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Tweet Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Resumption of Orienteering Update 1 June 2020

British Orienteering is reviewing their guidance regularly in response to the latest government advice to understand what is possible and permissible as conditions are being relaxed. Our priority remains to protect the health of our members, volunteers and staff and help to suppress the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

New guidance has been announced by governments in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Isle of Man easing restrictions on the number of people you can meet outside which impacts on how and where individuals can exercise.

We are awaiting more details of how exactly the guidance will apply to orienteers across all nations and will update this statement once official guidance has been published.

In the meantime, we are working to ensure we can provide orienteers with clear information on what is possible and permissible in the current phase of lockdown measures being eased.


Further details can be found here.

Tweet Thursday 4th June 2020

Interview #11: Training in Lockdown with Ben Squire (NOC)

British Orienteering has published a series of interviews with some of our GB athletes and it has been great to hear of all about their really positive on-going training activity and advice.

Yesterday we heard from Euan Tryner in the British Orienteering GB Talent Squad Tier 1 and member of South Yorkshire Orienteers.  

To round off this set of interviews with our GB athletes the final interview today is with Ben Squire who is in the British Orienteering GB Talent Squad Tier 1 and a member of Nottinghamshire Orienteering Club.


Ben Squire

Club: Nottinghamshire Orienteering Club (NOC)



How have the current restrictions impacted on your training?
“I'm still managing to get out most days of the week and as there are no competitions coming up I have mixed things up a bit with my training. I've been cycling more and have used the rollers that we 'panic bought' before lockdown happened.”

Ben Squire (NOC)

Before Lockdown did you attend any of the talent training camps? If so, what were the key things that you enjoyed?
“Being a part of the talent squad, I went to 4 camps over the winter and early spring in the Lake District and Scotland. These allowed me to practise my techniques in areas better than the East Midlands! They also gave me the chance to talk to coaches 1-1 about my training which I found useful. Also a great time to catch up with people who I wouldn't see outside of major competitions.”


What advice have you got for other athletes or members in a similar position with their on-going training?
“Try out new types of training, keep things fresh and use this time with no competitions to train consistently with the hope that the season restarts in the Autumn.”


What is your number one Lockdown training session?
“Long runs exploring different places with less people around and enjoying the nice weather we've been having.”


Have you still been able to access support from your coach or orienteering athlete friends, and if so how?
“I've still kept in touch with friends through social media who I'd been looking forward to seeing at the JK and British Champs. My Dad is my coach so there's no getting away from training!”


What box sets have you been able to catch up on during Lockdown?
“Money Heist and Brooklyn 99 which are both very good.”


Have you got any Lockdown projects on the go at the moment?
“My running club has a Covid-19 virtual relay where everyone is allocated a team (odds/even) depending on your birthday. You then run for 19 minutes with a baton of your choice (an orienteering flag as my choice) and post your distance on the club page adding a bit of competition at this time. I'm looking forward to the Lockdown Orienteering event also too.”


Thank you Ben. We wish you all the very best with your on-going training.


Thank you to all the GB athletes for helping and providing a useful insight into their training during lockdown.  On behalf of British Orienteering members we wish you all the very best and look forward to seeing you competing for GB in the future when it is safe to do so once again.

Did you miss any of the interviews? 
You can access the interviews on the following links as follows:

GB Gold Medal winner Grace Molloy talks about her training in Lockdown. 

Interview #1: Training in Lockdown with Alastair Thomas (EUOC / WCOC)

Interview #2: Training in Lockdown Interview with Jo Shepherd (INVOC)

Interview #3: Training in Lockdown Interview with Fiona Bunn (TVOC / CUOC)

Interview #4: Training in Lockdown with Kirstin Maxwell (RR)

Interview #5: Training in Lockdown Interview with Hector Haines (AROS)

Interview #6: Training in Lockdown Interview with Cat Taylor (SYO)

Interview #7: Training in Lockdown with Sarah Jones (Lakeland OC)

Interview #8: Training in Lockdown - Jonathan Crickmore (SHUOC)

Interview #9: Training in Lockdown with Alice Leake (Airienteers)

Interview #10: Training in Lockdown Interview with Euan Tryner (SYO)


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 latest statement from British Orienteering can be found here.
Resumption of Orienteering

Tweet Thursday 4th June 2020

Back to Orienteering Q and A Webinar

As we continue our preparations for the next stage of government restrictions being eased, British Orienteering is pleased to announce a Question and Answer webinar on the next steps of the Back to Orienteering plan.   

