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Tweet Thursday 10th September 2020

Review of Return to Orienteering Guidance (England)

Following the review of the Return to Orienteering guidance in England by the Board of British Orienteering on Tuesday 1st September, please find the link to the full document.

The key changes are:

  • If allocated start times are used, a maximum of two starters per minute is permitted from each start location.
  • If start windows are used (rather than allocated start times), a maximum of one starter per minute is permitted from each start location.
  • There is no limit to the number of separate start locations that may be used at an event.

Subject to a further review of the implementation of these revised guidelines, British Orienteering will aim to move in future revisions towards a higher start rate of up to four starters per minute from each start location, with allocated start times.

British Orienteering would welcome further feedback from clubs about their experience of operating within the current COVID-19 guidelines, and about any challenges they have encountered in obtaining permissions from landowners or local authorities.

The Board plans a further review of the guidance in October, subject to any further changes in the government guidance.

To view the current guidance visit:

Tweet Saturday 19th September 2020

The Great British Week of Sport: Celebrating the Sport of Orienteering

The Great British Week of Sport starts today (Saturday 19 September) and runs for a whole week until Sunday 27 September 2020. 

The inaugural Great British Week of Sport aims to inspire the nation to celebrate the power that sport and activity has on our mental, physical and social well-being.

Orienteering is an exciting outdoor adventure sport that exercises mind and body, and suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

The aim is to navigate between checkpoints or controls marked on a special orienteering map. There is no set route so the skill and fun come from trying to find the best way to go.

There is no better time to find out more about the sport of Orienteering.

In competitive orienteering, the challenge is to complete the course in the quickest time.

Permanent Orienteering Courses are also a great way to start orienteering and are at a time and place that suits you. Permanent Orienteering courses are listed here.

Find out more about Permanent and Virtual Orienteering Courses here.

Don't forget to check out too the Newcomers Guide to the Sport of Orienteering here.


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19 - 27 September 2020
Tweet Friday 18th September 2020

For UK Coaching Week 2020, UK Coaching has limited-time offers

For UK Coaching Week 2020, UK Coaching are offering some great limited-time offers.

UK Coaching are offering coaches a limited-time £4 discount on the standard £24 subscription price – that’s less than 40p a week! As you return to coaching post-coronavirus restrictions, taking advantage of this offer is a great way to refuel your coaching skills.
Hurry!  Expires Sunday 20 September 2020.

UK Coaching have discounted selected online classrooms until the end of September, including ‘Coaching Children’ and ‘Understanding Unconscious Bias’. This means you can take part in these live, engaging and interactive online classrooms for £20 (usually £30). Don't miss out!  
Hurry!  Discounted pricing ends 30 September 2020. 

Find out more on the UK Coaching website here.  

Tweet Tuesday 28th July 2020

Juniors across the world battle it out in a series of challenges

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

Extract from Matching Maps Challenge
Extract from the Maze Challenge

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.