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Tweet Saturday 21st September 2019

Good experience gained from Euromeeting 2019 in Vitipalu, Estonia

By Mike Pedley, East Pennine Orienteering Club (EPOC)

Euromeeting 2019 / XXXI Suunto Games in Estonia

This year's two day Euromeeting was held alongside the Suunto Games, Estonia's largest annual orienteering event.  It provides an opportunity for international competition to some on the fringes of the GB elite group and to juniors moving into the senior ranks. 

The women's event was won by Latvia's Sandra Grosberga from Finland's Amy Nymalm. Cat Taylor (SYO), there to gain experience of terrain similar to European Orienteering Championships 2020 (EOC 2020), was 24th and Fay Walsh (EUOC) 34th of the 38 starters.

The mens race attracted a larger field of 72 runners and was won overall by Olli Ojanaho (Finland) who overhauled local favourite and Day 1 winner, Timo Sild, in the rain drenched Day 2 chasing start. Duncan Birtwistle (OD) was first in 31st place (24th on Day 2) with Josh Dudley (MAROC) 36th, Josh Beech (EBOR) 45th and Alasdair Pedley (EUOC), still M20, in 46th.

 

Full results can be found here
 

Photo credit:  Mike Pedley, East Pennine Orienteering Club (EPOC)

Euromeeting Day 2 - Cat Taylor
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Tweet Friday 20th September 2019

British Middle Championships 2019

By Sal Chaffey and Ranald Macdonald, Derwent Valley Orienteers

British Middle Distance Championships
Sunday 15 September 2019
 

Organiser Sal Chaffey from Derwent Valley Orienteers, comments:

Our day for “the Middles” was a foggy one, amidst days of blue autumnal skies. This was certainly true on the Friday, when a small team met at Piece Farm to place the eight temporary stiles on the moor, and on Saturday when the marquee arrived and we set up the arena, cheered by news of Derwent Valley Orienteers' medals at the British Sprint Championships in Loughborough. Again, the Monday and Tuesday after the event provided excellent drying days for the soggy assortment of kites and kit!

However, on Sunday morning you couldn’t see the portaloos from the marquee – it was like being on another planet and I was relieved when the first non-DVO competitors emerged from the mists as I knew that others would surely follow.

Above photo on left:  The Arena on Saturday. Piece Farm (on the left), Lantern Pike (on the right). 

Above photo on right:  The first brave spectators set up tents in the mists of Sunday morning!

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And they did. Some 877 competed on the day, 859 of those on Championship courses. 

We had about 80 helpers from DVO, most of whom undertook an array of different jobs as the day progressed – thank you all!  Thank you to Viv Macdonald who liaised with the DVO Teams and dealt with road signs, making my job so much easier. Mike Godfree handled entries.  

Thanks also to the Prize-giving Team of Val Johnson and the Duckworth and O’Donnell families who enabled the Hallam family from Piece Farm to be involved. 

Unclaimed medals and maps will be available at DVO’s Regional event at Longshaw on Saturday 26 October. Longshaw is a beautiful National Trust area just 10 miles SW of Sheffield, and the event is part of the East Midlands League.

It’s been great to be part of an event of this scale, and it certainly makes you appreciate the efforts put on behind the scenes by other clubs and by staff at British Orienteering. We are privileged to be part of a sport in which there’s always room to learn, and where age is no barrier in participation, as borne out by our competitors, who ranged from 8 to 88!

Planner Ranald Macdonald, Derwent Valley Orienteers, comments:

Scheduling the British Middles in the first half of September is always going to limit the areas a club like DVO can use because the undergrowth is at its worst. However, we do have a couple of upland areas that are more suitable. The first we looked at was deemed unsuitable for the level of event and we have subsequently had significant access issues with that area. We had only used Chinley Churn a few times since its initial mapping in 2015 and, whilst it also has limitations, it seemed worthy of consideration.

