Jan Kjellström

International Festival

of Orienteering 2020

North East England

10th April - 13th April


Sunday 23rd February 2020 - second closing date (individual) + deadline for ordering O Tops

In 2020 the North East Orienteering Association (NEOA) welcomes you to the JK at Stockton Riverside and forests around the North York Moors, including:

Entries are now open! JK 2020 O tops and Event Clips are also available to pre-order via the Entries system - see the Merchandise page.

Event co-ordinator: Duncan Archer (CLOK)

A welcome from Peter Archer and Kay Clark (previous and current chairs of NEOA):

NEOA takes great pleasure in welcoming all competitors, volunteers and officials to the region for the Jan Kjellström International Festival 2020. Duncan Archer and his team have been working for several years on all four races to bring you quality courses and exciting terrain. As you travel around to the different venues, we hope you also enjoy the beautiful North York Moors.

We are a small region and would have struggled to find enough volunteers to run all the events, so a huge thank you goes to those individuals, clubs and organisations who are helping us.

We are excited to announce the individual races will feature GPS tracking for the first time in the north-east. The top 15 senior and top 10 junior men and women elites will be tracked to provide more insightful commentary and allow fans to be a part of the action. Tracking will remain online afterwards analysis, coaching and reporting. Thanks to the Orienteering Foundation for funding this and to the Scottish Junior Squad for providing the equipment.

Finally, we hope you all enjoy your races, and the weather helps to make the weekend a memorable trip to the North East. 

Date Fri 10th April 2020 Sat 11th April 2020 Sun 12th April 2020 Mon 13th April 2020
Format Day 1 sprint Day 2 middle Day 3 long Day 4 relays
Area Stockton Riverside Sneaton Forest Pickering Forest Hutton Mulgrave and Skelder
Organisers Brian & Tricia Davies (NATO) Alastair & Caroline Mackenzie (CLOK) Boris Spence (NN) Mike Edwards (RAFO)
Planners Francis Shillitoe (NATO)
Alasdair Wilson-Craw (NATO)
Paul Taylor (CLOK)
Chris Mackenzie (CLOK)
Rob Bailey (CLOK)
Chris Poole (CLOK)
Chris Wright (CLOK)
Controllers David Rosen (SROC) Chris Burden (AIRE) Keith Tonkin (BL) Tony Thornley (AIRE)
WRE / IOF event advisers David Rosen (SROC) Ted Finch (FVO) Rob Hickling (BASOC) N/A

An map of the embargoed areas is available here The areas are all embargoed for runners wishing to compete in the JK, until the competition is finished. Any attempt to survey or train in the competition terrain is forbidden, unless explicitly permitted by the JK coordinator. However - for the sprint area - it is permitted to drive along the roads through the area (such as Council of Europe Boulevard, University Boulevard, Harvard Avenue, Princeton Drive, Tees Barrage Way) prior to the day of the competition. It is also permitted to compete in organised road races or similar with marked routes through the area, such as the Simplyhealth Great Tees 10km and the Stockton Duathlon festival.

All three individual foot-O competitions will be World Ranking Events.

There will also be a Temp-O competition on day 1 at Stockton Riverside, and a Pre-O competition on day 2 in Sneaton Forest.

All days will use the SPORTident punch system, and controls will be enabled for touch free punching with SIACs.

The British Orienteering AGM will be held after the sprint race on Friday, and the England Orienteering Council AGM will be held after the middle race on Saturday. See the pages for each day for more details.