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National Championships Qualification Criteria

National Championships Qualification Criteria

National Championships Qualification Criteria have now been published.

For 2021, we are pleased to announce that the National Championships will be run as an ‘open’ Championships with limited entry criteria.

Our aim is to allow as many TREC GB members as possible to compete, without compromising safety on the orienteering section but taking into account that very few competitions were held in 2020.

Please use this link to read full details: National Championships 2021


Grassroots Championship 2021 Announcement

Grassroots Championship 2021 Announcement

Unfortunately, TREC GB will not be able to hold a Grassroots Championship in 2021.

We know this is very disappointing but the provisional arrangements that had been in place could not be confirmed due to Covid-19 and we have been unable to arrange a suitable replacement.

However, we have agreed that, for 2021, Level 1 riders will be welcome to enter the National Championships as part of a pair with a Level 2 (or above) rider, so they will still have the opportunity to experience a championship competition. The National Championship Qualification announcement gives full details of how this will work.

We hope to be able to run a Grassroots Championship in 2022.

COVID-19 Update 26th February 2021

COVID-19 Update 26th February 2021

The Prime Minister’s statement of 22nd February gives a clear indication of how ‘lockdown’ is expected to be eased in England over the coming months.

The National Governments in Scotland, Wales and IOM are all following a similar pathway, but with slightly different priorities and timescales.

TREC GB welcomes the key, positive message that in England, from 29th March, formally organised outdoor sports can restart and will not be subject to limits on numbers. However, these must follow Covid secure procedures and guidance issued by the sport’s national governing body. Limited, local travel will be allowed.

This is for ‘sport’ only – including TREC, and social meetings will only be permitted outdoors. These must be limited to two households, or up to six people from different households. This principle must be applied to ‘warm up areas’, course walks and other social interactions as previously.

In England, limited overnight stays are expected to be allowed from 12th April.

The 17th May holds out the prospect of ‘outdoor’ gatherings of up to 30 people and fewer travel restrictions – which should allow more ‘normal’ full TREC competitions to be held.

Providing progress against the virus continues and the ‘four tests’ (in England) continue to be met, we can look forward to further loosening of restrictions.

In Scotland, restrictions may be eased from the end of April and a return to ‘levels’ is expected.

In Wales, a further announcement is expected on 12th March.

The IOM has no restrictions – other than travel to IOM from other countries is not permitted.

We believe that the Prime Minister’s statement gives us reasonable optimism that we can return to full summer TREC competitions this year – although this may not be at exactly the same time for different nations.

We will issue further guidance once we have more information, but for now TREC GB

  • Welcomes applications from Clubs for training and other events
  • Encourages Clubs to plan and hold whatever form of event / competition they feel best suits their circumstances and their members
  • Will update the ‘Framework’ and other Covid related documents for Clubs, to ensure these reflect the current situation.

We still have a long way to go before this pandemic is fully controlled, so please stay safe and take care.

But for now, it feels as if the light at the end of the tunnel is suddenly brighter and closer and we will be able to unlock ‘TREC’ this summer.


Christine Paine,
Chair of TREC GB

Cancellation of the World Championships in Germany

Cancellation of the World Championships in Germany

Following an email received from FITE on the 11th February cancelling the 2021 TREC World Championships that had been due to take place in Westershain, Germany, a number of points are worth noting:-

  1. It was the German Organisers that cancelled the Championships not FITE.
    FITE were just relayed the message to all NETOs.
  2. FITE still have a declared intention to hold the World Championships this year, if at all possible, and have asked if any NETO is in a position to offer to organise the Championships and to let FITE know as soon as they can.
  3. Whilst it is unlikely that any other country will be able to host the Championships at such short notice, it remains a possibility. Whether individual countries will be allowed to attend is another question for each nation.
  4. At this stage the IRWG will continue to prepare for competing at the Championships.

Dave Rogerson

Chair International Riders’ Working Group

Chris Paine elected as new TREC GB Chair

Chris Paine elected as new TREC GB Chair

TREC GB Trustees have unanimously elected Chris Paine as the new Chair of TREC GB. Chris will take up the role immediately to provide continuity following the resignation of Dave Rogerson.

Chris says: “I am honoured by the support of my fellow Trustees. Together we will work as a team to steer TREC GB, and our sport, out of the Coronavirus lockdown and, as soon as conditions allow, to resume our normal programme of competitions and training.”

Resignation message from Dave Rogerson

Resignation message from Dave Rogerson

Dear member,

Over the last few weeks I have been carefully considering the totality of my involvement in TREC.

My thoughts considered what I enjoy most beyond competing, time taken up at Affiliated Club level, work as a TD, Organiser and with and on behalf of the International Riders as well as a member of the various TREC groups including the Trustees

I also reflected on impact and effective use of my personal time and considered what in recent times I haven’t done that I also enjoy.

It is therefore with regret that I have to announce that I have retired as the Chair of TREC GB and as a Trustee.

Moving forward I would like to source another horse to compete regularly again at L3, complete projects already started and return to the pleasures of family life and private reading.

Regarding my involvement in TREC I will continue to support WHTG, a group I have been a member of since its inception in 2002, and continue as a committee member to support other members of the committee.

I will continue to enjoy being a TD, Judge, Chef d’Equipe and Chair of the International Riders Working Group and will support and attend related training.

I thank all TREC GB members for their support to the organisation, and as a member I will always continue to support TREC in a positive and friendly way in the years ahead.


Dave Rogerson

TREC GB Trustee Announcement

TREC GB Trustee Announcement

TREC GB are pleased to announce the following:

Winter Series Extension.

The Trustees have agreed to extend The Winter Series to 3rd May 2021 at the earliest and will consider delaying the closing date further as more ‘up to date’ information becomes available.

TREC GB National Championships 2021 – Save the Date!

Please save the weekend of 6/7/8th August 2021; keep this free for the TREC GB National Championships which will be held in Wales at

Brynllewelyn, Llanllwni, Pencader, Carmarthenshire, SA39 9ED.
A super venue with lovely open riding and a rolling PTV course.

Of course, this has to be provisional and full details cannot be confirmed until nearer the time, when we know more about the Covid situation and Government restrictions, but TREC GB is pleased to announce that we have a plan in place.