The area comprises tiered quarry workings and steep scree/boulder fields on the eastern side, marshy moorland on the top and then fields sloping down to the west and the assembly area on Piece Farm. The area is divided up by uncrossable walls and fences meaning that we had to construct eight stiles to provide reasonable straight line routes or to avoid stiles on public rights of way that could be busy on an early autumn Sunday as it’s a very popular walking area.

I had never planned a championship/level A event before and was really only third or fourth choice as other potential planners were too busy in their work or were injured. The whole exercise was therefore a very steep learning curve for me, though greatly assisted by the ever-patient Chris Burden (AIRE), my Controller.

The Finish was largely determined by the area chosen for Assembly and car parking. It provided a good arena with visible final controls across the skyline and downhill to the Finish.

Finally, some thank yous:

  • To Sal and her assistant, Viv, for a very well organised event
  • To the DVO teams who once again rallied round in large numbers to ensure the event ran smoothly
  • To Chris Burden for his help, advice and support when needed – I learned a lot about planning and controlling from Chris
  • To Paul Addison and Dave Chaffey for their help in various ways, not least control hanging and waking up, and supporting Stuart Swalwell when dealing with the injured competitor
  • To the small army of stile installers on the Friday before the event, helped by the farmer who transported six of them to the top of the area
  • To Mike Godfree for administering entries and map printing and constructed the stiles as well as managing the Download team.
  • To Richard Parkin, for his excellent map and forbearance when we asked for even more map changes
  • To Andy Yeates (WCH), BOF Major Events Consultant, for his support and advice on all aspects of the event.
  • And of course, to the landowners, Henry and Jason Hallam for allowing us to park at Piece Farm and run on their land, Judge George Needham and George and Steven Wainright for letting us use their land as our temporary stadium. Without their help we could not compete. Jason Hallam, in particular, couldn’t do enough to help and he and his wife, Beth, seemed to be delighted to be asked to do the Prize Giving, along with Amanda Roberts, EMOA Chair.
  • And finally to you, the competitors, all 877 of you, who made the effort over the last two years all worthwhile, not least with your positive and constructive comments.

Photo credits:  Steve Rush (BOK)

Final results can be found here.

Results, as well as WinSplits and Routegadget, are here.

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Event officials
Organiser: Sal Chaffey assisted by Viv Macdonald, both DVO
Planner: Ranald Macdonald assisted by Dave Chaffey, both DVO
Controller: Chris Burden, Aire
Mapper: Richard Parkin, DVO
 

British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the Organiser Sal Chaffey and all event officials, to Derwent Valley Orienteers and surrounding clubs for all their hard work and behind the scenes activities in making this a great British Middle Championships.

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Tweet Thursday 19th September 2019

The British Orienteering Sprint Championships 2019

By Bob Haskins, Leicestershire Orienteering Club (LEI)

Saturday 14 September 2019 turned out to be a warm and sunny early Autumn day.  It couldn’t have been better for holding the British Sprint Championships at Loughborough University. 

There were 800 entrants who were able to enjoy a day of fast, and at times complex, sprint orienteering.  The Event Centre was at one of the University’s main facilities buildings, thanks to holding the event out of term time, and had plenty of capacity for enquiries, starts and results displays, and download.  Loughborough University is the premier sporting campus in the UK, and the University authorities were very accommodating, as they had been when the event was held here previously in 2013.  It is also the largest single campus site in the country and we still have about one third of the campus which has not been used for a Championship event.  It is also a quickly changing environment, and our mapper, Peter Hornsby was making changes up until just a few days prior to the event.

As the available area is so large, it enables the heats and finals to be on adjoining areas, but with no overlap.  This makes life more difficult for the

Planner, Iain Phillips, of course, who effectively plans two separate large events for use on one day with 40+ separate courses and 150+ control sites.  However, this makes for a much more interesting event for the competitors, with the most complex areas being used for the Finals.

From an organisational point of view, having good facilities makes putting on the event a bit less challenging.  There is a 630-space multi-storey car park available, so no muddy fields for us.  The arena area seemed to work well and it was possible to look down over the finish run-in from the grass banks or the hard standing next to the event centre.

