Wednesday 11 May - Tuesday 17 May 2022
Today is the start of World Orienteering Day, which will see orienteering events taking place worldwide, including here in the UK across a whole week!
In the UK, orienteering events are taking place throughout today and this week.
The events are being held various locations such as in cities, parks, forests, and school playgrounds, and people of all ages and fitness abilities are welcome to take part.
Local orienteering clubs across the country are encouraging newcomers to “have a go!” and try the sport of orienteering. Maybe you have already tried orienteering during your school years, or maybe you have never heard of orienteering and don't know much about the sport. Contacting your local club is a great way to find out more about getting started. To find out more and to contact your nearest local orienteering club click on the link here and select the region in which you live for a full list of clubs in your area.
Other orienteering activities, such as Permanent and Virtual (Smart phone /GPS) Coursescan be found here: www.britishorienteering.org.uk/goorienteering
There are also events listed on the world map - click on the UK and find more events near you here. See where the events are taking place across the world.
For more information and free resources visit the World Orienteering Day website: www.worldorienteeringday.com
Don't forget to share your photos!
We would love to hear of your orienteering experiences during World Orienteering Week 2022.
Throughout the week it would be great if you could help us to generate some momentum via social media using #WorldOrienteeringDay and mentioning British Orienteering or @GBROrienteering and post your photos and tell us how you are enjoying taking part.
We regret to inform members that Robert Jackson former Chair of Southampton Orienteering Club sadly passed away on 29 April 2022.
Our thoughts go out to Robert's family at this difficult time.
Further information including the date of the funeral can be found here.
Do you fancy a week-long orienteering adventure on the west coast of Scotland? Using seven areas never before used for orienteering? With low-key organisation and plenty of time to explore or just lie on the beach?
Then Coast and Islands 2022 could be for you!
Coast and Islands started in 2021 to take orienteering to one of the most beautiful parts of the UK and somewhere orienteering has hardly touched - the west coast of Scotland. Last year, the event travelled from Lochinver in the north to Skye in the south. Check out this video from Day 2.
Check out one of the videos from last year below...
This year it's back! With four days on the Kintyre Peninsula and two days on the Isle of Arran. There is set to be a big variety of orienteering on offer ranging from complex contours and rock detail in a runnable forest to a sprint in the gardens of a castle. The three forest areas on Kintyre are amongst some of the best terrains in the UK, amazing how they've never been mapped before!
So if you like orienteering in new places, exploring the Scottish coast, and a relaxed event atmosphere then check out the website for more information here: coastandislands.com
The government has issued new guidance for the national lockdown in England, which comes into force on Tuesday 5 January.
The guidance states that:
All organised orienteering activities, including events, competitions, leagues and coaching, are therefore suspended with immediate effect (except for orienteering for disabled people, on which we will provide further information in due course).
POCs and VOCs can still be used for individual exercise. Courses should be registered with British Orienteering as activities to provide insurance cover for the club and planner. They must not be used for competitions or leagues.
We would recommend that you add any courses on to the British Orienteering POC portal via your club POC Manager or contact email@example.com
The full national lockdown: stay at home guidelines are available on the UK government website.
Guidance for orienteering clubs
Up to date support and guidance for UK orienteering clubs is available via our COVID page.