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Tweet Thursday 18th April 2019

The UK’s Biggest Annual Orienteering Festival this Easter Weekend

Thousands are set to travel to Southern England for the Jan Kjellström International Festival of Orienteering this Easter weekend (19 April to 22 April 2019).

The event is open to top International elite athletes who will be competing for top medal positions. The event is also looking to attract and encourage families and individuals of all fitness levels and abilities from across the country to take part and soak up the festival atmosphere of the event this year.

France's Thierry Gueorgiou (Kalevan Rasti Club). Credit Rob Lines

The full programme of this year’s UK Annual Orienteering Festival includes:

Date

Format

Location

Friday 19/04/2019

Sprint Race

Aldershot Garrison

Saturday 20/04/2019

Middle Distance

Windmill Hill, Frimley

Sunday 21/04/2019

Long Distance

Cold Ash, Hermitage, Newbury

Monday 22/04/2019

Relays

Minley, Fleet

Three of the four competition areas over the weekend are very close together near to Farnborough / Aldershot. The Long-distance race on the Sunday is near Newbury (an easy hour’s drive away).

Friday’s Sprint race and Saturday’s Middle-Distance race are International Orienteering Federation (IOF) World Ranking Events. In addition, all three individual days will form part of 2019’s UK Elite Orienteering League and the UK Orienteering League. All four days will use Emit touch-free punching.

The JK event is named after Jan Kjellström (born 1940, died 1967) who was an orienteer from Sweden who played an important role in the development of the sport of Orienteering in Great Britain. Kjellström, a son of Silva compass founder Alvar Kjellström, travelled to Great Britain to promote the sport. There, he helped to accelerate developments in orienteering competition, mapping and coaching.Orienteering is a family sport as well as for top international competition. There will be taster courses suitable for beginners of all ages and abilities.
 

Credit:  Active North Photography
Cat Taylor in the Long distance. Credit: Rob Lines

Di Smith, JK2019 Event Coordinator, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming top International athletes compete for the top medal places across the weekend. We are also looking forward to seeing many families and individuals taking part, with courses planned to suit all ages and fitness levels.”

There are entries to the JK2019 from a total of 27 countries. Organisers are delighted to see entries from as far as New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and China. The top ten numbers of entries are from: UK, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, Finland, Denmark, Latvia, Spain.

Jennie Taylor, Communications Officer at British Orienteering, said: “This event generates a real boost to the local economy with people travelling from overseas and across the UK to enjoy top quality orienteering.”

Relay on Day 4. Credit: Rob Lines
Credit: Rob Lines

Orienteering is an outdoor sport. The aim is to navigate in sequence between control points, using a map, and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time. The sport of orienteering is for everyone at different entry levels.

The organising team are looking forward to welcoming competitors to some great terrain.

For more information and to enter visit the JK website.

Credit: Chris Spencer, ActivNorth 
Credit: Rob Lines
Credit: Rob Lines
Competitors discussing their races.  Credit:  Rob Lines
Credit:  Rob Lines
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Tweet Thursday 18th April 2019

Who will be crowned this year's JK Champions?

There are many ways to keep up-to-date on the results as and when they happen over the Easter weekend.

  • Results will be displayed in the Event Arena, both printed and live scrolling displays.
  • Alternatively, results will be made available online at race-results.info/jk - updated live and mobile-friendly display.
  • Results will be linked from the JK website as soon as possible after the event including Routegadget, WinSplits, SplitsBrowser, Badge Times here.
  • TrailO results will be on the same links from the JK2019 website after the completion of each event here.

Snapshot of some of last year's winners. 

Photo credits:  Rob Lines 

British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to wish all members a great international festival of orienteering this Easter weekend.  

British Orienteering would like to thank Event Coordinators Di and Terry Smith from Southampton Orienteering Club (SOC) and all the South Central Orienteering Clubs for their time, commitment and hard work they have put into this event.  

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Tweet Monday 15th April 2019

AGM 2019 Electronic Voting! Check Your Junk Mail?

By now all members should have received notification on how to vote electronically from the independent external voting company 'mi-voice'. 

The email has been sent to all members and should appear as follows:
'From: Private and Confidental - Sent on behalf of Peter Hart, Chief Executive, British Orienteering <elections@mi-voice.com>'

This email gives clear instructions on how to vote electronicall and contains your unique voter code.  

If you have not received an email from mi-voice you will need to check your email junk folder.

If you still haven't received a notification email in your junk folder then you will need to ring mi-voice ASAP if you want to vote.

Mi-Voice contact details

Tel: 023 8076 3987
email: support@mi-voice.com

If you are unable to attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM), you have until 5pm on Wednesday 17 April 2019 to vote by proxy to vote on your behalf.

Photos: JK2018; Photo Credits:  Rob Lines. 

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Tweet Thursday 6th December 2018

British Orienteering supports campaign for children's #righttobeactive

British Orienteering is proud to support the Sport and Recreation Alliance #RightToBeActive campaign, which asks all of society to join the call for the government to embed the fundamental right of all children to be active into policy, regulations and legislation.

Click here to sign the petition now to show your support

The campaign aims to place a child’s right to be active on the same footing as their rights to education, shelter and nutrition. The benefits of being physically active are huge. However, shifts in society can mean that children don’t have the same exercise habits as previous generations.

Britain is not active enough. We are the most obese nation in Western Europe, with rates rising faster than any other developed nation.

#RightToBeActive Campaign

Statistics show that:

  • 80% of girls and 77% of boys are not active enough to stay healthy;
  • 20% of children are obese by the end of primary school;
  • 93% of children say they like being active but we are failing to use physical activity to improve their health.

Sport and recreation can help solve many of the biggest threats facing our children. Making it part of their daily lives will make them healthier and happier.

What needs to happen?

Join the Sport and Recreation Alliance’s call for the government to give every child the fundamental #RightToBeActive by:

  • Establishing a new law requiring councils to provide all children with the opportunity to be active and to coordinate and promote physical activity across everything they do;
  • Creating a long-term, properly funded and child-focussed strategy to transform the physical and mental wellbeing of our children;
  • Introducing new legislation to make it a requirement for government ministers and public bodies to put the United Nations Rights of the Child, the right to play and lead a healthy life, at the heart of decision making.

Help spread the word about this important initiative by simply signing the Alliance’s petition (https://bit.ly/2xIaR9v) and sharing it with others to help the Sport & Recreation Alliance reach its initial target of 10,000 signatures.

The Sport and Recreation Alliance believes that every child has the fundamental #RightToBeActive. The problem of inactivity among our children and young people is far-reaching and we must work together to solve this crisis. The Alliance is calling on government, the sport sector, schools, communities, families and the public to show that they will not allow this to continue.

Since the petition was created it has gained over 1500 signatures from people who are ready to see a change. However, Sport and Recreation Alliance still need more support to reach their 2500 signature goal.

Please sign and share this petition! Together, we can make a stand and provide a better, healthier future for children across the UK.

To sign the petition - click here

For more information about the #RightToBeActive campaign, including how you can get further involved, please head to the Sport and Recreation Alliance website.

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