The British Sprint Championships Weekend
21 August & 22 August 2021
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!
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 Barnstable 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: www.theboc.org.uk
As soon as more details become available about the event they will be added to the event website.
Love Parks Week 2021 - 23 July - 1 August 2021
This year, our parks and green spaces have been a vital lifeline to many of us during the lockdowns.
Around 9 in 10 people surveyed by Natural England in May 2020 agreed that natural spaces are good for mental health and wellbeing.
Many local authorities are putting on events in parks in celebration of the week. Find out what's happening near you by checking out the hashtag #LoveParks on social media, or contacting your local park.
New Go Orienteering Portal
British Orienteering have launched a new Go Orienteering web portal to help discover orienteering this summer.
The new Go Orienteering web portal is for absolutely everyone to get involved and enjoy planning their outdoor adventures this summer with family and with friends. It is the go to website for finding Permanent Orienteering Courses, Virtual (GPS) Orienteering Courses, and to find out about other orienteering opportunities such as club events and activities to enjoy throughout the summer. Many taking place in local parks across the UK.
Jennie Taylor Communications Officer at British Orienteering, says:
"Whether it's a walk with the family, exploring an area whilst on holiday, competing against others as quick as you can or simply just adding variety to a training run, Orienteering could be just the challenge you are looking for.
Your mission is to reach checkpoints or 'controls' marked on a special orienteering map, and the skill and fun comes from trying to find the best route to take. There are courses ideal for beginners as well as for the more experienced. Go in your time, Go at your pace, Go discover a whole new world of adventure in parks, green spaces and urban areas across the UK and Go Orienteering!"
To find out more watch this Permanent Orienteering Courses Introductory video here.
Commissioned by The Orienteering Foundation to help introduce the sport and give first-hand knowledge of how you can take part.
There are over 500 Permanent and Virtual Orienteering Courses across the country - and British Orienteering have worked hard with local clubs to provide something for everyone this summer!
Find out more at: www.goorienteering.org.uk
What ever you do this summer, enjoy your local park or a park further afield. #RespectParks #LoveParks #ProtectParks
Thriving Clubs for a New Generation are at the heart of the new British Orienteering Strategy to strengthen the sport in this country. It will allow us to engage with a new generation via a thriving club network.
British Orienteering believes that if we change perceptions about orienteering, improve accessibility and deliver engaging fun experiences, more people will become hooked on the sport.
Once engaged, clear pathways to progress in competitor or volunteering will enable people to enjoy the sport for life.
The four focus areas of the Strategic Plan are:
“Thriving Clubs for a New Generation” will be formally launched at the AGM on Wednesday, 21 April 2021 and we will be consulting further with the membership and key stakeholders.
Read the Full Strategy here
Call to Action
British Orienteering is keen to hear from you as we turn Thriving Clubs for a New Generation into reality.
All views are valued and we will factor them into our thinking as we take our sport and the plan forward.