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Tweet Wednesday 19th June 2019

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Tweet Tuesday 18th June 2019

Pre-EYOC/JWOC Race Diary by Grace Molloy (Forth Valley Orienteers)

Last weekend saw the athletes selected for Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC) and European Youth Orienteering Championships (EYOC) heading across to Aarhus, Denmark, to take part in the Danish junior test races happening in the Aarhus and Silkeborg areas.

This Pre-EYOC/JWOC camp focused on finalising preparations for both competitions taking place in a few weeks time, with EYOC running from June 28-30 in Grodno, Belarus and JWOC being held in Silkeborg between 7-12 July. The three test races included a sprint in Marienlystparken, Aarhus on Saturday, a long in Himmelbjerget on Sunday and a middle in the same forest on Monday, before the team flew back later that day. Jennie Taylor, Communications Officer at British Orienteering asked a couple of the athletes travelling out to Denmark to keep a diary of the weekend. Read Grace Molloy's diary account of her time away.

Pre-EYOC/JWOC 2019 Diary Reflections 


Forth Valley Orienteers



Friday 7 June 2019

The team travelled to Aarhus to prepare for the summer international competitions.

Various athletes took the opportunity to either familiarise or refamiliarise themselves with the Silkeborg terrain whilst others went for an easy run to stretch out the legs after travelling.

We had a meeting focussed on the sprint for JWOC where we discussed what we thought the terrain would be like and what challenges it would present.

Classroom discussions. 


Saturday 8 June 2019

Some of the team did long or middle style training in a relevant forest but some people rested in advance of the test sprint in the afternoon. I ran middle controls in a group to test lines in the terrain and then we ran a few longer legs with to test out route choices.

The first test race was a sprint and the Danes and the Fins were using it as a JWOC selection race. There were also lots of other JWOC athletes from different countries who were racing to prepare for the competition. The sprint was of medium technicality and we performed well, especially considering most of the other athletes would have prepared for this race and rested in the lead up to it. British athletes achieved the 2nd fastest time of the day of both the boys and girls.

We analysed what we had learned from the sprint and then looked ahead to the long terrain for JWOC. Some of the area was used for WOC 2007.

Girls after the Sprint.  


Sunday 9 June 2019

The long test race was on a much greener map than the other areas we have been training on and that presented more technically challenging legs. Once again, we were able to place amongst the other nations which was a good confidence boost for the British athletes.

We made use of the hotel spa for well-deserved recovery :)

Some of the team struggled in the lower visibility terrain in the long distance so we discussed how to best to orienteer in the terrain. We then looked at the JWOC middle area and thought about how we would tackle a few tricky legs.

Peter Molloy in the sprint. 
Training chats. 
Lizzie Stansfield finishing the Long

Monday 10 June 2019

The final test race of the weekend was a middle distance on the same area as the long. It was a very challenging course with the majority in slow, low visibility forest. Many of the team had trouble navigating but it was useful to have this practice before the real competition.

The team travelled home - better informed about the JWOC terrain and excited to come back to race in less than 4 weeks time.


Photo credits: Rona Lindsay


Thank you, Grace.  We wish you all the very best with your training preparations over the next weeks.
Tweet Monday 17th June 2019

World Orienteering Day 2019 – Snapshot of Orienteering Activity in the UK Continued...

Dartford Orienteering Klubb

Dartford Orienteering Klub held a number of events with 105 adults and 990 children orienteering.  

15 May 2019 Hackney:  365 participants, event held by David LeFevre.
16 May 2019 Marlborough School:  277 participants, event held by Neil Speers.
20 May 2019 Urswick School, Hackney:  138 partipants, event held by David LeFevre.
21 May 2019 Bexley Primary:  234 partipants, event held by Allison Page.
21 May 2019 Bexley Park Race:  81 partipants, event held by Andrew Evans

Totally 1,095 participants comprising of 105 Adults and 990 children. 

Photo credits: Dartford Orienteering Klub

South Yorkshire Orienteers

South Yorkshire Orienteers celebrated World Orienteering Day with a lovely sunny evening event on Wednesday 15th May. 176 people enjoyed the stunning views across Sheffield from Bole Hills and The Rivelin valley. There were 6 different courses, all expertly planned by the Lightfoot family, catering to the wide range of participants on the night including toddlers, brownies, schools children, super vets, students, runners and experienced club members. After the event, many club members adjourned to the local pub to enjoy a special World Orienteering Day Menu!

