Here is a reminder and overview of key orienteering dates of events and deadlines happening over the next week.
There are thousands of people who are committed to the development and delivery of orienteering within the UK each year.
FINAL CALL: TWO DAYS TO GO!
Deadline for all nominations is Sunday 24 February 2019
British Orienteering wants to recognise and reward some of the great work being done across the sport of orienteering by our clubs, coaches, mappers and volunteers of all ages.
Who do you think deserves recognition for their hard work, dedication and effort they have given tirelessly to our sport throughout 2018?
Who are you going to nominate?
To find out more about the awards and how to nominate, click here.
Orienteers are getting ready to navigate their way to the 2019 British Night Championships in Aberdeenshire this weekend – Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 February.
Mar Orienteering Club (MAROC) and Grampian Orienteers (GRAMP) are getting ready to welcome orienteers as they arrive in spectacular North East Scotland for an Aberdeenshire adventure this February at the British Night Championships Weekend.
The main Muir of Dinnet event on Saturday night is not to be missed, offering a true test of technical ability. With a complex moraine landscape and higher parts presenting a profusion of gullies, rocks and crags, the terrain varies between very fast open moor and clean forest floors to more physically demanding steeper heathery slopes. Planner Drew Tivendale’s courses will not disappoint!
If you’re making a weekend of it! There is a Scottish Orienteering Urban League Sprint at Cove, Aberdeen earlier in the afternoon on a new map which Team GB’s Graham Gristwood and Chris Smithard have been busy working on alongside planner Pete Lawrence. Emit Touch Free Emitags will be used at this event which is being organised by Grampian Orienteering Club.
Sunday (24 February) will also see the first CompassPoint Scottish Orienteering League of 2019 take place at beautiful Birsemore, Aboyne. Birsemore Hill rises to 333 metres and includes some intricate areas on the steep northern slopes with a wealth of contour and rock detail including cliffs and crags. The majority of the area is covered with runnable plantation. The area was a firm favourite during the 2017 Scottish 6 Days and Mar Orienteering Club’s Andy Oliver is the course planner.
Registration, download and parking are within the Aboyne Academy/Community Centre Complex.
Further information for the Sprint can be found on the Grampian Orienteering Club's website here.
Please see Mar Orienteering Club's website here for details of the British Night Championships and SOL1.
British Orienteering would like to wish all members a great weekend of orienteering in spectacular Scotland. British Orienteering would also like to take this opportunity to thank Grampian Orienteering Club and Mar Orienteering Club’s volunteers for all their hard work behind the scenes. Wishing all members an enjoyable and fun weekend of orienteering.
The Scottish Orienteering 6-Day Event Co Ltd and Scottish Orienteering Association on behalf of the WOC 2022 Steering Group have appointed Graham Gristwood as Technical Director for this prestigious event. Graham takes on the role with immediate effect.
Graham has made the decision to withdraw from the British Senior Squad to ensure a level of separation from squad activities.
Graham said "I am excited to be taking up the role of Technical Director for WOC 2022. I have a good knowledge of Sprint Orienteering and international competitions having competed at many World Championships and World Cups, planned and organised many competitions including Sprint Scotland, the Junior European Cup and several World Ranking Events, and produced many sprint orienteering maps which have been used for prestigious competitions such as the JK, the British Sprint Championships and the Junior European Cup..
I will be stepping down from the Great Britain Orienteering Squad and the Scottish Orienteering Association Board of Directors, and ceasing any coaching activity with elite orienteers in order to carry out this role in the best way possible, and to avoid any potential or perceived conflicts of interest. I intend to remain available for selection for international competitions in forest orienteering.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my thanks to everybody who has either been a part of the Great Britain Team over the last 17 years, or has been part of the support staff or just a supporter! I have had a fabulous and varied time, with trips all over the world for training and competition, and I have met some of my best friends through a shared love for the sport. There are literally too many people to name - but thanks to all the fantastic team-mates, coaches, doctors, physios, managers, psychologists, cooks, drivers, masseurs etc who have been a part of my journey.
I would encourage everybody to support the British team in any way you can over the coming years, especially during this period when funding is a huge challenge."
As a senior international and former World Champion Graham’s experience and presence will be missed from the squad.
Ed Nicholas, Senior Squad Manager, said: "Graham has been an integral member of the Senior Squad throughout his entire senior career and his input and knowledge has been a real help to fellow athletes and staff alike. It is, however, important to recognise the integrity of WOC 2022 and whilst this is a loss to the squad there is a mutual understanding that this is the correct way forward. We wish Graham all the very best in this role in what will be another exciting home World Championships."
However, Graham has reaffirmed that he intends to compete internationally in 2019 and beyond and remains available for selection for international competition.