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Share  Tweet Monday 6th December 2021

Christmas Xplorer is ready to help get the festivities off to a magical start

Looking to engage with local and regional community groups this festive season? 

Our Christmas Xplorer is just what you are looking for.  Get the Christmas festivities off to a great start with British Orienteering's set of fantastic Christmas Xplorer markers and seasonal certificates.  

Want to find out more about Xplorer and becoming an Xplorer Partner?

Xplorer is a fun navigational challenge and involves a healthy mix of physical activity and decision-making. Kids love the excitement of searching for secret markers using a simple map of the park to find their way.

Xplorer will:

  • Help you to engage local community groups and families in multi-generational outdoor physical activity
  • Reach local key target groups from across your community
  • Increase footfall in your parks, house grounds, and open spaces
  • Encourage visitors to Xplore the whole site
  • Improve secondary spend in park facilities

For more information on how to become an Xplorer delivery partner please contact Howard Blackman: hblackman@britishorienteering.org.uk

Please also note:  Other Xplorer seasonal and topical subject resources are also available which can create new and exciting opportunities throughout 2022.  Markers can be tailored to the needs of specific community groups and activity providers.  For information about the Xplorer shop and other products available please email Howard Blackman:  hblackman@britishorienteering.org.uk 

If you are looking for information on British Orienteering's Xplorer Schools resource click here.

Xplorer Christmas markers & certificates for magical fun
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Share  Tweet Wednesday 1st December 2021

Anne Braggins 27/01/1937 – 27/11/2021

British Orienteering Chair 1989-92 and known widely in the orienteering world at large as the ‘Mother of TrailO’, Anne Braggins passed away peacefully in her home on 27 November.

Anne with David Rosen and Richard Speirs, representing GBR at the 1992 IOF Congress

Anne once said that she’d been put off from Orienteering for years by the energetic descriptions of it by a friend.  She was finally introduced to the sport in autumn 1975, as a result of an ‘explorers’ talk by Hally Hardie, West Anglian OC, and an event a couple of weeks later.  That led in due course to Anne and her family competing in the White Rose Weekend in 1976 and then Highland '77.

She started taking on officials’ roles quite quickly; she helped organise the 1981 Midlands Championships, helped form a schools’ league run jointly by WAOC and Happy Herts, filled most of the posts in the East Anglian Orienteering Association, and was Coordinator of JK 1986 held in East Anglia. Following this event, she was named as the person “making the most outstanding individual organisational contribution to sport in the Eastern Region” at the annual Service to Sport awards of the Eastern Region Sports Council.

Anne was elected Vice-Chair of the British Orienteering Federation in 1987, but her time in this role was only 2 years after the new Chair, Roger Lott was posted abroad in his job and former Chair Clive Allen held the fort for a period.  Anne was Chair of British Orienteering Federation from 1989 until 1992, a period of considerable activity with the introduction of a radical new levy scheme, issues with land access connected with environmental concerns, and reviews of National Office staffing and the membership structure.  A highlight, organised by Anne together with David Peregrine, was the 15th International Orienteering Federation Congress held in New Hall, Cambridge in July 1990, with 26 nations represented.  Anne and her management team were also able to negotiate continued long-term sponsorship for British Orienteering from TSB Life, which included a smart 40-page ‘Orienteers’ Handbook’ in 1991 distributed to all members.

Anne was introduced to Orienteering for handicapped people in 1989 at the World Orienteering Championships in Sweden.  At that time, the then Minister for Sport Colin Moynihan was suggesting that all Governing Bodies should provide for disabled people in their sport.  Sponsored research into the development of Orienteering in the UK for handicapped people supported Anne in going to study and take part in ‘handicapped orienteering’ at the 1990 Swedish O-Ringen.  After her report back, the British Orienteering Federation got a grant to get started, and in April 1991 Anne used her ‘View from the Chair’ text in CompassSport to set the scene for the new discipline known as TrailO.  A steering committee was formed with representatives from the disabled community as well as British Orienteering Federation clubs.

Anne put tremendous efforts into starting TrailO in the UK, and together with Tom Renfrew she was successful in getting a grant of £25,000 from the Foundation for Sport and Arts for a 2-year research and development programme, including the creation of permanent courses.  The equipment purchased with the grant is still used at major UK events.  In 1993 she wrote ‘Trail Orienteering - a comprehensive practical manual’, 64 pages A4 with many illustrations and coloured maps, published by Harveys.  She was the first Chair of the British Orienteering Federation TrailO Group when it was formed in 1993, and continued in this role until 2006; she remained a member until stepping down in 2017.  She was voluntary Team Manager of the Great Britain TrailO team for over 20 years.

