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Tweet Wednesday 1st April 2020

Create your own Easter Magic at Home!

We are in an unprecedented position where all orienteering and similar sporting activities in the UK have been suspended, whilst at the same time being encouraged to keep active.

At British Orienteering we know the value of continuing to get your family out and active during these times and what could be better than creating a fun Easter challenge.

Whatever the size of your home and garden putting on your own family Easter hunt couldn’t be easier because we have created downloadable Xplorer Easter resources for you. Simply use our map template to whizz up a map, download our markers (which ask simple and educational questions about Easter themed animals) and answer sheet and get the ball rolling on your Easter magic. You can even award our special Xplorer certificate or add Easter eggs!

So for all those looking to keep themselves and families active at Easter during COVID-19 everything is at your fingertips at

Family Easter Fun 
Tweet Wednesday 1st April 2020

Nokian Tyres World Orienteering Championships 2020 postponed and changes to other International Events

At a time when the world of sports is of minor relevance compared to the health and wellbeing of people all around the world, the International Orienteering Federation (IOF) and the organisers of the Nokian Tyres World Orienteering Championships (WOC) in Denmark, which were planned to be held in 7-11 July 2020 have agreed to postpone the event to a later date. This was due to the uncertainty about the development of the Corona Virus (Covid -19) outbreak and being able to guarantee broad participation and fairness of the competitions.

There are several alternative dates being considered and the information will be shared as soon as it becomes available.

The Selection Races, scheduled to be held on the 30 - 31 May will be postponed correspondingly, with future dates to be announced.

As well as the postponement of the World Orienteering Championships 2020, there have been changes to other IOF events:

  • Orienteering World Cup Round 2 and European Orienteering Championships (EOC) which were planned to be held in Estonia, 19 - 23 August  2020 have been cancelled and will not be held in 2020. The IOF and organisers are looking at potential dates in future years.
  • European Youth Orienteering Championships (EYOC) - organisers have informed the IOF that they intend to postpone the event from the planned dates 19 - 22 June to 23 - 25 October 2020. There will be a final decision about whether this event can be organised in October and this will be made at the latest by 1 August 2020.
  • Junior World Orienteering Championships 2020 scheduled for Turkey 28 June - 2 July. The decision about holding the event on the planned dates will be made at the latest 30 April. Contingency planning is ongoing to postpone JWOC to dates later in 2020.
  • World Masters Orienteering Championships (WMOC) 2020 scheduled to be held in Slovakia, 7- 15 August has been cancelled and the event will be re-scheduled at the latest in 2023.
  • FISU World University Orienteering Championships 2020 scheduled to be held in Russia - July 14 -18 has been cancelled with the event is to be re-scheduled 2021.

With the cancellation of the Orienteering World Cup Round 2 and EOC 2020, along with the postponement of the World Cup in Switzerland which was due to be held in May, which has now been moved to 2021, the IOF announced that there will be no overall Orienteering World Cup for the 2020 season and that the final round of the Orienteering World Cup which was scheduled to be in Italy on 1 - 4 October is cancelled.

Tweet Tuesday 31st March 2020

Celebrating the JK Online

Easter is on the horizon and that usually means the JK for many of us. British Orienteering would like to express thanks and do recognise the disappointment with all of those that were involved in organising this year’s JK and all who were planning on taking a trip to the North East.  Sadly with the current lock down in place many orienteers will be wondering what to do. Fear not, with your help we will be celebrating the JK online over the Easter weekend, reminiscing on memories and sharing photos and maps from over the years. Therefore, we need to hear about the stories that make the event special to you.

Starting on Monday 6 April until the end of JK Day 4 (Monday 13 April 2020) British Orienteering will be publishing a series of articles, news stories, snippets, maps, photographs…etc.  The idea is that we don’t forget what makes the JK so special to us by celebrating the event online.   

British Orienteering is working hard to gather interesting content that we have in the archives, past editions of Focus, history and facts…  

Here is where the ‘celebrating together’ part comes into play!
British Orienteering are asking for members and clubs to think back and send in any content, photos, specific snippets or memories you personally hold dear and want to share with others who love the JK event as much as we do.  Maybe you remember the year when your club achieved your best JK result in the Relay? Did you attend the very first JK event?  What do you personally remember about it? Have you ever witnessed and been inspired by one of the elite champions?  Have you got any old photos / maps, stories?  Over the JK week British Orienteering will publish as many as possible so we can all celebrate this fantastic event together.    

Please share any memory or experience with us large or small which we can feature on the website and social media channels (Facebook and Twitter), to:

Tweet Friday 28th February 2020

Routegadget Webinar Announced

Do you want to know all about Routegadget? On Thursday 5 March at 7 pm, the first British Orienteering webinar of 2020 takes place and opens with a session focused on Routegadget.  

The session will hear from Simon Errington of Hertfordshire Orienteering Club (HH) who delivered the very successful 'Understanding Purple Pen' webinar last year.  

This webinar will provide support for those using this technology and how it can be of benefit. 

With such a good tool as this, the session promises to provide some real insight and support. If you have any questions which you’d like to be included in this session, do get in touch. 

To send in your question in advance please email to Tim Herod England Development Officer:  

To register and watch the webinar either live or as a recording, follow the link below;  

Route Gadget Webinar 

Routegadget Webinar