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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

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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.

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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.

 

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Share  Tweet Monday 2nd October 2023

Junior Inter-Regional Championships 2023

Written by Mark Saunders

On 23-24 September the 33rd running of the annual Junior Inter-regional Championships took place with 200 Juniors from the 12 regional junior squads across the whole country competing against each other.

This year it was the turn of Wales to host the competition. On a fine sunny day, the individual was held on the technical sand dunes of Kenfig Burrows. Despite a 12 hour coach journey, the Scottish team managed to pull out a significant lead over the Yorkshire and Humberside squad in 2nd place and the South West Juniors in 3rd.

All the teams stayed in Rougemont School near Newport overnight where they were well fed and entertained.

The relay saw a total contrast in terrain and conditions with Llantrisant forest making for a slightly misty venue for some exciting and closely fought racing. Yorkshire and Humberside managed to pull back some ground on Scotland by winning the relays but had to concede overall victory to Scotland. The South West hung on to third in the face of a strong challenge from the South East.

A great weekend was had by all. Many thanks to Swansea Bay Orienteering club for hosting and an especial thanks to Sprint World Champion Megan Carter-Davies taking time out from her preparations for the European Championships to help out like any other club member - a great inspiration and role model for all our youngsters. Well done all the teams, coaches and drivers.

Da iawn pawb

JIRCs 2023 Final Results

1. Scotland 512 pts

2. Yorkshire & Humberside 488 pts

3. South West 395 pts

Full results available via SBOC's website

Congratulations to all who took part and the winners!

Images

With thanks to Will Heap for providing these images. Access the full gallery online

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