In 2017 British Orienteering presented a special certificate to Anne, recognising her long-standing commitment and dedication to orienteering.

At the beginning of the 90’s Anne was getting more involved in the international TrailO scene too. She took the Chair of an IOF TrailO Steering Group in 1993, and continued as Chair when it became a Committee and then morphed into a Commission, finally retiring from this post in 2010.  For her work in developing TrailO internationally, she was awarded the prestigious IOF Silver Pin in 1998.  The inaugural World Cup in TrailO was held in Scotland in conjunction with the 1999 World Orienteering Championships.

Both in Britain and internationally, Anne was always strongly supported by her husband Don, who provided his own significant input as an IT specialist.  He once famously commented, at a TrailO World Championships (WTOC) banquet, that "the majority of people in this room are here because of your input."  One of Anne’s happiest moments was handing the gold medal to Dave Gittus when he won it at WTOC 2006.

Anne had a very sharp mind when it came to planning the way forward for the new IOF discipline of TrailO to make it into one with clear and unambiguous rules, fair to all participants, and requiring skill levels at least the equal of other Orienteering disciplines.  She envisaged a top-quality sport that would attract both handicapped and non-handicapped orienteers from nations throughout the world, and to achieve her vision, she was involved in considerable negotiation with others with alternative views on how things should be done, especially in Sweden.  But she battled on, and eventually got her way on most issues.  Many countries began TrailO as a result of her efforts, and this led to the first World TrailO Championships taking place in Sweden in 2004.  She did as much if not more work outside the committee room and one of her greatest achievements was to organise a very successful WTOC in Scotland in 2012, an event that included the first (unofficial) WTOC TempO competition.

Anne had a quite outstanding missionary zeal, which meant that very many capable people all over the world were carried away by her enthusiasm and contributed valuably to the cause.  One such was Brian Parker, who contributed by writing a comprehensive manual on course planning at an elite level for use internationally.  Anne has also always been a great communicator, in this case doing her utmost to make the world aware of what was going on.  For example, a 3-page spread ‘TrailO blazes new trails’ in a 1993 edition of the IOF magazine Orienteering World gave a really clear explanation of this new discipline, together with a map example and notes of developments in Portugal, Belgium, Sweden, and Great Britain.  Updates on technical progress and TrailO’s spread around the world appeared regularly in the Orienteering press from then on.  International TrailO clinics, initially at the Swedish O-Ringen, started in 1994.  She worked very hard to get TrailO better known in the handicapped communities both in the UK and abroad, but at the same time, she was rigorous in applying rules that ensured that a clear definition of ‘handicapped’ was applied to participation in the Para class in TrailO events.

Anne’s legacy is a thriving sports discipline, now further developed worldwide with speed and relay formats and very popular ‘virtual’ competitions online.  She contributed significantly to British Orienteering Federation’s development leading up to its Silver Jubilee in 1992 but will be remembered best for her quite remarkable achievements in bringing TrailO up from almost nothing to the sophisticated sport it is today. RIP

Anne Braggins

 

The tribute for Anne was written by Clive Allen in consultation with Dick Keighley and Brian Parker.

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Share  Tweet Tuesday 30th November 2021

Active Cumbria Rising Star Awarded to Ruben Razzetti (Border Liners OC)

Active Cumbria Sports Awards Announced

The RISING STAR AWARD has been awarded to RUBEN RAZZETTI member of the Border Liners Orienteering Club.

Ruben Razzetti (Border Liners Orienteering Club)

The announcement has been made on the Active Cumbria Facebook page

Ruben is making great strides in the world of Orienteering. A Border Liners Club member, he has won numerous races during the year across all parts of Cumbria. He was also selected to attend a 3-day Badaguish summer training camp by his Governing Body, as well as being selected to join the GB Talent North Squad.

Congratulations Ruben!

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British Orienteering is interested to hear of any other awards clubs and their members have received in recognition.  Email: info@britishorienteering.org.uk

 

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Share  Tweet Thursday 25th November 2021

JK 2022 Update

Update report by Andy Yeates, JK 2022 Coordinator 

Clydach Terrace.  Photo credit: Nigel Ferrand

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.

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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