The biggest challenge of the Sprints is the timetable for the day.  We started all the morning heats over one hour, setting off 20 competitors at a time in full minutes.  This was thanks to our 18-member start team and some pre-event practices and much thinking.  The big pressure then comes to process the heats into the start lists for the Finals, and we were very thankful that this was contracted out by us to SIEntries.  The printout I have of the finals start lists shows a time of 12:38 pm, ready for the first finals starts at 1:30 pm.  The Finals were over a larger window, and therefore a bit more relaxed. 

The Open class Final was also a World Ranking Event which necessitated a variation from normal practice, in that all the three finals were the same course.  Only an A Finalist could be British Champion, but any of the finalists could win the WE race.  As it turned out it was the British Champions who won this race as well.  For the first time at the British Sprints, there were also separate class medals for M/W 18 and 20.  We also altered the usual ordering of the Finals, so that we had a stream of A Final winners coming in at regular intervals, culminating in the Open Class finalists at the end of the afternoon with most competitors back and watching this exciting finale and listening to the excellent commentary.

Juniors competing.   Photo credit: Phil Conway (GO)
Kris Jones.  Photo credit: Phil Conway (GO)
The University grounds

Kris Jones started strongly in the morning sprint qualifying race, winning his heat by over a minute. He followed this up with a superb run in the afternoon final, winning in 12.27 over 3km, 47 seconds clear of Peter Hodkinson in 2nd place and Jonny Crickmore in 3rd.

Megan Carter-Davies also won both her heat and final, finishing the final in 11.44 for 2.3km, ahead of Alice Leake (2nd) and Cecile Andersen (3rd).  

Megan commented:
“I was chuffed to take this win, my first British Sprints medal in senior”. 

 

 

 

Medals ready to be presented
Megan Carter Davies and Kris Jones take GOLD

Photo credits:  Bob Haskins (LEI)

Full results are available here.

Congratulations go to all the British champions! 

British Orienteering would like to thank Bob Haskins (LEI) and all members from the organising clubs for an excellent day of Sprint racing.

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Tweet Wednesday 5th December 2018

British Orienteering Annual Awards 2018 – Nominations Now Open!

There are thousands of people who are committed to the development and delivery of orienteering within the UK each year. British Orienteering is looking for nominees for our 2018 awards and 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? British Orienteering would like to recognise the dedication and achievement of the many outstanding individuals within the sport.

We are delighted to announce that we are now actively accepting nominations for British Orienteering National Annual Awards. This year we have introduced a new category – Volunteer of the Year Award. This is an exciting new development! The Volunteer of the Year Award recognises one outstanding adult volunteer for their valuable time and commitment they have given over the year. This is in addition to the Young Volunteer Award which recognises commitment from those under the age of 25. We are delighted to introduce this new category into British Orienteering Annual Awards for 2018. Who do you think deserves to be recognised and nominated for this new award? Details of all the Volunteer, Club and Mapping Awards are outlined here, together with the criteria and nomination process for each Award. 

2018 Club, Coach and Volunteer Awards

Each year British Orienteering presents a number of awards to recognise the incredible effort and impact delivered by clubs, coaches and volunteers across orienteering.
 

2018 Award Categories Open for Nominations are as follows:

Club of the Year Award

Is your club an important part of the local community?

  • Providing opportunities for everyone to experience high-quality activities at all levels of your sport or recreation?

  • Demonstrating a commitment to the development of participants as well as coaches and volunteers?

  • Taking an innovative approach to the promotion of the club?

Club of the Year Nomination Form – can be found here.



University Club of the Year Award

This award recognises the efforts of University Clubs in the development of participants as well as coaches and volunteers. The award is also to show appreciation for the University introducing and providing a gateway to the sport to their students.

University Club of the Year Nomination Form – can be found here.


 

Coach of the Year Award

Coach of the Year award is looking for coaches who demonstrate success in one or more of the following areas:

  • engaging new people in orienteering
  • improving the performance of orienteers
  • mentoring and developing other coaches

Coach of the Year Nomination Form – can be found here.



