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Share  Tweet Friday 21st January 2022

WOW! World Orienteering Day to take place 11 - 17 May 2022

The goals of World Orienteering Day are about increasing the visibility and accessibility of orienteering to young people, increasing the number of participants both in school orienteering activities, as well as club orienteering activities in all countries of all National Federations. It is also about helping teachers to implement orienteering in a fun and educational way and to get more new countries to take part in orienteering.

Each World Orienteering Day event gives those new to orienteering the possibility to try our amazing sport!

The dates for World Orienteering Day 2022 are between the 11th and the 17th of May, and any activity held can be registered as a World Orienteering Day event.

Find out more here

11 - 17 May 2022
Share  Tweet Thursday 20th January 2022

Development Conference – Week 2 Summary

We can’t believe it!  We are halfway through the Development Conference already.

This week British Orienteering was delighted to put on three more diverse sessions.

On Monday, Neil Cameron from The Orienteering Foundation presented the Retaining Beginner Orienteers session using key points from their Newcomers Retention Project.  This project looked at the welcome newcomers get through club websites – how they look and how user-friendly they are for a newcomer to navigate through.  The importance of knowing the demographic your club wishes to attract and putting things in place to practically extend a warm welcome was emphasised.

Supporting Club Development through the employment of a Club Development Officer was the focus on Tuesday evening.  Andrew Evans opened the session by presenting how The Orienteering Foundation supports clubs through funding development initiatives.  Caroline Mackenzie, from a club committee perspective, then talked about how Cleveland Orienteering Klub shaped a plan and recruited a Club Development Officer. Mary Fleming then finished the session by sharing some of the development work, including ‘Couch2Green’, she has been working on at Cleveland Orienteering Klub since her appointment.  The Orienteering Foundation, with the support of British Orienteering, would love to see clubs apply for funding for future development projects.

The topic on Wednesday was Access and Permissions – An Ecologist and Landowner’s Perspective.  We were delighted to invite Richard Burke and Leanne Sargeant from Forestry England.  Richard is involved in Recreation Management and Leanne is an Ecologist, responsible for managing the issues in forests in Southern England, including the unique habitat of the New Forest.  The session gave us an appreciation of the balance between encouraging recreation and ensuring Conservation and Biodiversity.

There are still four more Development Conference sessions available to book on to. 

Monday 24 January   WOC 2024 Development Opportunities Presenter: Sarah Dunn, Scottish Orienteering Association
Thursday 27 January Women’s Sporting Journeys Presenter: Hannah Sprake, Sports Marketing Surveys
Tuesday 1 February Safeguarding Presenter: Peter Brooke, British Orienteering
Wednesday 2 February Engaging and retaining young people - Additional Session Presenter: Fran Loots, Scottish Orienteering Association

To find out more information and to register click here.

Share  Tweet Thursday 20th January 2022

British Orienteering Announces Review of Accreditation Scheme

British Orienteering is proud to announce a review of the British Orienteering Recognised Centre Scheme.

This review aims to cover the process, structure, benefits, and purpose of the accreditation. The objectives are to seek insight from all stakeholders, act on the insight received and ensure compatibility with the Strategic plan 2022-2027.

British Orienteering wants to seek the views and thoughts from all outdoor centre and activity providers to help support the Recognised Centre Accreditation (the kitemark for delivering Orienteering) going forwards.

Please find the link to the online questionnaire here.

The questionnaire should only take approximately 5 minutes to complete and British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to thank you in advance for your support. Your feedback is important to us.

Share  Tweet Wednesday 12th January 2022

UK Orienteering League - just over a week until the new league season begins

Report by Martin Ward member of South Yorkshire Orienteers and British Orienteering UK Orienteering League Coordinator


It's just over a week until the 2022 UK Orienteering League (UKOL) season begins, and a whopping six races will be held before the end of January!

First up it's the Edinburgh Univerity Big Weekend taking place on 22 and 23 January, consisting of the Edinburgh City Race on Saturday followed by a classic distance race on Arthur's Seat on Sunday.  Always a good weekend of racing, this is the first time it's been included in the UKOL season.  The city race is also the first UK Urban League race of the season, so there are lots of points up for grabs!

