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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 Tuesday 10th September 2019

Peter Palmer Junior Relays 2019

Sunday morning 5am.  The enveloping darkness edged inexorably towards dawn.  A passing meteorite broke into twinkling, descending lights.  200 junior orienteers and their coaches were assembled on a dewy school lawn amidst lush rhododendrons in deepest East Sussex.  The Peter Palmer Junior Relays 2019 were ON!

A competitive field of junior teams had been assembled by the organising club Saxons Orienteering Club for this year’s race.  Favourites on the start-line included last year’s winners: West Cumberland Orienteering Club (WCOC), the leading small club Guildford Orienteers (GO) and the top young team from South Yorkshire Orienteers (SYO).  Juniors ran in teams across 6 legs, ranging from 2-5km, Yellow to Green standard. 

The race started at 5am in total darkness.  This was a chance for some of the country’s leading junior orienteers to show their Night-O skills.   Joe Sunley from WCOC finished the first leg in first place, just 3 seconds ahead of Adam Conway from GO and Stanley Heap of Southdown Orienteers (SO).  Joe is an accomplished Night-O runner, with experience from the regular WCOC Night League races, and international experience at the legendary Tio Mila relays in Sweden.  “I executed my plan well, pulling away from the field, but dropped a 40 seconds mistake in the final loop, which allowed the other teams to get right back on my tail.” said Joe.   

As second and third legs set off into the dawn, the Daybreak Relay then started at 6.30am.  The Daybreak class is run across 4 legs, ranging from 2-4.5km, all at TD2-3 level.  “This is a great innovation.” said Janet Cronk, the Team Manager from WAOC.  “It allows more clubs to take part who can’t raise a junior team with Night-O skills.” 

As the sun came up, the music and commentary provided by Nick Lightfoot of SYO added much to the atmosphere and fun of the event.   WCOC proved unbeatable again for a fourth consecutive year, the whole team running in triumphantly together as they finished.   An exciting race ensued for second place, with Troy Southall of SO just winning out in a magnificent sprint finish against Emil Bostrom from OK Linné in Sweden.  In a repeat of last year’s other results, GO took the Norwich Anniversary Trophy for smaller clubs, and SYO won the Joan George Trophy for younger teams with total class ages 90 years or less. 

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our Swedish juniors to experience international competition.” said OK Linné team manager Åsa Hedin.  “We have had an excellent few days, training with the South East Junior Squad and even sight-seeing in London!   The juniors can learn from the different terrain than we are used to, and we are impressed with the standard and speed of junior orienteers in UK”.    

The Daybreak Relay was won this year by West Anglian Orienteering Club (WAOC).  “This race was so much fun, hanging out and racing against friends.” said Alex Wetherill from WAOC.  “I feel really motivated now, and plan to focus more on my training this winter”.  

Winning Teams:    
Peter Palmer Trophy                  A New WCOC, West Cumberland Orienteering Club (WCOC)   


Joan George Trophy                  Killer Bees, South Yorkshire Orienteers (SYO)         180.22
Norwich Anniversary  GO Nuts, Guildford Orienteers (GO)                        235.19
Daybreak Trophy                      The Jabberwaocs, West Anglian Orienteering Club (WAOC)                 122.03

Provisional Results:

Huge thanks go to Saxons Orienteering Club (SAX) for organising and planning the event, and to Southdowns Orienteers (SO) for coordinating the school-based accommodation.  

Next year’s Peter Palmer Junior Relays take place during the weekend 12 - 13 September 2020 in the Lake District, organised by West Cumberland Orienteering Club (WCOC).