West Midlands Orienteering Association

West Midlands Orienteering Association

COVID19 Update, 6 January 2021

New Stay at Home guidance England; British Orienteering has issued updated advice.

All organised orienteering activities, including events, competitions, leagues and coaching, are therefore suspended with immediate effect (except for orienteering for disabled people…)

POCs and VOCs can still be used for individual exercise.

British Orienteering

You can search for Permanent courses in the West Midlands 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 and Winter Urban series

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.