The British Sprint Championships Weekend
21 August & 22 August 2021
Update July 20th 2021
With the Government lifting of the majority of restrictions, we have now received permissions from West Lancashire Borough Council for the Sprint Championships Weekend to proceed in full.
The entry closing date for both the Relay and Individual events is midnight on Sunday 8 August, the end of the Scottish Six Day week. Entries online only at Fabian4.
The Organising and Planning teams have continued with their work during this uncertain time and are now on the final push to have everything in place for a great weekend of technical urban sprint orienteering.
Some social distancing measures may still be in place for the event and we would ask everyone competing to follow the current British Orienteering Guidelines during the weekend.
The British Sprint Championships website is here and will continue to be updated as and when further information is available.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Update report by Colin Matheson, Assistant Coordinator
Scottish 6 Days, Lochaber 2021
The announcement by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon that Scotland would move to Level 0 from the 19th July was great news but it wasn't carte blanche for the organisers of Lochaber 2021 to press ahead with a complete lifting of restrictions. Factoring in the possibility that we could yet see a return to Level 1 and various other risk factors, the decision to stick with the 2 x 3 Day format with a maximum of 1,000 competitors a day was confirmed. Sportscotland, the conduit into the Scottish Government, were supportive of this plan as were the various other parties involved including Local Authorities, PoliceScotland and NHS Highland. Needless to say lots of things have been happening behind the scenes, including traffic management plans, equipment inventories, liaison with third party suppliers, keeping landowners in the loop and most important of all buy-in from the many volunteers who have put in so many hours to make this happen.
The Scottish 6 Days is first and foremost a holiday event, but we will still retain that competitive element with UK Orienteering League (UKOL) events on Day 2, Day 3 and Days 4 and 5 "combined".
Day 5 at Creag Dhubh will also include a World Ranking Event and thanks go to our International Orienteering Federation (IOF) Advisor Ted Finch for his approval of some slight deviations from the usual protocols.
Thanks to funding from EventScotland we will be pleased to bring you a daily video diary under their "Scotland the Perfect Stage" flag. Look out for Jason of Poppycock Films out in the forest or open hillside but don't worry about tripping over cables! No live feeds, GPS tracking or live broadcast this time around.
British Sprint Championships Weekend 21st/22nd August - Update
Early Entry Fee Period Extended
We have the formal permissions, but this has taken longer than expected due to the prolonged Covid lockdown period. Due to this we are extending the early entry fee period for both the Sprint Relays and the Individual Sprints until 23:59 July 31st.
Get your cheaper rate entry in now before the Scottish Six Day week.
Entries finally close at 23:59 Sunday August 8th.
Enter now on Fabian4.
We look forward to seeing you there.
British Sprint Championships event team.
The existing British Orienteering Strategic Plan was published in December 2016 and includes a SWOT analysis for the sport and the organisation, vision, mission and values, priorities, risks, and objectives and is overall a well packaged piece of work. This plan has become less relevant with the passage of time and the changing of circumstances (e.g. funding) and it is not currently driving action on a daily basis, does not reflect the work of the clubs and associations and doesn’t align us as a sport.
There is much to celebrate about orienteering in the UK, it is a wonderful physical and mental challenge that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and is potentially very inclusive. We have over 50 years of rich history, we are a grassroots sport run by volunteers, with a strong club network and packed event calendar. We also face some challenges from the gentle decline in numbers and aging profile of membership, the competition for other activities which are growing such as Park Run and Tough Mudder. Our hard-working volunteers are feeling increasing fatigue and our sport isn’t as joined up as it could be. Finally, the future funding structure across the UK sporting landscape is uncertain, which could have a big impact.
Over the last twelve months the Board has worked to establish some draft thoughts for the future of orienteering, including soliciting input at workshops at the clubs and associations conference.
Throughout October and November, we will be carrying out some surveying and focus group sessions, to collect some market research as well as consult on the current draft aims and themes of the British Orienteering Strategic Refresh.
We look forward to gathering opinions and feedback across the Orienteering community and beyond. Thank you all in advance for your continued support and understanding especially over the last six months, as we all have and continue to navigate a challenging period.