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Tweet Tuesday 22nd September 2020

COVID-Secure Orienteering Update 22 September 2020

British Orienteering continues to keep our guidelines for event organisers, coaches and participants under review as the government COVID-19 guidance evolve across the UK. Protecting the health of all our participants, members, volunteers and staff, and ensuring that we play our part in suppressing the spread of COVID-19, remain our highest priorities.

Our initial understanding is that the new Government restrictions announced in England on Tuesday 22 September will continue to permit orienteering events to be held in line with the current British Orienteering guidelines. However, we will review the detailed Government guidance as it emerges and will make any necessary changes to the British Orienteering guidelines as soon as possible.

British Orienteering will also continue to work with SOA, WOA and NIOA to review the impact of the restrictions announced by the Scottish Government, Welsh Government and Northern Ireland Executive.

We will issue a further update once the revised Government guidance for sport has become available.

Tweet Thursday 10th September 2020

Review of Return to Orienteering Guidance (England)

Following the review of the Return to Orienteering guidance in England by the Board of British Orienteering on Tuesday 1st September, please find the link to the full document.

The key changes are:

  • If allocated start times are used, a maximum of two starters per minute is permitted from each start location.
  • If start windows are used (rather than allocated start times), a maximum of one starter per minute is permitted from each start location.
  • There is no limit to the number of separate start locations that may be used at an event.

Subject to a further review of the implementation of these revised guidelines, British Orienteering will aim to move in future revisions towards a higher start rate of up to four starters per minute from each start location, with allocated start times.

British Orienteering would welcome further feedback from clubs about their experience of operating within the current COVID-19 guidelines, and about any challenges they have encountered in obtaining permissions from landowners or local authorities.

The Board plans a further review of the guidance in October, subject to any further changes in the government guidance.

To view the current guidance visit:  COVID Safe Orienteering  

Tweet Monday 28th September 2020

Striking lucky with the weather, Border Liners held their second club event

Report by David Rawle member of Border Liners

Striking lucky with the weather again, Border Liners held their second club event of the late summer on the fells above Askham. Following protocols and requirements set down by British Orienteering, the club provided socially distanced start and finish procedures for nearly 170 orienteers to take part on five separate courses.

Showing his class as an international orienteer, Alastair Thomas of the Edinburgh University Orienteering Club took first place around the 10.2km (180m climbing) Brown course in a time of 48.45. He was followed in second and third places by Zac Hudd (West Cumberland Orienteering Club) and Jamie Parkinson (Teviot Valley Orienteering Club) with times of 49.11 and 52.38 respectively. Border Liner James Chapman came a very respectable sixth with 62.40.

West Cumberland orienteer Michael Billinghurst took gold around the 6.8km (120m climbing) Blue course in a time of 47.01 with an excellent second place for Border Liner James Daplyn (48.17). Making the most of his running fitness on the fellside course, Owain Rice of the Liners scored a well-deserved fifth in a time of 55.28. Junior runner Herbie Ashworth (WCOC) was a clear winner of the 4.5km (70m climbing) Green course in a time of 29.48 with experienced Border Liner Chris Lates claiming a top ten position with 42.06.

Ellie Darlow of the Roxburgh Reivers Orienteering Club won the 3.6km (50m climbing) Short Green course in 38.59 with Border Liner Jane Yates fourth in 59.41. Continuing to gain orienteering experience Abigail Pantry meanwhile claimed fifth place around the 3.8km (70m climbing) Orange course. The winner of the Orange course was Ben Todhunter (South Ribble Orienteering Club) and their respective times were 55.08 and 65.07.

Border Liners next fixture is another club event and is scheduled for Saturday 24th October on Binsey Fell. It will take place subject to prevailing Covid-19 restrictions at the time and will be by advance entry only with no entries taken on the day.


Celebrating the re-start of orienteering.  
What activities or events has your club organised? Have you recently attended a re-start event?  Was it your second or third?  How did you find it?
Maybe you have downloaded a Permanent Orienteering and/or Virtual Orienteering Course and enjoyed it with your family?  Or you have recently enjoyed taking part in a local MapRun course or even designed your own MapRun course for members of your club to take part in?  
However, you have been taking part in orienteering, share your experiences with others who may not have re-started orienteering at their club yet.

Share your orienteering news and send your snippets, and photos to Jennie Taylor Communications Officer. 


To view the current British Orienteering Guidance visit:


Tweet Thursday 13th February 2020

This Girl Can - Sport England Funding Opportunity

Do you have a project idea?  Looking for funding? Then the Sport England This Girl Can Community Fund could be for you. 

The fund aims to support women aged 16+ to get active by offering National Lottery grants to local projects that will contribute to overcoming the barrier some women face in getting active. 

Projects could need just a few hundred pounds to larger project nearer £10,000 so there are some great possibilities.  

Orienteering clubs are ideally placed to take advantage of this fund to bring in valuable funds in support of important projects. Project ideas could include: 

  • Organising a series of orienteering themed walks for new mums.

  • Running a series of evening or weekend activities which helps train women in the skills of orienteering as well as getting the benefit of physical activity.

  • Providing specialist coaching sessions for 16+ girls who sit outside the elite and regional squads framework.

Funding opportunity
  • Introducing a series of short evening score events for women that link to women networks in your area.

  • Providing an orienteering activity specifically to encourage women to try orienteering and then linking to an existing summer event series you / your club has planned. 

These are just some ideas and suggestions on how you could get involved.  This is an excellent opportunity which could really help you get that idea you’ve been thinking of for a while now off the ground.

There is a short Sport England Project Form which initially needs to be completed explaining your idea.  Once this form has been submitted Sport England funding advisers will be in touch with you within 8 weeks. If your idea is successful then you will be asked to complete a full application form with more details.

British Orienteering’s Development Team are available to help and talk to clubs about their project ideas and wanting to submit a bid, as well as providing support and assistance when your initial idea has been approved.

The potential for your project idea could be great!   

Please note: that the deadline for submissions is:  25 February 2020. 

For further details and to complete the initial form, follow this link: