West Midlands Orienteering Association

West Midlands Orienteering Association

COVID19 Update, 4 November 2020

A new lockdown has been announced for England beginning on 5 November. British Orienteering has suspended all events scheduled up to at least 2 December.

In the meantime, West Midlands clubs are making courses available using the free MapRun virtual Orienteering App.  Read how to access and use this app here. Naturally, you should only use these courses only in accordance with government guidelines regarding whom you can meet and minimising travel. At the time of writing:

You can exercise or visit outdoor public places with:

– the people you live with
– your support bubble
– or, when on your own, 1 person from another household. Children under 5, as well as disabled people dependent on round-the-clock care are not counted towards the limit on two people meeting outside

There is further guidance on what exercise and other physical activity can continue during the period of national restrictions.

Outdoor public places include:

– neighbourhood streets, parks, beaches, and the countryside
– public gardens and grounds (whether or not you pay to enter them)
– allotments
– outdoor playgrounds

Source: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november#meeting-with-family-and-friends (Revision as of 3 November 2020)


You should avoid travelling in or out of your local area, and you should look to reduce the number of journeys you make. However you can and should still travel for a number of reasons, including:

[inter alia]
– to spend time or exercise outdoors – this should be done locally wherever possible, but you can travel to do so if necessary (for example, to access an open space)

Source: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november#travel (Revision as of 3 November 2020)

You can find details of local courses at:
Potteries Orienteering Club MapRuns,
Wrekin Orienteers’ MapRuns,
Walton Chasers’ Map Runs,
City of Birmingham OC’s MapRun in Sutton Park
and Harlequins’ Mapruns.

Participants take part at their own risk, as if you were going out training on your own. Please use them safely, looking out for yourself and other members of the public who may be in the area.

The West Midlands Orienteering Association (WMOA) is the regional association of orienteering clubs in the West Midlands, covering the counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, West Midlands, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. The WMOA is affiliated to the British Orienteering Federation. Its origins were documented in a West Midlander article by Rod Postlethwaite.

The association organises various competitions between its member clubs and individuals, as well as co-ordinating fixtures to minimise date clashes both within the region, in neighbouring regions and nationally.

The WMOA also organises and provides financial support to a Junior Squad and runs training courses for members who wish to become event officials or upgrade their qualifications.

Major events such as the JK and the British Orienteering Championships rotate around the UK’s regions and are too large for any one club to organise.  The association provides coordination when it is the West Midlands’ turn to host them, and will provide links to the event web sites from here.

New to orienteering?  British Orienteering has advice on how to get started, or locate your nearest club for help and information.

Want help to improve? Ask your club coach for advice – he or she knows we were all beginners once, and will not bite! On line, we recommend the Better Orienteering web site and this series of technique videos by South London Orienteers.

Principal forthcoming fixtures in the region

This section will be restored once orienteering events resume.