 18 November 2018 and take advantage of the early bird special price. 

Book before 18th November to get the early bird price of £65 for both days or one day for just £35.  

All bookings after this Sunday (18 November 2018) will be £70 for both days and £38 for one day.
Bookings need to be made by 23 December 2018.

To view the Coaching Conference agenda, follow this link Coaching Conference 2019.

Book now to secure your place here.

2019 Coaching Conference
Tweet Thursday 15th November 2018

British Orienteering Youth Camps bring young people together

44 young people aged 11-14 years from Yorkshire & Humberside, East Midlands and South East regions assembled at two youth activity camps in October.

Juniors from South Yorkshire Orienteers (SYO), Lincoln Orienteering Club (LOG), Nottinghamshire Orienteering Club (NOC) came together at Walesby Forest Activity Camp for a weekend of orienteering exercises and outdoor activity sessions. Despite the wet conditions, everyone had fun with a mix of O-skills coaching, sprint relays, cave maze and indoor climbing.

“I had a great time and wished it could have gone on longer!” said one young participant from SYO.

Hilary Palmer from NOC and Charlotte Ward from the GB Elite team led the orienteering exercises. “Walesby Forest was a good area to use. Having the lodge as a base in the centre of the area meant that it wasn't too difficult to cope with the weather”. Charlotte took time from her training schedule to come along: “I thoroughly enjoyed it and I'd love to help out again”.

High Ashurst Balancing Act

During the October half-term, juniors from Mole Valley Orienteering Club (MVOC), Guildford Orienteers (GO), Happy Herts Orienteering Club (HH), Saxons Orienteering Club (SAX), Dartford Orienteering Klub (DFOK) and Southdowns Orienteers (SO) also came together for an action-packed day at High Ashurst Activity Centre.

“I’m happy to meet other boys and girls my own age.” said the young participant from GO.  “At orienteering events, I have to go with my parents and often don’t see other juniors”.

Josh Jenner led the orienteering training at High Ashurst. “It was an interesting coaching challenge to design exercises for a wide variety of skill levels, from newcomers to Orange TD3. It was great to see them enjoying themselves”.

British Orienteering aims to bring the format to other regions in summer 2019 and evolve it into a sustainable programme to help more young people in the future.


British Orienteering's Youth Strategy "Every Junior Matters" aims to attract and retain more young people in orienteering.

You can read the short and full versions of the strategy below:


Tweet Thursday 12th July 2018

JWOC debutant, Niamh Hunter (WCOC) - star performer for Team GB today

Niamh Hunter (WCOC)
Bocsa. JWOC 2018 map

JWOC debutant, Niamh Hunter (WCOC), was the star performer for Team GB today in the testing middle qualification race at Bocsa, where temperatures hit 29 degrees and the open areas became sand-baked furnaces. Running a controlled race, this technician from Cumbria kept a cool head throughout and ended up in 9th, only 2:49 off the leading time in the heat, making it comfortably into the A final tomorrow. She was understandably elated at the finish, and she should be rightly proud of a fantastic job done on her maiden appearance in a demanding qualifier. Joining her were a group of five, including sprint silver medallist, Matthew Fellbaum, along with Aidan Rigby, Alastair Thomas, Fiona Bunn and Laura King. No-one from this pack declared that they'd had perfect runs, with all losing some time at points on the course, but they'd managed to hold their nerve and keep their techniques together in their fight for a good result. Although there were some anxious moments in the arena, as the clock began to run down and the final few runners emerged from the forest, all of them did just enough to make it through and put themselves on the start line for what promises to be one of the most technical races of their young careers tomorrow. 

The planner kept most of the very green tricky parts back from the qualifier, using mainly the forest to the south of the map, and this led to fewer mistakes than anticipated across the various heats. This meant that any miss was costly and, unfortunately, the pack of Grace Molloy, Emma Wilson, Chloe Potter, Daniel Spencer, Alex Carcas and Eddie Narbett all narrowly lost out on the A qualification times because of these small time losses accrued across their runs. However, to have all of the twelve runners within six and a half minutes of the respective winning times, and the lowest placing being 31st, indicated a solid performance for the team in very challenging conditions and bodes well for the final races coming in the next two days.


GB Results:


Niamh Hunter

GBR Great Britain



27:29 (9)



Matthew Fellbaum

GBR Great Britain



28:47 (17)



Aidan Rigby

GBR Great Britain



28:30 (18)



Alastair Thomas

GBR Great Britain



28:07 (18)



Fiona Bunn

GBR Great Britain



28:36 (18)



Laura King

GBR Great Britain



29:44 (18)



Grace Molloy

GBR Great Britain



30:46 (22)



Chloe Potter

GBR Great Britain



29:58 (26)



Emma Wilson

GBR Great Britain



30:55 (26)



Daniel Spencer

GBR Great Britain



31:11 (28)



Alex Carcas

GBR Great Britain



29:56 (29)



Eddie Narbett

GBR Great Britain



30:53 (31)


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