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.
All guidance is subject to any further restrictions that may be imposed by local or national Governments.
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:
On behalf of Roger Hargreaves and Christine Vince, JK2021 Coordinators
We hope that you are keeping well and staying safe during this difficult time for everyone. The JK2020 team were very disappointed to have to cancel the event at Easter 2020.
Many of you will be aware that the time from start to finish for planning, organising and controlling a JK is usually a two and a half year period. To this end, the JK2021 organising team are busy with preparations for the four days that we hope will make up the JK 2021 Festival of Orienteering in Cornwall next year.
However, with the uncertainty regarding many aspects of delivering orienteering events that are now only just over six months away we have to plan for as many possible scenarios as we can think of.
Together with British Orienteering, the JK 2021 team have put together a short questionnaire to try and gauge orienteers reactions to a range of matters that we feel might make a difference to whether you might or might not come and take part in JK2021. All of these are subject of course to any lockdown restrictions and social distancing measures in force at Easter in 2021. T
This short questionnaire starts to try and find out what orienteers are thinking about with regard to coming to JK2021. This survey will help to inform our provisional plans for Easter 2021.
On behalf of British Orienteering and the JK2021 organising team thank you for your time in advance for completing this questionnaire.
The JK2021 Questionnaire can be found here.
Having spent much of the past three days working on the final details, we can announce that we will be holding the Selection Race Weekend on 28th-30th August in the Southern Lakes.
The race programme will comprise a Sprint in Windermere on Friday (28 August) late afternoon (starts from approximately 4.30pm - 6pm), a Long on Saturday afternoon (29 August) and a Middle on Sunday morning (30 August), with both forest races being held on the Graythwaite Estate. Both of these areas are now under embargo until the conclusion of the race weekend.
The deadline for entries is midnight, Sunday 23rd August.
All races will be seeded in accordance with British Orienteering rules and start times based on this process. The details of the race specifics are currently being worked on by the team of organisers, planners and controllers and we hope that provisional details will be published soon.
We will also ensure that all racing will comply with the latest covid-secure guidelines. If athletes are unable to attend the racing weekend for fitness, personal or COVID related reasons, they should contact Paul Murgatroyd (email@example.com) and outline their situation, so that this can be considered by the selection panel.
The races will be used to select for EJOC and the Talent Assessment camp/squad and the final selection policy documents related to this are being worked on currently and should be up on the British Orienteering website by the end of this week.
Head Coach for Talent
EYOC and Junior European Championships Update
Previous news article can be found here.
Resumption of orienteering: Phase 1 United Kingdom
The updated UK government guidance published on 11 May 2020 permits the resumption of outdoor sports in England where you take part alone, within a household group, or with one person from outside your household from whom you must stay two metres apart at all times.
The updated guidance from the NI Executive published on 18 May 2020 permits Groups of 4 – 6 people who do not share a household can meet outdoors maintaining social distancing.
This will allow us to resume a limited set of individual orienteering activities in these parts of the country, as set out below.
There is no change to the current position in Scotland and Wales, and so orienteering activities in these parts of the UK must remain suspended for now.
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 have committed to following the respective advice of each government, and therefore there are likely to be periods when types of orienteering activities permitted will vary between different parts of the UK, depending on the government guidelines and regulations.
In England and the Isle of Man, we moved to Phase 1 of the resumption of orienteering with effect from 14 May 2020.
In Northern Ireland, we will move to Phase 1 with effect from 22 May 2020.
This will mean that clubs and individuals can:
The full guidance can be downloaded here.