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Tweet Thursday 16th July 2020

Return to Orienteering Guidance for the UK

As a sport, we must work together to resume orienteering responsibly and within the relevant Government guidance.

The Board of Directors have committed to following the respective advice of each government, and therefore there are likely to be periods when types of orienteering activities permitted, vary between different parts of the UK, depending on the Government guidelines and regulations.

British Orienteering has developed a dedicated webpage here

On this webpage the guidance for each of the nations will be updated accordingly as further announcements by local or national Governments are made.

Latest Guidance:

All guidance is subject to any further restrictions that may be imposed by local or national Governments.


Full club guidance England 13 July 2020


Full club guidance Wales 15 July 2020

Northern Ireland

Full club guidance NI 14 July 2020


SOA event guidance 15 July 2020

SOA COVID 19 Risk Assessment phase 3

Scottish Orienteering reactivation phase 3

This webpage also includes links to key documents and information to support clubs and participants in delivering safe orienteering and includes the following support resources:


Tweet Thursday 6th August 2020

Use Your British Orienteering Membership To Save You Money

Making your British Orienteering Membership Work for You.

Whatever you do this summer make sure you do not miss out on the wide range of discounts and offers available to British Orienteering members.  Save money on national brands, sports and outdoor gear, holiday providers, days out, clothing and shoes, and meals out. 

British Orienteering has one of the most comprehensive membership benefits of any governing body – use your membership to save YOU money. Log-in to the member section on the British Orienteering website with your member details to access all the discount codes.

A list of all the benefits is below:

To access all these money-saving discounts – all you need to do is 'Log in' to the member section of the British Orienteering website to gain access to the unique British Orienteering member discounts codes.

Forgotten how to?

Here's how…follow these six easy steps.

1.  Go to the homepage of the British Orienteering website

2.  Go to the top right of the homepage and click on the ‘Log in’ button.

3.  Enter in your unique membership details.  If you have forgotten your membership details please use the forgotten password function, if you dont know your membership number or need to update your email address, please contact  

4.  When logged in, hover over the ‘My Account’ which is at the top right of the page.

5.  Then click on ‘Member Discounts’ underneath the ‘My Membership’ heading on the left-hand side.

6.  You will now see the whole list of member discounts and offers together with the instructions of take-up and the unique British Orienteering member discount and offer codes to use as stated.


Why not explore some more?

When you are in the ‘My Membership’ section, this is a great opportunity to ensure all of your member contacts details are all up to date and correct on the British Orienteering membership database. 

You can do this by simply clicking on the ‘My Details’ tab.  
If you have any questions, then please do not hesitate to email:

If you haven't already, you could also look at what e-newsletters are available and update your ‘Newsletter Settings’ to ensure that you are receiving all the latest member news and information.  If you have a spare bit of time you can even read through the archive editions of British Orienteering's Focus magazine, as well as checking that you are up to speed with all of the recent member e-newsletters as issued. 

We would love to hear of any ideas or suggestions of specific topics you think would be interesting for other British Orienteering members either to be shared on the British Orienteering website in the news section or in the member's e-newsletters.  Email:

Tweet Wednesday 5th August 2020

Lagan Valley Orienteers held first proper timed event since March

Mark Pruzina member of Lagan Valley Orienteers comments: 

“Here in Northern Ireland, Lagan Valley Orienteers held our first proper timed event since March yesterday on 1 August at Meelmore in the Mournes. We were able to offer 80 pre-entry places with 10 starts per 15 minutes in compliance with British Orienteering guidance.

We used SIAir and SRR Radio Controls which worked well with live Start, Finish and one Radio Control data coming back to me at Registration 1km away. This meant that the entire race was contact free from Start to Finish, with minimal contact and good social distancing at Registration/Download.

Social distancing was great throughout and everything was actually relatively unhurried and relaxed due to the spacing of the 80 people across the 2 hours. When I uploaded the results to British Orienteering website last night I think we might be the first proper timed event in the UK since March!

Everyone had a great time. The joy of getting out into an actual competitive, timed event was amazing.

We are hoping for a second event using the same protocols and processes in a couple of weeks’ time if we can finalise permissions.”


Juls Hanvey, Northern Ireland Sporting Clubs Coordinator who attended the event, says:  "I heard three different people say “Our sport was made for social distancing!” – so true!"


Here are another few quotes from Facebook users, they include:

“Thanks for a brilliant event today. Great scenery and a challenging course. Thought the social distancing was very well managed and didn’t detract from the enjoyment of the event. All the best and hope to see you at the next one.”
“Many thanks to all involved, a grand day out after so long.”
“Fantastic event- thank you for organising.”
“Great start to the season well done team for putting in a great effort to make it happen.”
“Great event with excellent organisation, thanks to all involved.”













Photo credits:  Juls Hanvey (NIOA)

Thank you to Helen Pruzina (Organiser), Steph Pruzina (Planner), Mark Pruzina for sorting out all of the IT side of things including pre-registration entries and payment, Graeme Francis (Controller) and to all the additional volunteers helping with starts and registration.

For more information please visit:


Is your club busy planning a return to orienteering event? 

We would love to hear from clubs about the what they are planning and the organising is going.  Have you any first hand experiences of what you found particular worked well?  Any examples of stumbling blocks and how you and your club overcame them?  Have you any particular experiences and solutions which  you can share with other clubs and members?  Please email:   

Tweet Monday 11th May 2020

World Orienteering Day – Virtual Event

Source: World Orienteering Day website & news release – published 11 May 2020.

Online Challenges / Games anytime between: Wednesday 13th to Saturday 16th May 2020.

This week World Orienteering Day event was supposed to be arranged all over the world. Due to the outbreak of the Corona virus (Covid-19) it was unfortunately cancelled.

However, in cooperation with Lockdown Orienteering World Orienteering Day will organise a free virtual event this week between Wednesday 13th and Saturday 16th May 2020.

It will be 5 challenges/games for all of you to have a go at!

  • Street View Orienteering
  • Race in Laby (the Maze!)
  • Virtual Trail Orienteering
  • Orienteering Spot the Difference
  • Race in Catching Features

How do I enter?

It’s free to enter. Please use this link. However, it is important to please note that you must register before 13:00 Tuesday 12th UK Time (GMT+1) to guarantee you get a place.

Jenny Nilsson, Project Manager - World Orienteering Day, IOF, said:
"I got the offer from Chris Smithard GB elite athlete and Lockdown Orienteering Coordinator that he could arrange the challenges/games. And due to the circumstances with the outbreak of the Corona virus (Covid-19) WOD thought it was a great idea. Together Lockdown Orienteering and World Orienteering Day and WOD partners has made it possible for people around the world to try orienteering online in different shapes!"


Peter Hart, Chief Executive Officer at British Orienteering Federation, says:
“British Orienteering has been fully supportive of the recent innovative Lockdown Orienteering challenges and games being coordinated by our very own GB elite athlete Chris Smithard. Lockdown Orienteering has provided a wide range of orienteering themed activities and challenges which can be done from the comfort of your sofa. British Orienteering is delighted that they have been well received by our Federation members as well as having received global interest from countries across the world. We wish Chris well and look forward to seeing people across the world joining in and enjoying online this year’s virtual Lockdown Orienteering World Orienteering Day.”

For more information and to register please see:
World Orienteering Day – Virtual Event