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World Orienteering Day World Orienteering Day
Wednesday 11th May 2016

Check out the website!   www.worldorienteeringday.com

Wednesday 11th May 2016

Check out the website!   www.worldorienteeringday.com

Welcome to British Orienteering

Orienteering is an exciting and challenging outdoor sport that exercises both mind and body. The aim is to navigate between control points marked on an orienteering map; as a competitive sport the challenge is to complete the course in the quickest time choosing your own best route; as a recreational activity it does not matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can run or walk making progress at your own pace on the courses planned to suit you.

Orienteering can take place anywhere from remote forest and countryside to urban areas, parks and school playgrounds. Orienteering is a fulfilling sport for runners and walkers of all ages who want to test themselves mentally as well as physically or who want to add variety to their leisure activities. Read More

 

World Cup middle

The international orienteering season has started! The World Cup kicked off today at Sleza, Poland, writes Cat Taylor.

 

 The forest offered a "heaven and hell" contrast between open, fast woodland, rockier underfoot conditions and many areas of thicker, tougher vegetation. The courses challenged runners with plenty of direction and terrain changes and many runners were caught out, not adapting quickly enough to each change.

 
 

 

In terms of results, the best British position was Hollie Orr in 18th. Neither Hollie or Jess Tullie (40th) (pictured) had quite the day they wanted but both found lots of positives and potential to take going into the European Championships at the end of this month, which will be held just over the border, in the Czech Republic.
 
In the tightly packed men's race, Ralph Street ran to 25th place. Ralph says, "I ran a stable race, not brilliant but controlled and a solid start to the year," adding that the day as a whole had been enjoyable.
 
For Kirsten Strain, this was a World Cup debut and a great chance to learn what racing at this level involves. Kirsten comments that, "my main aim was to gain experience and I certainly did that. It's clear there's a lot to learn but it was a great introduction to the World Cup."
 
Meanwhile in nearby Wroclaw, athletes opening their World Cup with tomorrow's Sprint race had a more relaxed day of training, rest and preparation. The team are reloading for the early start tomorrow to qualify for the evening's final race. Good luck to all the Brits fighting it out for those places in the final!
 
 
 

 

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BOC Long Championships

British Orienteering Championships – Long Distance Results (UKOL)
Saturday 30th April 2016

Congratulations to everyone who took part. 

You can see the full results from the weekend at the official British Championships website:  http://www.theboc.org.uk/page/Results_reports_photos

Results for Class Men 21 Elite
1st       Graham Gristwood (FVO)                     86:47
2nd      Ben Mitchell (SBOC)                            101:54
3rd       Richard Robinson (NOC)                    102:41

 

Results for Class Women 21 Elite
1st       Kim Baxter (SYO)                                  78:03
2nd      Sarah Rollins (SN)                                82:35
3rd       Clare Dallimore (SWOC)                     85:09

 

Thank you to the West Midlands Orienteering Association and all the volunteers for putting on a fantastic event in Shropshire.  You can see the full results from the weekend at the official British Championships website:  www.theboc.org.uk/page/Results_reports_photos and at http://siresults.co.uk/2016/boc/individual/index.html

 

 

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The British team have arrived in Wroclaw for 2016 World Cup Round 1

The British team have arrived in Wroclaw, southern Poland, for the first World Cup races of the year writes Cat Taylor.

 

Spring has also arrived and the sun has certainly helped the athletes enjoy their preparation. The team members have varying amounts of international experience, and therefore an exciting range of aims for the weekend in terms of performance and learning. Spirits are high and all are looking forward to competing.

 

 

 

 

 

Wroclaw itself is flat but tomorrow's Middle race will be held on the slopes of the nearby Sleza ski area. The terrain features mixed forest and an extensive track network typical of central Europe, with some rockier areas, and isn't always as straightforward as suggested by a first glance at the map. The athletes competing in the Middle have taken 1-2 trips to the map adjacent to the competition area to get acquainted with the challenges they'll face. Hector Haines commented that the forest can seem a bit rough at first but is, "quite nice once you've tried it a second time."

 

 

 

 

Both Sunday's Sprint (Qualification and Final) and Monday's Sprint Relay will be in the city, much flatter but nevertheless offering many different types of terrain. City parks, rougher open riverbanks, campus buildings with tricky gardens and housing areas will all feature, meaning that athletes' ability to adapt running speed to the intensity of the orienteering will be key. The sprint team report that the final area "looks really fun! Different to anything you'd find in the UK. It will be a great experience."

 

You can follow the action and cheer on the British athletes from home! The Middle distance starts at 9:00 UK time and you can find links to live results, tracking and TV at worldcup2016.pl

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British Orienteering Championships 2016 - this weekend!

The British Orienteering Championships takes place this weekend (Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1st May) in Shropshire. 

This event has been organised by British Orienteering and West Midlands Orienteering Association and forms part of the UK Orienteering League. More information about the event can be found www.theboc.org.uk

British Orienteering wishes all competitors a successful and very enjoyable weekend.

 

 

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World Cup 2016 Round 1

World Cup 2016 Round 1
Saturday 30 April – Monday 2 May 2016


Good luck and best wishes to all GB athletes selected to compete in the World Cup 2016 Round 1 in Wroclaw, Poland this weekend. 

From British Orienteering and all their members.
 

