Jan Kjellström

International Festival

of Orienteering 2017

South East

14th April - 17th April


British Orienteering

UK League



Jan Kjellström  12.4.40 - 12.1.67

He was an orienteer from Sweden and the son of Alvar Kjellström, the Silva compass founder.Jan would have been pleased to know that, many years after his death, we are still competing in his memory.

A memory of unstinting time and assistance to British Orienteering which commenced in the forests of Belgium in 1964. The following year gave the opportunity to renew his acquaintance in the forests of France when he again gave his time, expertise and encouragement to a country struggling to acquire the skill of a sport he was born to. During the next 2 years the relationship developed further when he competed in Britain and travelled the country teaching us better techniques and improved methods of organising competitions. June 1966 saw him once again assisting us at the Euro meeting, a true ambassador for the sport. There is no doubt that he established himself with the orienteers of the day through his expertise, sincerity and humour.

For many, competing this year, he will only be a name. That he should have created such an impression in such a short time before his untimely death in a car accident in 1967 is all credit to him. Our Federation has seen fit to hold this memorial event in his name each Easter, so when you are within a few moments of your start time, spare a thought for a friend of orienteering, Jan Kjellström.

The current format of one Sprint race, two Individual races and a Relay started in 2006. The table below gives recent venues:-

Year Region Day 1 (Sprint) Day 2 (Indiv 1) Day 3 (Indiv 2) Relay
2006 YHOA Temple Newsam Ilkley Moor Keldy Bramham Park
2007 BOF University of W of England, Bristol Speech House W, Forest of Dean Speech House E, Forest of Dean Caerwent Army Camp, Chepstow
2008 SEOA University of Surrey, Guildford Leith Hill Ashdown Forest Eridge Old Park
2009 NEOA Newcastle City Kyloe Woods Detchant, Shiellow, Greensheen Hill & Cockenhaugh Dipton Woods
2010 SWOA Bicton / Exeter University Cookworthy Braunton Braunton
2011 NIOA Stranmills University & Queens Elm Village Tyrella Slieve Croob Tyrella
2012 SOA Livingston, Scotland Dunalastair Craig a Barns Newtyle
2013 SCOA Whiteknights Hambleden Cold Ash Hambleden
2014 WOA Swansea University & Singleton Park Merthyr Common Llangynidr Pwll Du
2015 NWOA Lancaster University Ulpha Park & Barrow Fell Bigland Graythwaite
2016 YHOA Leeds University Wass Kilnsey Storthes Hall