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Share  Tweet Monday 25th October 2021

World's best Orienteers take to the streets of Aabenraa and Billund, Denmark

At the weekend (23 - 24 October) some of the World's best Orienteers take to the streets of Aabenraa and Billund, Denmark to run two World Ranking Events organised by the same organisation that will be running the World Orienteering Championships 2022 in Denmark.

The competition was in connection with a training camp for which all National Teams were invited.

(Right) GB Grace Molloy finishing 3rd

Saturday (23 October) was the Sprint race with both the qualification and the finals held in Aabenraa. The town is a real pearl in terms of Sprint Orienteering, with an idyllic town centre, narrow cobbled streets, backyards, and alleyways.  Aabenraa is not completely new to orienteers but this is the first major race to be held here.

GB Fiona Bunn
GB Jo Shepherd
GB Kris Jones

In the Men's Kris Jones finished 6th, Chris Smithard 8th, and Alex Chepelin 13th.

In the Women's Charlotte Ward 8th, Alice Leake 11th, Grace Molloy 18th, Jo Shepherd 33rd, and Kristin Maxwell 34th.  With Cecile Andersen and Fiona Bunn finishing 1st and 2nd respectively in the B final. Marie Eades finished 17th.

Billund hosted the Knock out Sprint on Sunday, with the venue right next to the Lego House in the town centre. The qualification races took place in the morning, with the finals in the afternoon.

After both Grace Molloy and Chris Smithard finished top in their Semi-Finals, they progressed to the final where Grace finished 3rd and Chris finished 5th. Charlotte Ward finished 4th in Quarter Final 3 and Cecilie Andersen 5th in Quarter Final 2.

One of the aims of the races is for the World Orienteering Championship organisers to have the opportunity to test parts of the setup for next Summer's World Championships so runners received a high-quality event, with a representative of what awaits at the championships next summer.

Share  Tweet Monday 25th October 2021

Are you looking for some frighteningly good fun this Halloween?

Looking for a Halloween Orienteering Event just to take part in? 

Some of our Orienteering Clubs and Xplorer Partners are putting on some Halloween events and they might just be what you are scarily looking for!

Our Xplorer Partner events can be found here or join in and take part in an Orienteering Club Halloween event in near you.  Find events here.

Halloween lanterns.  Photo credit North Gloucestershire Orienteering Club

Get Spooky this Halloween with our fantastically freaky Halloween Xplorer markers and creepy certificates. 

Halloween Markers and Certificates available to buy

Want to find out more about Xplorer and becoming an Xplorer Partner?

Xplorer is a fun navigational challenge and involves a healthy mix of physical activity and decision-making. Kids love the excitement of searching for secret animal markers using a simple map of the park to find their way.

Xplorer will:

  • Help you to engage local community groups and families in multi-generational outdoor physical activity
  • Reach local key target groups from across your community
  • Increase footfall in your parks, house grounds, and open spaces
  • Encourage visitors to Xplore the whole site
  • Improve secondary spend in park facilities

For more information on how to become an Xplorer delivery partner please contact Howard Blackman:

Please also note:  Christmas Xplorer markers and certificates are also available, alongside a wide range of other Xplorer seasonal and topical subject resources. 

If you are looking for information on British Orienteering's Xplorer Schools resource click here.

Share  Tweet Thursday 21st October 2021

Northern Ireland Orienteering Championships 2021

Report by Ric Gamble, Chair of Lagan Valley Orienteers

It was Fermanagh Orienteering Club's turn to host the 2021 Northern Ireland Orienteering Championships, meaning that together with a great western welcome would come the twinkle in the eye of mischief.

With a clearing morning and a dry forecast ahead, 10.30 am on Saturday morning saw the first of the starters line up on the fringe of the boulder-strewn forest on the Cavan Burren.  Those of us who were here two years ago when Fermanagh Orienteers hosted the Irish Championships, passed on warnings to the unsuspecting, to keep things slow, to begin with, in the hope to get out of the forest unbroken in body, mind, and spirit and onto the open hillside.

Most managed this, but not all!

When you get out onto the open hill of the Cavan Burren you will see it is an amazing place.  If you are not lost on the map and look up, the scenery is beautiful.  However, due to the intricacies of the terrain made by the underlying geology, the eye can’t be tempted to stray for too long and does need to stay focused on the map.  In fact, some of the geology is not underlying, the landscape has visible patches of limestone pavement; this, along with innumerable pits and crags makes for some careful running and navigation.  The planning of Ciara Largey made the most of this, meaning the errors were not only confined to the earlier forest legs.  At the finish, I don’t think there was much noise of a clean run.

Twelve excellent courses were planned, with Course 1 being 10.9km with 290m of a climb.  You can check them out at NIOC 2021 Cavan Burren 2021-10-16 (  There was great competition enjoyed by the three Northern Ireland clubs along with their friends in the South and a few who made the trip across the Irish Sea. Northern Ireland's biggest club, Lagan Valley Orienteers, had fifteen category winners, with both North West Orienteering Club and Fermanagh Orienteers bringing two titles each home.

As well as thanking Ciara for her excellent planning, huge thanks also must go to Val Jones of FINGAL for controlling – with the NI Champs taking place on the South, this truly was a cross-border effort. The professionalism, as always, of the whole event, was organised by Raymond Finlay with a great deal of help from Teresa and many other fantastic volunteers.

Full results are available here

Thanks again Fermanagh Orienteers, we always enjoy the fact that the level of challenge meets the level of your welcome!

Above photos:  Competitors enjoying the event last weekend.

Photo credits:  Juls Hanvey, Sporting Clubs Coordinator (Northern Ireland)



Share  Tweet Monday 13th July 2020

Green Light Given to Return of Orienteering in England

British Orienteering are delighted to announce today that orienteering will return to England on Saturday 1 August 2020.

Please note: This is subject to any further restrictions or additional announcements that may be imposed by the UK Government ahead or after the date of 1 August 2020.

British Orienteering has today released a document which highlights the ‘Return to Orienteering Guidelines for England to support clubs and all members across England in bringing a safe return to grassroots orienteering.

The ‘Return to Orienteering Guidelines’ have been documented by the Board and staff at British Orienteering and are in line with the latest UK Government Guidelines on COVID-19 restrictions in England. The Guidance document works on the same basis on the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation in England, for providers of grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities, and where relevant the return to recreational team sport framework.

Peter Hart Chief Executive Officer at British Orienteering, says:  “There has been a lot of work put in by the Board and all staff in creating this set of guidelines to support clubs and members return to orienteering. These guidelines aim to provide clubs and members in England with clarity on how the sport can resume on the 1 August in a few weeks-time. This set of guidelines highlights how best orienteering clubs can create a safe environment for their members to enjoy the sport whilst still ensuring complying with the current restrictions imposed by the government in England.”


The Return to Orienteering Guidelines for England can be found here.