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Tweet Friday 16th November 2018

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 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.