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Tweet Thursday 5th December 2019

2020 World Orienteering Day / Week - Save The Date!

The next World Orienteering Day will take place on Wednesday 13 May 2020.  

In 2020, between Wednesday 13 May and Tuesday 19 May 2020, any activity held can be registered as a World Orienteering Day event.


The International Orienteering Federation´s goals regarding the organisation of this annual event are as follows:

  • Increasing the visibility and accessibility of orienteering to young people,
  • Increasing the number of participants both in the schools’ activities, as well and in the clubs’ activities in all countries of National Federations,
  • Helping teachers to implement orienteering in a fun and educational way and and to get more new countries to take part in orienteering.

Visionary course of action

Each club of all national Orienteering Federations gets in touch with at least one school.  As teachers might need help to implement orienteering so the lessons are a fun and exciting experience, the IOF is working on providing teaching materials in different languages. 

Find out more here.



Tweet Thursday 5th December 2019

Review of 2019... Celebrating GB's Juniors...

Paul Murgatroyd, Head Coach for Talent, says:  
"A truly phenomenal season for GB's juniors, with record breaking achievements at the Junior World Championships in Denmark in July, supported by some further strong performances at both European Youth Orienteering Championships and Junior European Cup in June and September respectively, is shown in a film."

Watch the film here.

GB's Juniors

British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity in congratulating the GB Junior team on their achievements this year.

Here is a list of the news stories from 2019:

  • Grace Molloy to be Keynote Speaker at Development Conference - read here
  • Megan Keith wins Scottish Young Sportswoman of the Year 2019 - read here.
  • 2019/20 Talent Squad Announced - read here.
  • Junior European Cup (JEC) Relay on the sloping forest of Vessaux - read here
  • Long Distance at the Junior European Cup took place in La Croix de Bauzon - read here.
  • Girls success in Junior European Cup (JEC) Sprint - read here.
  • Junior European Cup this weekend! - read here.
  • Junior European Cup 2019 - MASS START RELAY - read here.
  • Junior European Cup 2019 - LONG DISTANCE - read here.
  • Exciting Sprint at Junior European Cup Today! - read here.
  • Orienteering Junior European Cup - 27 to 29 September 2019, France - read here.
  • Pre-JWOC Training Camp Dairy Account: by Peter Molloy (FVO) - read here.
  • Interview #3: Grace Molloy (FVO) - GOLD, BRONZE and BRONZE! - read here.
  • Interview #2: 2019 JWOC Gold and Silver medal winner - Fiona Bunn (TVOC) - read here.
  • Interview #1: with 2019 JWOC Relay Champion - Megan Keith (INVOC) - read here.
  • Let's hear it for our GB Women 2019 JWOC Relay GOLD medal champions!!! - read here.
  • Pre-JWOC 2020 Camp, Kocaeli, Turkey - read here.
  • JWOC 2019 Relays. Women win GOLD 🥇 and the boys finish 6th! - read here.
  • Junior World Championship Silver Medal for Bunn! - read here.
  • Mixed Fortunes for Young GB Team In JWOC Middle Qualifier - read here.
  • Grace Molloy wins two Bronze Medals in two days! - read here.
  • Grace Molloy 2019 Junior World Orienteering Championships Bronze Medallist - read here.
  • 2019 Junior World Orienteering Championships Starts This Weekend - read here.
  • Four Top 20’s in the Sprint Provides the Highlight of EYOC 2019 - read here.
  • 16s Just Miss Podium Place in EYOC Relays - read here.
  • Technical Green Belarusian Forest Proves Tough For Young Brit’s - read here.
  • EYOC 2019 Preview - read here.
  • Pre-EYOC / JWOC Camp by Alice Wilson - read here.
Tweet Monday 2nd December 2019

Tuesday's Webinar Postponed

Unfortunately due to unexpected work commitments, scheduled for tomorrow evening (3 December at 7pm), the live Q&A webinar with Peter Hart has been postponed.

Programme lead Peter Brooke commented, “We will be working with Peter to secure a replacement date early in the new year and will publish this in due course. This will feature along with an exciting calendar of sessions to tune into throughout 2020.”

This years programme has so far had over 1600 views across all the sessions and are all available to view on British Orienteering’s YouTube channel.

If you have a session you’d like to see featured in 2020 do get in touch with Peter Brooke on and it could feature soon.

Tweet Saturday 30th November 2019

Is your club approaching 50?

By Clive Allen, Former British Orienteering Federation Chairman.  

50 years old, that is – so it came into being in 1970.  The late 60s and early 70s were a period of rapid growth and development in British Orienteering, with many new clubs being formed.

Chances are that the British Orienteering Federation Archive contains some of the first maps your club made.  Your regional magazine or newsletter from those days, also in the Archive, might have interesting details of the club’s formation.

Want to find out more? 
Then send an e-mail to no later than 11 December 2019, stating what in particular you are interested in, and we’ll reply before Christmas letting you know what we have found in the Archive.

Our Archive

The British Orienteering Archive is one of many Special Collections stored in the University of Sheffield Library.  It contains all manner of papers, correspondence, magazines and books right from the earliest days of orienteering in the UK through to the time when records became digitalised.

You can see a full list of what is held by visiting  There is also an extensive photo collection, mainly from the 1970s and 80s; these are not held in the Archive for copyright reasons.  We can do a check for you, to see if we have photos of specific individuals or events.

Recently, Ned Paul has donated a lot of fresh material and a host of photos from his time as owner/editor of CompassSport.  Every so often we are delighted to be offered additions to the collection.  In particular, more photos from large events (finish areas etc.) held in the UK, and photos from the very early days showing the clothing and equipment in use then, would be very welcome.

Anyone can book to see specific contents of the Archive – you just say in advance which boxes you would like to see, and they will be waiting for you when you arrive.  For opening times and booking arrangements, see the Special Collections home page here.  The library where the Archive is held is in the centre of the University of Sheffield complex, a short tram ride from Sheffield rail station.

Photos sourced:  British Orienteering's Archive


We look forward to receiving your requests shortly for further information about your club.

E-mail: no later than 11 December 2019 please.