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Share  Tweet Thursday 23rd May 2024

Just announced: WOC 2024 to be broadcasted live on TV channel Eurovision Sport!

In an extremely exciting development, the IOF have today announced that the World Orienteering Championships 2024, which is taking place from 12-16 July 2024 in Edinburgh, will be broadcast live via eurovisionsport.com in France, Germany and the UK.  

The news comes as the International Orienteering Federation, IOF, has entered a partnership with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the world’s leading alliance for public service media. 

This means that even if you are unable to attend the event as a spectator or participant in the WOC Tour 2024, you will be able to follow and support Team GB by watching all the live action for free! All you need to do is sign up to access the coverage.  

Follow the action together as a club! 

 Get involved in the spirit of WOC 2024 from wherever you are based by setting up a WOC 2024 watch party for your club members! It’s a great opportunity to see Team GB in action as the events unfold and support the national team as they embark on the competition.  

Can’t wait until WOC 2024? Highlights from other International Competitions starts this weekend. 

 That’s right, from 25 May you will be able to catch all the highlights from the Orienteering World Cup Round 1 in Switzerland! Watch the event live via IOF TV.  

You will be able to watch back on how our athletes navigated the course around the ‘railway central’ of Switzerland – Olten. Here is the full upcoming programme of orienteering events that will be broadcast: 

2024 International Orienteering Programme 

May 25-26 
Orienteering World Cup Round 1, Switzerland – highlights only 

June 1-2 
Orienteering World Cup Round 2, Italy – highlights only 

July 12-16 
World Orienteering Championships, Scotland – live broadcast 

August 17-20 
European Orienteering Championships, World Cup Round 3, Hungary – highlights only 

September 26-29, Finland 
Orienteering World Cup Round 4, Finland – highlights only 

For full details, please read the IOF's press release. 

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Share  Tweet Thursday 23rd May 2024

World Cup Round 1 is approaching...support Team GB and watch via IOF live!

The International Orienteering season is finally upon us! This week the selected athletes for Team GB will travel to Switzerland for World Cup Round 1. Here is a reminder of who will be representing the squad and how you can watch the competition online. 

Event programme

Friday 24 May: KO Qualification

Start times are yet to be confirmed but it is likely the Men's teams will commence the race at 2pm and the Women at 2:50pm. All times CEST (UTC +2)

Representing Team GB are:

  • Ralph Street
  • Jonny Crickmore
  • Freddie Carcas
  • Nathan Lawson
  • Peter Hodkinson
  • Will Gardner

 

  • Megan Carter-Davies
  • Grace Molloy
  • Charlotte Ward
  • Fiona Bunn
  • Cecilie Andersen
  • Rachel Brown

Saturday 25 May: KO Sprint Final

Sunday 26 May: Individual Sprint- First Start 12:03

  • Ralph Street
  • Jonny Crickmore
  • Freddie Carcas
  • Nathan Lawson
  • Peter Hodkinson
  • Will Gardner

 

  • Megan Carter-Davies
  • Grace Molloy
  • Charlotte Ward
  • Fiona Bunn
  • Cecilie Andersen
  • Rachel Brown
  • Mairi Eades

Good luck to each and every one of our athletes, we are very excited for the start of the international season and cannot wait to see all that it brings!

How to catch the action

Visit the IOF's website to learn more about how you can catch all the action from the event. Or, simply follow this link to IOF TV to choose which package you wish to purchase. 

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Share  Tweet Wednesday 22nd May 2024

Recruitment of Chairs of Rules Group and Officials Group

Are you passionate about our sport and want to contribute to the way competitions are officiated and delivered? This is a fantastic opportunity to influence the development of our competition rules and support our dedicated volunteer officials.

Open Positions:

We are currently seeking two Chairs:

  • Chair of the Rules Group
  • Chair of the Officials Group

Responsibilities:

Both Groups report to the Events & Competitions Committee, and as Chair, you will (in summary):

  • Lead and coordinate the efforts of your respective group.
  • Work closely with volunteers and stakeholders to ensure the effective implementation and evolution of competition rules and officials' standards.

Why Join Us?

  • Impact: Your contributions will directly affect the delivery and quality of competitions.
  • Collaboration: Work with a team of passionate volunteers dedicated to the sport.
  • Development: Help in the continuous improvement and development of rules and officiating standards.

If you are interested in taking on a leadership role and making a significant impact on our sport, we encourage you to apply for one of these exciting opportunities.

Please see the Job Description for further details.

If you are interested?

Please send an email to Howard Blackman (hblackman@britishorienteering.org.uk) stating your interest, a note to explain your motivation and experience.

Expressions of interest should arrive before 28 June 2024

 

 

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Share  Tweet Sunday 7th April 2024

Bonington Trophy Award Winner 2023: Stephen McKinley, Southern Navigators Orienteering Club

We are delighted to share that the winner of the Bonington Trophy Award 2023 is Stephen McKinley from Southern Navigators Orienteering Club!

Here, we share what his nominators had to say about his contributions to mapping a multitude of areas including Long Valley South, Wellington College, Cove Brook and the wider Farnborough area and more.  

