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Tweet Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Resumption of Orienteering Update 1 June 2020

British Orienteering is reviewing their guidance regularly in response to the latest government advice to understand what is possible and permissible as conditions are being relaxed. Our priority remains to protect the health of our members, volunteers and staff and help to suppress the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

New guidance has been announced by governments in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Isle of Man easing restrictions on the number of people you can meet outside which impacts on how and where individuals can exercise.

We are awaiting more details of how exactly the guidance will apply to orienteers across all nations and will update this statement once official guidance has been published.

In the meantime, we are working to ensure we can provide orienteers with clear information on what is possible and permissible in the current phase of lockdown measures being eased.


Further details can be found here.

Tweet Thursday 4th June 2020

Interview #11: Training in Lockdown with Ben Squire (NOC)

British Orienteering has published a series of interviews with some of our GB athletes and it has been great to hear of all about their really positive on-going training activity and advice.

Yesterday we heard from Euan Tryner in the British Orienteering GB Talent Squad Tier 1 and member of South Yorkshire Orienteers.  

To round off this set of interviews with our GB athletes the final interview today is with Ben Squire who is in the British Orienteering GB Talent Squad Tier 1 and a member of Nottinghamshire Orienteering Club.


Ben Squire

Club: Nottinghamshire Orienteering Club (NOC)



How have the current restrictions impacted on your training?
“I'm still managing to get out most days of the week and as there are no competitions coming up I have mixed things up a bit with my training. I've been cycling more and have used the rollers that we 'panic bought' before lockdown happened.”

Ben Squire (NOC)

Before Lockdown did you attend any of the talent training camps? If so, what were the key things that you enjoyed?
“Being a part of the talent squad, I went to 4 camps over the winter and early spring in the Lake District and Scotland. These allowed me to practise my techniques in areas better than the East Midlands! They also gave me the chance to talk to coaches 1-1 about my training which I found useful. Also a great time to catch up with people who I wouldn't see outside of major competitions.”


What advice have you got for other athletes or members in a similar position with their on-going training?
“Try out new types of training, keep things fresh and use this time with no competitions to train consistently with the hope that the season restarts in the Autumn.”


What is your number one Lockdown training session?
“Long runs exploring different places with less people around and enjoying the nice weather we've been having.”


Have you still been able to access support from your coach or orienteering athlete friends, and if so how?
“I've still kept in touch with friends through social media who I'd been looking forward to seeing at the JK and British Champs. My Dad is my coach so there's no getting away from training!”


What box sets have you been able to catch up on during Lockdown?
“Money Heist and Brooklyn 99 which are both very good.”


Have you got any Lockdown projects on the go at the moment?
“My running club has a Covid-19 virtual relay where everyone is allocated a team (odds/even) depending on your birthday. You then run for 19 minutes with a baton of your choice (an orienteering flag as my choice) and post your distance on the club page adding a bit of competition at this time. I'm looking forward to the Lockdown Orienteering event also too.”


Thank you Ben. We wish you all the very best with your on-going training.


Thank you to all the GB athletes for helping and providing a useful insight into their training during lockdown.  On behalf of British Orienteering members we wish you all the very best and look forward to seeing you competing for GB in the future when it is safe to do so once again.

Did you miss any of the interviews? 
You can access the interviews on the following links as follows:

GB Gold Medal winner Grace Molloy talks about her training in Lockdown. 

Interview #1: Training in Lockdown with Alastair Thomas (EUOC / WCOC)

Interview #2: Training in Lockdown Interview with Jo Shepherd (INVOC)

Interview #3: Training in Lockdown Interview with Fiona Bunn (TVOC / CUOC)

Interview #4: Training in Lockdown with Kirstin Maxwell (RR)

Interview #5: Training in Lockdown Interview with Hector Haines (AROS)

Interview #6: Training in Lockdown Interview with Cat Taylor (SYO)

Interview #7: Training in Lockdown with Sarah Jones (Lakeland OC)

Interview #8: Training in Lockdown - Jonathan Crickmore (SHUOC)

Interview #9: Training in Lockdown with Alice Leake (Airienteers)

Interview #10: Training in Lockdown Interview with Euan Tryner (SYO)


As a sport, we must work together to resume orienteering responsibly as and when the relevant government determines it is safe to do so.

The latest statement from British Orienteering can be found here.
Resumption of Orienteering

Tweet Thursday 4th June 2020

Back to Orienteering Q and A Webinar

As we continue our preparations for the next stage of government restrictions being eased, British Orienteering is pleased to announce a Question and Answer webinar on the next steps of the Back to Orienteering plan.   

Over the last couple of months, we’ve been really pleased with the positive responses from members and clubs to the Back to Orienteering Action Plan. As we move towards the next phase and look ahead to how local events may look, we are hosting this webinar to hear your questions directly and discuss what the practicalities of orienteering could be over the next few months. 

The session will feature Peter Hart and the development team at British Orienteering, next Tuesday 9th June at 7:30pm. 

We encourage questions to be sent in in advance in order to group certain questions and themes together. Questions can also be asked live during the webinar using the usual function. 

Register HERE for the webinar. 

Send in questions in advance to Peter Brooke on

Back to Orienteering Q&A Webinar on Tuesday 9 June, 7.30pm
Tweet Tuesday 17th March 2020

COVID19 Update - All Orienteering Activities Suspended

It is with great sadness that we are now in a position where all orienteering activities in the UK have to be suspended with immediate effect.

We are aware that the Coranvirus outbreak is a very fluid and rapidly changing situation. We all, therefore, continue to follow advice from the Public Health England, the World Health Organisation and both local and national governments on this matter and will keep the orienteering community updated as appropriate.

We know how great the sport is at supporting each other and we ask that you continue to pull together (albeit virtually) during this difficult time.  We will do our best to get you back into the forests as soon as it is safe to do so.

Finally, we ask that you continue to follow the government's guidance on how to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.  Please stay safe and support each other during this hard time.