Over the last couple of months, we’ve been really pleased with the positive responses from members and clubs to the Back to Orienteering Action Plan. As we move towards the next phase and look ahead to how local events may look, we are hosting this webinar to hear your questions directly and discuss what the practicalities of orienteering could be over the next few months. 

The session will feature Peter Hart and the development team at British Orienteering, next Tuesday 9th June at 7:30pm. 

We encourage questions to be sent in in advance in order to group certain questions and themes together. Questions can also be asked live during the webinar using the usual function. 

Register HERE for the webinar. 

Send in questions in advance to Peter Brooke on

Back to Orienteering Q&A Webinar on Tuesday 9 June, 7.30pm
Tweet Friday 8th November 2019

Club and Members Forum 2019 - Agenda Announced

Notice of Meeting

The Board have decided to widen the attendance of this year’s Club and Association Conference to enable wider participation and consultation. The Club and Members Forum will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, 16th November 2019 at The Studio, Riverside West, Whitehall Road, Leeds, LS1 4AW,  a short walk from Leeds Railway Station.

Registration will open at 10:30 am.

Invitations to attend:

  •  Association Representatives
  •  Club Representatives
  •  Members of the British Orienteering Board and Committees
  •  Individual Members

The venue has a limited capacity of 80 and spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
To register your place at the Forum, please complete and return the registration form to 


The Board would like to place the following items on the Agenda:

  •  A Refresh of the Strategic Plan.
    Phase one of the strategy development will happen at the British Orienteering Board meeting on Saturday, 12th October - following this meeting the key outcomes will be circulated to members.
  • The characteristics of a club.

To view the agenda, please click here.


The venue is a short walk (700m, 8 minutes) from Leeds rail station. More information on the location and travel details can be found here.


For registered delegates, the costs of the conference including refreshments and a light buffet lunch will be paid for by British Orienteering.

All members are invited to attend, and we would encourage as many as possible to come along and have your say!

As in previous years, we also encourage clubs and associations to nominate two chosen representatives to represent their views. Clubs and Association Chairs or Secretaries must confirm the names of the two delegates attending on behalf of their club or association.  This will register their attendance and these club and association delegates will be eligible to have a contribution to their expenses paid by British Orienteering (contributions will be as per below criterion).

All other members are very much encouraged to attend; however, any expenses will need to be covered by the individual, club or association depending on individual arrangements.

Where the total round trip to and from the conference venue exceeds 150 miles, British Orienteering will meet the costs of half of the mileage that exceeds 150 miles (at British Orienteering’s standard rates). Here are examples:

  •  A delegate travelling a round-trip total of 310 miles could claim 25p (standard mileage rate) x 160 miles (excess over 150 miles) x 0.5 i.e. £20 from British Orienteering, and the rest must be met by the delegate or the delegate’s club or association.
  •  A delegate travelling a round-trip total of 200 miles with another delegate as a passenger could claim 27p (standard mileage rate with a passenger) x 50 miles (excess over 150 miles) x 0.5 i.e. £6.75 from British Orienteering, with the rest to be met by the delegate or the delegate’s club or association.
  • For a delegate travelling a round-trip total of 120 miles, the costs to be met in full by the delegate or the delegate’s club or association.

British Orienteering Expenses Claim Form

Train / Plane
British Orienteering will meet half of the cost of the cheapest standard class return plane/train ticket, including parking after deducting £30. As an example, a delegate whose rail ticket costs £30 and £20 parking could claim 0.5 x £20 (£50-£30) i.e. £10 from British Orienteering, with the rest to be met by the delegate or the delegate’s club or association. Other conditions;

  • A maximum of two claims per club or association will be accepted. These claims must only be from the club or association delegates who had their attendance registered with the National Office prior to the conference (or from any substitutes sent in the place of the registered delegate).
  • Any claims must be made on the claim form available at the conference and be received by British Orienteering by Friday, 6th December 2019 and only in exceptional circumstances with claims after this date be accepted for payment.
  • Plane, Train and parking ticket claims must be supported by a ticket receipt or used tickets.
  • Other expenses will only be payable if agreed in advance in writing by British Orienteering.
  • Please arrange to share cars wherever possible to minimise costs.

British Orienteering Expenses Claim Form

For anyone requiring more information please contact the admin team at;

British Orienteering National Office, Scholes Mill, Old Coach Road, Tansley, Matlock, DE4 5FY. Telephone Number: 01629 583037, Email: