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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 Sunday 20th September 2020

552 British Orienteering members make savings of £9.84 per transaction

Last year 552 of British Orienteering members took up the Cotswold Outdoor offer, and on average made a saving of £9.84 per transaction.   

If you are getting ready to get out and about again, then make the most of British Orienteering's Membership Scheme discounts and offers from a wide range of local and national brands. 

Cotswold Outdoor

The UK’s Widest Range of Outdoor Clothing and Equipment

Cotswold Outdoor have been preparing people to discover the great outdoors for over 40 years, offering clothing, equipment and accessories from the very best outdoor brands. Anyone can find you the best kit, but only Cotswold Outdoor can find you the right kit, tried and tested by passionate outdoor experts so you can make the most of every moment spent out there. So, whatever your next adventure looks like, Cotswold Outdoor’s experts are on hand to make sure it’s your greatest yet. Cotswold Outdoor are delighted to offer British Orienteering members a 15% discount, both in-store and online.


United by Attitude

Founded by a small team of crazy snow sports enthusiasts, Snow+Rock is all about pushing boundaries, breaking rules, never compromising. Pioneers from the beginning, Snow+Rock champion the very best popular and up-and-coming ski brands to bring customers unrivalled premium products, guaranteed to perform every time.

Back in 1985, Snow+Rock introduced the UK’s first Boot Fit Clinic and have been delivering nothing but top-drawer service ever since. Ski boot fitting, custom insole fabrication and expert advice born from experience – find it all at Snow+Rock. See you out there.  Snow+Rock are delighted to offer British Orienteering members a 15% discount, both in-store and online.

Runners Need

The Running Specialists

Runners Need believes that every run should be a great one. Whatever your goals, they are here to help you reach them with great products from the best running brands and friendly, expert in-store service. Every great run begins with the right shoe, which is why Runners Need offers free gait analysis and expert shoe fitting in every store.

But Runners Need is about more than just the shoes. They are passionate about providing the latest innovations in performance fabrics, high-tech gadgets and accessories, training and nutrition science, all tailored to your fitness goals. Whenever and however you run, their range is versatile to suit your lifestyle, be it on the road, in the gym or at home. So, whatever gets you moving, Runners Need are here to help you every step of the way. Runners Need is delighted to offer British Orienteering members a 15% discount, both in-store and online.

Cycle Surgery

All for the ride

Cycle Surgery understands how and why you ride, whether it’s on the road, in the city, or out on the trail. They share your passion for cycling and want to help you make the most of every ride. Expert advice, quality workmanship and the best brands in cycling are Cycle Surgery’s heart and soul. Since 1992, they’ve been getting cyclists out there with every cog, every service and every piece of invaluable advice from their in-store experts. Cycle Surgery knows that it’s more than just a bike and are here to help make sure you’re always ride-ready, wherever you’re heading.Cycle Surgery is delighted to offer British Orienteering members a 15% discount, both in-store and online.


Making your British Orienteering Membership work for you.

British Orienteering has one of the most comprehensive membership benefits of any governing body – use your membership to save money.
Log-in to the member’s section on the British Orienteering website with your member details to access all the discount codes.

Find out more and the list of all discounts available to British Orienteering here.

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.


#BeActive @GBweekofsport



19 - 27 September 2020
Tweet Friday 31st July 2020

2020 Junior and MTB World Championships cancelled, European Youth Orienteering Championships to include juniors

International Orienteering Federation (IOF); 31 July 2020.

The IOF Council, at its digital meeting held today July 31st, decided that the Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC) 2020 scheduled to be held in Turkey in October and the World Mountainbike Orienteering Championships (WMTBOC) 2020 scheduled to be held in Portugal in October are cancelled due to the continuing effects of the Covid-19 virus pandemic. The Council also decided that the scheduled organisation of the European Youth Orienteering Championships (EYOC) in Hungary, 24-26 October 2020, could proceed. As part of the decision about EYOC, Council approved the organisers proposal to include competition classes for junior athletes (Men up to 20 years old and Women up to 20) and to declare these the European Junior Orienteering Championships (EJOC) 2020.

– The decisions made by Council today are consistent with the information the IOF has gathered regarding the difficulty in organising global orienteering events, where different regions of the world are at different levels of restrictions and activity due to the pandemic, states IOF Secretary General/CEO Tom Hollowell.  – At the same time, we do see some more positive developments in Europe where we are able to conduct events at regional level, first the European Mountainbike Orienteering Championships and now the European Youth Orienteering Championships. I really need to show appreciation to our organisers and member federations for their continuing understanding and assistance us as we try to find the best solutions for offering athletes opportunities to compete at championship level events in a safe environment.

The Council decisions about the events were largely based upon consultation carried out with members regarding their ability and willingness to participate, as well as the recommendations of the respective organisers and IOF Senior Event Advisers. For the World Championships events it was obvious in the consultation, answered by 46 IOF members, that broad participation would not be possible and that the value of the global championships would be significantly reduced for athletes, organisers, venues and partners. For EYOC, European region members were much more positive about their possibilities for participating, with a clear majority stating that they most likely or certainly would send a team.

The decision about the Junior World Orienteering Championships means that the respective appointed organisers for the years 2020 – 2022 have agreed to move their event one year, i.e. JWOC 2021 will be held in Turkey, JWOC 2022 will be held in Portugal and JWOC 2023 will be held in Romania. The IOF intends to open an opportunity for athletes born in 2000, who had their final year of junior eligibility in 2020, to compete for medals at JWOC 2021. However, the IOF would like to consult with member federations regarding the best method for including their participation prior to making a final decision. The consultation will be carried out immediately and a decision made at the Council meeting on September 25th.

The cancellation of the World MTB Orienteering Championships event in Portugal also means that the Junior World MTB Orienteering Championships and the European Youth MTB Orienteering Championships which were part of the event are also cancelled for 2020. The IOF is working with the organisers to see how the preparations and venue cooperation can be re-allocated to another IOF major MTB event in the near future.

Due to the special situation the European Junior and Youth Orienteering Championships in Hungary would be a one-time event for 2020, but Council further decided it would carry out consultation with member federations to determine if a European Junior Championships should be established as a permanent regional championships as is the case in other IOF regions. The organisers in Hungary presented, as part of their recommendation to Council, a number of preventive actions which will be taken to secure the safety of the participants in light of the Covid-19 situation. These will be communicated to all teams as part of the coming event bulletins.