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.
British Orienteering is delighted to announce that the new Talent Squads (North, South & Scotland) have now been selected and the athletes have all confirmed acceptance of their places in the relevant squads. The squads for the 2021/22 season are as follows:
|Talent North||Talent South|
|Angus Laird||Jake O'Donnell||Reuben Lawson|
|James Hammond||Reuben Razetti||Freddie Lake|
|Sam Hunt||Conrad Reuber||Oliver Prince|
|Adam Barrie||Daisy Rennie||Rose Taylor|
|Jonas Newey||Cate Matthew||Maggie Soulsby|
|Alice Kemsley||Amelia Thompson||Amelia Wing|
|Catriona Chapman||Hannah Mather||Jocie Hilton|
|Daisy McNamara||Jamie Lightfoot||Adam Methven|
|Iris MacMillan||Peter Scott||Tommy Heap|
|Isobel Howard||Imogen Pieters||Ben Gostick|
|Angus Ivory||Laura Brown||Will Thomas|
|Ewan Musgrave||Emma Crawford||Will Lake|
|Finlay Raynor||Isobel Sunley||Emily Elms|
|Jamie Goddard||Euan Tryner||Amy Lee Jones|
|Joel Gooch||Max Mobus||Tom Perry|
|Oscar Shepherd||Ben Squire||Emils Ummers|
|Sam Griffin||Matthew Morris||Barney Steventon-Barnes|
|Fiona Eades||Maya Hampshire Wright|
Programme Manager, Paul Murgatroyd, said about the new squads: "I would firstly like to offer my congratulations to all those who have earned selection to these new-look groups. These three squads include a mix of athletes who have been in the GB Talent squad previously, along with a number of newcomers in the 15-17 year age group, and it will be fascinating to see how all of these young orienteers develop over the coming months. The new management team is working hard on putting together an exciting programme of camps and opportunities for the squads and I wish them all well with their winter training plans!"