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Tweet Tuesday 22nd October 2019

Easy tips for promoting your events available now

Are you looking for tips and advice to get the more out of your clubs social media?  

The first in our live webinar short series took place recently and included some valuable tips which are easy to learn and understand. The webinar short series looks to deliver valuable advice in around 20 minutes as opposed to the more in-depth sessions that have run so far this year.  

This session titled ‘Top Tips for Club Promotion’ discussed a variety of key points to remember, it looked at the golden rules in creating your promotion, sourcing and using the right photo to get maximum event exposure, to the sort of keywords that may hook new people in who are looking for that new adventure to try. 

The session is now available on British Orienteering’s YouTube channel for you to watch at any time by following this link: Webinars on YouTube

Here you’ll find all 12 webinars that have run so far over the last 12 months, including subjects such as developing your club, junior development, planning, coaching and understanding Purple Pen to name a few. 

If you have a subject that you’d like us to present or indeed a club project that would benefit other clubs please get in in touch with Peter Brooke on pbrooke@britishorienteering.org.uk   

Great tips for social media & more
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Tweet Monday 21st October 2019

Scotland take the win at Junior Home Internationals 2019 held in N. Ireland

Junior teams from Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland travelled last weekend to the Mourne Mountains in County Down for the annual Ward Junior Home International competition.  The individual race was held on Saturday at Cassy Water and the Relay the following day at Donard Forest near Newcastle.  

The individual races started in lovely sunny weather on open moorland, with rough tussocks and heavy going.  Some tricky controls in the forest then required athletes to switch technique, with many runners losing time in the lower visibility terrain.  The final downhill section came out onto the moor again, providing a long, fast run for home.  

Results after day one showed Scotland just one point ahead of England, and Ireland three points ahead of Wales for third place.   Everyone had a fine time during an evening ceilidh in Newcastle.  

The Relay was another wet October day!   Donard Forest was steep with felling and windblown areas, so tricky for head-to-head racing.  After some tense early legs and following a very close sprint finish, the girl's points were all square, so we all waited for the M18s on the last leg to emerge from the forest.

Relay 
Scotland take the win - congratulations!

The first three teams from Scotland all came in together, therefore winning the relays and the competition overall by 9 points.  This was a repeat of their win in 2018. 

Unfortunately, Wales were only able to field one team in the Girls Relay, and Ireland finished in a comfortable third place overall.

Many congratulations to all the teams and many thanks to Northern Ireland Orienteering for hosting an excellent event. 

Detailed results can be found here.  

Photos by:  Will Heap Photography. 

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British Orienteering would like to thank all junior teams and their supporters for travelling to take part in this event.  A big thank you to Northern Ireland Orienteering for organising and hosting this event.  Congratulations to Scotland on their win again this year. 

Next years event will take place in Southern England on the 10 and 11 October 2020.

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Tweet Sunday 20th October 2019

China, last stop of the 2019 Orienteering World Cup

Report by International Orienteering Federation.

Five things you may not know. 


After the third round of the Orienteering World Cup in Switzerland, it is time to focus on the Final Round, which is always an exciting event as the winners of the season are finally decided and goals for next year start to appear.

However, this time there’s another thrilling point: the World Cup is visiting China from 26th to 29th October. Guangdong Province will host the first IOF Major Event with global participants, as well as the first World Cup organised in the country. With three races: a , Middle distance, a  Sprint Relay and the final Sprint, China wants to ensure a weekend of top level competition while promoting our sport among its population.

Here there are a few interesting facts you may not know about the Orienteering World Cup Final Round and Chinese Orienteering:

1.  Middle distance terrain: a tough mix of park and forest!

The first race of the three is the Middle Distance, a race which will be determined in unusual terrain. Not a typical European Middle Distance terrain for sure, the venue is a mix of forest and park, but this will still be a tough challenge for the athletes.

2.  Did you know about these historical China’s national team results at WOC?

Even though Chinese athletes are not now among the favourites to win a medal, some historical results must be highlighted regarding their performance at Major Events: at WOC 2008 the women’s team achieved the 7th place in the Relay, and in 2009, Shuangyan Hao took a 10th place in the women’s Sprint race. Recent results indicate that the Chinese team is moving up again and it will be interesting to see if they can provide some surprises on home ground.

