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Tweet Friday 16th October 2020

Guidelines for Orienteering in England 16 October 2020

On 12 October the Prime Minister announced a new system of COVID-19 restrictions to replace the existing local lockdown measures in individual areas.

Under the new scheme, local areas will be placed in one of three tiers; Tier 1 (Medium), Tier 2 (High) and Tier 3 (Very High).

Tier 1 areas are subject to the existing national restriction measures such as the ‘rule of six’.

Those areas within Tier 2 see additional restrictions, such as a ban on households mixing indoors.

In Tier 3 areas, indoor gyms, fitness and dance studios and indoor sports facilities are required to close by law.

However, an exemption applies which allows these venues to be used by under 18s and people with a disability. Within each of these tiers, organised outdoor sporting activity can continue and remains exempt from restrictions on the number of people allowed to gather, subject to this taking place under approved guidance.

Detailed guidance on what you can do in each of these tiers is available here:

The government has also published a postcode checker to find out which tier your local area is in.

The new system has implications for orienteering and we have updated our Return to Orienteering Guidance.

Anyone organising or taking part in an orienteering event or activity must ensure that they are aware of the local COVID alert level both in their home area and at the intended venue for their activity, and act in line with the restrictions which apply.

British Orienteering has created a matrix of activities to show which orienteering activities are permitted at each alert level, subject to landowner permission.

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Tweet Tuesday 27th October 2020

British Orienteering Talent Squad 2020/2021 announced

Congratulations to the following athletes who have been selected to the Talent Squad for the forthcoming season:

Tier 1

Ben Gostick; Adam Methven; Adam Barrie; Tommy Heap; Max Mobus; Sam Griffin; Ewan MusgraveEuan TrynerBen SquireJim BaileyJoe Hudd; Iris Macmillan; Imogen Pieters; Isobel Howard; Hannah Kingham; Pippa CarcasRachel DuckworthRachel Brown

Tier 2

Eilidh CampbellDavid BunnLizzie StansfieldMegan KeithAlice WilsonFlurry GriersonPeter MolloyMatthew Gooch

Many congratulations to all the  athletes selected

Paul Murgatroyd, Head Coach for Talent, commented:  
"Well done to all those athletes who have made it into the squad for the upcoming year and I wish them all the best with their training and racing in the months ahead. The past season has thrown a great many challenges at this group of young orienteers and they've managed to keep their motivation and enthusiasm for the sport high, despite all the issues around cancellations of the majority of this season's premier events. We sincerely hope that next year will be an improvement, and that these aspiring juniors will get the opportunity to race both domestically and internationally at some point, but we know that this continues to be a very difficult and uncertain time for everyone."

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Tweet Monday 26th October 2020

British Orienteering welcomed 80 attendees to their latest webinar

From experiences of returning to traditional events to virtual leagues – the webinar on Tuesday 20 October 2020 enabled 80 attendees from across the home countries to hear directly from club volunteers about their club experiences as well as listen to the latest national picture from British Orienteering presented by Natalie Weir and Ric Gamble.

On the night attendees watching heard from a selection of club speakers including Jon Eaton (WCOC), Colin Dickson (BAOC), Jason Falconer (WSX), Phill Batts (CLOK), Martyn Roome (SROC). 

Juls Hanvey (Sporting Clubs Coordinator – NI) who gave us an overview of an LVO October Outdoors project.  This project highlighted four weeks of adventurous orienteering challenges across three boroughs supported by The Outdoor Partnership NI and delivered via virtual orienteering courses.  This project highlighted how we can potentially start thinking about utilising virtual orienteering courses as a brilliant tool to engage newcomers in the current COVID19 climate.

Sal Chaffey (DVO) and Mike Godfree (DVO) who couldn’t join us on the night have also provided their ideas and experiences of MapRun and this presentation, along with the others featured and the link to the video can be found here. 

British Orienteering continue to be motivated and inspired by all that clubs are doing to embrace, innovate and organise round the current restrictions as well as continuing to try to negotiate permissions and access.

We hope those who attended found being able to hear and share experiences interesting and inspiring.  Please do keep an eye out for future webinars – with the next one likely to be featuring and discussing MapRunG experiences – MapRun on a Garmin Watch.

Further details will be announced on the British Orienteering website shortly.

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MapRun

Did you know? 

British Orienteering has a dedicated webinars page on the website where all the webinars produced are listed.  

The dark nights present a great opportunity to catch up on the recent webinar series focused around Returning to Orienteering , Permanent Orienteering, and Virtual Orienteering Courses., plus many more.  You may have missed one or two of them, or maybe it would be useful to re-watch them again to help you build on any ideas you already have.

To access all the series of webinars produced during lockdown follow the links below.  Click on the session title to watch any of the sessions back in your own time.

Q&A on the Back to Orienteering guidance.

This session outlines the key points resulting from the published guidance for each nation and took live questions. We hope this session provides the confidence and practical understanding to support clubs as they continue to move forward in planning their return to local level event delivery.

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Entries, Booking & Contactless payment systems.

This session provides a recap of fully integrated entry with payment systems - Fabian, SI, Eventrac etc followed by some excellent examples of individual club booking systems from CLOK, POTOC & HH.  An overview of the most common contactless card payment systems - Izettle vs Sumup vs Square is provided along with a helpful experience of using iZettle from SLOW.  LVO also provide a helpful iZettle user guide handout.

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Introduction to the UsynligO Virtual App

Simon Bailey from BOK demonstrates how the UsynligO app can be used to set up virtual courses, the practicalities and functions of the platform as well as taking questions.

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Q&A on the next steps of the Back to Orienteering plan

Join British Orienteering CEO Peter Hart and the Development team to discuss the Back to Orienteering action plan. Peter and the team answered your questions live and heard your thoughts for how local events and the sport may look when local events and activities resume.

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Bitesize Webinar session: 
Using OCAD for Map Run

In this recorded session, Pat discusses using OCAD with MapRun. Pat provides support for users of the MapRun App on using OCAD maps/exporting courses.

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Bitesize Webinar session:
Map Run Administration

In this recorded session, Pat follows up his earlier Map Run webinar by explaining the local administration role associated with Map Run.

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Open Orienteering Map

This session sees Oliver O'Brien demonstrating how to use Open Orienteering Map, the practicalities and functions of the platform as well as relating its use for creating virtual Orienteering and it's more familiar use in urban/ street orienteering.

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How to use the MapRun app for virtual courses

In this webinar Pat demonstrates how the app can be used to set up virtual courses, the practicalities and functions of the platform as well as taking questions and answers.  

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Using Routegadget to set up virtual courses

In this webinar, Simon demonstrates how to use Routegadget to set up virtual courses (without SI results), the practicalities and functions of the platform as well as an taking questions to provide further insight into its practicalities.

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Getting to know Routegadget

Simon Errington from Hertfordshire Orienteering Club (HH) presents all about Routegadget. Showing you the basics through to some more advanced techniques.

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Don't forget - if you have a subject you would like to hear more about, please email:  nweir@britishorienteering.org.uk

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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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