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British Orienteering Championships 2016

                    

On Saturday 30 April people from all over the country are set to navigate their way to an exciting weekend of orienteering in Shropshire. British Orienteering and West Midlands Orienteering Association will be holding the British Orienteering Championships over two days on Brown Clee in the rural English county of Shropshire.  Brown Clee is in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, making this a perfect setting for all to enjoy.

Orienteering is an outdoor sport whose aim is to navigate in sequence between control points using a map and compass, deciding on the best route to complete the course in the quickest time. It does not matter how young, old or fit you are because, as competition is divided into age classes, orienteering is for everyone.  Brown Clee is an ideal venue for orienteering as it comprises an elongated hill with two summits covered by woodland of varying age, runnability and complexity, plantations, rough open, marshy areas and exposed moorland.  There are well defined networks of paths, rides and tracks in some areas while mining on the two summits, old earthworks, pits, spoil heaps and parallel stream valleys and re-entrants have left tricky contour detail.

The Championships will feature the Long Distance event on Saturday (30 April) and is hoped to attract the UK’s top orienteers as they aim to compete to become the 2016 British Champion.  Sunday 1 May will see the Relay Championships taking place with reams of top orienteers vying to take home the trophies.

Sally Pygott from British Orienteering said, “We welcome spectators at the event and we will be providing taster courses, a Maze course and Xplorer activity over the weekend so that local people can try the sport for themselves. As a beginner you need no navigation experience and we have courses to suit all fitness levels. We encourage all to come and enjoy in the fun.”

Plase note: We regret that dogs are not allowed anywhere on the estate, including the car park.

For further information about the event please visit the event website.

For further information about the sport of orienteering please visit the British Orienteering website.

 

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Overwhelming success for World Orienteering Day

Orienteering will be in every corner of the world on 11th of May. World Orienteering Day is an event to unite the whole world of orienteering. The project has gathered huge interest from all over the world, and right now there are now 873 locations, in 60 countries, already registered.

Notable among the registered locations, which are spread over all continents, are events in exciting places such as Greenland and New Caledonia.

The events will take place in cities, parks, forests and in school yards. Most of the participants will be youths and school children, but people of all ages are encouraged to take part.

There are many ways to practice orienteering, as indicated by the four main disciplines governed by the IOF, namely Foot Orienteering, Ski Orienteering, Mountain Bike Orienteering and Trail Orienteering. Creative ways of organising such events include night orienteering, using headlamps or flashlights, and indoor orienteering, using artificial landscapes of obstacles.
 

Support from the International Olympic Committee

It is not only schoolchildren who have seen the potential of this event. The International Orienteering Federation recently received a letter from the International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach himself, in support of the first ever World Orienteering Day. In it, he highlights the importance of inspiring young people with the values of sport, and also notes that the activities of World Orienteering Day are well aligned with the key objective of Olympic Agenda 2020: engaging youth through sport. To read the letter in full please click here.

Brian Porteous, President of the International Orienteering Federation, says:
“Not only is this important considering the Olympic ambitions of orienteering, but it also underlines the importance of the sport in inspiring a younger generation to embrace the values of sport that orienteering represents.”

More locations and countries are being registered every day on the digital map here: www.worldorienteeringday.com

For more information and press photos, please contact malin.bjorkqvist@orienteering.org

 

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British Relay Championships Entries Close Tomorrow!

The British Orienteering Championships are being held in Shropshire on Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May 2016 and organised by the West Midlands Orienteering Association. Entries for the British Relay Championships close on midnight Tuesday 19th April so enter now to avoid disapointment!

Entries can be made through SI Entries, more details can be found on the British Orienteering Championships website.
 

 

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British Orienteering Championships 2016

On Saturday 30th April people from all over the country are set to navigate their way to an exciting weekend of orienteering in Shropshire. British Orienteering and West Midlands Orienteering Association will be holding the British Orienteering Championships over two days on Brown Clee in the rural English county of Shropshire.  Brown Clee is in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, making this a perfect setting for all to enjoy.

Orienteering is an outdoor sport whose aim is to navigate in sequence between control points using a map and compass, deciding on the best route to complete the course in the quickest time. It does not matter how young, old or fit you are because, as competition is divided into age classes, orienteering is for everyone.  Brown Clee is an ideal venue for orienteering as it comprises an elongated hill with two summits covered by woodland of varying age, runnability and complexity, plantations, rough open, marshy areas and exposed moorland.  There are well defined networks of paths, rides and tracks in some areas while mining on the two summits, old earthworks, pits, spoil heaps and parallel stream valleys and re-entrants have left tricky contour detail.

The Championships will feature the Long Distance event on Saturday (30 April) and is hoped to attract the UK’s top orienteers as they aim to compete to become the 2016 British Champion.  Sunday 1 May will see the Relay Championships taking place with reams of top orienteers vying to take home the trophies.

Sally Pygott from British Orienteering said, “We welcome spectators at the event and we will be providing taster courses, a Maze course and Xplorer activity over the weekend so that local people can try the sport for themselves. As a beginner you need no navigation experience and we have courses to suit all fitness levels. We encourage all to come and enjoy in the fun.”

For further information about the event please visit the event website.

For further information about the sport of orienteering please visit the British Orienteering website.

 

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British Sprint and Middle Championships 2016 – early entries closing!

Early entries for both the British Sprint and British Middle Championships 2016 close on Sunday 17 April 2016, enter now via www.fabian4.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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News Headlines

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Apr

Glen Affric North to be felled.

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World Cup 2016 Round 1

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John Disley CBE Memorial Service

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