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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 Thursday 7th November 2019

November Classic 2019

On Sunday Southampton Orienteering Club welcomed competitors to the 52nd Classic at Bramshaw Wood, one of the New Forest's best and least used areas.

After two days of rain the sun shone and over 800 competitors enjoyed challenging courses set by Planner Kevin Bracher.

The area is mainly open woodland and the map delightfully clear, with lots of white and relatively few paths.  The area is surprisingly hilly for the New Forest and has some interesting contour features.  The autumn colour was at its best and, after the rain, the marshes easy enough to identify on the ground!

Photo credits:  Steve Rush (Bristol Orienteering Klubb)

Thanks go to Forestry England for consent to hold the event.

Thank you to all officials and clubs for their work involved in arranging this event.


Full race results can be found here.