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Share  Tweet Monday 15th August 2022

Job Opportunity - British Orienteering seeks a Membership Support and Administration Officer

Following the resignation of Liz Goodwin due to personal reasons and we thank her for what she has done and we wish her well with her new role.

British Orienteering has a fantastic opportunity for a positive and enthusiastic person to join our Member Administration Team based in our offices in Tansley, Nr Matlock.

Our ideal candidate will be a highly motivated team player who has exceptional customer service and communication skills

Working in a challenging yet fun team you will coordinate all day-to-day activities of the membership services, whilst working closely with other departments.

In summary, you will:

  • Provide full administration support for the membership function.
  • Handle membership enquiries.
  • Coordinate the renewal process.
  • Coordinate the lapsed process.

We are looking for someone who is an enthusiastic and experienced coordinator within a membership support function or similar. You will have great interpersonal skills and the ability to multitask, manage conflicting deadlines and who has excellent attention to detail.

We want you to have every opportunity to demonstrate your skills, ability and potential; please contact us if you require any assistance or adjustment so that we can help with making the application process work for you.

Full Job Description is available here.

How to apply

Please send in your CV and covering letter to


Closing date: 23:59 on Sunday, 4th September 2022.


Interviews will take place on Monday, 12th September 2022 at our Head Office in Tansley.

For more information, please contact the national office on 01629 583037. 

Share  Tweet Friday 19th August 2022

World University Games continues today with the Mixed Sprint Relay

Twelve athletes from Great Britain have joined over 200 athletes who have made their way to North Western Switzerland to compete in the FISU World University Orienteering Championships, with five Championship races over five days.

All the action so far...

Day 1:  17 August 2022 - Individual Sprint

Wednesday saw the start of the event with the Individual Sprint, held in flat urban terrain in the cities of Biel/Bienne. GB Rachel Brown was the highest place finisher in 18th position in the women’s and GB Peter Molloy in the men’s (32nd). Unfortunately, an error from two of the athletes cost them valuable time and positions and they will hope to put this behind them as they look forward to the forthcoming races.

Congratulations to Eline Gemperle and Jonatan Gustafsson for winning the World University Championship Sprint!


1. Eline Gemperle (SUI)

2. Inka Nurminen (FIN)

3. Cécile Calandry (FRA)


1. Jonathan Gustafsson (SWE)

2. Timo Suter (SUI)

3. Colin Kolbe (GER)


Watch the race here.



Day 2:  18 August 2022 - Individual Long Distance

Thursday saw the Individual Long distance where alongside the Middle distance and Forest Relay took place in terrains with moderate to steep hillsides with good runnability and visibility.

GB Fiona Bunn finished in 12th position with GB Matthew Gooch just missing out on the top 20.

Congratulations to Katrin Müller and Fabian Aebersold for winning today’s Long Distance at the World University Championship Orienteering!


1. Katrin Müller (SUI), 1:13:01

2. Ida Haapala (FIN), 1:16:47

3. Anu Tuomisto (FIN), 1:17:27


1. Fabian Aebersold (SUI), 1:18:43

2. Simon Imark (SWE), 1:19:14

3. Mathieu Yves Perrin (FRA), 1:19:31


Watch the race here.


Today is Day 3:  19 August 2022 - Mixed Sprint Relay

Today sees the Mixed Sprint Relay where the GB team will hope to continue their success in the race after the World Orienteering Championships and World Games Medals.

The Great Britain team of Flurry Grierson, Fiona Bunn, Peter Molloy, and Cecilie Andersen will start at 13:30 and you can follow all the action live here

Please note:  Switzerland time is 1:00 hour ahead of London, United Kingdom

14:30 Start  (UK Time: 13:30)
14:20 Web-TV start  (UK Time:  13:20)
15:45 Web-TV end (UK Time 14:45)


Wishing the GB team all the very best with their race today!

Rachel Brown
Peter Molloy
Flurry Grierson
Thomas Wilson

The World University Games continue over the weekend with the Middle distance taking place on Saturday (20 August) and the Relay on Sunday (21 August).


Photo credits:  Jon Cross

Share  Tweet Friday 19th August 2022

TrailO - Chair of the Selectors

First and foremost, Julie Webster has decided to step down as Chair of the Selectors for TrailO. On behalf of British Orienteering, I would like to thank her for her commitment to ensuring that a fair and transparent selection Policy has been followed in TrailO. Roles such as these are arguably one of the most difficult voluntary roles within British Orienteering where their decisions can be challenged.

Secondly, the overall aim of selection is to maximise the opportunity to gain medals at the World and European TrailO and to create sustainable success for British Orienteering teams and athletes.

As Julie is stepping down the TrailO Group is looking for a new Chair of the Selection Panel, ideally a person who is independent of the discipline although those involved are not excluded.

The role of the Chair is to:

  • Coordinate Selection meetings and ensure all members are fully briefed in advance
  • Chair the Selection meetings and ensure a formal record of the meeting is taken
  • Ensure selections accurately represent the data presented and ensure that the selection philosophy, overview and criteria set by British Orienteering is fairly and consistently applied.
  • The Chair of the selectors will be supported by individuals with greater knowledge and understanding of TrailO. The Chair should be able to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to a performance culture in orienteering and ensure that the selections are made in line with the aims of the selection criteria, as set out from time to time by British Orienteering.
  • Support the selection panel in selecting individuals to represent GBR in an unbiased and transparent way based on the Selection Policy and the information presented to the Panel.
  • Act with integrity, fairness and transparency at all times.

If you are interested:

Please send an email to Graham Urquhart ( stating your interest, a note to explain how you meet the above criteria and if there are any Conflicts of Interest in you becoming Chair e.g. if you are a coach or parent of an athlete that may be considered for selection in the next two years. This latter point does not mean that you cannot be considered but you would be required to declare this interest and take no part in discussions about the athlete’s selection.

Expressions of interest should arrive before 1st October 2022.

Share  Tweet Wednesday 18th May 2022

Are British Orienteering Rules too complex? – your opportunity to make a difference

First and foremost, Chris Phillips (LEI) has decided to step down after giving 10 years of service to E&CC, latterly as Chair.

On behalf of British Orienteering, I would like to thank Chris for years of commitment and dedication to the sport, especially given the role of Chair of the Events and Competitions Committee, which is arguably one of the most difficult voluntary roles within British Orienteering.

Secondly, as an interim measure, we are grateful that Terry Smith (SOC) has agreed to manage any rule waivers or advise on any issues arising from competitions.

Following correspondence from members, Terry has agreed to recruit a “Rules Group” to:

Review the Competition Rule Structure and Rules of Orienteering, including how to handle “best-practice” and “guidance” and the best way of communicating any rule changes to officials and competitors.

We are looking to recruit some new members to the group that is representative of our current membership. If you are interested in being part of this group or would like further details, please could you email by Sun 5th June 2022.

Thank you