Just a week later there are two further competition weekends in the UKOL calendar.  In the South, there is the Berkshire Orienteers Concorde Chase weekend, consisting of an urban race in Bracknell on Saturday and a National Event in Hawley and Hornley on Sunday.  Meanwhile, on the same weekend in the Midlands, there is the Midland Championships weekend hosted by Derwent Valley Orienteers and Nottinghamshire Orienteering Club (Chatsworth on Saturday followed by the Midland Championships at Sherwood on Sunday).

Entries for all of these races are open now but don't delay, as the closing date for the Edinburgh University Orienteering Club (EUOC) Big Weekend is this Sunday - 16 January 2022.

Having launched the 2022 UKOL season British Orienteering wants to also congratulate all the individual winners of the 2021 season which only finished just before Christmas. At the end of last year, the UKOL club competition winners (Bristol Orienteering Klub) were announced. 

1 BOK 4837 John Simmons (M70), Mark Saunders (M60), Chloe Potter (W21), Matthew Owen (M55), Amy Lee-Jones (W16), Carol Iddles (W65), Jackie Hallett (W60), Clive Hallett (M55), Tommi Grover (M45), Clare Fletcher (W75), Sara Currie (W40), Karen Crawford (W50), Alice Bedwell (W60), Scott Bailey (M45), Finlay Anderson (M16)

Congratulations to Bristol Orienteering Klub (BOK). 

Here is a list of the top 10 clubs in UKOL 2021, which includes some new entrants - well done!

Table of Top 10 Clubs

Pos. Club Points
1 BOK 4,837
2 SYO 4,539
3 SN 4,358
4 FVO 4,253
5 SO 4,206
6 TVOC 4,184
7 HH 4,069
8 OD 3,729
9 DVO 3,587
10 NGOC 3,456

The table of winners of each age class

Name Class Club Score             Name Class Club Score
Adam Methven M16 BKO 378   Jocie Hilton W16 SN 384
Joe Sunley M18 WCOC 324   Rachel Duckworth W18 DVO 347
Peter Molloy M20 FVO 344   Mairi Eades W20 EUOC 393
Ben Mitchell M21 SBOC 392   Louise Adams W21 EUOC 277
Andrew Biffen M35 KERNO 317   Kirsten Strain W35 AROS 400
Will Hensman M40 FVO 392   Heidi Lloyd W40 TVOC 384
Jolyon Medlock M45 WSX 369   Sarah Rollins W45 SN 398
Martin Ward M50 SYO 397   Jenny Peel W50 SYO 392
Clive Hallett M55 BOK 383   Elizabeth Jackson W55 DEE 370
Mark Saunders M60 BOK 387   Alice Bedwell W60 BOK 396
Philip Eeles M65 SOC 387   Janet Rosen W65 HH 396
Peter Gorvett M70 SYO 378   Rosalind Taunton W70 NGOC 378
Jim Prowting M75 TVOC 393   Sheila Carey W75 OD 388
Trevor Simpson M80 OD 389   Jenny Thompson W80 TVOC 399
John Thompson M85 TVOC 399   Alison Sloman W85 HOC 299

Check out the full listing of 2021 Individual League Results here and the full list of 2021 Club League Results here.

Many congratulations to all the UKOL 2021 winners. 

British Orienteering would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the associations, clubs, and members for all the hard work in organising these races which have been enjoyed by many during the last year.  Thank all to all members who have attended and supported these events.  Thank you also to Martin Ward (South Yorkshire Orienteers) for his work as UKOL Co-ordinator. 

Best wishes as we look forward to the UK Orienteering League in 2022 which starts on Saturday 22 January.    

More information about the first UK Orienteering League for 2022 races are as follows: 

Date        Race   Competition (host club, location)
22-Jan 1 Edinburgh Big Weekend City Race (EUOC, Edinburgh)
23-Jan 2 Edinburgh Big Weekend (EUOC, Edinburgh)
29-Jan 3 Concorde Chase (BKO, Bracknell)
29-Jan 4 Chatsworth Regional (DVO, Baslow)
30-Jan 5 Midlands Champs (NOC, Sherwood)
30-Jan 6 Concorde Chase (BKO, Blackwater)
19-Feb 7 British Night Champs (AIRE, Ilkley)
20-Feb 8 Regional Event (AIRE, Ilkley)

Find out more about the UK Orienteering League here.