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Tweet Friday 17th January 2020

The National Running Show - Free Tickets

Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 January 2020

Two-day Birmingham event for free.

Athletics Weekly invite British Orienteering members and followers to come and join them at the National Running Show, set to take place on January 25-26 at the NEC Birmingham with this free ticket offer.

Wendy Sly, MD of Athletic Weekly (AW) and Great Run Publishing, said:  “AW is proud to have been associated with The National Running Show from the very beginning. The show goes from strength to strength and this year’s event looks set to be another great edition, offering inspirational speakers, new kit and technology, nutrition, advice and more. We look forward to seeing you there!”


Whether you are an enthusiast or a beginner, this is a great way to kick-start your new year resolutions and prepare for the 2020 running season, with over 250 brands offering advice and discounts.

Your ticket will include access to the Inspiration Stage with an incredible line-up of speakers including Linford Christie, Jo Pavey, Iwan Thomas, Susie Chan, Dean Karnazes, Kriss Akabusi and Sally Gunnell. Other features include The Ultra Zone with Netflix’s Lazarus Lake and a whole range of other speakers to motivate you for your next challenge.


Discount code: "Orienteer" for free tickets.

This discount will be valid until midnight on Wednesday 22 January 2020.

How to get your free tickets?  British Orienteering members and followers simply need to go to The National Running Show website here.  Sign up to register for your pass and then enter the code "Orienteer" and hit ‘apply’ which will remove the fee. 

Find out more about the National Running Show:

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Tweet Thursday 16th January 2020

Development Conference Huge Success

“One of the best and most relevant conferences I’ve ever attended” is how one member described the 2020 National Development Conference that took place last weekend. 

Held at the YHA National Forest over two days on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 January 2020, members from clubs across the country heard presentations and took part in workshops covering some crucial areas key to helping clubs with their development. 

Headline on Saturday saw Gold medal winner elite athlete, Grace Molloy member of Forth Valley Orienteers (FVO) give a fascinating insight into her journey from starting orienteering to linking up with Kalevan Rasti Club in Finland and provided her thoughts on what clubs could do going forward to support young athletes. 

The day then continued with a valuable volunteer workshop to help clubs look closely at what they do to support and grow their volunteer workforce. 

Concluding the day on Saturday, Pendle Forest Orienteers (PFO), City of Birmingham Orienteering Club (COBOC) and Bristol Orienteering Klub (BOK) made short presentations on valuable and successful club projects they have run over the last year, with Andrew Evans of the Orienteering Foundation highlighting projects which they are looking to provide grants and support for.


Sunday kicked off with a session by Steve Fairhurst of Be More Cheetah with a focus on club marketing and communications. 

Steve led a workshop providing a captivating insight into communications and social media. With a focus on where the customer meets the ‘brand’ directly, Steve used his unique take on the social media landscape, to demonstrate how to present your club and events for maximum effect using tried and tested techniques. 

The conference concluded with an update on the progress of British Orienteering's Youth Strategy and how clubs can ensure this remains high on their agenda. 

Club marketing and comms session
Youth Strategy session
Volunteer session
Grace Molloy (FVO)

A couple of comments from those who attended the weekend:

“It was great, thank you again. I wish we had longer, the discussions were very productive and the speakers very enthusing.” 




“I thought the conference was one of the best and most relevant of any I’ve ever attended, either at work or outside it.

The communications presenter did spectacularly well in puncturing the scepticism in the room around how marketing of cruises could be relevant to orienteering, and being completely credible and relevant.” 






Peter Brooke England Development Manager, said: 
“The conference was a huge success and I’d like to thank all the members who gave up their valuable time over the weekend to attend. Additionally, also thanking the speakers who gave excellent workshops and presentations."  

“The feedback we’ve received so far has been excellent and pleasing to get. We’ll now be working hard as a team to write up all the notes and complete a full review. We want to ensure we build on this success and how we can take what people told us throughout the weekend and put it into action.” 



British Orienteering would also like to thank members for attending our Development Conference.  We are delighted to hear such positive comments and sincerely hope that the sessions will be useful to clubs in continuing their development and engaging with new audiences. 

Thank you also to Peter Brooke on leading the delivery of the conference and to all the Development Team staff who attended the conference over the weekend and who had each worked hard behind the scenes on the run up to the conference confirming the delivery of each of the sessions.

Tweet Thursday 16th January 2020

World Orienteering Day 2020 - Registration Now Open!

World Orienteering Week starts on Wednesday 13 May 2020.

World Orienteering Day 2020 -  will take place between 13 May and 19 May 2020.

The registration for organising a World Orienteering Day events is now open.

The International Orienteering Federation have confirmed that any activity held can be registered as a World Orienteering Day event.

International Orienteering Federation’s vision is that orienteering is the most attractive adventure-based sport for all ages.

The mission is to promote the global growth of orienteering and develop competitive and recreational orienteering.

World Orienteering Day has been successful from the start and together we can reach the goal of 500,000 participants in 90 countries and territories during 2020. We are all being asked to contribute!  What will you do?

Photo credit:  Sportident

How did Great Britain help support and take part in World Orienteering Day in 2019 last year?

Great Britain's contribution to the International Orienteering Federation's target last year was as follows:

Total number of participants:   UK Actual:  8,267

Total number of events:           UK Actual:     161


Read full snapshot of UK Activity from 2019:
World Orienteering Day 2019 – Snapshot of Orienteering Activity in the UK - read more here.

World Orienteering Day 2019 – Snapshot of Orienteering Activity in the UK Continued... - read more here.

Let's join together again in 2020 and provide another week of World Orienteering events within schools, playgrounds, clubs, work places, office grounds and community groups.  Let's make this another year to remember and support the International Orienteering Federation in helping them to achieve their 2020 targets. 

Let's see how many events we can put on in Great Britain this year together and how many participants we can encourage to take part and go orienteering.

There are now... 








Don't forget that there is wide range of FREE Resources to download on the World Orienteering Day website here


To find out more and register your event on the World Map click here

Be part of something Bigger - Colour the World!

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: