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Tweet Tuesday 20th July 2021

Permissions received for British Sprint Championships to proceed in full

The British Sprint Championships Weekend

21 August & 22 August 2021

Skelmersdale, Lancashire

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!

Noman Hall
Weekend Coordinator 

Entries close at midnight on Sunday 8 August
Tweet Monday 26th July 2021

Funding from EventScotland brings a daily video diary to Scottish 6-Days

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.

Smile you are on camera
Tweet Thursday 22nd July 2021

Early entry fee for the British Sprints extended

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.

Discounted rate deadline extended
Tweet Tuesday 13th October 2020

Sharing and Discussing Club Experiences Webinar - 20 October, 7.30-8.45pm

British Orienteering are pleased to invite you to a webinar on Tuesday evening next week.  This webinar is focused on bringing clubs together to talk about their club examples of how they have managed the return to orienteering, and to provide an opportunity to discuss and share experiences and ask questions.

Firstly, British Orienteering will provide a quick snapshot of the national picture.

Ric Gamble (NI Development Officer) and Natalie Weir (England Development Officer) will give us the exciting latest national picture from events, activities, and permanent and virtual orienteering course activity up until the end of September 2020.

The focus will be a chance to hear about club examples from experiences of returning to traditional events to keeping it completely virtual.

There will be a selection of club speakers you can hear from, ask questions, and get inspired by on this webinar.

  • Jon Eaton (WCOC) will talk about how keeping it simple and being flexible with areas has enabled them to restart traditional Thursday evening orienteering events and how they have adapted procedures such as entry and arrangements. Members of 14 other British Orienteering clubs have already taken part in the series, in addition to a good turnout from WCOC members.
  • Jason Falconer (WSX) saw members being kept engaged throughout June – August 2020 with a series of weekly MapRun courses in partnership with WIM.  Jason will join us to talk about the experience of delivering their first big traditional event post lockdown –at Goldlingston and Agglestone Heaths (a National Trust site).
  • Colin Dickson (BAOC) will take us through the logistics and organisation of a series of Military League South events, the experience of managing large numbers and two or three start lanes, as well as adapting planning requirements for multiple courses and social distancing in the current climate.
  • Phill Batts (CLOK) will talk about his experience of converting completely to MapRun this season – from not having any experience of virtual courses and experimenting with various methodologies from using from purple pen to google earth, and how a small team of volunteers have helped make it happen.
  • Martyn Roome (SROC) will inform on how the club avoided coming to a complete grinding halt by quickly learning about virtual orienteering courses.  Martyn will talk about setting up a small group in the club to test run and comment on how the test courses worked, and rolling these out, opting for Maprun events in our best technical areas, which can be done any time over a two-week period.
  • Juls Hanvey (Sporting Clubs Coordinator – NI) will give us an overview of an LVO October Outdoors project - 4 weeks of adventurous orienteering challenges across 3 boroughs supported by The Outdoor Partnership NI and delivered via virtual courses.  Juls will also talk about how virtual courses can be used as a brilliant tool to engage newcomers.
  • Natalie Weir (British Orienteering) will outline some additional inspiring examples – for example how DVO have set up Maprun courses on 17 different areas using a mix of OpenOrienteering maps and conventional ISOM orienteering maps using a mixture of linear and score courses.  Natalie will also give an overview of the current Transport for London Photo- O Challenge project in partnership with SLOW and LOK.

We hope you can join us on the night - register here.