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Share  Tweet Friday 16th February 2024

Recruitment - British Orienteering Performance Manager

British Orienteering have an unparalleled opportunity to lead and shape our Performance Pathway Programme towards the World Championships in 2024 and beyond.

We are on a mission to secure sustained success and make our mark on the global stage. This isn't just about competition; it's about transcending boundaries, defying expectations, and showcasing the very best of our collective talents.

As the leader of this programme, you will lead and co-ordinate the immense potential and will inspire and unite all those involved in the programme including athletes, parents, support staff and volunteers. Your Leadership will provide the opportunity for our athletes to fulfil their potential and reach new heights.

So, are you ready to seize this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity?

For further information regarding the post please see here.

Join us as we embark on this extraordinary journey towards the World Championships in 2024.

Closing Date for applications is 10 March 2024

Performance Manager
Share  Tweet Friday 1st March 2024

Behind the scenes of the East Midlands Championships 2024 at Chambers Wood

Sean Harrington was the organiser of this years East Midlands Championships at Chambers Wood that was hosted by Lincoln Orienteering Group. Here he gives his insight into his planning and coordination of the event. 

We tend to do things slightly different from other clubs, as I tend to be the organiser for all our events the planner takes on some of the traditional organiser roles.

Prior to the event

My first job was to arrange for a suitable parking area for the event, as this was quite a small area I requested that all entries made every effort to car share to help us out. I then had to arrange for portable toilets to be available on the day of the competition.

About three weeks before the event I sent out an email to all club members requesting their help on the day for jobs including Computers, Car Parking, Start & Finish Teams and Control collectors. After I had received all the replies I then produced a list of all the helpers and their jobs on the day.

On the Friday before the event I went to the parking area to take delivery of the Portable toilets to make sure they were put in a safe place for people to use.

On  Saturday I had to go to a container where we store all our kit to load my car up with all the equipment we would need to run the event.

Event Day

On the Sunday I arrived at the parking area at 8:30 am, having already put out signage to the event on my way. Then it was just a matter of making sure all the helpers knew what job they were doing. By about 12:00pm when I was happy all things were going smoothly I went for my own run.

Courses closed at 2:00 pm and time to collect all the controls in and tidy all the other things up which was completed by about 3.30pm, I then left for home arriving back by 4.00pm.

Results and round up

Club member Paul Murgatroyd provided this round up of the event, including a link to the results. Congratulations to all who were awarded prizes at the event!

Post event

On the Monday it was then two trips back to the container to return all the kit we had used.

Share  Tweet Thursday 29th February 2024

Thinking of becoming a Planner? Take advantage of our special E-Learning course offer this March!

Considering becoming a Planner?

Planning is the one of the most rewarding and enjoyable roles. Not only does it improve your navigation skills, but it can also provide you with a different and new type of orienteering challenge.  

The British Orienteering E-Learning Course, Introduction to Planning , developed with the expertise of Barry Elkington (Octavian Droobers) and the educational robustness  of Pauline Olivant (Nottinghamshire Orienteering Club) is a great place to start.

This course is aimed at current and experienced Orienteers who wish to become a Planner.

By the end of the course you will have a great understanding of how to plan your first local event and how the roles of the main officials interact.

Course objectives

  • To understand what is expected of a planner before, during and after the local event, and how the planner’s role interacts with the other event officials.
  • To understand the different technical and physical requirements for planning orienteering courses to meet the requirements of the full range of expected competitors and the role of the officials.

The course content is designed to only address the course objective rather than attempting to cover the full scope of Planning. As we recognise that Planning is a skill that takes much time and practice to hone.

The course should only take around 45- 60 mins to complete and for the whole of March is only £6.00

To access the course and find out more information about our other E-Learning courses, please visit the E-Learning homepage.

Interested in learning about our other E-Learning courses on offer? Visit the E-Learning homepage and access information on all the other resources we provide.


Share  Tweet Friday 4th June 2021

Day 4: Volunteers' Week (1-7 June) - Thank you to Alasdair Shaw (Quantock Orienteers)

British Orienteering is saying thank you to all who give endless hours of their time and energy to our sport every week. 

British Orienteering continues with expressing much appreciation and saying thank you to more individuals across the UK. 


In the 'Thank You Spotlight' is....

Alasdair Shaw (Quantock Orienteers)

Alasdair Shaw (Quantock Orienteers)

Photo above shows Alasdair introducing a video on how to use Google Maps to collect control coordinates in the field to then use that to set up a MapRun.  


Judy and Roger Craddock, President and Membership Secretary at Quantock Orienteers, say:

Soon after becoming a member of Quantock Orienteers:

  • Alasdair used his own initiative to download an open-source map which we used in our Street Series.
  • Although he was a relative newcomer we were so impressed with his abilities and positive attitude we asked him to become chairman of Quantock Orienteers in September 2019, and in the absence of any other offers from the existing Committee he was proposed and elected.
  • He immediately became a positive force in the club not just verbally supporting old and new initiatives but offering practical help in many areas.
  • QO have always had an excellent website but when our webmaster had personal problems, Alasdair immediately stepped in and has become actively involved.
  • He has developed and taken responsibility for a very active presence on Facebook and Twitter which has had a good effect on the attendance and membership.
  • He re-structured the Junior Orienteering Group system. He standardised and put registration forms and other information on the website.
  • At the start of the COVID period in 2020, he used his IT skills to keep QO orienteering going by encouraging the use of the MapRun software for rural orienteering (we had only used this in urban settings previously).
  • Alasdair then created a 5- and 3-hour score event - The Quantock Challenge, accessing the whole of the Quantocks Hills and using virtual controls. This was available for all outdoor enthusiasts and was COVID compliant.
  • In the Autumn term to keep the weekly JOG programme running, Alasdair put a series of videos on the website demonstrating how to convert conventional courses to MapRun. He offered further support where needed and, in his role as MapRun administrator, he put the courses on the MapRun app. We were then able to provide COVID compliant JOG courses for families and training each week throughout the second lockdown period. As a result of this initiative instead of only being open for 2 hours on a Saturday afternoon our JOG courses were open first for a weekend and then for a week.
  • In addition to the JOG programme Alasdair created a set of 4 urban courses around the Taunton area for the SE Orienteering Urban League in November/December 2020.
  • In his enthusiasm to encourage families and individuals to keep active locally many of the JOG courses created have been listed as virtual permanent orienteering courses (VPOC), so allowing people to revisit areas and perhaps do other courses in their own time.  
Alasdair presenting a trophy to a Junior club member

Judy and Roger Craddock continue on why they feel Alasdair deserves recognition: 

Alasdair Shaw:

  • Stepped up in the absence of other volunteers to become Chair of Quantock Orienteers in 2019 and 2020. His ‘modus operandi’ is to lead by example, leading from the front.
  • Immediately became pro-active in promoting, planning, and improving the successful Junior Orienteering Group (JOG) before COVID.
  • Kept all our activities going by restructuring the JOG programme to enable it to continue in a COVID compliant way in the Autumn. He addressed the problems of social distancing, sanitising, yet still providing Orienteering challenges for families and individuals.
  • Willingly took over the role as webmaster for Quantock Orienteers when the previous holder became unavailable.
  • Helped to keep Quantock Orienteers members involved by updating, extending, and improving the current website.
  • Used his expertise in IT and outdoor pursuits to provide maps, courses, You-tube guidance. He created novel formats using Virtual software, i.e., Evening Street series, Urban events, Long distance score events, a multicourse Urban event for SE Urban ‘O’ League and a raft of Virtual and Permanent Orienteering Courses in Somerset.
  • Encouraged wider use of our present PCs by using the latest version of MapRun and adding QR codes to some of the existing Virtual and Permanent Orienteering Courses, making them more flexible.
  • Alasdair has a “can do” attitude and all the above has been done whilst Alasdair is a full-time teacher at a local secondary school preparing on-line materials and assisting with his children’s home schooling. His is also a prolific author of Sci-fi novels and Physics textbooks and revision guides and has a world-wide social media following!
  • Alasdair has been an inspiration to us all, he seems to have an abundance of energy and vision, has shown dynamic leadership and kept us all motivated.

Alasdair is there anything you are particularly proud of that you would like British Orienteering to shine a spotlight on?

Alasdair, comments:

"Keeping up activity and sense of belonging amongst club members during Lockdowns – virtual courses and events where allowed, virtual LEJOG, Missing Maps Project.

Increasing the club's social media presence, revamping the website, and introducing an email service for newsletters and other information.

Updating the policies and procedures (unglamorous but essential).

Developing a range of resources to help planners, organisers and controllers – instructional videos, online junior planners course.

Experimenting with new pathways into orienteering and new ways of orienteering – events aimed at attracting trail runners, GPS and QR activities."


Your volunteering journey and motivations.  We know there is so much more to each volunteer than the things that they have done, how did you get in to volunteering and why aree you stay involved as a volunteer?

Alasdair, says:  "I find it rewarding being part of a team working to provide opportunities for people to go orienteering.  

I also enjoy introducing new people to the sport."

British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to thank you Alasdair for all you do within your club and for the sport of orienteering.

British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to say a big "THANK YOU" to all volunteers within our sportand for for what you do; committee members, coaches, planners, controllers, tea-makers, car-parking stewards, mappers, organisers, volunteers who put out controls, volunteers who collect back in the controls after an event......the list goes on! 

You are the lifeblood of our sport.  You are at the heart and soul of orienteering - and make it happen week after week.  There so many roles which are all important.  However you contribute to our sport of orienteering, British Orienteering wants to take this opportunity during National Volunteers' Week to say Thank You!  

Join in the celebrations!  Who are you going to personally say thank you to in your club or further afield?

Don't forget to include British Orienteering in all of your club or personal social media posts: