Border Liners Orienteering Club was formed in Autumn 1969. Our first event was in May 1970 in Greystoke Forest.

For 2020 the club had planned a celebratory event in Chances Park Carlisle, as Greystoke Forest is now unusable for orienteering. Unfortunately the Covid-19 pandamic put a stop to that, but this did not dampen the club's enthusiasm to acknowledge an auspicious occasion! Angela Whitworth came up with a Grand Plan, and on Sunday May 31st 2020, as near as possible to 11am, club members and friends undertook a whole variety of individual '50' themed activities. These ranged from building sandcastles and counting rainbow posters in windows, to bike rides and gps tracked personal orienteering events. The order of the day was to have fun and, with the added bonus of wonderfully sunny weather, that's exactly what happened! Thanks to everyone involved for making the event a real community effort, and a day to remember.

HUGE thanks to the team of volunteers who worked so hard to make Border Liners 50th Anniversary Dinner such an extra special occasion. An excellent buffet meal was provided, the hall looked a treat with specially made bunting, the tables were elegant enough to grace a top class restaurant - and we even had BL themed chocolates!!

The club's inaugural meeting was held in November 1969 and the Anniversary Dinner took place at Bothel Village Hall on Saturday 23rd November 2019.

Click on the photo to see more Anniversary Dinner photos on Flickr (with apologies for a shaky hand held video)


A bronze for Border Liner Ruben at the British Schools Score Champs today, Heaton Park, Manchester. Well done Ruben! Thanks to Natalie for the photo.

BSOC Ruben

BL Sprint Champions!
Christine K, 1st on W65
Carol E, 2nd on W60
Keith K, 2nd on M60


British Orienteering Sprint Championships
14th September 2019
Loughborough University

Full Results

Border Liner and Northern Fells Running Club member Natalie Hawkrigg describes how she overcame injury to break the women's Frog Graham record.

Northern Fells Running Club website

Top podium places for some BL members at the White Rose in Scarborough over the recent Bank Holiday weekend. A special Congratulations to the Gaines family who came joint second family overall for Middle Distance and Urban Classic combined. Sorry Oscar (M18L) and Stella (W45L) we didn't capture your podium places. Well done Isabel(W14S), Maria (W12S) and Paul Gaines(M45S), Maisy(W16S), Lewis (M14S) and Jane Yates (W50S) and Christine Goulding(W55L) and to everyone else who competed. A brilliant social weekend in the sunshine.

EBOR White Rose, 23rd - 26th August 2019

Well done to our BL Juniors and their support team who raised a grand total of £119.50 at Askham Fell on Sunday 1st September 2019. They achieved this by running another successful cake stall - and making good use of their new tent, purchased with the proceeds from a previous fund raising venture.

Askham Fell, 1st September 2019

BL's Christine Goulding raced to success in the Scottish 6 days competition recently held in Strathearn, Perthshire. Based around Crieff around 3500 competitors participated in the UK's biggest orienteering event, held every 2 years in Scotland. Christine demonstrated consistency, accuracy and resilience across the different events and ran home an excellent and worthy winner in the W55 class.

Photo: Wendy Carlyle

More BL success stories: Northern Fells Running Club

Report from Natalie:
Three Border Liners recently cross fertilized and competed in the Northern Fells Running Clubs Fell races on Border Liners home turf.
In the 23 mile Old Crown Round, Karen Parker was 3rd lady overall and 1st WV50.
In the 7 mile Fellside race Raymond Wren was 1st MV70 closely followed by team mate Chris Lates.
It was great to see BL members competing in both these events and supporting Northern Fells Running Club.

Photo: Keith Tonkin

BL has a sprint orienteering World Champion in Christine Kiddier, who won Women's 65 at the World Masters Orienteering Championships in Riga, Latvia in early July. It was a slightly hollow victory as almost all classes were voided due to a locked doorway, so no medals were awarded, instead a flower ceremony was held.

Border Liners ladies saw further success in the British relay championships at Middleton Park, Leeds. Stella Lewsley, Carol Edwards and Christine Kiddier ran to victory in the W60 category, beating South London and Bristol into second and third places respectively.

Photo: Keith Tonkin