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Tweet Tuesday 21st January 2020

Orienteering gets a positive mention The Guardian Today!

Source:  The Guardian, Tuesday 21 January 2020.
By Micha Frazer-Carroll

Today in The Guardian our sport of Orienteering gets a positive mention in an article featured. 

"The DofE award changes show you don’t have to climb a mountain to build character" by .  

You can read the full story here.


Have your say about the article by responding to the 'Letters' page in the daily 'Journal' section of The Guardian at the bottom of the article.  Email:


Photo Credit:  Rob Lines
Tweet Tuesday 21st January 2020

Changes in TrailO 2020 International Selection Policy

The TrailO Committee has revealed that there have been changes made to the International Selection Policy for the European and World Championships in 2020.

The changes reflect those made by the IOF at the recent Council meeting namely:

  • Renaming of the Para Class to (P) Physically Challenged.
  • Increase to the Team size at competitions.

The changes are reflected in the new Policy and can be found here.

Tweet Monday 20th January 2020

British Orienteering Awards - Who Will You Be Nominating?

British Orienteering wants to acknowledge recognise and reward some of the great work being done across the sport of orienteering by our clubs, coaches, mappers and volunteers of all ages.

Who do you think deserves to be congratulated for their particular hardwork and efforts they have given to the sport in 2019? 

Photo credit: Steve Rush (BOK)
Photo credit: Wendy Carlyle
Photo credit: Rob Lines

Orienteers within all of our clubs up and down the country give endless hours of their time to our sport. Often very quietly and behind the scenes and don't make a fuss about what they regularly do.  Many orienteers spend hours mapping and planning for a specific club or national event or have put in hard graft over the year and have developed new club initiatives and activities in 2019. 

Together let's recognise this fact and put our heads together and nominate the people within your club who you think deserves national recognition for their contributions given to our sport.  British Orienteering are looking for nominations from members and clubs. 

There are many Annual Award Categories up for grabs, and they include:  

  • University Club of the Year Award
    This award recognises the efforts of University Clubs in the development of participants as well as coaches and volunteers. The award is also to show appreciation for the University introducing and providing a gateway to the sport to their students. 
  • Young Volunteer of the Year Award

    This award is for a volunteer, under the age of 25, who has demonstrated a commitment to supporting delivery of orienteering activity with passion, energy and enthusiasm.  

  • Coach of the Year Award

    Coach of the Year award is looking for coaches who demonstrate success in one or more of the following areas:
    1. engaging new people in orienteering; 2. improving the performance of orienteers; 3. mentoring and developing other coaches. 

  • Volunteer of the Year Award
    This award is for a volunteer who has demonstrated a commitment to supporting the delivery of orienteering activity with passion, energy, and enthusiasm. 
  • SILVA AwardAll members can nominate someone they believe has made a significant contribution to orienteering through ‘field’ activities.
Photo credits:  Bob Haskins
Photo credits:  Bob Haskins

As well as the following Mapping Award Categories:

Photo credit: Rob Lines
Photo credit:  Colin Matheson
Photo credit:  Colin Matheson

ALL Award Nominations need to be sent in to National Office by: 17:00 on Friday 6 March 2020. 
Please email through ALL nominations to: 

All awards will be presented at the 2020 British Orienteering Annual General Meeting on Friday 10 April 2020 at 5pm (on Day 1 of the JK 2020).  

For more information on all the awards, please email:

Tweet Friday 10th January 2020

British Night Championships 2020 (UKOL) - Entries Open!

Saturday 22 February 2020

Hambleden, Near Henley-on-Thames, South Oxfordshire

Hosted by Thames Valley Orienteering Club and part of the South Central Orienteering Association.  The British Night Orienteering Championships is a Major Level A) Event and is part of the 2020 UK Orienteering League.  The Chiltern Challenge, a national event, will be held on the Sunday, also on the Hambleden Estate. Basic overnight camping pitches are available at Assembly for those wishing to stay for the Chiltern Challenge.

Terrain: Classic Chiltern undulating slopes covered in mature beech or mixed deciduous and conifer. Brashings and undergrowth are limited.

Entries: Online entry via Fabian4 here

You must be a member of British Orienteering or an IOF-affiliated federation to enter.

Fee reduced by £2 if you also enter Chiltern Challenge 2020.

Closing Dates:
Reduced entry fees (Closing Date 1): midnight Sunday 2nd Feb 2020.
Final closing date (Closing Date 2): midnight Sunday 16th Feb 2020.

Please note: There will be no entries on the day.

Full details for the British Night Orienteering Championships can be found here.


British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to thank the officials for all their hard work involved in planning this Major Event. 
Thank you to Organiser: John Dalton (TVOC), Planner: Neville Baker (TVOC), Controller: Alan Rosen (HH) and all other surrounding clubs.