The top British orienteering athletes have a lot to contribute to the sport. They are a wonderful asset in the way they excel at the challenges offered in different terrains and disciplines and exemplify the main qualities demanded in orienteering: resilience, self reliance and determination.
We learnt in 2017, through the funding appeal, there was significant goodwill towards and interest in the GB runners. But also that we were lacking a practical way to follow them through their clubs, competitions, and day to day training.
We hope this site will enable orienteers and others to learn more about our national squad members. To follow their training and competitions, to find out more about other activities they pursue, and most important follow and support their progress when they wear the GB colours in the international competition calendar.
The TV coverage of major events, with English language commentary, can be an enthralling experience, with the action illustrated with many cameras and by skilful use of the GPS tracking. Also, many of the athletes write well about orienteering, their training and their personal experiences, not just on physical and technical matters, but often very much on the themes of self-awareness and strength of mind that characterise our sport.
We will aim to provide information about all of the above, and believe that increased awareness of our international team will be a good thing for the sport's development, especially with younger people, the next generation of orienteering athletes.
On The Red Line was set up by the Maprunner Team and Sarah Brown of South London Orienteers Sarah@slow.org.uk.
We acknowledge with thanks the work of the photographers who have granted permission for us to use their work here. Many of the photographs are our own, some are not and we acknowledge these in the text near to the photograph or in the title. We particularly thank Robert Lines for use of pictures from his extensive collection cataloguing lots of exciting moments in orienteering in recent years. We also thank other enthusiastic and regular photographers Steve Rush and Wendy Carlyle. Thanks too to Hannu Kaasalainen for several of the pictures used in the athlete profiles. They were taken during World Cup Round 1 in Finland in 2017 - celebrating 100 years of Finnish independence. The splendid photo of the JK assembly field in stormy weather that is used in the scrolling images on the home page is by Valérie Suter, who was controller of the final race in the World Cup 2017 - the sprint relay in Grindelwald.
Orienteering's National Governing Body is the British Orienteering Federation.
For Scotland, please see Scottish Orienteering.
For Northern Ireland.
Find your local club (Index of Club and Association sites).