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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 5th February 2024

Event Spotlight: The Big Weekend 2024

The road to WOC 2024 is truly underway! On 26-28 January 2024, Edinburgh University Orienteering Club held the first of 2024s major events in the lead up to the international event being held in Scotland in July.

Here, organiser of the Big Weekend, EUOC member and Development Squad athlete Jim Bailey provides an insight to what unfolded in the lead up and during the event.

Training

Ahead of the weekend we hosted a training camp to support athletes preparing for WOC 2024. We put on 7 training sessions with a variety of course styles in and around Edinburgh, many using new or recently updated maps that we had commissioned using a Student Experience grant (awarded to us by the University of Edinburgh). The mapping projects both enabled us to provide a quality training schedule on a range of areas and helped to create a great legacy for the club by providing alternative areas to those covered by the long-standing WOC embargo.

We also hosted a knock-out sprint training day in Livingston, using an area that had not been used for orienteering before, newly mapped by two EUOC members (Joe Hudd and Joe Sunley). Our format allowed all athletes to run three head-to-head rounds, simulating quarter-final, semi-final and finals, with some excellent courses planned by Murray Strain. It was a great opportunity for EUOC and GB runners to test themselves against some top-quality international competition, try out tactics and learn about their strengths and weaknesses relative to some of the best in the world.

Nearly 50 athletes from 13 different countries attended the training and feedback was very positive. One athlete commented that they had enjoyed a week of “quality training, exceptional competition climate and top-level rivals…”, commenting afterwards “[I] have to admit Edinburgh has me hooked, love the city and it’s sprint maps”.

Day 1: 2x2 Relay and Fight With the Night

Our first competition was a 2x2 relay on the Friday afternoon around Liberton, a very technical little area in Edinburgh. This was attended by 31 teams, from all over the world. The running order for this was M,W,M,W. GB Athlete, Nathan Lawson was impressively the winner of the first leg, beating World Champion Kasper Fosser. However, over the next few legs there were major changes. A sprint finish concluded the race where JWOC 2023 sprint gold medallist Rita Máramarosi, just edged in front of Norway’s Ane Dyrkorn. One of the international coaches said that it was the best training he had ever been to. An incredible statement for us organisers to hear!!

After this, it was straight on to the Fight With The Night, a staple of EUOC’s Big weekend, this year’s only remaining “classic”. This was planned around the The Inch, on a new map by Joe Sunley. These courses were in an Urban style, with some more intricate sections. The winner of the long Course was Irelands Josh O'Sullivan-Hourihan, with a very impressive time of 16mins 37s. The medium course was won by ESOC’s Sabine Oechsner, the short by ELO’s Emily Atkinson, and the Junior/ Novice by TAY’s Finn Selmer Duguid. We were also joined by 15 pairs of scouts that thoroughly enjoyed the event, with many of them being first-time orienteers.

Day 2: World Ranking Event

Our main event for the weekend was our World Ranking Event. EUOC has had the vision to pull this off for more than a year now, and to finally have it happen after months of planning was an incredible feeling.  Frank Townley (EUOC) planned courses around South Queensferry, a map produced by WOC mapper, Dave Peel. The courses were very technical, with non-stop changes in direction.  All of our Men’s Elite competitors ran before anyone else meaning that they had the area all to themselves. Norway’s Kasper Fosser won the men’s race with a huge margin of  21s over Sweden’s Martin Regborn. Finland’s Miika Kirmula was 3rd only 3s behind the Swede. Great Britain’s highest result was Kris Jones in 6th. Later, the women started with a late entrant Hanna Lundberg taking the victory by 26s over Pia Young Vik from Norway. Charlotte Ward was our best female result in 5th. The stand out non-elite performance was by Sheila Strain (ELO) who won by an impressive 1minute 29seconds over Eleanor Pyrah (ESOC), in the W75+ class. Once again, we received very positive feedback from all of the competitors, especially about how much the enjoyed the technicality of the courses, with the use of artificial barriers. 

Credit: Michael Philp Photos

On the Saturday night, EUOC held its Annual Ceilidh with the incredible Barrasaig band playing a selection of traditional ceilidh songs. This was greatly enjoyed by everyone attending, even including some of the world’s best elites. EUOC member Ewan Musgrave addressed the haggis, as a burn’s night tradition, with Haggis and oatcakes being served to all attending. This was well received (by most), and then the dancing continued until 22:30, ensuring competitors had the time to recover before the Sunday’s race!

Day 3: Elite Sprint

On Sunday the elite classes had a sprint, with all other categories having an Urban around Bughtlin (East Craigs). Although there was some small hiccups with some controls being moved, the event was thoroughly enjoyed. Joe Hudd (EUOC) planned some very technically challenging courses, requiring focus on both execution and route choices. On the Men’s Elite Kasper Fosser once again won, although by a smaller margin today, and only picking up the win after Martin Regborn lost 20s on one of the latter controls. In the Women’s race, Venla Harju won, after Hanna Lundberg made a similar mistake to Martin Regborn. The stand-out non-elite result of the day was Alison Cunningham (FVO) with a dominant victory in Womens Super vets, winning by over 3 minutes!

Credit: Crawford Lindsay

2024’s Edition of Big weekend was a success, bringing more than 600 competitors, many from overseas. Our focus this year was on providing a top-notch training opportunity for those preparing for Edinburgh WOC 2024. We also made sure that this didn’t reduce the quality of the non-elite competitions, with us receiving great feedback! We hope to see you at Big Weekend 2025, where we hope to return to the City Centre (after the WOC embargo has been lifted), to have a scenic weekend of high-quality racing and socialising. 

Thanks must go to all of those who helped put on this great event!!

Results

Results for the whole weekend are now available online.

Next in the lead up to WOC 2024.

4/5 May, Sprint Scotland 2024

10–12 May, Glasgow City Race 2024

29/30 June, WOC 2024 Test races.

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