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!
Update report by Colin Matheson, Assistant Coordinator
Scottish 6 Days, Lochaber 2021
The announcement by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon that Scotland would move to Level 0 from the 19th July was great news but it wasn't carte blanche for the organisers of Lochaber 2021 to press ahead with a complete lifting of restrictions. Factoring in the possibility that we could yet see a return to Level 1 and various other risk factors, the decision to stick with the 2 x 3 Day format with a maximum of 1,000 competitors a day was confirmed. Sportscotland, the conduit into the Scottish Government, were supportive of this plan as were the various other parties involved including Local Authorities, PoliceScotland and NHS Highland. Needless to say lots of things have been happening behind the scenes, including traffic management plans, equipment inventories, liaison with third party suppliers, keeping landowners in the loop and most important of all buy-in from the many volunteers who have put in so many hours to make this happen.
The Scottish 6 Days is first and foremost a holiday event, but we will still retain that competitive element with UK Orienteering League (UKOL) events on Day 2, Day 3 and Days 4 and 5 "combined".
Day 5 at Creag Dhubh will also include a World Ranking Event and thanks go to our International Orienteering Federation (IOF) Advisor Ted Finch for his approval of some slight deviations from the usual protocols.
Thanks to funding from EventScotland we will be pleased to bring you a daily video diary under their "Scotland the Perfect Stage" flag. Look out for Jason of Poppycock Films out in the forest or open hillside but don't worry about tripping over cables! No live feeds, GPS tracking or live broadcast this time around.
British Sprint Championships Weekend 21st/22nd August - Update
Early Entry Fee Period Extended
We have the formal permissions, but this has taken longer than expected due to the prolonged Covid lockdown period. Due to this we are extending the early entry fee period for both the Sprint Relays and the Individual Sprints until 23:59 July 31st.
Get your cheaper rate entry in now before the Scottish Six Day week.
Entries finally close at 23:59 Sunday August 8th.
Enter now on Fabian4.
We look forward to seeing you there.
British Sprint Championships event team.
British Orienteering today is proud to announce the Volunteer of the Year.
This award is presented to a volunteer who has demonstrated a commitment to supporting delivery of orienteering activity with passion, energy, and enthusiasm.
This year’s winner is: Caroline Mackenzie (Cleveland Orienteering Klub)
Commenting on her award Caroline says:
“I'm delighted and honoured to have been chosen as British Orienteering's Volunteer of the Year. I feel that this is as much a reflection on the efforts and commitment of Cleveland Orienteering Klub as on myself as an individual.
One of the main reasons why --- after some friendly arm-twisting by the outgoing job-holder --- I agreed to take on the role of Chair of the CLOK Committee was that I knew I could count on a great deal of support from experienced, enthusiastic, and committed club members. I'm really proud of what the club has achieved over the last year or so. As well as doing a good job of getting back to putting on high-quality orienteering events as soon as the coronavirus restrictions allowed, the club has also found the time and energy to formulate and start implementing a strategy to secure its longer-term future. In particular, we've appointed a Schools Development Officer to revive and expand our school development programme and obtained an Orienteering Foundation grant to help to fund a Club Development Officer to attract new people into orienteering in the Cleveland area to help to correct our ageing membership profile. There's still a lot to do, but I'm confident we're heading in the right direction.”
Club Secretary John Green, comments:
“Caroline Mackenzie, the current CLOK Chair, has through her leadership and personal volunteering steered the club through one of the most difficult years imaginable. She has laid the basis for many club members to have the opportunity of running in conventional (SI based) events and helped set up and encourage others to develop Virtual Orienteering Courses and upgrade existing Permanent Orienteering Courses. Looking to the future Caroline led a successful grant application with the Orienteering Foundation to support the club contracting the services of a Club Development Officer.”
Many congratulations Caroline.
The winner of the Coach of the Year Award will be announced tomorrow (Monday 26 April) at 10am.