British Orienteering is the National Governing Body for orienteering in the UK. It is responsible for raising the profile and delivering medal-winning performances that promote the long-term development of talented juniors and supports the aspirations of our best international athletes with an embedded culture where athletes are treated with respect and care and enabled to flourish in their time in the programme and beyond.
In 2024 the World Sprint Orienteering Championships will be held in Edinburgh where Great Britain have a realistic opportunity for medal-winning performances.
In recent years, the athletes have delivered outstanding success at the World and Junior Championships. Such results have been a wonderful reward for the immense amount of effort our athletes have put in over the last few years where the level of disruption to their preparation has been unprecedented.
An exciting opportunity now exists to join British Orienteering’s Performance Pathway Programme as its new Performance Director.
The role will suit a values-driven people person with experience of involvement in world-class performance programmes and outstanding leadership credentials. The right person will identify with the current strategy and ways of working but will bring their own experiences to enable it to evolve towards even greater achievement. The nature of the role will require evening and weekend working and occasional travel. Informal enquiries can be made to Bob Dredge, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A detailed Information Pack can be downloaded from here.
How to apply
Interested candidates should send a covering letter and a CV to Rachael Handley at: email@example.com.
The closing date is 19 November 2021.
British Orienteering positively seeks to achieve diversity in its workforce and applications from all candidates regardless of age, race, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or nationality are welcomed and encouraged.
Update by Martin Ward, British Orienteering UKOL Coordinator.
This weekend sees North Gloucester (NGOC) hosting the British Night Orienteering Championships at Cleeve Hill. This is race 15 in the 2021 season, and with a total of eight scores to count in the league, it will be decisive in some age categories in determining who comes out as the UK Orienteering League champion.
The terrain at Cleeve Hill is described by the planner as "mainly open, runnable grassland, with steep crags on its Western escarpment, together with areas of scattered gorse, and complex old quarry workings". The longest course for M21 competitors has over 11km and 400m of climbing, but could still be won in around 60-65 minutes. Across all the age categories over 300 people will compete.
In the UK Orienteering League (UKOL) Club Competition, Bristol (BOK) has now taken a lead on 4,508 points, ahead of South Yorkshire (SYO) on 4,381 and Forth Valley (FVO) on 4,156. With the final two UKOL races being in the south of the UK, those look set to remain the final club league positions unless there is an unexpected turnaround.
There is currently just one competitor with the "perfect score" of 400 points for eight wins - well done Kirsten Strain (W35, AROS)! In the M85 category, John Thompson of TVOC has 399 points, so just one more win for John would see him match Kirsten's score.
The final UKOL race of the season is also fast approaching and will be hosted by Mole Valley (MVOC) on South Ashdown on 12 December. It's also the Southern Championships, so should see a high level of entries.
As we reach the end of the 2021 season, which was shortened due to a late start caused by Covid, I'd like to thank all the clubs and volunteers that have supported the UK Orienteering League by hosting the events at which the races have been held.
The 2022 UKOL season races will be confirmed and published very soon.
Update report by Andy Yeates, JK 2022 Coordinator
Andy Yeates, JK 2022 Coordinator, says: "The past few weeks have been fraught. We finally gave up on Merthyr Mawr as a viable option when we were refused permission to park next to the area. This marked the fifth area we tried for, but couldn’t get permission for. Clydach Terrace was suggested as a replacement and the Day 2 Officials sprang into action and very quickly put together a plan for holding Day 2 there. It looks like there will have to be a short bus ride, but we are now back on track."
Areas for the JK 2022 are now:
Day 1 – Swansea University (Sprint)
Day 2 – Clydach Terrace (Middle)
Day 3 – Pwll Du (Long)
Andy Yeates, continues: "The Welsh Orienteering Association is very proud to be delivering JK 2022. However, we are well aware it is a major undertaking for any region, and particularly so for us with one of the smallest regional memberships in the country. To deliver a successful event we expect to need the majority of members in our own clubs to help out (on multiple days), but also depend on some volunteers from outside the region to offer support on a day."
Being a volunteer at a major event like the JK brings many benefits:
If you are able to help in any capacity, please indicate which days you are willing to help when you enter via SiEntries. Thank you.
Report by Helen Errington and Andy Yeates
British Championships 2021
Planning and hosting Major Events such as the various British Championships in the current climate is very difficult, however all the teams involved with these events are still working hard to try and stage their event in 2021. All dates for 2021 are provisional and we have discussed possible dates as to when each team will make a decision as to whether the events can go ahead under COVID restrictions that may be in place across the home nations at the planned time of the event. The purpose of this provisional advance information is to allow those who are seeking to take part in a British Championships the opportunity to try and plan their diary and training schedule accordingly.
The British Middle Championships have moved to the 5th June on Summerhouse Knott due to the restrictions that will still be in place in May. The Northern Champs have moved with the Middles and will take place on 6th June on High Dam.
The British Sprint Relay Championships & British Sprint Championships has had permission removed for June and has been rescheduled for 21st and 22nd August. This will be in Skelmersdale.
British Long Championships are currently being planned for the 2nd October 2021.These are hoped to be in the South West at Braunton Burrows. A decision has already been made to cancel the British Relay event but there are plans for a second individual event on Sunday 3rd October in the same area.
British Night Championships - the organisers of the British Night Championships are planning on holding the night Champs on Saturday 27th Nov, near Cheltenham, BOK are hoping to stage an event the next day, nearby to Coleford, to make it a weekend of orienteering in the South West.