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Share  Tweet Wednesday 25th May 2022

Yvette Baker Trophy and Shield Update May 2022

Report by Sarah Mansel, Yvette Baker Trophy & Shield Coordinator

There have been ten regional heats for the Yvette Baker competition held this year between 13 March and 15 May 2022. 

There have been 13 larger clubs competing in the Yvette Baker Trophy competition and 12 of them have qualified for the final. Also, 13 smaller clubs competed in the Yvette Baker Shield competition with 10 clubs qualifying for the final.

Sarah Mansel, Yvette Baker Trophy & Shield Coordinator, says: 
"It was great to see so many juniors out in the forests again after the last couple of difficult years."

The final is to be held at Irchester Country Park, near Wellingborough on Sunday 3 July 2022.

Provisional details for the event can be found here.

Good luck to the following clubs who will be invited to the final:

Yvette Baker Trophy Finalists

Yvette Baker Shield Finalists

Airienteers (AIRE)

Cleveland Orienteering Klub (CLOK)

Bristol Orienteering Klub (BOK)

Berkshire Orienteers (BKO)

Happy Herts Orienteering Club (HH)

Harlequins Orienteering Club (HOC)

Lakeland Orienteering  Club (LOC)

Leicestershire Orienteering Club (LEI)

Octavian Droobers (OD)

Mole Valley Orienteering Club (MV)

Quantock Orienteers (QO)

Pendle Forest Orienteers (PFO)

Southdowns Orienteers (SO)

Essex Stragglers (SOS)

South Yorkshire Orienteers (SYO)

South Ribble Orienteering Club (SROC)

West Anglian Orienteering Club (WAOC)

Suffolk Orienteering Club (SUFFOC)

West Cumberland Orienteering Club (WCOC)



Yvette Baker, Great Britain

British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to thank all clubs and their members who have been involved in the organising of all the heats which have taken part in the different regions.

It is great to see teams of juniors being invited to the final and we wish all competing in the Yvette Baker Trophy and Shield final all the very best on the day. 

Thank you to all those too who have been involved in the transport arrangements of the heats, without you this would not be able to happen.  Thank you for your support.

Save the date - Sunday 3 July 2022!  We are all looking forward to the final and following with interest.  Which junior team will be crowned the club Yvette Baker Trophy winner and the Yvette Baker Shield winner.  Good luck all. 

Share  Tweet Monday 23rd May 2022

The GB team get set for the World Cup Competition - Round One in Sweden

This week sees the start of the Senior Orienteering World Cup circuit with the first Orienteering World Cup Competition held in Borås, Sweden.

Taking place from Thursday 26 May to Sunday 29 May 2022, the GB twelve strong team will be looking to put in good performances to set up their international season ahead of the World Championships in June.  This competition will form part of the selection for the World Orienteering Championships for the Great Britain Team.

The Great Britain selected team is:

Jonathan Crickmore

Cecile Andersen

William Gardner

Fiona Bunn

Kris Jones

Alice Leake

Nathan Lawson

Megan Carter-Davies

Chris Smithard

Grace Molloy

Ralph Street

Charlotte Ward


The Orienteering World Cup event schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday 26 May 2022:  Individual Sprint
  • Saturday 28 May 2022:   Knockout Sprint
  • Sunday 29 May 2022:   Sprint Relay


Follow the event and see the live results and coverage. 

All the Live services are on Especially the LIVE Web-tv stream, which will be available with English commentary for all three competitions.

The Event's local time zone is CEST (UTC +2). All printed times on IOF LIVE pages are CEST (UTC +2).

Web-tv schedule:
Thursday, 26/5 Sprint 12:00 – 14:30
Saturday, 28/5 Knock-Out Sprint 16:00 – 17.50
Sunday, 29/5 Sprint Relay 13:00 -14.30

6 EUR for one competition, and 12 EUR for all three competitions. Followers can purchase tickets in advance and the purchase is made in the TV boxes in competition day tabs in LIVE Orienteering.

The link to the LIVE Page is available here.


British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to wish the Great Britain team all the very best with their final preparations ahead of this first International competition of the new season.

Share  Tweet Monday 23rd May 2022

British Orienteering are 100% ready to get behind UKAD’s Clean Sport Week

With a big summer of sport ahead, British Orienteering is proud to reaffirm our commitment to clean sport by backing UK Anti-Doping’s (UKAD’s) Clean Sport Week campaign.

Clean Sport Week is UKAD’s national awareness week, which runs from 23 – 27 May and champions clean sport, education and anti-doping initiatives with sports across the UK.

