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Tweet Wednesday 23rd October 2019

Colin Henderson MBE, 1949-2019

It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the death of Colin Henderson MBE who passed away on Friday 18 October.

Colin was a founding member of the Northern Ireland Orienteering Association and Lagan Valley Orienteers. Colin ably fulfilled many roles. He was a fiercely competitive orienteer, representing Ireland at many Home Internationals, a talented planner, exacting controller, capable organiser and co-ordinator, encouraging coach and latterly a budding mapper. He served on committees and held the role of Hon Secretary of NIOA for an extended period.

British Orienteering would like to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to Colin’s family and his friends within the orienteering community.

Colin’s funeral will take place at 2pm today (Wednesday 23 October) at Roselawn Crematorium, 127 Ballygowan Rd, Belfast BT5 7TZ.

Colin’s family request to wear purple if possible to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer.

Further details can be found on the Northern Ireland Orienteering Association website here.

Colin Henderson MBE, 1949-2019

Photo credit:  NIOA

Tweet Wednesday 23rd October 2019

Orienteering World Cup Final 2019 (Nanhai, China)

Our GB elite athletes will be travelling out to Nanhai, China today to take part in the Orienteering World Cup Final 2019. Nanhai County was a former county in Guangdong Province, China, named after the South China sea.

The Final will take place over 5 days and finishes with the Sprint in Songtang Village.

The World Cup Final in China will host a Middle distance, a Sprint race and a Mixed Sprint Relay. The British team has a maximum of 6 spaces per gender in the individual races and up to 4 teams in the Mixed Sprint Relay. 

Middle Distance
Saturday 26th October

Mixed Sprint Relay
Sunday 27th October

Tuesday 29th October


GB Team

Men Women

Ralph Street  

Kirstin Maxwell  
Peter Hodkinson  Charlotte Ward 
Will Gardner  Cecilie Andersen
Jonathan Crickmore  
Chris Smithard   
Ben Mitchell  

As always you can follow all the action on


Good luck to the GB athletes competing at the Orienteering World Cup Final:

Ralph Street, Peter Hodkinson, Will Gardner, Jonathan Crickmore, Chris Smithard, Ben Mitchell, Kirsten Maxwell, Charlotte Ward and Cecilie Anderson. Safe journey.

Tweet Tuesday 22nd October 2019

Easy tips for promoting your events available now

Are you looking for tips and advice to get the more out of your clubs social media?  

The first in our live webinar short series took place recently and included some valuable tips which are easy to learn and understand. The webinar short series looks to deliver valuable advice in around 20 minutes as opposed to the more in-depth sessions that have run so far this year.  

This session titled ‘Top Tips for Club Promotion’ discussed a variety of key points to remember, it looked at the golden rules in creating your promotion, sourcing and using the right photo to get maximum event exposure, to the sort of keywords that may hook new people in who are looking for that new adventure to try. 

The session is now available on British Orienteering’s YouTube channel for you to watch at any time by following this link: Webinars on YouTube

Here you’ll find all 12 webinars that have run so far over the last 12 months, including subjects such as developing your club, junior development, planning, coaching and understanding Purple Pen to name a few. 

If you have a subject that you’d like us to present or indeed a club project that would benefit other clubs please get in in touch with Peter Brooke on   

Great tips for social media & more
Tweet Saturday 13th April 2019

British Sprint and British Middle Distance Championships 2019

This year the British Sprint and British Middle Distance Championships are set to take place in the East Midlands on the weekend of 14 and 15 September 2019.

Entries for Championship courses will go live on SportIdent on Saturday 13 April 2019.

The British Sprint Championships 2019 - 14 September 2019

The Loughborough University campus is over 400 acres and is predominately a complex mix of residential, academic and sports buildings but does also include some woodland areas. The central campus is on the side of a ridge providing some contour detail and there are expanses of grass in various parts of the campus. The area will create fast and challenging racing that will produce worthy British Champions.

Loughborough University has been announced as “The best University in the world for sports-related subjects”, according to the 2019 QS World University Rankings. It is home to the country’s largest concentration of world-class facilities across a wide range of sports, and also to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff.

Leicestershire Orienteering Club (LEI) hosted the British Championships at Loughborough University in 2013, and the organising team have been working for several months already in bringing together the event again in 2019. The event centre will be at the Edward Herbert Building, one of the main facilities buildings on the campus, and we again have use of the multi-storey car park to ease access problems. Planning has been underway for many weeks, and the morning heats area, and afternoon finals area will be on different parts of the campus. Please look out for further details on entries and the venue from the British Sprints website, which will be updated as we get nearer to the time of the event.

The British Middle Distance Championships 2019 - 15 September 2019

This year’s Middles Champs take place on Peak District moorland, featuring the intricate contours and quarry workings of Chinley Churn. The gentle western slope of the moor is very fast, while the steep eastern slope with its abundant rock features calls for careful navigation. With rivals visible on the moor, the race may feel more like a sprint than a middle distance.

The Assembly field has great views towards Manchester, as well as of the Finish and last few controls. Binoculars recommended!

Planning is going well, with courses being test-run now to make minor adjustments to climb before maps are printed in August. The top of the moor is at 450 metres, so there is no guessing what September conditions could be.

Entries for Championship courses will go live on SportIdent on April 13th, with fees as follows:

  • Seniors £24, Juniors £11 (until midnight July 27th)
  • Seniors £27, Juniors £13 (until entries close, midnight August 28th)

SIAC hire for the Sprints and Middles Weekend is free for Juniors who do not already own one. If you would like to take advantage of this, please reserve your SIAC when entering.

Entry on the day will be available for White, Yellow and Orange courses, while maps are available. Entries close at 1 pm.

  • Seniors £12, Juniors £5
Photo credits:  Steve Rush, BOK