West Midlands Orienteering Association

West Midlands Orienteering Association

COVID19 Update, 8th March 2021

Return to Orienteering Guidance – England

British Orienteering has produced the latest Back to Orienteering Guidance for England.

With the current lockdown restrictions being eased across all areas of England as the country moves to Step 1 of the Government’s roadmap later this month. This will mean that organised outdoor orienteering, including competitions and coaching, can resume in England from Monday 29 March 2021.

British Orienteering

In the meantine, 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

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.