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Tweet Thursday 25th April 2019

World Orienteering Day 2019 - 20 days to go!

The aim of the project is to increase the visibility and accessibility of orienteering to young people, increasing the number of participants both in the schools’ activities, as well and in the clubs’ activities in all countries of National Orienteering Federations, helping teachers to implement orienteering in a fun and educational way and to get more new countries to take part in orienteering.

Jenny Nilsson, Project Manager for World Orienteering Day at the International Orienteering Federation, comments:
"World Orienteering Day 2019 is on the 15th of May, but you can organise an event during the time period from 15th - 21st of May and register it as a WOD-event.  There is still time to pre-register a World Orienteering Day event for 2019.  
The World Orienteering Day website has a wide range of promotional materials to use such as bibs, diplomas, flyers, posters, start cards, beach flag and banners."
Thank you for your contribution to the sport of orienteering! "












To pre-register a World Orienteering Day event for 2019 here.  

FREE orienteering resources are also available to download from the British Orienteering website. 
Find out more and download resources:

Photo credits:  SportIdent

Tweet Wednesday 24th April 2019

North Wiltshire Orienteering Club capture hundreds of newcomers

North Wiltshire Orienteers capture hundreds of newcomers with lottery-funded partnership

After the success of the Beat the Street game in Swindon, in January 2019 North Wiltshire Orienteers partnered with Intelligent Health for two fun family events that saw hundreds of newcomers enjoying Street Orienteering for the first time.

In 2018, Beat the Street (funded by the National Lottery and Swindon Borough Council) saw thousands of people navigating around their towns earning points by tapping special electronic cards on units called Beat Boxes, usually attached to lampposts. The game, designed to encourage families to be more active, had obvious similarities to orienteering, and of the towns where Beat the Street ran, Swindon had the highest participation numbers. North Wiltshire Orienteers’ Membership Secretary and Coach Ken Stimson saw a great opportunity to tap into this enthusiasm and offer more fun events for local families.

“We made contact as soon as Beat the Street arrived and offered to run an orienteering maze at their final prize-giving. Organising follow-up activities are part of Beat the Street’s mission for which they have funding. So they welcomed our idea of two Beat the Street orienteering events and we benefitted from access to their very large number of local contacts” said Ken Stimson.







Including the familiar Beat Boxes at the start, finish, and one mystery location on the course, participants navigated using urban orienteering maps. On offer was a popular, non-competitive ‘go-as-you-please’ approach, locating as many controls as they wanted and earning points for each, or the challenge of a score event with an hour time limit. Over two Saturdays, more than 200 men, women, babies and dogs braved the January drizzle to explore Swindon’s Old Town and Haydon Wick areas.

“We’ve never seen such a fantastic turnout for an informal Street Orienteering event before, and it was wonderful to see so many families who had never orienteered before enjoying themselves. Working with Beat the Street gave us the opportunity to reach a wide audience and showcase the joy of this sport, and Intelligent Health were fantastically supportive”, said Hannah Phillips, North Wiltshire Orienteers’ Publicity Officer.








North Wiltshire Orienteers have run further Beat the Street-inspired events since which saw several families and individuals continuing their newfound interest in the sport. With even more events planned for the summer and into 2020, the positive impact of the partnership looks set to continue for years to come.

Family taking part in Beat the Street Orienteering
Beat the Street-inspired event
Families enjoyed taking part

Photo credits:  Hannah Phillips, North Wiltshire Orienteering Club


Tweet Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Happy Eggs Free Adventures Promotion

British Orienteering has secured an opportunity for orienteering to feature in a UK wide promotion which has now launched in supermarkets across the UK.

The promotion, Happy Eggs Free Adventures, will provide national exposure for our sport as part of a campaign targeted at getting families outside and active. Consumers are prompted to purchase a pack of Happy Eggs and visit where they can claim a 2 for 1 voucher.

Craig Anthony, Head of Development at British Orienteering, says:
“This offer applies to local and regional orienteering events and is subject to availability. The free run will only be available to non-members, though members can use the voucher to bring a friend or family member. Please bring your 2 for 1 voucher to the event you are attending. We look forward to welcoming and encouraging new people to try the sport of orienteering.”

Promotion packs will be in store until August and vouchers are valid until the end of October 2019. The campaign will be supported by in-store point of sale, print media and a targeted social media campaign.

Happy Eggs Free Adventures
Tweet Friday 12th April 2019

The JK now has entries from 27 countries!

One week to go!.... before thousands are set to travel to the South of England for this year's Jan Kjellström International Festival of Orienteering this Easter (19 April to 22 April 2019).  

Entries to the JK2019 are looking very exciting and healthy, with plenty of international entries, from a total of 27 countries.  

Organisers are delighted to see entries from as far as New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and China with the top ten numbers of entries being from:

  • UK
  • Ireland
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • USA
  • Finland
  • Denmark
  • Latvia
  • Spain

Entries to age classes close tomorrow (Saturday 13 April).   Colour class entries and TrailO, both have entry on the day.

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




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


Minley, Fleet

Final Details are now available here

Start times are now published here.

Keep up to date with the latest news about the JK2019 here:

Photos:  JK2018.  Photo credits: Rob Lines