The Bonington Trophy was donated to British Orienteering by its Honorary President, Sir Chris Bonington, the world-famous mountaineer. It is awarded annually for the 'best contribution to mapping' which can cover a whole range of activities related to mapping.

Stephen McKinley, Southern Navigators Orienteering Club

Map area: Multiple locations including Long Valley South, Wellington College, Cove Brook/wider Farnborough area, Rodborough Common and Puttenham Golf Course.

Steve has been Southern Navigator’s (SN) Mapping Officer for many years and is responsible for maintaining and updating the club’s library of current maps and coordinating the production of new maps. Steve undertakes much of the cartography and survey work himself on a voluntary basis.

This nomination is particularly for Steve’s work in recent years. He has instigated a rolling programme of updates to bring SN’s maps into line with the latest mapping specifications, newly acquired LIDAR data, and accurate geo-referencing. This has ensured a consistency in style and presentation and has only been possible due to Steve’s commitment of considerable amounts of his “spare” time to maintain and improve the club’s most valuable assets.

Whilst LIDAR can be used to obtain accurate contour and vegetation data, significant interpretation and simplification are required before the LIDAR information can be converted to an orienteering map that is clearly laid out and easy to read. Combining his mapping skills and experience, with his knowledge of OCAD software, Steve has used his skills to make maps that are relevant and helpful to a competitor. The results of Steve’s work can be seen on maps used at all levels of events and activities. Within the last three years alone, examples of Steve’s mapping updates, new maps and base maps could be seen at:

· Long Valley South (SN Trophy 2022) and Mytchett (SN Trophy 2023): national events on varied and complex terrain with numerous vegetation and contour features

· Wellington College (SCOA League event, Dec 2022) and Frensham Heights School: areas of school campus, sports facilities and surrounding woodlands drawn to sprint specification

· Cove Brook/wider Farnborough area (used for SEOUL Urban League races in 2022/23): classic urban terrain where clear and accurate cartography is essential to enable fair assessment of permissible routes and uncrossable boundaries

· Rodborough Common: a new map of small local forest/heathland terrain used for Level D club events and training activities

· Puttenham Golf Course: used for night orienteering training

· Significant LIDAR-based updates to several other SN areas used for Level D events (e.g. Farnham Park, Witley Common, Southwood)

Southern Navigators are not the only club to benefit from Steve’s work. He provided interpreted and simplified LIDAR base maps to our neighbouring clubs BAOC (Ash Ranges and Frith Hill) and BADO (Kings Worthy and South Ham and Buckskin Estates), enabling quality updates of these areas.

The examples above illustrate how Steve’s mapping skill has been applied to all types of terrain for different levels of events and has supported literally thousands of individual participants every year.

Within the extensive list above Steve has personally done ground survey work for Long Valley South (2022 update) and Rodborough Common (new map) and has checked out many general update requests from the club’s Planners as each area is re-used.

Never one to sit back, Steve has continued to look for new areas and initiatives which may benefit SN and orienteering more widely. In 2023, a local charity approached SN, which resulted in Steve generating a new LIDAR-based map of Woodlarks camping ground for the disabled, thus making orienteering accessible to disabled people. Steve is currently updating the Hindhead Common map which will be used in February 2024 for an event in conjunction with a National Trust supporters’ group which will provide the opportunity for the ‘supporters’ to try out orienteering on an area which they already know and love.

In summary, this nomination reflects Steve’s dedication and skill over many years, producing high-quality maps to enable Southern Navigators to stage high quality and enjoyable events.

Congratulations to Stephen on receiving the Bonington Trophy 2023.

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It’s important to us, to recognise the other individuals who were nominated for the Bonington Trophy 2023. Here they are, alongside some of the comments regarding their contributions over the past year.

Nominations for the Bonington Trophy 2023

Martin Hore, Suffolk Orienteering Club – Map area: Suffolk maps

“Martin took over the lead in mapping for the club nearly a decade ago having been making maps for some time. In recent years he has pushed ahead developing new techniques to make new maps - and revise older ones - so they are geo-located. He has explored the freely accessible data that can enhance mapping making significant use of Lidar and aerial imagery to pin down the tricky humps and hollows in locations like Bridge Wood, Ipswich.

Alongside producing quality mapping, he has also taken time to bring on other mappers: encouraging skill development for experienced folk and starting from basics for newcomers. He is always ready to listen to feedback from all types of users - landowners to planners to competitors - meaning he acknowledges that the mapping can still improve.”

Alasdair Pedley, Auld Reekie Orienteering Society – Variety of locations including Sprint Scotland and EUOC Big Weekend

“Alasdair has mapped for Sprint Scotland, EUOC Big Weekend, coast and islands and a EUOC/ AROS sprint relay. Outstanding quality of mapping for his age. He always takes advice and is happy to pass it on. He has also collaborated with Chris Smithard and Graham Gristwood on projects.”

Rod Postlethwaite, Wrekin Orienteers – Map area: Woodside

“A very complex area, superbly mapped by Rod using all his 40 years of mapping experience during which time he has mapped many areas for WRE including using recent innovations such as LiDAR.”

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Next up, we will be sharing details of our Chichester Trophy Winner 2023. Check our website or social media daily for the latest updates.

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