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.
The Junior Weekend saw juniors from across the globe battle it out in a series of virtual challenges testing skills like routechoice, map memory and contour interpretation.
The puzzles used maps relevant to the next Junior World Orienteering Championships in Turkey. Plus new for this weekend was a race in Minecraft which was a popular edition to the stage lineup!
Congratulations to all the juniors who took part, especially the winners Joe Sunley (WCOC), Heather Wimberley (RACO), Rune De Clerq (TROL), Kirtsen Robertson (CLYDE), Robbie Lightfoot (SYO), Anna Todd (SYO), Hannah Hateley (DEE), Naomi Thornton (SYO) and Finlay McLuckie (MOR).
The full event report can be found here.
The Junior Weekend was Lockdown Orienteering's final virtual competition due to the resumption of real orienteering! However, it will not be disappearing completely! It will morph into 'Orienteering Unlocked' and provide virtual training programmes to help orienteers improve in real orienteering as well as organising virtual competitions in the Autumn and Winter 2020.
More information can be found here.
British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity on behalf of members to thank Organiser Chris Smithard (Forth Valley Orienteers) and the Lockdown Team for organising the wide range of challenges for all to enjoy and take part over the last three months. It has been great to see so many orienteers enjoying and taking part in the various challenges. Congratulations to all the virtual orienteering winners. Thank you all.