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Resumption of orienteering: Phase 1 United Kingdom

Resumption of orienteering: Phase 1 United Kingdom

The updated UK government guidance published on 11 May 2020 permits the resumption of outdoor sports in England where you take part alone, within a household group, or with one person from outside your household from whom you must stay two metres apart at all times.

The updated guidance from the NI Executive published on 18 May 2020 permits Groups of 4 – 6 people who do not share a household can meet outdoors maintaining social distancing.

This will allow us to resume a limited set of individual orienteering activities in these parts of the country, as set out below.

There is no change to the current position in Scotland and Wales, and so orienteering activities in these parts of the UK must remain suspended for now.

As a sport, we must work together to resume orienteering responsibly as and when the relevant government determines it is safe to do so. The Board have committed to following the respective advice of each government, and therefore there are likely to be periods when types of orienteering activities permitted varies between different parts of the UK, depending on the government guidance and regulations.

In England and the Isle of Man, we moved to Phase 1 of the resumption of orienteering with effect from 14 May 2020.

In Northern Ireland, we will move to Phase 1 with effect from 22 May 2020.

This will mean that clubs and individuals can:

  • Promote the use of Permanent Orienteering Courses (POCs)
  • Make maps with pre-marked courses available
  • Promote the use of MapRun or Routegadget and other virtual orienteering courses (VOCs),
  • Carry out mapping and planning for future events

The full guidance can be downloaded here.

Tweet Friday 22nd May 2020

Scotland's Route Map Out of Lockdown

Following the Scottish Government publication of Scotland’s route map from lockdown, Scottish Orienteering Assocation (SOA) and British Orienteering will consider how each phase has implications for orienteering in Scotland.

Today’s news is obviously very welcome however we would remind all members that until 28th May when we receive further guidance from the Scottish Government the current restrictions in Scotland remain in place.

We will take some time to consider the Scottish Government route map to provide orienteering in Scotland the correct guidance and outline a clear re-activation plan for the coming weeks and months ahead. While today’s statement by the First Minister gave us hope of increased outdoor activity it is imperative we realise that we have not, at this stage, been given the green light to ‘return to sport’. Both Scottish Orienteering and British Orienteering with other outdoor sports will be working closely to fully understand the route map and ensure we operate in line with the latest public health information at every stage.

Tweet Thursday 21st May 2020

British Orienteering 39th Annual General Meeting

British Orienteering  would like to take this opportunity to remind you of our 2020 Annual General Meeting which will take place on Saturday, 1st August 2020.

We note the current issues surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the rapidly developing public health guidance in the UK at the time of writing. This includes social distancing requirements, additional guidance for those over the age of 70 or with underlying medical conditions, and restrictions on public gatherings. The health and safety of our members and staff is always our utmost priority.

We have therefore decided to hold the AGM in our offices. If the public health guidance remains unchanged, we regretfully will not be able to run an AGM event as in previous years, and members will not be able to attend in person. We will, however, ensure that an appropriate videoconferencing solution is in place to enable those members who wish to take part in the AGM to do so remotely.

We will continue to monitor the situation and the latest available public health guidance and will provide updates concerning our AGM on our website at Members will still be able to submit questions either before or at the meeting.

All members are welcome to attend.

Please see the details below.



Registered in England & Wales No.1606472

39th Annual General Meeting 



British Orienteering Federation Limited National Office, Scholes Mill, Old Coach Road, Tansley, Matlock DE4 5FY

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the above-named Company will be held at the British Orienteering Offices, Scholes Mill, Old Coach Road, Tansley, Matlock DE4 5FY on Saturday, 1st August 2020.

The AGM is called for the transaction of the following business:

  • Apologies for absence
  • To receive the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of 19th April 2019.
  • Chair’s Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • To receive from the Board the Company's accounts
  • Chief Executive’s Report
  • Proposals
  • to appoint the Company's auditors
  • to decide the annual subscriptions and affiliation fees
  • to transact such other business as may be legitimately brought before it;
  • to appoint (as appropriate) the President, and Vice-President(s); and
  • to elect the Elected Directors in place of those retiring.
  • Any Other Business
  • Closing of AGM

Please forward any items for inclusion on the agenda to the Chief Executive – by 17:00, Thursday, 11th June 2020.

Further details on the business of the AGM, including the Agenda, and Voting by Proxy form, will be posted on British Orienteering’s website on or before Friday, 10th July 2020



All applicants must be nominated by two British Orienteering members. For further information or a preliminary discussion, please contact the Chief Executive or Chair.

British Orienteering is looking for new elected directors to take office at the AGM, which will be held at the JK in April 2020. There are three places on the board up for election. These include two vacancies: one for a two-year directorship, replacing Graham Patten, who has resigned, and one for a three-year directorship, replacing Judith Holt, who will stand down having served the maximum of three consecutive terms as a director. Ruth Beale has agreed to stand for election for a further three-year term as a director, having come to the end of her first term.

This is an exciting time to become a director, with the strategic refresh offering a real chance to shape the future of orienteering in the UK. Providing strategic direction for the sport is at the heart of the role of the board of directors, alongside overseeing the operations of British Orienteering in delivering this strategy. There will also be opportunities for directors who wish to do so to take on additional responsibilities that match their interests and expertise. Board meetings take place four times per year, on a mix of weekdays and Saturdays, and currently alternate between Birmingham, Manchester and London, with further business conducted by email or teleconference between meetings.

These roles are voluntary and unpaid, although reasonable expenses (such as travel to board meetings) will be reimbursed. To function effectively, the board needs directors from across the orienteering community, and nominations for election are welcome from all adult members of British Orienteering. The board would particularly welcome nominations from groups which are currently underrepresented on the board, including women, and people from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. If you wish to discuss becoming a director or would like to find out more about what is involved, please contact Peter Hart (


Nominations must be submitted by 17:00, Thursday, 11th June 2020.

Voting - How do I vote?

In the light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we strongly encourage you to consider ensuring your vote is counted by submission of the proxy form online or by post further details will be distributed with the AGM papers. However, a voting on the day system will be enabled.

Members will receive an invitation to vote in advance of the British Orienteering AGM by email from Mi-Voice, an independent organisation, who are supporting British Orienteering with the process.

On or before Friday, 10th July 2020 you will soon receive your AGM email which will include the Agenda, and Voting by Proxy process from the email address: with instructions on how to participate. This information will also be posted on the British Orienteering website. If the email does not arrive in your inbox please ensure that you check your junk folder.

If you are unable to locate your AGM email please contact Mi-Voice, by telephone (+44) 023 8076 3987 or email

AGM voting electronically will close at 17:00 on Thursday, 30th July 2020.

Tweet Wednesday 10th July 2019

Mixed Fortunes for Young GB Team In JWOC Middle Qualifier

Following the rest day on Tuesday the Junior World Orienteering Championships ramped up again with today's Middle Distance qualifiers. Split into three heats, the top 20 from each heat qualify through to the Middle final on Thursday. 

With quarantine adjacent to the arena and a short run to the start block, it was a very compact event set up, that made for a fantastic atmosphere as the weather again stayed dry and sunny with a light breeze keeping the heat off. The previous maps of the area and the work the team had done in preparing for the middle race suggested it would be very familiar terrain and so it proved to be with athletes listing a host of well known British areas as they recalled different parts of their races. 

The British athletes were split evenly across the six heats and all started early in their start blocks which meant some anxious waits once the running was done to see who would qualify for the A finals. Freddie Carcas had the earliest of start times at 10:01 but delivered a good solid performance that saw him stay in the top 10 until the last 20 runners began finishing and he eventually qualified in 18th position. 

Eilidh Campbell qualified comfortably in 14th place in what was the fastest of the women's heats with Megan Keith just missing out in 23rd.  There was a similar disappointment for Zac Hudd (24th), Eddie Narbett (25th) and Finlay Todd (29th) in their respective heats though all were holding top 20 positions with just a few runners to go. 

Laura King started after her injury in the Long race but ended up retiring as she struggled to concentrate on her navigation with the injury in the back of her mind. Niamh Hunter and Peter Molloy also missed out on qualification for the A final finishing in 31st and 35th respectively.

It was a less anxious wait than most for Fiona Bunn who came back first from her middle start block and eventually held on to win her heat just 22 seconds ahead of Grace Molloy in third. Last out was Alastair Thomas who delivered a strong, safe performance to finish 6th with some of the favourites for tomorrow's final ahead of him. 

You can find the full results, GPS and further event coverage on

The results today demonstrate there is hope for more success in the Middle final tomorrow and some strong chances in the relay to come on Friday.