Young Volunteer of the Year Award

This award is for a volunteer, under the age of 25, who has demonstrated a commitment to supporting delivery of orienteering activity with passion, energy and enthusiasm.

Young Volunteer of the Year Nomination Form – here.



Volunteer of the Year Award - new category!

This award is for a volunteer who has demonstrated a commitment to supporting delivery of orienteering activity with passion, energy and enthusiasm.

Volunteer of the Year Nomination Form – can be found here.


 

SILVA Award

- a person or persons who have made a very significant contribution to orienteering over a period of years, with an emphasis on ‘field' activities rather than committee work.

In 1983 SILVA (Sweden) AB decided to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the first Silva compass by establishing an annual award within each IOF member Federation. The awards were to enable Federations to honour those who have contributed in a special way to the development of orienteering. With the assistance of SILVA (UK) Ltd this was interpreted, within the UK, as being a person or persons who have made a very significant contribution to orienteering over a period of years, with an emphasis on ‘field' activities rather than committee work. Indeed, nominees may not be active or retiring members of the British Orienteering Board, nor part- or full-time employees of the Federation.

All members can nominate someone they believe has made a significant contribution to orienteering through ‘field’ activities.

SILVA Award Nomination Form – can be found here.


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2018 Mapping Awards

To encourage the production of high-quality maps the Map Group, on behalf of British Orienteering, awards a number of trophies to encourage high standards of mapping and related activities.

All nominations for the Mapping Awards below should be made by Sunday 24th February 2019 and winners will be presented with their awards at the 2019 AGM.

Terry Smith, Chair of the Mapping Group, said: “We continue to be impressed with the high standard of maps submitted for the Mapping Awards. We particularly look forward to receiving nominations from, or on behalf of, new mappers and those who have not previously submitted entries.”

2018 Mapping Award Categories Open for Nominations are as follows: 

Chichester Trophy

The Chichester Trophy was donated by the Honorary President of the British Orienteering Federation in 1971, Sir Francis Chichester. The Trophy consists of the binnacle compass used on Sir Francis' 'round the world' yacht, Gipsy Moth V, mounted on a wooden plinth. The Trophy was first awarded in 1971 to Robin Harvey and Sue Bone for their map of Leith Hill. It was originally awarded for the Best Map produced in a single year, though later it was awarded for multiple maps or contribution to mapping. In 1985, with the introduction of the 'Bonington Trophy', the 'Chichester Trophy' reverted to the original concept of the best map produced by an amateur mapper.

Mapping Award Nomination Form – can be found here.



SILVA Trophy for Professional Maps

With the high standard of professionally surveyed and drawn orienteering maps being produced in Britain, the British Orienteering Map Group decided, in 1992, that a new trophy should be awarded in recognition of these mapping companies. The Map Group annually awards the 'Silva Trophy' to the best professionally produced map. This trophy, sponsored by SILVA U.K. Ltd. is made from Stourbridge crystal. This irregular shape, called cullet in the trade, is formed when the unused crystal cools. The base was made by Mike Baggott of Harlequins from English elm and the solid silver plate was purchased from a bullion supplier in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter and engraved nearby.

Mapping Award Nomination Form – can be found here.


 

Walsh Trophy

This trophy was made by Mike Baggott of HOC and is sponsored by Walsh Shoes. The trophy is made of old walnut with a triangular cross-section and an etched plate with an image of Canary Wharf, London. It is awarded annually to the best urban or sprint map drawn to ISSOM specification.

Mapping Award Nomination Form – can be found here.


Bonington Trophy

This trophy was donated to British Orienteering by its Honorary President, Sir Chris Bonington, the world-famous mountaineer. The trophy consists of a piece of rock collected from the summit of Mount Everest on Chris' 1985 expedition, mounted on a wooden plinth. It is awarded annually for the 'best contribution to mapping' which can cover a whole range of activities related to mapping.

Bonington Trophy Nomination Form – can be found here.

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Who are you going to nominate?

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

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