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Thanks to everyone who made the event a success. In particular:

  • Overall weekend coordinator: Duncan Archer LOC (formerly CLOK)
  • Day 1 officials: Caroline & Alastair Mackenzie CLOK (organisers), Chris Mackenzie CLOK (planner), Keith Tonkin BL (controller), Ted Finch FVO (IOF advisor)
  • Day 2 officials - Boris Spence NN (organiser), Francis Shillitoe NATO (planner), Graham Nilsen DEE (controller)
  • Mulgrave Estates - Owners of all the competition terrain, and Saturday parking. Especially Richard Childerhouse the estate manager and John the tractor and ATV driver who helped lay tracking, move toilets, shuttle far start bags, and get cars out of the field.
  • Andrew Body - Owner of the relay day parking and arena fields.
  • Austen Floyd - Cleveland mountain rescue team member (who were providing first aid) who happened to also have a tow truck and offered his services to tow stuck cars out on relay day. His help was invaluable and we were extremely grateful for it at short notice. 
  • VJ shoes - Donating elite prizes for the long, and premier class winners prizes for the relay
  • Podium Catering - Donating vouchers for selected elite winners in the long.

There were of course many more besides - various team leaders, and approximately 100 helpers on Saturday and 70 helpers on Sunday (some of which were from outside the region).

Lastly thanks to all you as competitors that give major events the atmosphere, for donating nearly £350 towards the Orienteering Foundation, and for bearing with us as we negotiated various challenges, especially the parking conditions.

Event overview

The North East Orienteering Association enjoyed welcoming you to the British Long and Relay Championships in 2024.

Saturday 13th April 2024 - Long

  • British Long Distance Championships
  • Mulgrave Woods - see map from 2016 Northern Champs
  • Elite class prizes sponsored by VJ shoes and vouchers from Podium Catering
  • UK Orienteering League event
  • Ward Junior Home International selection race for England team
  • European Championships selection race for GBR team
  • IOF World Ranking Event for M/W21E classes - bulletin 1 now available (v2 updated 13th January)

Sunday 14th April 2024 - Relays

  • British Relay Championships
  • Hutton Mulgrave & Skelder Woods - see map from most recent 2021 regional event
  • This will be the 50th running of the British Relay Championships with a full set of classes, after the first event in 1972, and no events in 2001 (foot & mouth), 2020 or 2021 (covid). Although see footnote on the relays page.


Both areas are near Whitby, North Yorkshire, in the North East of England. 

Travel by public transport:

  • By air – Nearest airports are Durham / Tees Valley (40 miles by road), Newcastle (75 miles by road), Leeds / Bradford (80 miles), Manchester (135 miles).
  • By rail – Nearest station is Whitby (4 miles by road). See National Rail for times and tickets.
  • By bus – See individual days for nearest bus service

Friday 12th April - Junior sprint selection race

There will be a junior sprint selection race on Friday. This is organised independently of the main BOC/BRC weekend races but we mention it here for completeness:

  • York University
  • Junior selection race for EYOC (16/18) and JWOC (18/20) with all 16/18/20 age athletes welcome
  • Junior start times 17:00-19:00
  • Opportunity for those travelling with juniors (e.g. parents) to have an informal run 19:00-19:30
  • Entries separate to BOC at Pre-Entries
  • Pre-entries site also contains further details of the race
  • This is one of the five primary selection races to select the EYOC and JWOC teams, more details in the British Orienteering selection policy


Whitby and the surrounding area offers plenty of holiday accommodation options in the seaside towns and villages and further inland. We will add links here as we spot them:

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