News

News

Latest news

Share  Tweet Friday 16th February 2024

Recruitment - British Orienteering Performance Manager

British Orienteering have an unparalleled opportunity to lead and shape our Performance Pathway Programme towards the World Championships in 2024 and beyond.

We are on a mission to secure sustained success and make our mark on the global stage. This isn't just about competition; it's about transcending boundaries, defying expectations, and showcasing the very best of our collective talents.

As the leader of this programme, you will lead and co-ordinate the immense potential and will inspire and unite all those involved in the programme including athletes, parents, support staff and volunteers. Your Leadership will provide the opportunity for our athletes to fulfil their potential and reach new heights.

So, are you ready to seize this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity?

For further information regarding the post please see here.

Join us as we embark on this extraordinary journey towards the World Championships in 2024.

Closing Date for applications is 10 March 2024

Performance Manager
Top
Share  Tweet Friday 1st March 2024

Behind the scenes of the East Midlands Championships 2024 at Chambers Wood

Sean Harrington was the organiser of this years East Midlands Championships at Chambers Wood that was hosted by Lincoln Orienteering Group. Here he gives his insight into his planning and coordination of the event. 

We tend to do things slightly different from other clubs, as I tend to be the organiser for all our events the planner takes on some of the traditional organiser roles.

Prior to the event

My first job was to arrange for a suitable parking area for the event, as this was quite a small area I requested that all entries made every effort to car share to help us out. I then had to arrange for portable toilets to be available on the day of the competition.

About three weeks before the event I sent out an email to all club members requesting their help on the day for jobs including Computers, Car Parking, Start & Finish Teams and Control collectors. After I had received all the replies I then produced a list of all the helpers and their jobs on the day.

On the Friday before the event I went to the parking area to take delivery of the Portable toilets to make sure they were put in a safe place for people to use.

On  Saturday I had to go to a container where we store all our kit to load my car up with all the equipment we would need to run the event.

Event Day

On the Sunday I arrived at the parking area at 8:30 am, having already put out signage to the event on my way. Then it was just a matter of making sure all the helpers knew what job they were doing. By about 12:00pm when I was happy all things were going smoothly I went for my own run.

Courses closed at 2:00 pm and time to collect all the controls in and tidy all the other things up which was completed by about 3.30pm, I then left for home arriving back by 4.00pm.

Results and round up

Club member Paul Murgatroyd provided this round up of the event, including a link to the results. Congratulations to all who were awarded prizes at the event!

Post event

On the Monday it was then two trips back to the container to return all the kit we had used.

Top
Share  Tweet Thursday 29th February 2024

Thinking of becoming a Planner? Take advantage of our special E-Learning course offer this March!

Considering becoming a Planner?

Planning is the one of the most rewarding and enjoyable roles. Not only does it improve your navigation skills, but it can also provide you with a different and new type of orienteering challenge.  

The British Orienteering E-Learning Course, Introduction to Planning , developed with the expertise of Barry Elkington (Octavian Droobers) and the educational robustness  of Pauline Olivant (Nottinghamshire Orienteering Club) is a great place to start.

This course is aimed at current and experienced Orienteers who wish to become a Planner.

By the end of the course you will have a great understanding of how to plan your first local event and how the roles of the main officials interact.

Course objectives

  • To understand what is expected of a planner before, during and after the local event, and how the planner’s role interacts with the other event officials.
  • To understand the different technical and physical requirements for planning orienteering courses to meet the requirements of the full range of expected competitors and the role of the officials.

The course content is designed to only address the course objective rather than attempting to cover the full scope of Planning. As we recognise that Planning is a skill that takes much time and practice to hone.

The course should only take around 45- 60 mins to complete and for the whole of March is only £6.00

To access the course and find out more information about our other E-Learning courses, please visit the E-Learning homepage.

Interested in learning about our other E-Learning courses on offer? Visit the E-Learning homepage and access information on all the other resources we provide.

 

Top
Share  Tweet Wednesday 22nd December 2021

Boxing Day – the traditional day to get outside for a family adventure

Why not work off the Christmas turkey and pud on a Permanent or Virtual (GPS/Smartphone) Orienteering Course during the festive season? 

Whether you are visiting family, friends, or staying at home find a Permanent Orienteering Course near you and explore somewhere different.  Just download a map and enjoy a family adventure together this festive season. 

A Permanent Orienteering Course is the perfect way for getting active, enjoying the scenery and green spaces with your family, or a chance to get outdoors for a competitive time trial. The combination of physical and mental exercise often in stunning locations is like no other, as you can find, navigate and complete courses at any time, at your own pace.

Your mission is to reach checkpoints or 'controls' marked on a special orienteering map, and the skill and fun come from trying to find the best route to take. There are courses ideal for beginners as well as for the more experienced. Go in your time, Go at your pace, Go discover a whole new world of adventure in parks, green spaces, and urban areas across the UK, and GoOrienteering!

Some Permanent Orienteering Courses also have QR codes on the markers and have also been set up as virtual courses, which used together with a downloadable app on a smartphone, can produce timings and course results which you can upload later.

This video introduces how to use a Permanent Orienteering Course, and shows you some handy tips on getting started.

You just need to download a map using our handy course finder to get you started!

If you enjoy Permanent Orienteering Courses, you may want to try a local club event, where electronic controls are placed out on individual, unique courses (from easy to hard) – find out more about your local club and Orienteering events here.

Tell us about your outdoor adventure.  We want to hear from all those taking part in Go Orienteering this festive season.  Don't forget to take photos and share them on the British Orienteering’s Facebook page and Twitter account or email:  info@britishorienteering.org.uk

Happy Orienteering!

Top