3.  The World Cup visits another continent!

Since the World Cup 2015 Round 1 in Australia, all World Cup Rounds have been celebrated in Europe, so this is the first time in 4 years it is visiting a different continent! However, Major Events will soon return to Asia, as Japan is organizing the World Masters Orienteering Championships 2021. Asia now also has a regular schedule of Asian Championships and the number of World Ranking Events is steadily growing.

4.  Orienteering promotion in China is not only about this World Cup!

In 2017, IOF President, Leho Haldna, and CEO, Tom Hollowell visited China to ensure the World Cup Final Round 2019 and reach an agreement for a long-term plan to develop orienteering in the most populated country of the world. Helping to improve the level of their top orienteers, working to build a strong base and bringing more Major Events to the country are the pillars to promote orienteering in China.

5.  Chinese Time Zone, don’t miss out on the competitions!

When following an international event, it is essential to know what the local time  is to avoid missing the fight for the medals. Therefore, China’s time zone is UTC+8 (in the whole country!) The weekend of the World Cup is especially challenging since Europe goes from Summer to Normal time at 04:00 in the night between 26 and 27 October.  

PLEASE REMEMBER: THE CLOCKS CHANGE ON THE NIGHT OF SATURDAY 26 OCTOBER 2019 AT MID-NIGHT IN THE UK.

Get set to watch the Web-TV Broadcasts

As usually, IOF Live Services will be available to follow the last stop of World Cup. On LIVE Orienteering, we will find start lists, the TV broadcast from the Opening Ceremony and all the races, GPS tracking… and anything you may need to be informed!

The Programme for Competition is as follows:

Opening Ceremony

25 October (Friday)
13:00-15:00 (CEST, UTC +2)
19:00-21:00 (China)
Free

Middle

26 October (Saturday)
08:00-11:00 (CEST UTC +2)
14:00-17:00 (China)
Ticket needed

Sprint Relay

27 October (Sunday)
07:30-09:00 (CET UTC +1)
15:30-17:00 (China)
Ticket needed

Rest Day

28 October (Monday)

Sprint

29 October (Tuesday)
07:00-09:30 (CET UTC +1))
15:00-17:30 (China)
Ticket needed

 

Wishing the GB team all the very best in their final preparations as they get ready to travel to compete.

 

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Tweet Wednesday 18th September 2019

Caddihoe Chase 2019, Dartmoor – entries close on 22 September!

DAY 1:
Saturday 28 September 2019

South-West Championship event - Classic Distance (National level).

DAY 2:
Sunday 29 September 2019

Chasing start times will be computed on the basis of Day 1 running times, with a base-time of 10.00.

The terrain is typical Dartmoor, mixed woodland and moorland. The moorland is generally runnable with rocky tor outcrops. The profusion of pits and gullies, which add considerably to the technical challenge, is the unintended legacy of the former tin-miners.  

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Event Organiser, Alan Simpson from Devon Orienteering Club, says: "The Caddihoe Chase is an annual event in the South West. It was invented by Devon Orienteering Club, and we host the event alternate years, with other South West clubs taking their turn in between. We look forward to you joining us for a weekend of quality orienteering at the Caddihoe Chase, on the 28th and 29th September in what is a stunning location of south west Dartmoor."
 

Age-class Caddihoe trophies will be awarded on the Sunday, based on the two-day result.

The unique feature of the Chase is that, in every age class, the first runner across the finishing line is the Caddihoe Winner.

Caddihoe Chase - have you entered yet?

There is still time to enter!  On-line entry is via www.fabian4.co.uk, on or before 22 September 2019.

Late entries/Entries On Day may be available, but strictly subject to map availability.

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Officials:
Event Planner: Nicholas Maxwell, Devon Orienteering Club (DEVON)
Controller: Graham Pring, Cornwall Orienteering Club (KERNO)
Organiser: Alan Simpson, Devon Orienteering Club (DEVON)

Many thanks to the landowners SW Lakes Trust and Dartmoor National Park Authority for the use of their land for this event.  

Further event details are available on the Devon Orienteering Club website – here.

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