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Orienteering will be LIVE on TV in next week! (Friday 28 June)

Orienteering will be broadcast live on Friday, June 28 as the JOK Chasing Sprint will be shown on TV and online, via the new BBC Scotland TV channel.  

This is a great opportunity to showcase our sport of orienteering! 

Taking place in the afternoon and evening at Callendar Park, Falkirk, you can watch the climax of the event live between 7pm-9pm as part of “The Adventure Show”.  The Adventure Show will broadcast the JOK Chasing Sprint live on BBC Scotland between 7 pm and 9 pm. BBC Scotland can be watched on all TV platforms across Scotland and on BBC iPlayer across the UK, so you can tell friends and colleagues across the country to watch you!

You can watch online as follows:

Start times for the Prologue are expected to be from 4pm-5.20pm, with start lists for the Chase finalised by 6 pm. If entry numbers are high, start times may begin earlier.

All races in the Chase are expected to begin from 7.00pm-8.30pm, with all winners decided by 9 pm when TV coverage finishes.

The JOK Chasing Sprint was first staged in 1995 and it's Flying Pig’ trophies show an illustrious list of previous winners including several former World Champions.

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Tweet Friday 21st June 2019

2020 Development Conference Date Announced

British Orienteering is pleased to confirm the date of the next National Development Conference. Taking place over the weekend of Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th January 2020, the conference promises to inspire members and clubs across the country to help drive orienteering forward. The weekend and subjects will all be focused on ‘Making Development Work For You’. 

The conference will be taking place at the YHA National Forest, Swadlincote, near Burton on Trent and has secured exclusive use of the venue. This will allow members to stay overnight with fellow orienteers to really add the social atmosphere and providing an excellent opportunity for networking.  

Save the Date

The agenda, keynote speakers, delegate prices and how to secure your place will be confirmed in due course.  Members will be able to book a place from mid-August with places limited so keep an eye out and book early. 

As part of the conference, we will be looking to share some great projects from clubs across the country. If you want to share your story get in touch with Peter Brooke on  

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Pendle Forest Orienteers launch successful try it event

Pendle Forest Orienteers celebrate the success of their newcomer initiative.

27 participants enjoyed yet another sunny morning challenge, orienteering their way around a choice of Orange or Score courses in Towneley Park, Burnley. This was the last in a new introductory series of activities held at the same park over four weeks, which saw consistent numbers turning out each week.

Aimed specifically at introducing the sport to new people, the project broke away from the norm of school holidays, weekends or evenings and took place every Tuesday morning having adapted an idea from the local tennis club. With an already very successful and regular club night, which sees good numbers of juniors attending, this project specifically targeted adults of any age.

The project got started in week one with a yellow course, week two saw yellow and orange courses offered, with a light green added in week three. Using pin punching and not timing those taking part, the focus was on fun, learning, experience and coaching.

The fourth week simulated a traditional event, using SI timing with dibbers. The 45-minute time limit for the Score event added an extra dimension and appreciation of how events run which was enthusiastically received by those taking part.

Judith Wood Chair of Pendle Forest Orienteers said;

“This idea came from one of our development meetings to investigate how we could grow the membership. As a new project, taking place during the week, there were some nerves at first as to if this would work. But we stuck to it and the end results have been fantastic.”

“Those who took part ranged in experience from complete novices, experienced fell runners through to lapsed orienteers. We even saw some of the children from the local home-schooling network attend which was a surprising bonus. Everyone enjoyed the challenge and most participants said they hoped to attend other Orienteering events over the coming months.”

“The excellent weather throughout this series has obviously helped and made the event quite a social affair with plenty of time to sit about, chat and enjoy tea or coffee from the Stables café.”

“It was re-assuring that the same, now familiar, faces turned up each week. We’ve also seen a number of new members join the club and several have attended the first of our midweek score series which got underway recently.”

The club is already thinking ahead to running further introduction weeks later in the year and building on this initiative.

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World Orienteering Day and Octavian Droobers Orienteering Club

Octavian Droobers Orienteering Club juniors Florence and Tabitha Lunn were live on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire radio on Tuesday night last week talking about World Orienteering Day happening at Abbey Fields, Kenilworth on Wednesday 15 May – celebrating the start of World Orienteering Week.

They also spoke enthusiastically about their recent performance representing England at the World Schools Orienteering Championships in Estonia and this weekend helping their school to win the West Midlands Schools Championships at Cannock Chase.

Karin Kirk Publicity Officer for and member of Octavian Droobers Orienteering Club, said: 

“As well as our World Orienteering Day event on Wednesday last week we have also welcomed and given instructions to 40 school children around the grounds of Compton Verney in Warwickshire. It was their first ever experience of orienteering.”

"A thrilled 6 year old having completed her first orienteering course said that she 'cannot wait to come to our next events'."


British Orienteering would like to thank Octavian Droobers Orienteering Club for again supporting World Orienteering Day and for putting on two great local events. 

World Orienteering Day 2019