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Share  Tweet Tuesday 5th July 2022

Job Opportunity - WOC Development Project Manager

Following on from the success of the World Sprint Championships in Denmark the next World Sprint Championships are being held in Edinburgh in July 2024. This offers a unique opportunity to promote orienteering to a wider audience and attract more people to take part in orienteering across the UK.

With the excitement of the sprint format proving particularly attractive to young people. The staging of the world championships has the potential to have a substantial impact on orienteering activity across the country.

The sport needs to grasp this potential and achieve significant growth in numbers enjoying orienteering as an exciting sport for all, young people in particular.

We are seeking a motivated individual to create a 2 year delivery plan to maximise this opportunity for the sport of orienteering.


Further details can be found here

Share  Tweet Monday 4th July 2022

Yvette Baker Trophy 2022

On behalf of LEI, I would like to thank you all for your attendance yesterday and the superb way in which the teams entered into the spirit of the competition. I think all the young people present should be congratulated on the wonderful way they showed off our sport to the many visitors to the park. I had several comments from the park staff and those working in the cafe on the high standard of behaviour that they all showed.

YBT Trophy                                   YBT Shield

1st SYO 893                                      1st  SUFFOC

2nd HH 871                                      2nd  SOS

3rd WCOC 855                                 3rd  BKO

Full results can be found here

Photo: David Dixon, Hertfordshire Orienteering Club
Share  Tweet Friday 1st July 2022

Double Medal Success for Great Britain in the Women’s Individual Sprint

Gold for GBR Megan Carter-Davies and Bronze for GBR Alice Leake and fantastic runs from all the GB team in the Individual Sprints at the World Orienteering Championships 2022 in Denmark.

Simona Aebersold (SUI), Megan Carter-Davies (GBR), Alice Leake (GBR)

After achieving three heat wins in the morning, Great Britain qualified five of the six athletes for the finals of the Individual Sprint, with the top 15 from each group qualifying for the Final.

GBR Nathan Lawson put in a great performance but unfortunately just missed out on qualification finishing 19th in his group. The Men’s Individual Sprint Final was first up with GBR Ralph Street up first and a solid run put him in a great sport which eventually saw him pick up a podium 6th place.

Håvard Sandstad Eidsmo (NOR), Aston Key (AUS), Ralph Street (GBR)

GBR Kris Jones who started last, due to putting in the fastest heat time was flying through the run and crossed the line in 3rd place. Unfortunately, a mis-punch on the course saw him later disqualified in an event that was won by Kasper Harlem Fosser (NOR) impressively by 16 seconds.

In the women’s event, all three athletes qualified impressively for the final, with both GBR Charlotte Ward and GBR Megan Carter-Davies winning their respective heats.

GBR Alice Leake was the first Brit up, who in 2021 took 4th place in this same event and ran a solid race, which put her in the leader’s chair until right up to the end of the race.  GBR Alice Leake managed to hold on to the Bronze medal seeing her improve one place up from World Orienteering Championships in the Czech Republic.

Both GBR Charlotte Ward and GBR Megan Carter-Davies were one of the last starters in the women’s race and in the rare moment which saw Tove Alexandersson (SWE) under pressure and making a few errors was eventually beaten into 6th place. GBR Megan Carter-Davies ran a clean race which saw her fastest on the checkpoints throughout the race and she held on to take the overall win in 1st place, crowning her World Orienteering Champion!

GBR Megan Caarter-Davies - World Champion!
GBR Alice Leake - Bronze medal winner
Podium flags x 2 for Great Britain
GBR Megan Carter-Davies
GBR Alice Leake
GBR Ralph Street

GBR Megan Carter-Davies said after the race: “I was focusing on taking the right route choices and having an error-free run and I made no real mistake.”

Interview with Gold Medal Winner Megan Carter-Davies 

Reporter:  Katherine Bett
Production:  @OntheRedLine

Interview with GB Alice Leake  

Reporter:  Katherine Bett
Production:  @OntheRedLine

Interview with GB Ralph Street 

Reporter:  Katherine Bett
Production:  @OntheRedLine


Sprint Final Results


  • Megan Carter Davies GBR 14:22
  • Simona Aebersold SUI 14:28
  • Alice Leake GBR 14:40
  • Andrine Benjaminsen NOR 14:41
  • Elena Roos SUI 14:46
  • Tove Alexandersson SWE 14:51


  • Kasper Harlem Fosser NOR 13:56
  • Gustav Bergman SWE 14:12
  • Jannick Michiels BEL 14:20
  • Håvard Sandstad Eidsmo NOR 14:25
  • Aston Key AUS 14:34
  • Ralph Street GBR 14:36


This event ended the first Sprint World Championships and made this one of the most successful championships for Great Britain.

With the next Sprint World Orienteering Championship in Edinburgh 2024, there is plenty to look forward to!


Photo credits:  IOF / William Hollowell

Find out more on the World Orienteering Championships 2022 website here.

Share  Tweet Thursday 16th June 2022

New eLearning Course Launched - Introduction to Updating Forest Maps

British Orienteering Launches New eLearning Course

Introduction to Updating Forest Maps

Introduction to updating Forest Mapping has been designed to be a supportive and informative initial step towards becoming a competent Mapper. The course is based around learners having access to either of the two most widely used mapping programs, Open Orienteering Mapper and OCAD. We strongly advise that you seek an experienced mapper as a mentor to support you through your journey towards being a competent mapper. This course is based on updating an existing forest or upland map and rather than creating a new map from a previously unmapped area.

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

The Course objectives are…

To provide an introduction and basic understanding of the processes involved in how to update and amend an existing Orienteering map.

This eLearning course is priced at £10.00 and will take approximately an hour to complete and you will also receive the following…

  • Certificate
  • 11 supporting resources
  • A list of useful links to embed learning
  • A list of Mapping software & suppliers
  • A useful glossary

Terry Smith British Orienteering’s Chair of the Map Advisory Group, says:
“This is an excellent piece of work and all those involved should be proud of their efforts.”

British Orienteering would like to thank the following people who have helped to develop this course.

David Olivant – Technical Mapping expert

Pauline Olivant – Learning expert

Mark Penny – eLearning Developer

Together with all the members of the Map Advisory Group who have provided excellent support.

British Orienteering offers a wide range of affordable eLearning courses ranging from £10 - £30 and includes online Introduction to Orienteering courses for Primary and Secondary School Teachers, Outdoor Centres, and Youth Leaders. 

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