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Tweet Wednesday 20th February 2019

Closing date for Annual Volunteer and Mapping Awards - is just 4 days away!


Deadline for all nominations is JUST NOW DAYS AWAY - Sunday 24 February 2019.

All nominations must be received at National Office by Sunday 24 February 2019.  

Club, Coach and Volunteer Awards

Award Categories Open for Nominations are as follows:

  • Club of the Year Award - find out more here.
  • University Club of the Year Award - find out more here.
  • Coach of the Year Award - find out more here.
  • Young Volunteer of the Year Award - find out more here.
  • Volunteer of the Year Award - new category! - find out more here.
  • SILVA Award - find out more here.

Deadline for all nominations is Sunday 24 February 2019.

Mapping Awards

Mapping Award Categories Open for Nominations are as follows: 

  • Chichester Trophy

  • SILVA Trophy for Professional Maps

  • Walsh Trophy

  • Bonington Trophy

Deadline for all nominations is Sunday 24 February 2019.

To find out more about the awards and how to nominate, click here.

All awards will be presented at British Orienteering's Annual General Meeting.

Tweet Tuesday 19th February 2019

Looking to try a new sport over the half-term holidays?


Orienteering is a sport that combines map reading and running. You have to find your way between a series of checkpoints, called controls, as quickly as possible. There’s no set route between the controls, so you have to decide which way to go and then find your way there without getting lost.

At each control point is an orange and white control flag as well as an electronic punch which records that you have visited the control. When you finish you get an immediate computer printout which tells you your overall time, and your time between each control.

Orienteering is a sport for all ages and abilities.


A great way to get started in orienteering is to attend your local Community Orienteering Club that provides weekly training and activities that will enable you to develop your orienteering skills in a non-competitive and social environment. If you have never orienteered before this is the ideal place to learn the basic skills and meet people from the local club. To find your local Orienteering Club visit:

To get started all you need is a pair of trainers and comfortable sports clothes. At the event, you will be given a map and a mechanism for recording your visits to the control points marked on the map. The majority of events now use electronic punching cards (dibbers) to prove you have visited the controls in the correct order.

Permanent Orienteering Courses are also great fun. To find your nearest course visit:


To experience the full excitement of orienteering you can attend an orienteering event. An event will have courses that are run according to age class and sex or courses that are classified by length and difficulty. Winning requires running speed and stamina, as well as the ability to find the quickest route between controls. To find an orienteering event visit:


To find out more or to find orienteering activities and events in your area visit: and search for activities.


Are you interested in orienteering, but don’t know enough about the sport?
This set of Frequently Asked Questions will help you find out more.

Tweet Monday 18th February 2019

JK2019 Announced in Athletics Weekly today!

Read their full article here.

Tweet Thursday 8th November 2018

Did You Know? British Orienteering is part of the Open Active initiative

Did You Know?

British Orienteering is part of the Open Active initiative, all event details uploaded by clubs is shared in an open platform that enables a wide range of innovators and businesses to use this data in amazing ways like featuring your events in apps and websites that reach huge audiences.

Watch this video to find out more about how this could work for your club - here.

British Orienteering is part of the Open Active initiative

What can I do?

If you are involved in helping to run events for your club or even just want to help out, check that the information being uploaded to the British Orienteering website includes all the necessary details that someone who doesn’t orienteer would need to book. The more information the better but as a minimum, all your events should have the following registered directly on the website:

  • Location, it’s important to use both grid reference and nearest postcode. Postcode will be used by many people as a navigation point as well as by activity promoters to put your event on their map
  • Times, it is important to give a clear indication of when the event will be taking place
  • Entry fees, clarity on cost for potential participants is important
  • Contact details, this is one of the most important details for those who want to understand how they can access orienteering and should preferably include both email and phone number
  • The event website, make it easy to find additional details on the club website not just direct to the homepage

We also know that we have a large number of IT professionals and innovators across the membership who may want to use this freely available data to provide better services specifically for orienteering. If you want to know more about the Open Active initiative click here and you can find the British Orienteering open data here.

2019 is expected to be the year where Open Data in the sport and physical activity sector makes a big jump and there are a huge number of opportunities that will be open to orienteering because we have made this data open (remember, open data isn’t personal data or your customer's data - just information about your upcoming sessions!) but only if the data we provide is of a good standard. This is other organisations doing your promotion for you!