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Tweet Monday 2nd August 2021

British Sprint Weekend - entries close at midnight on Sunday 8 August 2021

British Sprint Championships takes place in Skelmersdale, Lancashire on the 21 & 22 August.

If you have not yet booked, then hurry as entries close in 6 days time!

The closing date for entries to both the Relay and Individual events is midnight on Sunday 8 August.  Entries are being taken online only and via Fabian4

There will be no entries available for Championship courses after this date.

The Organising and Planning teams are now on the final push to have everything in place for a great weekend of technical urban sprint orienteering.

More information about the British Sprint Championships can be found on the event website here and will continue to be updated as and when further information becomes available.

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Tweet Tuesday 3rd August 2021

Looking for something to do this week outdoors with family and friends?

Orienteering is an outdoor sport that involves participants following a course marked on a map and finding their way to a series of checkpoints.  It is up to participants to decide which way to go, which is all part of the fun and sets it apart from just a walk or run. 

Orienteering is very well placed to offer individual or family-friendly adventurous challenges for all ages and abilities.  From courses with permanent markers to discover, to virtual courses that you can complete with your smartphone or GPS watch, there has never been a better time to start your next outdoor adventure with orienteering. 

With over 500 Permanent and Virtual Orienteering Courses across the UK which one are you going to enjoy this week? 

Find out more here:  www.goorienteering.org.uk

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Tweet Monday 2nd August 2021

Badaguish Camp 2021

Report by Richard Tiley, Lakeland Orienteering Club (LOC)       

Following the 2018 Talent Pathway Review then this year British Orienteering and Junior Regional Orienteering Squads (JROS) agreed to hold Badaguish as a 15s camp and Deeside as a 16s camp.

Due to COVID then the normal Badaguish (Aviemore) week was rearranged as a long weekend split between Stirling & Crieff.  The format was for a practical session during the day followed by an evening Teams review.

Athletes attending Badaguish Camp 2021

The 18 juniors met up on the Friday evening in Stirling for a physical training session.  Later that evening technical coach Mark Nixon led an overview of the Systematic Orienteering Process – Plan, Direction, Distance, Picture.

Saturday saw a visit to Auchingarrich near Crieff, scene of the recent Scottish Junior race.  The morning emphasis was on Direction with the juniors practicing their bearings on small loops.  In the afternoon the focus moved to Picture with the juniors attempting 2 “corridor” courses.

During the Teams meeting on Saturday evening, Mark Nixon described the corridor exercises as being “some of the hardest he had set for a Badaguish camp”.

Map extract of Dundurn

Sunday morning saw a visit to Dundurn with the emphasis on Planning.  It soon became apparent that in addition to considering avoiding the 10m crags within a leg, there was also the matter of the “man eating” marshes.  Several juniors needed help to be extracted!

Sunday afternoon moved to Macrosty Park in Crieff.  The emphasis continued to be on Plan but in a park setting.

The final session on Monday morning was based at Polmaise near Stirling.  The exercise was 1st Leg Relay simulation with the aim of combining all of the skills under pressure.  The “fun” was increased by using an old map which was perhaps 60% accurate.

Thanks go to Paul Murgatroyd, Mark Nixon and the other volunteer coaches for planning and running the camp.

Map extract Dundurn
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Tweet Wednesday 6th January 2021

New Stay at Home guidance issued for national lockdown in England

The government has issued new guidance for the national lockdown in England, which comes into force on Tuesday 5 January.

The guidance states that:

  • Outdoor exercise is still permitted but should be limited to once per day.
  • You can exercise in a public outdoor place:
    • by yourself.
    • with the people you live with.
    • with your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one).
    • in a childcare bubble where providing childcare.
    • or, when on your own, with one person from another household.
  • Outdoor exercise should be done locally wherever possible, but you can travel a short distance within your area to do so if necessary (for example, to access an open space). If you need to travel you should stay local – meaning avoiding travelling outside of your village, town or the part of a city where you live – and look to reduce the number of journeys you make overall.
  • All outdoor sports clubs, centres, venues and facilities will close, alongside indoor facilities.
  • Organised outdoor sport for disabled people is allowed to continue, and we will provide further detail on this once we have information from the Government.

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

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 nweir@britishorienteering.org.uk

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.

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