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Tweet Thursday 18th April 2019

The UK’s Biggest Annual Orienteering Festival this Easter Weekend

Thousands are set to travel to Southern England for the Jan Kjellström International Festival of Orienteering this Easter weekend (19 April to 22 April 2019).

The event is open to top International elite athletes who will be competing for top medal positions. The event is also looking to attract and encourage families and individuals of all fitness levels and abilities from across the country to take part and soak up the festival atmosphere of the event this year.

France's Thierry Gueorgiou (Kalevan Rasti Club). Credit Rob Lines

The full programme of this year’s UK Annual Orienteering Festival includes:

Date

Format

Location

Friday 19/04/2019

Sprint Race

Aldershot Garrison

Saturday 20/04/2019

Middle Distance

Windmill Hill, Frimley

Sunday 21/04/2019

Long Distance

Cold Ash, Hermitage, Newbury

Monday 22/04/2019

Relays

Minley, Fleet

Three of the four competition areas over the weekend are very close together near to Farnborough / Aldershot. The Long-distance race on the Sunday is near Newbury (an easy hour’s drive away).

Friday’s Sprint race and Saturday’s Middle-Distance race are International Orienteering Federation (IOF) World Ranking Events. In addition, all three individual days will form part of 2019’s UK Elite Orienteering League and the UK Orienteering League. All four days will use Emit touch-free punching.

The JK event is named after Jan Kjellström (born 1940, died 1967) who was an orienteer from Sweden who played an important role in the development of the sport of Orienteering in Great Britain. Kjellström, a son of Silva compass founder Alvar Kjellström, travelled to Great Britain to promote the sport. There, he helped to accelerate developments in orienteering competition, mapping and coaching.Orienteering is a family sport as well as for top international competition. There will be taster courses suitable for beginners of all ages and abilities.
 

Credit:  Active North Photography
Cat Taylor in the Long distance. Credit: Rob Lines

Di Smith, JK2019 Event Coordinator, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming top International athletes compete for the top medal places across the weekend. We are also looking forward to seeing many families and individuals taking part, with courses planned to suit all ages and fitness levels.”

There are entries to the JK2019 from a total of 27 countries. Organisers are delighted to see entries from as far as New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and China. The top ten numbers of entries are from: UK, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, Finland, Denmark, Latvia, Spain.

Jennie Taylor, Communications Officer at British Orienteering, said: “This event generates a real boost to the local economy with people travelling from overseas and across the UK to enjoy top quality orienteering.”

Relay on Day 4. Credit: Rob Lines
Credit: Rob Lines

Orienteering is an outdoor sport. The aim is to navigate in sequence between control points, using a map, and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time. The sport of orienteering is for everyone at different entry levels.

The organising team are looking forward to welcoming competitors to some great terrain.

For more information and to enter visit the JK website.

Credit: Chris Spencer, ActivNorth 
Credit: Rob Lines
Credit: Rob Lines
Competitors discussing their races.  Credit:  Rob Lines
Credit:  Rob Lines
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Tweet Thursday 18th April 2019

Who will be crowned this year's JK Champions?

There are many ways to keep up-to-date on the results as and when they happen over the Easter weekend.

  • Results will be displayed in the Event Arena, both printed and live scrolling displays.
  • Alternatively, results will be made available online at race-results.info/jk - updated live and mobile-friendly display.
  • Results will be linked from the JK website as soon as possible after the event including Routegadget, WinSplits, SplitsBrowser, Badge Times here.
  • TrailO results will be on the same links from the JK2019 website after the completion of each event here.

Snapshot of some of last year's winners. 

Photo credits:  Rob Lines 

British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to wish all members a great international festival of orienteering this Easter weekend.  

British Orienteering would like to thank Event Coordinators Di and Terry Smith from Southampton Orienteering Club (SOC) and all the South Central Orienteering Clubs for their time, commitment and hard work they have put into this event.  

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Tweet Monday 15th April 2019

AGM 2019 Electronic Voting! Check Your Junk Mail?

By now all members should have received notification on how to vote electronically from the independent external voting company 'mi-voice'. 

The email has been sent to all members and should appear as follows:
'From: Private and Confidental - Sent on behalf of Peter Hart, Chief Executive, British Orienteering <elections@mi-voice.com>'

This email gives clear instructions on how to vote electronicall and contains your unique voter code.  

