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Tweet Tuesday 22nd September 2020

COVID-Secure Orienteering Update 22 September 2020

British Orienteering continues to keep our guidelines for event organisers, coaches and participants under review as the government COVID-19 guidance evolve across the UK. Protecting the health of all our participants, members, volunteers and staff, and ensuring that we play our part in suppressing the spread of COVID-19, remain our highest priorities.

Our initial understanding is that the new Government restrictions announced in England on Tuesday 22 September will continue to permit orienteering events to be held in line with the current British Orienteering guidelines. However, we will review the detailed Government guidance as it emerges and will make any necessary changes to the British Orienteering guidelines as soon as possible.

British Orienteering will also continue to work with SOA, WOA and NIOA to review the impact of the restrictions announced by the Scottish Government, Welsh Government and Northern Ireland Executive.

We will issue a further update once the revised Government guidance for sport has become available.

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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:  COVID Safe Orienteering  

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Tweet Wednesday 23rd September 2020

British Orienteering are supporting National Fitness Day Today!

British Orienteering is supporting National Fitness Day again this year.  We are encouraging all those who have never tried orienteering to download one of over 500 Permanent Orienteering Courses across the UK.

As we ease lockdown restrictions, orienteering clubs around the UK are getting together to promote their Permanent Orienteering Courses as a way of discovering the outdoors in a socially distanced way. There are over 500 Permanent Courses around the country and many are within easy reach of towns and cities. 

A new video has just been released by the Orienteering Foundation, explaining how to get started on a Permanent Orienteering Course.

The video sets out how to understand the map and how to orientate it to match the environment around you. It gives examples of the checkpoints you could be looking for and shows you how to download a map.

Orienteering is a sport where you have to navigate your way around a series of checkpoints in the fastest time. Permanent Orienteering Courses are exactly that - permanent. They have checkpoints, in the form of posts or plaques, in forests, heathlands and parks, which you can navigate to at any time, and at your own pace.

These courses allow you to discover new areas of parks or forests that are a little bit more off the beaten track, and further from other members of the public. They're ideal for small groups or individuals, so perfect for social distancing.

It's a chance to learn something new, an opportunity for everyone to connect with the outdoors, get some exercise and have the satisfaction of completing a challenge.

Key to all orienteering is the specially drawn map. The film shows how this map works, the way the symbols are drawn and how courses are printed with a start and finish symbol and checkpoints to find on the way round. The film also shows how to line your map up with features to help you go in the right direction. Other than having the map, you need little else to get going. A compass isn't necessary on simple courses, just be dressed ready for the outdoors whether you are planning to run or walk.

Many local clubs have also been developing these courses virtually, and our Virtual Orienteering Courses can be completed using your GPS smartphone or watch.  More information on Permanent and Virtual Orienteering Courses can be found on the British Orienteering website.

With the opportunity to select the difficulty of a course, look for a course in a particular terrain, search for wheelchair accessible course or embrace technology with an added virtual element, there has never been a better time to embrace your next outdoor adventure with the sport of Orienteering on National Fitness Day.

If you do one activity today, make sure you download a Permanent Orienteering Course today and go Orienteering!  

#FITNESSDAY

#GreatBritishWeekofSport

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Tweet Saturday 12th September 2020

Eborienteers Hold Successful Regional Event at Skipwith Common

One of the Starts

Steve Corrigan from Eborienteers, says:  "We had a successful Regional Event at Skipwith Common on Sunday 30 August 2020 with 240 competitors. To accommodate everyone safely we used two separate starts and extended the start times from 10:30am to 13:45am."

The second Start area

The event included:

  • Hand sanitisers were provided at toilets, starts and download and we used 1.5 litres in total.
  • Pre-entries only with Fabian. This pre-entry system now allocates start times within the British Orienteering guidelines.
  • We did not provide loose descriptions. We did provide split times. Download was done using extended cables so that the splits printer was away from the officials.
  • Courses were planned to avoid paths, tracks and the public as much as possible. SI boxes at controls were contactless.
  • Competitors all obeyed social distancing rules when competing or queueing.

Steve continues:  "I believe we could have increased the starts to one per minute and still maintained social distancing. Having the starts near the car park or having a clock, synchronised with the start clock, in the car park, helped to prevent any gathering for the starts.

The toilets were 100m from the car park, by accident, but prevented the queue from infringing on the car park, helping with social distancing.

The car park area used was also larger than normal because of the need to park further apart.

Nev Myers, Eborienteers Chairman, came to the event, not to compete but to show his support. Nev is still recovering from COVID which he contracted in March. Our best wishes go to Nev."

Nev Myers, Eborienteers Chairman
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Photo credits:  Eborienteers

 

British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to send Nev Myers, Chair of Eborienteers, very best wishes with his recovery. 

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Celebrating the re-start of orienteering.  
What activities or events has your club organised? Have you recently attended a re-start event?  How was it?
Maybe you have downloaded a Permanent Orienteering and/or Virtual Orienteering Course and enjoyed it with your family?  Or you have recently enjoyed taking part in a local MapRun course or even designed your own MapRun course for members of your club to take part in?  
However, you have been taking part in orienteering, share your experiences with others who may not have re-started yet.

Share your re-starting orienteering news and send your snippets, and photos to Jennie Taylor Communications Officer. 
Email:  jtaylor@britishorienteering.org.uk 

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To view the current British Orienteering Guidance visit:  
https://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/COVID19_Safe_Orienteering

#StaySafe

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