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Tweet Wednesday 20th March 2019

Participant Satisfaction Survey

In 2018 British Orienteering established a feedback programme to gather insight into the participant experience at local and regional events.

The Participant Satisfaction Survey was rolled out to develop an understanding of overall satisfaction and identify participant-focused development opportunities.

We would like to thank the 421 participants took the time to feedback their views and to the 7 clubs that have been working with us on this project.

We are delighted to find that;

  • 95% of respondents indicated that “Overall the event met [their] expectations”
  • 95% of respondents say they “would recommend the event to family and friends”
  • 92% of respondents are very likely to take part in further orienteering events.
Participant Satisfaction Survey

The feedback has also helped us identify several ways we can improve the events and we are now working with the clubs involved in several development areas, including:

  • Communicating Event Information
  • Growing Event Participation
  • Gathering Specific Insight.

Clubs who are interested in better understanding the participant experience at their events are invited to get involved in this programme. We are extending this insight work to a further 6 clubs, who will benefit from event-specific reports as well as overall club reports highlighting successes and providing actionable development recommendations.

The full report infographic can be found here.

For more information please email Rayan Sammut, Competitions Officer: or call 07442 493149.



2018 Participating Clubs: Berkshire Orienteers (BKO); Bristol Orienteering Klub (BOK); City of Birmingham Orienteering Club (COBOC); Cleveland Orienteering Klub (CLOK); Eborienteers (EBOR); Leicestershire Orienteering Club (LEI); Nottinghamshire Orienteering Club (NOC). 

Tweet Tuesday 19th March 2019

International Women’s Day Celebrations with NI Orienteering


Female Sports Forum

On Saturday 9th March the Female Sports Forum attended Lagan Valley Orienteers Spring Cup 2 at Woodvale Forest to learn more about the sport and opportunities available to get involved. They had a go at a yellow course while capturing footage of the participants to showcase what we are about. The video can be viewed here.

Tollymore Orienteers

Tollymore Orienteers were delighted to be asked to host family orienteering sessions at Tollymore National Outdoor Centre’s International Women’s Day celebrations. There were 3 sessions and 2 courses available on the day and a great mix of familiar orienteers and newcomers. This was a great chance for local people to give the sport a go and learn more about the hub and what will be on offer over the summer.

 Juls Hanvey, Active Clubs Coordinator (Northern Ireland), says:
“We are delighted to have been able to celebrate this special day over the weekend. A special mention should go to Emma from the Female Sport Forum and Caoimhe at Tollymore National Outdoor Centre for working alongside us and providing these opportunities to share the sport and what we have to offer.”


Northern Ireland Orienteering took part
Tweet Monday 18th March 2019

Calling All English Orienteering Clubs!


2019 is British Orienteering’s 'Year of the Volunteer' – Club Match Funding Applications are still open for a few more days only!  Don't delay in getting your application in as the deadline is fast approaching...this Friday 22 March 2019. 

British Orienteering is pleased to announce that the application process for clubs in England to apply for match funding to support their own volunteer project is open.

In support of British Orienteering’s 'Year of the Volunteer', clubs in England can apply to match their own investment in a volunteer project up to £250. For example, a club project that costs £500 can be split with £250 coming from the club and £250 from British Orienteering. Alternatively, the project may cost over £500 but the maximum that can be applied for from British Orienteering is still £250.

Clubs need to complete the application form outlining which category the funding would be used for and how the club intends to develop/ increase the number of volunteers as a result of it. The funding available is on a match funding basis and the club is expected to match or exceed the funding available from British Orienteering.

Projects can be big or small and cover many different areas including club nights, events, juniors, coaching and recruitment to name a few. To get involved, all clubs need to do is think of a project and download and complete the application form from

We are looking for clubs to try new and innovative ideas to get more people involved in volunteering for orienteering. The only required results are that the project must show an increase of members within the club volunteering and how this will be sustained in the future.

