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Share  Tweet Friday 16th February 2024

Recruitment - British Orienteering Performance Manager

British Orienteering have an unparalleled opportunity to lead and shape our Performance Pathway Programme towards the World Championships in 2024 and beyond.

We are on a mission to secure sustained success and make our mark on the global stage. This isn't just about competition; it's about transcending boundaries, defying expectations, and showcasing the very best of our collective talents.

As the leader of this programme, you will lead and co-ordinate the immense potential and will inspire and unite all those involved in the programme including athletes, parents, support staff and volunteers. Your Leadership will provide the opportunity for our athletes to fulfil their potential and reach new heights.

So, are you ready to seize this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity?

For further information regarding the post please see here.

Join us as we embark on this extraordinary journey towards the World Championships in 2024.

Closing Date for applications is 10 March 2024

Performance Manager
Share  Tweet Friday 1st March 2024

Behind the scenes of the East Midlands Championships 2024 at Chambers Wood

Sean Harrington was the organiser of this years East Midlands Championships at Chambers Wood that was hosted by Lincoln Orienteering Group. Here he gives his insight into his planning and coordination of the event. 

We tend to do things slightly different from other clubs, as I tend to be the organiser for all our events the planner takes on some of the traditional organiser roles.

Prior to the event

My first job was to arrange for a suitable parking area for the event, as this was quite a small area I requested that all entries made every effort to car share to help us out. I then had to arrange for portable toilets to be available on the day of the competition.

About three weeks before the event I sent out an email to all club members requesting their help on the day for jobs including Computers, Car Parking, Start & Finish Teams and Control collectors. After I had received all the replies I then produced a list of all the helpers and their jobs on the day.

On the Friday before the event I went to the parking area to take delivery of the Portable toilets to make sure they were put in a safe place for people to use.

On  Saturday I had to go to a container where we store all our kit to load my car up with all the equipment we would need to run the event.

Event Day

On the Sunday I arrived at the parking area at 8:30 am, having already put out signage to the event on my way. Then it was just a matter of making sure all the helpers knew what job they were doing. By about 12:00pm when I was happy all things were going smoothly I went for my own run.

Courses closed at 2:00 pm and time to collect all the controls in and tidy all the other things up which was completed by about 3.30pm, I then left for home arriving back by 4.00pm.

Results and round up

Club member Paul Murgatroyd provided this round up of the event, including a link to the results. Congratulations to all who were awarded prizes at the event!

Post event

On the Monday it was then two trips back to the container to return all the kit we had used.

Share  Tweet Thursday 29th February 2024

Thinking of becoming a Planner? Take advantage of our special E-Learning course offer this March!

Considering becoming a Planner?

Planning is the one of the most rewarding and enjoyable roles. Not only does it improve your navigation skills, but it can also provide you with a different and new type of orienteering challenge.  

The British Orienteering E-Learning Course, Introduction to Planning , developed with the expertise of Barry Elkington (Octavian Droobers) and the educational robustness  of Pauline Olivant (Nottinghamshire Orienteering Club) is a great place to start.

This course is aimed at current and experienced Orienteers who wish to become a Planner.

By the end of the course you will have a great understanding of how to plan your first local event and how the roles of the main officials interact.

Course objectives

  • To understand what is expected of a planner before, during and after the local event, and how the planner’s role interacts with the other event officials.
  • To understand the different technical and physical requirements for planning orienteering courses to meet the requirements of the full range of expected competitors and the role of the officials.

The course content is designed to only address the course objective rather than attempting to cover the full scope of Planning. As we recognise that Planning is a skill that takes much time and practice to hone.

The course should only take around 45- 60 mins to complete and for the whole of March is only £6.00

To access the course and find out more information about our other E-Learning courses, please visit the E-Learning homepage.

Interested in learning about our other E-Learning courses on offer? Visit the E-Learning homepage and access information on all the other resources we provide.


