The Best of 2020 – Entry Info


Wednesday 23th to Tuesday 29th December – (Can’t make it? Then sign up to our newsletter on our homepage).

What’s involved?

There’ll be ten stages. All available from 19:00 on Wednesday until 23:59 on Tuesday. The Grand Finals will take place on Wednesday 30th in the evening (UK Time)

Based on feedback from our previous events most people take take about 2 hours to complete the competition, though it does depend on how much you practice beforehand! The non-Catching Features stages will test different elements of your orienteering technique. You can have a go at stages from previous competitions to get an idea of what might be involved.

Plus on Wednesday evening we’ll do a live video with discussion on the stages and live races in Catching Features.

Best of 2020?

Ok so maybe 2020 hasn’t been the best of years… But we can still celebrate the best of Lockdown Orienteering / Orienteering Unlocked from this crazy year!

We’ll be going back to your favourite stages and maps from 2020.

Let us know what you enjoyed most this year by sending us a message here or over on Facebook or Twitter.

The stages

We call each challenge a stage. In total there will be 10 stages and the following are so far confirmed:

  • Trail Orienteering
  • Catching Features on that World Orienteering Day map with 6 islands representing the 6 orienteering continents.
  • ???


For each stage you get a score based on your ranking. We then add up your best scores to find the overall winner!

You’ll also be able to compare yourself against those in your own age group.

What do I need?

We recommend using a desktop computer or laptop for most stages, rather than a phone or tablet. Having a separate mouse is also a good idea.

If you want to take part in all ten stages, you’ll need to have Catching Features. And for this event all entrants will again get a 40% discount code for Catching Features! The perfect Christmas present?

Will there be prizes?

Yes for the best female and male competitor overall. Each stage has its own scoring system which involves both time and accuracy (like in real orienteering). You’ll be awarded points for each stage based on how your performance compares to everyone else’s. For the overall results, you’ll be able to drop your points from at least one stage.

How do I enter?

Please enter through this link.

  • Early: £8 Seniors/£4.50 Juniors/Students before 23:59 UK Time on Tuesday 15th December
  • Standard: £10 Seniors/£5 Juniors/Students before 23:59 UK Time on Tuesday 22nd December
  • Late: £12 Seniors/£6 Juniors/Students before 16:00 UK Time on Sunday 27th December

Who’s behind Orienteering Unlocked?

The competition is coordinated by Chris Smithard.

Part of your entry fee will go to the GB Squad and Orienteering Foundation. The Orienteering Foundation ia a charity that promotes and supports orienteering, to bring all the benefits this amazing sport has to offer the people of the UK, and to ensure that our sport is here for the enjoyment of generations to come.


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