South Yorkshire Orienteers 
Special WOD 2019 menu

Mar Orienteering Club

"It was a busy World Orienteering Week in Maroc Land in northeast Scotland, with five different activities on offer on various days, organised and run by a range of different groups.

First off, the club held one of their Forest Sprint events at Deeside Activity Park and Dess woods to celebrate World Orienteering Day itself, on a gloriously sunny Wednesday evening. There was a good turn out of 41 runners and the kind weather encouraged everyone to linger and socialise.
On Thursday it was the turn of the 18 pupils in class P4-7 at Braemar school to try orienteering in their playground, with courses which had been planned and set up by class teacher Mrs Wood. Braemar school enjoyed participating in orienteering as part of the 2016-18 Cairngorm Leader COPE project and it is fantastic to see a legacy of the development work continuing in this way.

Later in the day, 13 enthusiastic members of the Aboyne cluster after-school club tackled some special WOW themed courses in Castle Woods. The biggest challenge of the session proved to be trying to solve the puzzle of the WOW link!

On Friday, orienteering was one of the activities on offer at Mearns Academy as part of their festival of sport. The Academy recently commissioned an orienteering map of their grounds and this was one of the first opportunities to try it out. With instruction from club member Andy Oliver, six S3 girls enjoyed the new experience and challenge.

Finally, on Tuesday it was the turn of Upper Deeside schools to get together for a festival in the woods adjacent to Crathie school. The festival was organised by the local Active Schools Co-ordinators with course planning and support from Maroc members. 31 pupils from four small schools- Tarland, Logie Coldstone, Strathdon and Crathie - all had a great time finding their way around the most scenic extended playground in the UK. There were some really impressive scores recorded, again demonstrating legacy from development work undertaken through the COPE project.

All in all a successful World Orienteering Week which offered a taster of the sport to a wide range of different people."

World Orienteering Day at Braemar
Aboyne map

Potteries Orienteering Club

Potteries Orienteering Club held 3 activities in Central Forest Park to mark World Orienteering Week.

We held 3 activities over three days based on our permanent orienteering course.  This is our latest permanent orienteering course and was designed with easier controls only.

DAY 1: Wednesday 15 May. 
We ran a SCORE course which was intended to cater for the Urban Activities regulars.  10 extra controls were added using the bright numbered stickers on lamp posts, as per the Urban Activities.

  • 10 members took part on this course.
  • Peter Munn and 3 of his outdoor group members tackled the basic course.
  • 9  Girl Guides  + 4 adults went on specific courses designed by Marian.
  • Mark Clews and Jonathan Whilock visited all 26 in about 33 mins.... Lil Bales  - all in about 43 min. Everyone else returned in the allotted 45 mins.

The next 2 days catered for groups and non-orienteers.

DAY 2:  Thursday 16 May.
It was clear from the lack of bookings that no one was expected on this day. However, I still felt I needed to be prepared, but no one came. I  hold the record for the planner of an event with the lowest attendance ...2 at Forest Park about 20 years ago. Can I claim to have beaten this with an Activity?

DAY 3:  Friday 17 May. 
A contrast. 42 Brownies or Guides + 12 adults turned up to tackle Marian's special courses.   

Day 3, along with the Guide groups on Day 1, used the permanent orienteering course posts in a series of short loops in order to spread out the participants.


Army Orienteering Association

As part of WOD 2019, the Army Orienteering Association (AOA) hosted the Army Inter Unit Team Championships at Longmoor, Hampshire, over the period 15-16 May 19. The Championships were organised by the Royal Army Physical Training Corps (RAPTC) and the Army Air Corps (AAC).

Day 1 was based on four Spanish Score courses (Long, Medium and 2 x Short variants). There were 5 categories: Open, Masters, Women’s, Under 25 and Guests. Dependent on the category entered, teams comprised of four or three competitors. Team times from 1 rolled forward to Day 2.

Day 2 used the Team Harris format with a long variant for teams of four and a short variant for teams of three. Times from Day 2 were added to times from Day 1 to determine overall category winners.

In total, 182 participants took part over the 2-day event.

We even introduced a new discipline....moo-rienteering!

How did you, your club or school take part in World Orienteering Day & Week?

Email: and be included in the next snapshot to celebrate our sport globally!

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.