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.
Halloween Xplorer featured for the first time in Victoria Park Swinton, Salford over the October half term and saw over 300 people attending the orienteering trail.
This special Xplorer event was put on in collaboration between South East Lancashire Orienteering Club (SELOC) and Salford Hive Community Hub, to support the Hive’s fundraising efforts to install heating within the building.
Using the Xplorer Halloween markers and a simplified map the Orienteering course took in all areas of this small park. In addition, the local dance group EmPowered was also present, dressed up in various Halloween outfits and hiding at various control points to keep everyone on their toes.
Salford Hive Community Hub has recently moved into the park and offers the local community the chance to meet up for a chat, find support, or get involved in one of the many activities they run. Over the summer the Hub provided free breakfasts for local families in need and provided takeaway food parcels during the October half-term. The current building is in need of repair and the Hub has launched a fundraising effort to get heating installed so they can provide a place to relax during the winter months.
The Hub provided the focal point and refreshments, SELOC designed the Orienteering trail and local supermarkets provided the sweets for the reward on completion of the trail.
The activity saw over 300 people attend, and with a donation of £1 per child suggested, over £210 was raised towards the fundraising efforts, a fantastic achievement.
Peter Brooke South East Lancashire Orienteering Club Chair, said: “We saw the great efforts Chantelle the Hub Manager and her volunteer team were doing at the Hub for the local community and wanted to play our part in supporting them. We approached Chantelle to organise a Halloween event for them and they jumped at the chance. Together we thought it would be great to have 100 people attending, but to get over 300 was fantastic.”
“Seeing all the families and young children dressed up running around the park was really pleasing. We added Orienteering kites at each marker and had members of our club on hand offering support for those trying orienteering for the first time. We’ll be following this up with a Christmas-themed trail in the same park. The club also has a couple of local park Orienteering events coming up in the next month which we also promoted to highlight further opportunities to enjoy the sport.”