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Tweet Saturday 14th September 2019

FREE Club Matters workshop: Club Volunteer Experience

FREE Club Matters workshop: Club Volunteer Experience in Cannock.

Another upcoming FREE Club Matters workshop!  

This one is focused around Club Volunteer Experience which is due to take place on Wednesday 16 October 2019 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at Chase Leisure Centre in Cannock (WS11 4AL).

This is a fantastic opportunity for clubs and community groups to come along and become supported on:

  • What a positive culture of volunteering looks like
  • The development of action plans
  • Assessment of club volunteers
  • The recruitment and retention of volunteers as well as hints and tips on appropriate rewards and championing volunteer involvement.

Volunteers are often the heartbeat of the club or community group and their time, passion and determination goes a long way in helping achieve success!

This is a FREE workshop.  Interested parties must register by confirming their attendance by emailing:

FREE workshop - 16 October 2019
Tweet Friday 13th September 2019

British Middle Distance Championships (UKOL) - this Sunday! (15 Sept)

British Middle Distance Championships (UKOL)
Sunday 15 September 2019
Chinley Churn, Chapel-en-le- Frith
Hosted by Derwent Valley Orienteers

Organiser Sal Chaffey from Derwent Valley Orienteers, says:
“After many weeks of hard work and planning, DVO are looking forward to welcoming competitors to this scenic area. We know that seconds are valuable in a Middle race, so have positioned extra stiles on the moor and arranged a contactless finish! The forecast for the day is good, and the assembly field has a fantastic view of the downhill finish and last few controls. There’s lots of room for club tents, so you can enjoy the atmosphere with friends old and new.

As well as medals and trophies, all top-three finishers will receive a locally-sourced edible memento and we will be awarding Bakewell puddings as spot prizes.”

Chinley Churn will be new to many orienteers, having been mapped for the first time in 2015. The terrain is very fast and runnable rough grassland with little bracken or heather to impede progress. Areas of old quarries, with many small hills, boulders, crags and depressions provide complex and challenging navigation on steep, sometimes rocky slopes.

The eastern area comprises a terraced scarp slope with quarry workings and other rock features. The north-western area is the more gently inclined dip slope, with depressions and linear marshes. The connecting ridge rises above 400 metres, with views east towards Kinder Scout and west to Manchester.

Derwent Valley Orienteers look forward to welcoming you!

The whole area is grazed by sheep, with virtually no trees. Typical to the area, there are many dry-stone walls, gates and stiles.

Start times are available here.

Event Officials:

Planner: Ranald Macdonald assisted by Dave Chaffey, both Derwent Valley Orienteers (DVO).
Organiser:  Sal Chaffey assisted by Viv Macdonald, both from DVO.
Controller: Chris Burden, from Airienteers
Mapper: Richard Parkin, from DVO

British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to thank all the event officials and members of surrounding clubs for all their hard work and time they have given to putting this year’s British Sprint and British Middle Distance Championships together.  Best wishes to all British Orienteering members navigating their way to the East Midlands for a great weekend of competitive orienteering.  Who will be crowned 2019 British Champions?

Tweet Friday 13th September 2019

British Sprint Championships heads to Loughborough University!

The British Sprint Championships (UKOL) takes place this Saturday at Loughborough University Campus.

14 September 2019
Loughborough University Campus
Hosted by Leicestershire Orienteering Club

This is an International Orienteering Federation World Ranking Event as well as forms part of the UK Orienteering League.  

The Loughborough University campus is over 400 acres and is predominately a complex mix of residential, academic and sports buildings but does also include some woodland areas. The central campus is on the side of a ridge providing some contour detail and there are expanses of grass in various parts of the campus. The area will create fast and challenging racing that will produce worthy British Champions.

Organiser Robert Haskins from Leicestershire Orienteering Club, says: “With an entry of nearly 800 and a good weather forecast, we are looking forward to hosting the British Sprint Championships.  We held the event here in 2013 and this time it is also a World Ranking Event so there should be some really competitive running on an area that is really well suited for the Sprints.”

Start times are available here.

Event Officials.
Organiser: Robert Haskins, Leicestershire Orienteering Club.
Planner: Iain Phillips, Leicestershire Orienteering Club.
Controller: John Britton, Manchester & District Orienteering Club
I.O.F Event Adviser: Nermin Fenmen, GBR.

Competition Classes for World Ranking Event: M21 (Men Open), W21 (Women Open), Men/Women’s 18 and 20.

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British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to thank Organiser Robert Haskins, Planner Iain Phillips both from Leicestershire Orienteering Club, Controller John Britton from Manchester and District Orienteering Club and I.O.F. Event Adviser Nermin Fenmen. Thank you for all of your hard work and commitment in bringing this year's British Sprint Championships together.  Thank you to Leicestershire Orienteering Club and surrounding clubs who have also given their time and helped support the event officials.   

We wish all members getting set to travel from the "north, east, south or west" to compete in the 2019 British Orienteering Sprint Championships a great competitive and very enjoyable day of orienteering.   

Tweet Friday 6th September 2019

Development Conference Registration Open

British Orienteering are pleased to confirm registration is open for the 2020 Development Conference. 

Taking place over the weekend of Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 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 around ‘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. 

There will be a mix of presentations from both within and outside the sport to help provide you with the tools to make your club a success.  

A key part of the conference will see presentations of some great projects from clubs across the country. If you would like to share your story get in touch with Peter Brooke on

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 17:30, with Sunday commencing at 9:00 through to 15:00. 

Places are limited each day so early registration is strongly advised.

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

Making Development Work For You