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.
Exciting news! British Orienteering is pleased to announce the appointment of Kay Hawke as Project Officer.
The role will see Kay develop the use of GPS orienteering to extend opportunities within targeted areas around England specifically aimed at getting young people into the sport through Virtual Orienteering Courses.
This project will be predominately based in communities with higher-than-average social deprivation with an aim to increase activity levels and social wellbeing. This is a three-year project and will grow year on year, ultimately expanding Virtual Orienteering opportunities within 12 areas.
Kay comments: "Being relatively new to orienteering and only joining my club, Pendle Forest Orienteers in late 2019, I have become passionate about the sport, its growth, and direction. Having experienced first-hand what a successful and progressive collaboration with local Sport/Activity Partnerships can do for an orienteering club and being a part of the innovative work at Pendle Forest Orienteers over the past 18 months I am thrilled to be able to expand on this potential nationally with British Orienteering. I feel there is no better time to embrace the use of technology and the growth of Virtual Orienteering within the UK to widen the appeal of such a great sport."
We wish you well in your new role Kay.