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Tweet Thursday 21st November 2019

'Organising Successful Events' webinar - now one week to go

There’s only one week to go before the next live webinar providing valuable insight and ideas into running your events. We go live at 7pm on Thursday 28 November.

In this webinar, Helen Errington of Hertfordshire Orienteering Club will be unpicking the key functions involved in organising different types of orienteering events. Throughout the session we will be looking at ways to ensure events are delivered as successfully as possible and considering the criteria by which an event might be considered to be successful relative to its aims.

You’ll be able to ask questions throughout but do please get in touch if you have any questions you’d like to ask ahead of the session. Send these to Peter Brooke on

Register now so as now to miss out by following this link:
Organising successful events (full webinar).  

Events Webinar takes place on Thurs 28th Nov at 7pm
Tweet Wednesday 20th November 2019

Development Conference agenda now confirmed

British Orienteering is pleased to confirm the full agenda line up for the National Development Conference being held on the weekend of Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 January 2020.

Saturday 11 January is headlined by Keynote Speaker Grace Molloy (Gold Medal winner and member of Forth Valley Orienteers).  Grace brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of her journey through her club to where she is today.  Grace will be providing valuable insights into how she’s progressed, her challenges and discuss her ideas and thoughts for the future, including how clubs can adapt and grow when developing orienteers within.

There will also be a workshop delivered by Club Matters on the club volunteer experience.  Clubs often find themselves short of volunteers, with the way that people volunteer and the time they have to give is not the same as it used to be.  This workshop will help to put an action plan in place to develop the volunteer experience and ultimately get more people volunteering within the club.

We’ll also see some short presentations by clubs who’ve run successful projects for the benefit of their club, along with considering national survey, event and participation data, to allow members to consider how best to shape their future direction.

Sunday’s headline sees Steve Fairhurst of ‘Be More Cheetah’ take centre stage bringing his 30 years of marketing experience to Orienteering.  Steve specialises in ‘the sharp end’ of marketing – where the customer meets the brand directly and has a unique take on the social media landscape and how best to present your club ‘brand’ for maximum effect using tried and tested techniques.

With a pragmatic and energising approach to training, the session is sure to be engaging and empowering – dealing with simple practical steps on how to generate results quickly, rather than wading through statistics and broad theories.

The conference concludes with a key session discussing Youth.  Looking at the youth strategy and considering recent success stories that clubs could adapt to help develop and grow this area with their club.

Registration is via Si Entries on the following link Development Conference 2020

The prices per person for the conference are; 

Full weekend including overnight accommodation 


Full weekend with no accommodation 


Saturday only 


Sunday only 


All prices include refreshments of drinks and lunches. Overnight accommodation is for Saturday night only at the YHA National Forest. Rooms will be shared with other delegates and requests to share with fellow members accommodated as much as possible.  

Saturday’s sessions will run between 11:00 and 18:00, with Sunday commencing at 09:00 through to 14:00. 

Tweet Tuesday 19th November 2019

10 reasons – Xplorer can help you reach your target audience

10 reasons how Xplorer can meet your targets and organisational outcomes.

1.  Perfect for encouraging families to become more active and support them to becoming a stronger family unit.

2.  Improve mental health – taking part can help improve low income families mood, help tackle obesity and other health problems.

3.  Gives the ability to connect in a new way with any audience you are trying to engage with – at no cost to them – as sessions are FREE to them!

4.  Help in engaging with Black, Asian, and Ethnic Minority Communities – with again offering FREE sessions to them!

5.  Support people with disabilities or special needs to get outdoors….encouraging fresh air, ……

6.  There is no entry level – anyone can take part and it’s FREE.

7.  Provides an opportunity for Grandparents to enjoy active quality time with their grandchildren.

8.  The Xplorer challenge can be easily changed to meet the needs of participants.

9.  Extends your reach into the local community.

10. Introduces , develops and embeds the skill of navigation.


For a one off £1,000 investment – meet your targets and organisational outcomes.

For more information please contact:  Howard Blackman on 07768 334207 or email:  

Tweet Thursday 11th July 2019

Junior World Championship Silver Medal for Bunn!

The medals keep on coming for Great Britain in Silkeborg, Denmark at the Junior World Orienteering Championships. Fiona Bunn will be bringing home a Silver medal from the Middle distance race at what is her last JWOC. 

All those who made it through to the A final from the qualifier yesterday had relatively late starts with the medallist Fiona Bunn setting off second last. 

In the men's race, Freddie Carcas was first off of the team heading out into the forest to deliver a solid performance to finish in 42nd in an extremely strong men's field. Alastair Thomas produced a strong performance on some tired legs to finish 25th overall. 

In the women's race, GB hopes were high after two medals from the first two races. Eilidh Campbell started well, in 15th fastest split at the first radio control but had a large error losing 11 minutes on one leg but held it together to not lose too much time overall. Grace Molloy had a poor start hitting the first radio control down in 33rd but set about reeling in the field for the rest of the course. She had another powerful run, this time alongside Elena Pezzati who pushed her all the way to the finish with Grace's final position 12th.

Fiona pushed hard all the way to the end
Fiona celebrating with her teammates

But the star of the show was Fiona Bunn who, in her last ever JWOC individual race, after 5 trips to the Junior Championships, stayed calm under pressure to execute a fantastic race for the silver medal. After winning her heat Fiona had clearly demonstrated the ability to put together a medal-winning performance in this world-class field but there were nerves. The past two medal races Fiona had started really well with some of the fastest splits of any athlete in the field but so far she had not been able to string together a full race. There was no such issue today as Fiona ran solid splits leg after leg with only ever minor errors and stormed through the final run in. 

After downloading to confirm all was well and a quick media interview which you can catch along with all the results and GPS on Fiona was mobbed by her teammates, so happy for her to have captured another British Medal and Fiona's first on the World stage.

Due to the protest at the conclusion on the Women's Long race, there were two podium presentations with British athletes today as Grace Molloy collected her second Bronze of the championships before Fiona Bunn got one of the loudest cheers of the day on collecting her Silver medal.

The Medal girls now have one more race to get up for before completing what is already the most successful Junior World Orienteering Championships ever for Great Britain. Tomorrow sees them join forces with Megan Keith to push for team glory in the Forest Relay. 

GB will field four teams the other women's team will feature Eilidh Campbell, Niamh Hunter and Laura King. Men's teams will be Freddie Carcas, Eddie Narbett and Alastair Thomas and a second team of Finlay Todd, Peter Molloy and Zac Hudd. 

Fiona and Grace shared the podium after today's medal ceremonies