The theme for this year’s campaign is “what you see is 100% me” as we all want to see 100% hard work, determination and respect for the rules from athletes competing on the world stage. So, alongside UKAD, we are making it our mission to ensure all our athletes can say with confidence “what you see is 100% me” when competing this summer.

In the build up to Clean Sport Week, we have been working with UKAD to complete the Assurance Framework, which National Governing Bodies must do to show they are meeting their anti-doping responsibilities. In addition, we are ensuring all our athletes are prepared for their upcoming competitions by taking part in UKAD’s 100% me education programme and by inviting them to attend the Clean Sport Week webinar on Tuesday 24 May, which is open to all and will look at important anti-doping topics and advice for preparing for a Major Games.

We also encourage anyone in our sporting community that would like to learn more about anti-doping to sign up to UKAD’s free new Introduction to Clean Sport course via its website, here.

To find out how athletes can excel on the world stage sign up to UKAD’s Clean Sport Week webinar here, and follow @ukantidoping on social media to see a range of educational and exciting content throughout the week.

To find out more about UKAD’s Clean Sport Week initiative click here.

Clean Sport Week 2022
Share  Tweet Friday 22nd April 2022

In the Spotlight...Development and Innovation Award Winners and Runners-up

Today we are proud to shine the spotlight on...

British Orienteering Development & Innovation Award Winners

This award celebrates the efforts an individual, group, or club has put into delivering a new programme or initiative which supports the growth of orienteering. 

Congratulations to Peter Effeney and Pat MacLeod who are the winners of this award, which is new to 2021.

Peter Effeney (MapRun)
Pat MacLeod (MapRun)

Peter, based in Australia developed the MapRun app which was made a fantastic difference to the way orienteering can be accessed by members and the public. MapRun’s interest and use rocketed during the periods of lockdown, when clubs planned ‘virtual’ courses for members to run in their own time.

Pat is the UK MapRun Manager who has worked tirelessly, providing fantastic support to club MapRun administrators. Pat has given so much of his time and enthusiasm to helping set up structures and courses for us to enjoy. The adaptability of MapRun has resulted in it being used in many ways, from urban leagues to mountain races. I’m sure you agree that the work that Peter and Pat have done to help develop and deliver this innovative app is a worthy inaugural award winner.  

Congratulations Peter and Pat - and thank you.


There were some other nominees for this award whose efforts and ideas should also be praised... 

Jane Mockford (Deeside Orienteering Club)

Jane Mockford (Deeside Orienteering Club) recognised the need for people to connect when restrictions forced us to isolate. Delivering weekly online strength and conditioning sessions, Jane not only supported Deeside Orienteering Club members (and others outside the Deeside Orienteering Club) physically but also provided the opportunity for people to catch up on a regular basis, which had a great impact on their mental health. The popularity of this class meant that it continued beyond the ending of restrictions.  


Mark Pruzina (Lagan Valley Orienteers)

Mark Pruzina (Lagan Valley Orienteers) is at the heart of innovative ideas to improve the efficiency and safety not just within his Orienteering club but of the Northern Ireland Orienteering Association and NI Fellrunning. Mark manages SiEntries and has been influential with regard to a move to online entries and a cashless payment system for entries on the day. In response to the increase in the use of SIAC, Mark developed Radio Online Controls (ROC). These ROCs use a mobile phone 3G signal to send a live feed of punch data back to the base laptops (via a server in Sweden!!) providing a useful tracking safety check which is especially helpful for runners on more remote orienteering courses and used in the Mourne Mountain Marathon and Seven Sevens Challenge Walk/Fell Running event.  


Stephen Borrill (West Anglian Orienteering Club)

Stephen Borrill (West Anglian Orienteering Club) has created a national resource for orienteering in the form of the online portal to help people easily find maps and information about Permanent and Smart/Virtual Orienteering events. This has contributed to the accessibility and use of Permanent Orienteering Courses and Virtual Orienteering Courses on a nationwide basis and is a fantastic resource for both the experienced orienteer looking to run or create courses and those we hope to welcome to the sport.  As well as creating the portal, Stephen has acted as a mentor to planners and a moderator of virtual courses to ensure they work on the ground and he has been involved in teaching others how best to create new Virtual Orienteering Courses through a webinar, encouraging new planners to come forward.  


Thank you to all who submitted nominations for British Orienteering's Annual Awards this year. 

Many congratulations all!


British Orienteering looks forward to continuing with this 'In the Spotlight' online celebration tomorrow with the following...

The winner and runners-up of The Club of the Year Award at 10:00 tomorrow morning (Saturday 23 April)

Tomorrow afternoon, British Orienteering will be shining the spotlight on the winner and runners-up of The University of the Year Award at 14:00.