Potteries Orienteering Club is celebrating after long standing club member John Heaton was announced as runner up in this year’s British Orienteering Volunteer of the Year Awards. This award is fantastic recognition for all of the hard work that John puts into making orienteering accessible and available for everyone in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire.
Many people will have seen, met and spoken to John at one of our events or activities. This is a well-deserved award for John who has done many roles within the club, however it will be his mapping, planning and organisational skills that many will know John for.
John is also someone who has never been one to shy away from a challenge and is very open to new ideas and technology. John has been instrumental in the development of MapRun (digital orienteering via a smartphone) within the club, as without accurate mapping this new technology becomes a bit pointless! It should never be under-estimated the amount of work that John does for POTOC.
Commenting on the achievement of John, POTOC club chairman Jim Cooke said “It is a fantastic and well deserved achievement for the remarkable contribution that John has made, continues to make to the sport of orienteering. It is remarkable the amount of time and dedication he invests into making the sport accessible to all”.
Peter Brooke, England Development Manager for British Orienteering said “On behalf of British Orienteering, I’d like to take this opportunity and personally thank you for all the hard work you have been doing for orienteering and which led to your award nomination.”
Potteries Orienteering Club is currently running a MapRun Challenge Series which is taking place in local parks all across North Staffordshire and South Cheshire. This is a free activity that is available to all ages and abilities, enabling them to get fit and active in a safe and socially distanced way. Anyone wishing to learn more about MapRun challenge can find out more information via our website.