Northern Navigators Orienteering Club

formerly Lanchester Orienteers

previously Browney Waders

established 1969

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and welcome to the Northern Navigators Orienteering Club website. If you are new to orienteering and would like to know more then please visit the British Orienteering website, where there is a wealth of information for those new to the sport. However, if you would like to find out more about our club, or are interested in joining us, then please read on or contact our Membership Secretary.

Recent NN events:

Latest results:

19.09.21 - Cong Burn (local event) simple results

19.09.21 - Cong Burn (local event) splits

04.10.20 - Hamsterley, Doctors Gate (local event) simple results

04.10.20 - Hamsterley, Doctors Gate (local event) splits

Future NN activities:

Next NN committee: 25.11.21 (Thurs) - NN Club AGM - convened by Zoom

Next NN committee: 25.11.21 (Thurs) - NN Committee - convened by Zoom

Next NN event : 26.12.21 (Sun) - Houghall Woods - Charity Score


NN club night - is active each Wednesday evening around the Durham area - all welcome.


Please use this link for NN event entry payment details only.

Future events:

NOTE - due to ongoing concerns about the Corona Virus, orienteering events, nationwide, may be suspended during the next few weeks. Some limited events may still be organised but under strict Government guidelines for the area they are in. Please check club websites before travelling to events.


21.11.21 (Sun) - Dale Town Moor (CLOK regional event) - NE Score Champs

27.11.21 (Sat) - Aislaby Moor, near Whitby (CLOK local event) - Autumn Short Race Series

04.12.21 (Sat) - Birk Brow, near Guisborough (CLOK local event) - Autumn Short Race Series

12.12.21 (Sun) - Ayton Moor (CLOK regional event) - Middle Distance event

26.12.21 (Sun) - Houghall Woods (NN local event) - Charity Score

Virtual Courses:

Low Burnhall, Durham (Score) Virtual, MapRun event - available till further notice

Gilesgate, Durham (Score) Virtual, MapRun event - available till further notice

North Durham, (Pity Me, Newton Hall and Framwellgate) (Score) Virtual, MapRun event - available till further notice

Houghall Woods, Durham (Score) Virtual, MapRun event - available till further notice

Aykley Heads, Durham (Score) Virtual, MapRun event - available till further notice

West Durham, Broom Park, Bear Park, Durham (Score) Virtual, MapRun event - available till further notice


For details of any other Virtual courses please search the MapRunF app on your mobile device

Next MLN event:

1.12.21 (Wed) - Ellington Banks - pre-entry required



MLN (Military League North) details can be found on the British Army Orienteering Club page and results can normally be found here.

Events are generally held on a Wednesday and are usually open to the public, but will generally need pre-event security clearance if held on MOD land. Further information is available from the current League Secretary, (Capt.Al Mathers).

Latest News:

(see Old news section for older news items)


NN 2022 fixtures - posted 26.10.21

A few dates for your diary - firstly, Saturday 2nd April 2022, when we are hoping to use The Cragg Estate for a middle distance event, pending securing permissions from the land owners. This is to be the weekend of the Northern Championships which are to be held by NATO at Simonside on 3rd April - NATO are also to host an urban sprint event at Cramlington on Friday 1st April.

Secondly - Friday 3rd June, when we are hoping to stage a short Sprint event around one of the Durham Hill Colleges. This is to be part of another weekend of events to support NATO's Newcastle City Race on Sunday 5th June with CLOK staging a sprint event at Stockton on Saturday 4th June.


Cleveland Orienteering clubs Couch 2 Green course - posted 16.9.21

Cleveland Orienteering Klub is offering a unique opportunity in the Darlington area to improve health and wellbeing by learning to orienteer in the 8 week adults beginners course, which runs throughout October and November 2021. Through this course participants will improve their fitness, exercise their mind, experience nature in the beautiful parkland of Darlington and surrounds, as well as meet like minded folk. The course is suitable for any adult of any age and fitness level and the club is very welcoming.

Full details of the course are available at and the contact is this email address


Martin Green, RIP 5.5.21 - posted 5.5.21

It is with great sadness to report that Martin Green (NATO) died in Cramlington E.H. this morning after admission yesterday. Martin had been suffering from the effects of Parkinsons disease for many years, but despite this he was determined to live as full a life as possible and indeed did. He was a prominent member of TYNE (Tyneside Orienteers) in the early days, then joined NATO and contributed to all aspects of club life, most notably being involved with permissions and mapping. He will be a great loss to the sport, our condolences go out to his family.


NN club night and fixtures - posted 5.5.21

Following an on line committee meeting the other evening, it has been decided to try and resurrect the regular club night sessions which were centred around Durham City. Kate Hampshire and Julian Warren are investigating possible venues with dates and times - details will be published shortly. As the country eases COVID-19 restrictions it was also felt that we could stage a few events starting around July if guidelines allow. Suitable venues have been put forward and land owners will be approached to see if using their areas is viable. Once permissions have been secured, details will be posted on the fixtures page.


NN AGM minutes, 25.11.20 - posted 28.11.20

The club's Annual General Meeting was held on 25.11.20 and the Minutes are available here. The Treasurers report will be sent separately to club members.


The British Orienteering eLearning Event Safety Course - posted 25.9.20

British Orienteering have launched an E-Learning Event Safety Course. Attendance at a British Orienteering Event Safety and Welfare Workshop is a mandatory requirement for all Organisers, Planners, Controllers and other key officials at all levels of British Orienteering registered Events. This course is currently free till the end of this year and the course takes approximately 1 hour to complete. Full details can be found here.


'The Run In' DUOC podcasts - posted 7.9.20

You can now listen to over 30 episodes of DUOC podcast, The Run In. It's made with club orienteers in mind, and gives you a fun and chatty insight into the experiences of orienteers from the UK and beyond. As a member of the GB team, Will Gardner brings his international experience, and as a journalist and commentator, Katherine Betts gets to the heart of the guest's story. New full-length episodes are released every fornight, and some quick-fire "Sprint" episodes have been added, meaning there's something new to listen to every week.

You can listen on desktop via Stitcher the-run-in-2, or on your phone. It's also on most of the major podcast apps: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podcast Addict etc. Just search "The Run In". Or you can find it on social media: Facebook theruninpod2, Twitter TheRunInPod, and Instagram therunin.


Orienteering training videos - posted 10.2.20

Start Orienteering, A Newcomer's Guide, Presented by Graham Gristwood on YouTube.

South London Orienteers have been releasing a series of get up to speed videos, presented by members of the GB Orienteering team, focussing on some key skills. There are currently eight available and all can be seen on YouTube.