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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.

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Tweet Tuesday 2nd June 2020

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

British Orienteering is continuing to publish a series of interviews with GB elite orienteering athletes focusing on their training during lockdown.

This series of interviews now continues with Alice Leake GB elite athlete and member of Airienteers.

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Alice Leake

Club: Airienteers (AIRE)

Athlete Profile

 

How have the current restrictions impacted on your training?
Alice: I’m lucky that, other than the inability to go orienteering and having to do my club interval sessions alone, my training isn’t too different from how it was before the lockdown.

I was originally supposed to be attending several sprint training weekends in the UK and a World Orienteering Championships training camp in Denmark, however these were obviously cancelled in light of the current restrictions.

Instead I’ve been enjoying the flexibility of being able to train in the daytime as I’m working from home now, and just trying to maintain my current good running form with a training programme similar to what I was doing throughout the winter. I plan to keep on with this until we know more about when any orienteering races might take place.”

Alice Leake (Airienteers)

How have the current restrictions impacted on your training?
Alice: I’m lucky that, other than the inability to go orienteering and having to do my club interval sessions alone, my training isn’t too different from how it was before the lockdown.

I was originally supposed to be attending several sprint training weekends in the UK and a World Orienteering Championships training camp in Denmark, however these were obviously cancelled in light of the current restrictions.

Instead I’ve been enjoying the flexibility of being able to train in the daytime as I’m working from home now, and just trying to maintain my current good running form with a training programme similar to what I was doing throughout the winter. I plan to keep on with this until we know more about when any orienteering races might take place.”

 

What advice have you got for other athletes or members in a similar position?
Alice: “Obviously do what works for you and your individual circumstances, but I’ve found exercise to be really good for my mental health and for keeping a sense of normality at the moment.

This could be a good opportunity to work on your overall fitness – for example I’ve been trying to do some more core work and stretching as I know this is an area I don’t always make time for when life is busy.

However I think there’s nothing wrong with just exercising for enjoyment at the moment and doing whatever brings you happiness right now – whether that be going for a run, taking part in lockdown orienteering, looking at old courses online, or just checking in with a clubmate.”

 

What is your number one Lockdown training session?
Alice: “I’ve really been enjoying getting out for a long run each week. Normally it feels like a bit of a chore trying to fit them in, but with more free time I’ve really been appreciating exploring new footpaths in my local area and taking the time to notice new things.”

 

Have you still been able to access support from your coach or orienteering athlete friends, and if so how?
Alice: “Yes. We’ve been having regular catch up calls and WhatsApp groups to keep each other motivated, and my running coach has been sending me two sessions to complete each week. It’s helped me to feel less worried about the uncertainty of the situation as it’s given some structure to my weeks, and I trust that my fitness will still be there when the races do return. I like knowing that, even if we’re not physically together, we’re all still suffering through the intervals and accountable to each other!”

 

What box sets have you been able to catch up on during Lockdown?
Alice: “Series 1 and 2 of Race Across the World – getting my travel fix without leaving the sofa!”

 

Have you been doing any DIY tasks – anything you want to tell us about?
Alice: “I don’t think DIY is my strong point! I’ve been learning to cook some new dishes instead.”

 

Thanks Alice. Wishing you all the very best with your on-going training.

 

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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 Board of Directors at British Orienteering 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.

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

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Tweet Monday 1st June 2020

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

British Orienteering is publishing a series of interviews with GB athletes focusing on the impact of lockdown has on their training.

Jonathan Crickmore is a GB elite athlete and member of Sheffield University Orienteering Club.

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Jonathan Crickmore

Club: (National): Sheffield University Orienteering Club

Club (International): OK Ravinen

Athlete Profile

 

How have the lockdown restrictions impacted on your training?
Jonathan: “My training hasn't been affected too much. I am restricted to training from the house so very limited orienteering but the running is good. Also being stuck at my partner's family house in NZ has advantages of plenty exploring to be done as they are mostly new routes to me.”

Jonathan Crickmore (SHUOC)

What advice have you got for other athletes or members in a similar position?
Jonathan: “My advice to other people is enjoy the running. There aren't going to be any major competitions for a while so just get out and enjoy it, explore every track or bit of woods you can nearby. Find little challenges for yourself if you want. These don't have to be time trials but for example try and do as much climb on your local hill without repeating climbs or find the shortest way to run all the streets in your village/neighbourhood.”

 

What is your number one Lockdown training session?
Jonathan: “Put on my shoes, run up to the hills and keep running for as long as I fancy.”

 

Have you still been able to access support from your coach or orienteering athlete friends, and if so how?
Jonathan: “I have kept in touch time zone permitting through usual social media channels but I've always been self-coached and self-motivated so I'm not noticing a lack of input, I am missing all the training partners especially when doing a session.”

 

What box sets have you been able to catch up on during Lockdown?
Jonathan: “Not too many box sets. My laptop decided to die on day one of quarantine which is slightly heart breaking especially as I can get it fixed in the UK but not here. So been working my way through the book collection and a variety of board games and jigsaws.”

 

Have you been doing any DIY tasks – anything you want to tell us about?
Jonathan: “Trying to fix old computers and laptops in the house so I can find some computing projects to do. Otherwise just the usual cooking, gardening and some small woodwork bits.”

 

Thanks Jonathan. All the best with your on-going training.

 

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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 Board of Directors at British Orienteering 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.

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

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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.”

https://worldorienteeringday.com/index.php/world-orienteering-day-virtual-event/

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

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