With the benefit of Sport England funding, we can match a club’s own investment up to the value of £250. Unfortunately, this offer is for English based clubs only as the funding is being provided by Sport England. However, we’ll be providing project ideas and news stories from across the network of clubs on the British Orienteering website which will be available for anyone to access.

Don't delay....if you haven't done so already, get your application downloaded and apply today.

Closing date for all applications is this Friday 22 March 2019.


Tweet Monday 8th October 2018

JEC2018 Controversy Threatens To Over Shadow Some Fine GB Performances

Today's final race of the JEC 2018 programme was one filled with controversy and, unfortunately, was not the finale the race organisers nor the competitors would have wanted.

The day started brightly, with the M20's and W20's rolling out in a mass start on the first of their three loops high up on the Col de Bretaye and into the alpine meadows, where fast running across the open land was mixed with tricky patches of highly technical orienteering, set to catch-out the unwary. This one-man relay format was working well, as the leaders of the two classes came through, closely followed by strong running packs in some exciting head-to-head racing, and gradually the gaffling began to unfold. In the men's class, Eddie Narbett and Tom Lines were in touching distance and around the top twenty placings, and it was a shame that Freddie ​​​​​​​Carcas had not recovered from his knee injury sustained the previous day and, instead, had to take up a spectator's position to cheer his team-mates on. In the women's race, the GB trio of Lindsay Robertson, Emma Wilson and Laura King all came through just off the front group, with only Fiona Bunn detached from the pack after missing on controls 3 and 4 and it was not to be her day after two great races over the weekend.

Anika, Tara and Niamh at the finish of the Long race

Soon, the 20's were joined by the mass start of the M and W18 classes and the arena became a frantic scramble of maps and runners coming through at increasingly shorter intervals. Daniel Spencer and Alastair Thomas were both in contention after one loop, with David Bunn not too far back from this group, but a hobbling Alastair Thomas returned a short while later, having twisted his ankle and dropped out of the race. The W18's first of two loops also saw Tara Schwarze-Chintapatla, Niamh Hunter and Anika Schwarze-Chintapatla come through with the leaders and the race was looking good for all three. Eilidh Campbell then emerged to complete the quartet and they all began their final loop, before heading down towards the finish.

It was then that the drama began to unfold, with three of the top M20's running down through the start arena, across the tapes and past the spectators, to begin their descent on the track towards the finish. It appeared strange to the crowd that this would be the optimal route and a worried planner and controller made their way swiftly out of the start area. It became apparent, quite quickly, that all was not well. As the runners and coaching staff arrived back at the finish, the arena was alive to rumours of multiple OOB transgressions and possible disqualification of many of the top competitors and it was not long before a jury had been called, with team leaders in attendance, to debate the outcome. On the maps, there were patches of OOB that crossed the main track and this had led to confusion and a lack of clarity on whether the road was passable or not and this, being the fastest route, meant many of the race leaders had taken this and were now faced with disqualification. The jury took time to debate the issue and, having considered all the available options, decided that the fairest result was to finish the race at the last radio control, before the controversial long leg.

Overall, an unsatisfactory end to what had otherwise been an enjoyable JEC, but this should not distract from several stand-out GB performances on the day. In the W18 class, Tara Schwarze-Chintapatla and Niamh Hunter recorded 9th and 10th places respectively, Laura King (17th) was the best-placed W20, with Emma Wilson in 21st not far behind her. Tom Lines (21st) was the best M20, with Eddie Narbett (29th) also holding onto a top 30 place. The rest of the team saw Daniel Spencer (32nd), David Bunn (54th), Fiona Bunn (33rd) and Eilidh Campbell (48th) in their respective classes, with Lindsay Robertson and Anika Schwarze-Chintapatla both unfortunately miss-punching.

Full results are available here

The team now head back from Geneva to rest their weary and battered bodies and reflect on a long domestic and international racing programme, before they begin to make their plans for an assault on the 2018/19 season.