Share  Tweet Wednesday 16th September 2020

Transport for London (TfL) has partnered with British Orienteering to create a season of active travel-inspired urban orienteering challenges

Explore London on foot with TfL’s Streetspace-inspired orienteering challenges. 

  • Five walking challenges are available across London, including Camden, Battersea and Dalston
  • Each completed submission is in with a chance of winning a limited-edition moquette picnic set from London Transport Museum
  • TfL’s world-leading Streetspace for London plan is delivering widened pavements and new temporary cycle lanes across the capital - making it easier to walk and social distance

Transport for London (TfL) has partnered with British Orienteering to create a season of active travel-inspired urban orienteering challenges, giving Londoners the chance to explore the city in a whole new way throughout September and October. The challenges complement TfL’s Streetspace for London plan, which is helping to make space for walking, improve cycling conditions and enable people to maintain social distancing as London recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.

From Dalston, to Clapham and Camden, the orienteering challenges will take people on a journey of discovery across the city utilising recently widened pathways and newly completed Streetspace schemes.

Participants can find their way around the city on carefully mapped routes. The challenge is to simply visit the 12 numbered points marked on the map with a circle and match them to their corresponding photo. Participants can find them in any order and completing the task correctly is an exercise of skill rather than speed, testing their map reading skills and ability to plan their route. Each participant who successfully finishes the challenge and submits their results will automatically be entered into a prize draw. Eight winners will be chosen at random to win a special limited-edition moquette picnic set from the London Transport Museum.

The challenges are part of the Mayor’s strategy to encourage more people to walk and take advantage of the additional space that has been created on London’s streets thanks to TfL’s Streetspace for London programme which is transforming town centres and reducing traffic on residential streets.

Walking has been shown to have many physical benefits, including reducing the risk of Type 2 diabetes, Coronary Heart Disease and cancer, but there are wider benefits too. Walking for just 10 minutes twice a day can reduce stress and anxiety and has also been proven to reduce the risk of depression by 20-30 per cent.

Will Norman, London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner said: “Walking is a great way to explore your neighbourhood and beyond as well as being good for your mental and physical health, so I’m really pleased that TfL have teamed up with British Orienteering for this series of challenges. Our world-leading Streetspace measures include widening pavements to make it easier to make journeys on foot, which is more important than ever to avoid a damaging car-based recovery from the pandemic.”

Julie Dixon, Head of Customer Information, Design and Partnerships at TfL said: “Walking is key to London's green, healthy and sustainable recovery from coronavirus and this challenge is a fun way to enable people to experience London in a unique way and shows just how walkable London is.

“This pandemic has brought home to everyone just how important health is and the Streetspace for London measures have made it easier than ever to walk around London. Walking is great for our mental and physical health and is also vital for improving air quality and reducing congestion, making London a greener, safer place to live.”

Peter Hart, Chief Executive of British Orienteering, said: “Never has the opportunity been greater to promote and enjoy and understand the significant health benefits of being physically active in the outdoors. What better way to enjoying being out walking whilst exploring London and completing one of these challenges? These introductory fun activities are suitable for all, no matter your fitness level or map reading skills and British Orienteering are delighted to be working with TfL to support people to get out and active around the London boroughs.”

Since May, Streetspace has led to more than 65km of new or upgraded cycle infrastructure being built or currently under construction, along with more than 16,500 square metres of extra pavement space on the TfL network alone. This has enabled more people to social distance while travelling and visiting shops along major high streets in the capital. TfL has also installed a total of 1,540 extra cycle parking spaces across London, focused around busy areas like high streets and transport hubs.

The free maps and activity sheets plus the link to submit your results can be found on the British Orienteering website.

More information and resources on walking in the capital can be found on the TfL website

Photos credits:  TfL

The course and activity are specially designed by British Orienteering with the support of local London clubs, South London Orienteers (SLOW) and London Orienteering  Klubb (LOK)