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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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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 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.

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