COVID19 Update, Summer 2021
Return to Orienteering Guidance – England
Whilst restrictions have been lifted, COVID is very much still in circulation and we urge a continued responsible approach to running events and coach sessions.British Orienteering
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.
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.
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
- Bathpool, West Midlands League, 24th October, Potteries Orienteering Club.
- Worcester Beacon, Malvern Hills, West Midlands League and West Midlands Championships, 14th November, Harlequins Orienteering.
- Brandon Wood, West Midlands League, 5th December, Octavian Droobers
As well as formal events, why not brush up your skills and search for a Permanent course local to you through British Orienteering’s list. These include both “real” courses with posts, and “virtual” ones using GPS.
You can also 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