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Share  Tweet Tuesday 26th October 2021

British Orienteering Seeks a Performance Pathway Director

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: bob_dredge@hotmail.com

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:  rhandley@britishorienteering.org.uk

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.

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Share  Tweet Thursday 25th November 2021

This weekend is the penultimate race of the UK Orienteering League season

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.

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Share  Tweet Thursday 25th November 2021

JK 2022 on SiEntries

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)

Day 4 – Caerwent (Relay)

Entries will open on 5 December 2021 via SiEntries here and information for the JK 2022 website will be updated as soon as possible here.

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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:

  • £5 meal/traders voucher for each day/shift you work (2 hours or more).
  • Chance to help stage a premier UK event and learn how it all fits together - especially for future major event organisers.
  • Be part of a team, make new friends, meet other orienteers from around the UK.

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.

 

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