If you have not received an email from mi-voice you will need to check your email junk folder.

If you still haven't received a notification email in your junk folder then you will need to ring mi-voice ASAP if you want to vote.

Mi-Voice contact details

Tel: 023 8076 3987
email: support@mi-voice.com

If you are unable to attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM), you have until 5pm on Wednesday 17 April 2019 to vote by proxy to vote on your behalf.

Photos: JK2018; Photo Credits:  Rob Lines. 

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Tweet Monday 1st October 2018

2019 Coaching Conference Agenda Revealed

We are pleased to announce details of the 2019 British Orienteering Coaching Conference featuring keynote speaker Emil Wingstedt.

Taking place at the University of Nottingham over the weekend of 12th and 13th January, the conference will feature a range of workshops and physical exercises aimed at supporting you in your coaching.

Emil Wingstedt is current Halden SK coach who has worked with the GB squad on a number of occasions and his input has been incredibly valuable.  He won the 2005 and 2006 Sprint World Orienteering Championships and finished third on the long distance in 2003. He is Relay World Champion from 2003 with the Swedish team, as well as having a silver medal from 2007, and bronze medals from 2004 and 2006. 

The conference is a great opportunity to learn from experienced coaches and peers from across the sport and you are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment. 

Emil Wingstedt

Location:

The University of Nottingham, Humanities Building, Beeston Lane NG7 2QL

Accommodation is not provided.

Costs:

Book before 18th November to get the early bird price of £65 for both days or one day for just £35.
Prices after that date will be £70 for both days and £38 for one day.
All bookings must be made by 23rd December.

Bookings are open now via SportIdent Entries

Agenda:

Saturday 12th January

Timings

Session

Presenter

9.00

10.00

Exercise at Parkrun – various venues in & around Nottingham

 

10.30

11.00

Registration & coffee

 

11.00

11.05

Welcome & Introduction

 

11.05

12.00

Keynote Speech: Coaching for Sprint Orienteering

Emil Wingstedt won the 2005 & 2006 Sprint World Championships and has been helping to coach the GBR squad

Emil Wingstedt (Halden SK)

12.00

13.15

Coaching for Sprint Orienteering: Practical

Examples of exercises to use with your clubs/squads which Anthony & Paul have used in their coaching

Anthony Squire (NOC) & Paul Taylor (SYO)

13.15

14.00

Lunch

 

14.00

15.00

Coaching for Sprint Orienteering:  Discussion & Feedback

following the practical session

Emil Wingstedt, Anthony Squire & Paul Taylor

15.00

16.00

Physical Literacy

This is about developing the young orienteer into an athlete

Hamish Willis (PFO)

16.00

16.30

Tea

 

16.30

17.00

Coaching Training Update

Hilary Palmer (NOC)

17.00

18.00

Association Coaching Reps Meeting

Helen Baxter (LVO)

Sunday 13th January

Timings

Session

Presenter

09.00

12.00

Workshop 1: Safety for Coaches working in Level D Terrain (remote and/or exposed areas)

Attendance at this workshop is essential for coaches* to be covered by the British Orienteering insurance when working in this terrain.

Iain Embrey (SROC)

09.00

12.00

Workshop 2: Planning the Athlete’s Season: Steps to Success

Paul is the Talent Squad Head Coach and Mark is the Talent Squad Technical Coach and EUOC Performance Coach

This workshop will be of interest to coaches and parents who are coaching & supporting junior orienteers as well as club coaches working with adults.

Paul Murgatroyd (LOG) & Mark Nixon (FVO)

10.30

10.45

Coffee during the workshops

 

12.00

13.00

Physical Literacy Pt 2: Practical including Strength & Conditioning using resistance bands

Hamish Willis (PFO)

13.00

13.45

Conference close, Lunch & depart

 

13.45

14.00

Meeting for all Teaching Orienteering tutors on changes to Teaching Orienteering training

Pauline Olivant (NOC)

14.00

16.00

Meeting for all Coach Educators/ Assessors/ Internal Verifiers & potential staff: orientation and standardisation for coach training courses.

Pat Mee  (MDOC) & Hilary Palmer (NOC)

* Coaches with UKCCL3 and British Orienteering Level 4 (Regional Coach) and Level 5 (National Coach) are not required to have attended this workshop to maintain the licence to coach on Level D terrain. All other coaches are required to have attended this workshop once.

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