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Tweet Tuesday 20th July 2021

Entries for the Relay and Individual events close midnight on Sunday 8 August

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 Friday 30th July 2021

The Scottish Orienteering 6-Days Event starts this weekend!

The 23rd Scottish 6 Days Orienteering event will be held in Lochaber between the 1st and 7th August 2021.

Lochaber is a scenic area in the Scottish Highlands, including Fort William, the outdoor capital of Scotland and Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK.

Event Schedule is as follows:

Sunday 1st August

Long distance

Day 1: Ardchattan, north of Loch Etive

Monday 2nd August

Middle distance

Day 2: Inverlochy, Fort William

Tuesday 3rd August

Long distance

Day 3: Arisaig

Wednesday 4th August


Rest day
Check back later to see if we have planned any activities

Thursday 5th August

Long distance

Day 4: Achnacarry

Friday 6th August

Long distance

Day 5: Creag Dhubh, Newtonmore

Saturday 7th August

Middle distance

Day 6: Craig Meagaidh

This year’s event will be different from others and to keep numbers at each area down there will be two 3-Day events. Subject to final permissions the event will start at Ardchattan, a scenic open area on the northern shore of Loch Etive before moving to a new area and Middle distance race at Inverlochy, directly beneath the north face of Ben Nevis. Day 3 will take the Road to the Isles to Arisaig, with opportunities to continue the journey through Mallaig and out to Skye for a day trip.

After a well-earned rest day or a chance to bag a Munro, the main programme will recommence at another great new area at Creag Dhubh, to the north of the River Spey near Newtonmore. Everyone will get the chance to run there as it is also being used for the next day. The final day (Middle distance) is on the National Nature Reserve at Creag Meagaidh, with outstanding views over the Ardverikie Estate, Loch Laggan and numerous Munros.

More details and start times can be found on the Scottish 6 Days website here.


British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to wish all members navigating their way to the Scottish 6 Days over the next days a safe journey as they travel there.  British Orienteering also would like to thank the Scottish 6 Days Organising team for all the hard work they have put in to making this event happen.  Wishing all orienteers attending this event a great week of orienteering within the spectacular and stunning scenery.  

Don't forget to post your comments and photos on British Orienteering's social media Twiiter and Facebook channels.  Have fun!

Day 3: Arisaig and the Islands Credit: Dave Peel
Tweet Thursday 29th July 2021

British Orienteering Championships 2021 - entries open on 1 August 2021

Saturday 2 October & Sunday 3 October 2021

Bristol Orienteering Klubb, in conjunction with Devon Orienteering Club welcome you to the South West of England in October 2021 for what they hope will be a memorable albeit complex weekend of orienteering on the sand dunes of Braunton Burrows.

The British Individual Long Championships 2021 will be held at Braunton Burrows, near Barnstaple in Devon on Saturday 2 October 2021. They will be followed the next day, not by the tradition British Relay Championships, but by a Middle distance race in the same area. Both events will be subject to COVID requirements in place at the time.

Both events are due to be part of the UK O league series.

The Organising Team have been very busy getting this event ready and they anticipate that entries will be open on the 1 August 2021.
Please see the British Orienteering Championships website for details about entries here:

As soon as more details become available about the event they will be added to the event website.

Tweet Thursday 15th October 2020

New Videos Teach Orienteering Using Permanent Courses

Manchester and District Orienteering Club (MDOC) has launched 'Get Out & Go', a series of four new films targeted at novices and newcomers, thanks to a grant from Sport England.  Filmed in urban parks during Summer 2020, the short videos show beginners all the basics of orienteering, from the special way maps and courses are drawn, though a range of useful skills and techniques, to simple route choice, planning ahead and reading the map on the run.

With Covid 19 restricting many sports, activities and travel, this is an ideal time to promote orienteering in local parks and urban spaces.  Permanent Orienteering Courses (POCs) already provide a great resource and with these self-help coaching films, they can be used more fully, not only to introduce new audiences to orienteering but also to help them make progress by learning new skills and practising techniques.  By following this series and making use of POCs, beginners will develop both the confidence and experience to try tackling a course at a club event.

The four films are titled Getting Started, Getting Going, Getting Confident and Getting Faster.

  • Getting Started gives information on orienteering maps, useful symbols to note, how courses are drawn, and what to look for at checkpoints or controls.  It also shows how to line up the map with features nearby, a key skill to help the novice orienteer set off in the right direction.
  • Getting Going covers more detail on the map, shows how to use a compass, simple route choices, how to use features other than paths as handrails, and when to cut corners.
  • Getting Confident gives tips on techniques that help build more confidence in navigational decisions. These include learning to take a sure route into a checkpoint, finding a safety net if you overshoot and using control descriptions to visualise the checkpoint.
  • Getting Faster demonstrates where to plan ahead, where to speed up and slow down and gives some tips on reading the map on the run.

You can watch these films by clicking here.

MDOC hopes that clubs around the UK will find these new films useful during Covid and beyond.  The films are ideal to complement coaching sessions with beginners or groups such as schools and scouts.  The series can also be promoted alongside any information on Permanent Orienteering Courses as both a safe and easy way to introduce newcomers to our sport, build on that first adventure and create a stepping stone to coming to regular events.

The ‘Get Out & Go’ films were made in Queen's Park (Bolton), Woodbank Park (Stockport) and Bramhall Park (Stockport).

Greater Manchester Orienteering Activities (GMOA) is a volunteer organisation run jointly by MDOC and South East Lancashire Orienteering Club (SELOC), that creates and maintains Permanent Orienteering Courses in and around Greater Manchester. The courses are located in over 60 parks and green spaces across all ten metropolitan boroughs as well as neighbouring areas.  For details, visit:


To find out more about Manchester and District Orienteering Club visit their website here. 

To find out more about South East Lancs. Orienteering Club visit their website here.  

Coaching Group socially distanced