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Tweet Monday 24th February 2020

Graham Gristwood and Megan Carter-Davies lead the way at British Nights

Report by Phil Conway, England Development Officer

This years’ British Night Championships were held on the smooth, fast terrain of the Chilterns at Hambleden near Henley on Thames at the weekend (Saturday 22 February).  Over 300 competitors took on the challenge, with relatively long courses due to the runnable conditions.  

Graham Gristwood  (Forth Valley Orienteers) won the M21 Long class which was 11.9km with 380m of climb in a time of 1 hour and 21 seconds. 
Megan Carter-Davies (Mid Wales Orienteers) took the W21 Long class in 54 mins 03 seconds for the 8.3km course with 300m climb.

Graham Gristwood
Megan Carter-Davies
Terrain at Hambleden
“I ran fast but made some silly mistakes” said Megan. “All good fun!”   



Graham retained the title from his win last year in Scotland running an impressive 10 minutes quicker at Hambleden. 

Congratulations to all the British Night orienteering Champions across the various age classes. Full results are available and can be found here

Thanks go to Thames Valley Orienteering Club for organising the championships.  

Night Orienteering is particularly popular with some clubs who offer regular events through the winter months.  For example, West Cumberland Orienteering Club organises a local night event from November to March, and Saxons Orienteering Club combines with other South-East clubs to a weekly Kent Night Cup based on score format.

“Confidence comes with practice.” says one regular competitor. 

“Night orienteering is a great way to practice technical skills, which then also helps your day orienteering”. 






Date for your diary!  
British Night Orienteering Championships 2021 will be organised by North Gloucestershire Orienteering Club on Saturday 20 February 2021.    

Tweet Thursday 20th February 2020

British Orienteering Awards - Final Call For Nominations

The closing date for ALL nominations is fast approaching!  

There are now less than 3 weeks to go before nominations close. 

Please note all nominations need to be sent to: by Friday 6 March 2020. 

Club, Coach and Volunteer Awards Open for Nominations

Each year British Orienteering presents a number of awards to recognise the incredible effort and impact delivered by clubs, coaches and volunteers across orienteering.

Who do you think deserves official recognition for their hard work and commitment to our sport?  

The Award Categories open for nominations: 

1.  Club of the Year Award

Is your club an important part of the local community?

  • Providing opportunities for everyone to experience high-quality activities at all levels of your sport or recreation?
  • Demonstrating a commitment to the development of participants as well as coaches and volunteers?
  • Taking an innovative approach to the promotion of the club?

If the answer is “Yes” why not enter the British Orienteering Club of the Year Award.


2.  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. 


3.  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. 


4.  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:

  • engaging new people in orienteering
  • improving the performance of orienteers
  • mentoring and developing other coaches


5.  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. 


6.  SILVA Award

In 1983 SILVA (Sweden) AB decided to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the first Silva compass by establishing an annual award within each IOF member Federation. The awards were to enable Federations to honour those who have contributed in a special way to the development of orienteering. With the assistance of SILVA (UK) Ltd this was interpreted, within the UK, as being a person or persons who have made a very significant contribution to orienteering over a period of years, with an emphasis on ‘field' activities rather than committee work.  Indeed, nominees may not be active or retiring members of the British Orienteering Board, nor part- or full-time employees of the Federation.

All members can nominate someone they believe has made a significant contribution to orienteering through ‘field’ activities.


Who do you think deserves official recognition for their hard work and commitment to our sport?  

Who are you going to nominate for the above awards? 

All nominations for the awards below should be made by Friday 6 March 2020 and sent to:  

Mapping Awards

To encourage the production of high quality maps the Map Group, on behalf of British Orienteering, awards a number of trophies to encourage high standards of mapping and related activities. 

The Mapping Award Categories are as follows:

1. Chichester Trophy

The Chichester Trophy was donated by the Honorary President of the British Orienteering Federation in 1971, Sir Francis Chichester. The Trophy consists of the binnacle compass used on Sir Francis' 'round the world' yacht, Gipsy Moth V, mounted on a wooden plinth. The Trophy was first awarded in 1971 to Robin Harvey and Sue Bone for their map of Leith Hill. It was originally awarded for the Best Map produced in a single year, though later it was awarded for multiple maps or contribution to mapping. In 1985, with the introduction of the 'Bonington Trophy', the 'Chichester Trophy' reverted to the original concept of the best map produced by an amateur mapper.


2. SILVA Trophy for Professional Maps

With the high standard of professionally surveyed and drawn orienteering maps being produced in Britain, the British Orienteering Map Group decided, in 1992, that a new trophy should be awarded in recognition of these mapping companies. The Map Group annually awards the 'Silva Trophy' to the best professionally produced map. This trophy, sponsored by Silva U.K.Ltd. is made from Stourbridge crystal. This irregular shape, called cullet in the trade, is formed when the unused crystal cools. The base was made by Mike Baggott of Harlequins from English elm and the solid silver plate was purchased from a bullion supplier in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter and engraved nearby. 


3. Walsh Trophy

This trophy was made by Mike Baggott of HOC and is sponsored by Walsh Shoes. The trophy is made of old walnut with a triangular cross-section and an etched plate with an image of Canary Wharf, London. It is awarded annually to the best urban or sprint map drawn to ISSOM specification.


4. Bonington Trophy

This trophy was donated to British Orienteering by its Honorary President, Sir Chris Bonington, the world-famous mountaineer. The trophy consists of a piece of rock collected from the summit of Mount Everest on Chris' 1985 expedition, mounted on a wooden plinth. It is awarded annually for the 'best contribution to mapping' which can cover a whole range of activities related to mapping.


Calling for mapping nominations!  

  • Which map do you think is of the highest quality?
  • Who do you think deserves to be crowned as the best mapper? 
  • Who do you think has produced the best map this year?
  • Which mapping skills do you think deserves national recognition?

Download the relevant mapping nomination form from the links above and get your nominations sent in to: without any delay!  


All awards will be presented at the 2020 British Orienteering Annual General Meeting on Friday 10 April 2020 at 17:00 (Day 1;  JK 2020).  

Photo credits:  Rob Lines (Southdowns Orienteers)

Tweet Wednesday 19th February 2020

Job Vacancy - Access Environmental Officer

British Orienteering is creating an exciting new role to address the increasing environmental, economic and regulatory challenges we face in securing access to the countryside for orienteering. This new position will be part-time for two days per week and can be carried out remotely or at British Orienteering’s National Office in Matlock.

You will be a knowledgeable, enthusiastic and passionate advocate for the sport of orienteering. You will have a professional understanding of the importance of access to the countryside, with relevant technical, legal and environmental knowledge, and experience of putting this knowledge into practice.

You will not be afraid to experiment and will develop new initiatives in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders, including landowners, environmental organisations, other NGBs, and voluntary and special interest groups. The role requires excellent interpersonal and organisational skills, with the aim of providing a modern, responsive and effective service delivering good quality access to the countryside for the sport including clubs and associations.

This is a demanding, varied and rewarding role. If you are committed to the positive benefits of sport and access to the outdoors, as well as to promoting sustainable and responsible use of the countryside, we’d like to hear from you.

To apply, please request an application from 

Access and Environmental Officer - Job Description 

Tweet Monday 3rd February 2020

Guildford Orienteers attract over 400 competitors to Middle Distance Event

Guildford Orienteers host Middle Distance UK Orienteering League 2020, Sunday 26 January.

Report by Jeremy Wilds, Guildford Orienteers (GO)

The Start
“GO's Middle Distance Event in January at Farley Heath in Surrey (nicknamed the "Fairly Far Farley") attracted over 400 runners, which came as a bit of a (nice) surprise.” said Event Organiser and GO Chair Jeremy Wilde.
“The event was originally scheduled as a warm-up to the Southern Champs, but when that fixture was postponed several months ago, we took up its Sunday slot.  We had slight reservations that without a major event to attract people, a middle distance event might be less well attended than other formats. Our fears were unfounded - maybe people had already laid their plans before the Southern Champs were moved to come to Farley Heath for the weekend, or perhaps the UKOL status made the difference, or was it the good old South-East League/National status? We'll never really know the answer, but we were very happy that all seemed to enjoy their day.”   













The club decided to ask one of their GO Juniors to act as planner, so Adam Conway stepped up to the task.  He did a great job, updating the map as well as selecting, checking and tagging all the control sites, and coordinating the setting out and collecting in of the controls. 

“I learnt a lot as Course Planner.” said Adam.  “It was fun to create courses from scratch, designing good course shapes, and giving competitors a mix of leg lengths, with switches in direction and exposure across a variety of terrain types.  Luckily, I live nearby, so I knew the terrain already and could access the area whenever I needed.  Thanks very much to Jeremy and Controller Gordon Parker from South London Orienteers (SLOW) for their patience, advice and support to help me get the job done”.
The terrain
Event Organiser, Controller and Download ManagerĀ 
One of the finishes

Photo credits:  Guildford Orienteers