An orienteering veteran has been recognised on a national level for his contribution to the sport.

Roger Jackson of West Cumberland Orienteering Club has been recognised for his volunteering efforts in the annual British Orienteering Awards.

British Orienteering have announced Jackson as the winner of The SILVA Award, established in 1983, it honours those who have made an outstanding contribution to their club and the sport. Jackson came out on top in a close contest for his 40 years of service in which he took on a variety of roles. When he decided to take a step back in 2019, 14 people stepped-in to cover the work he was doing.

British Orienteering highlighted his achievements which include pioneering an evening event series which ran from 1987 to 2019.

In 1993 Jackson was a key player in setting up the Cumbrian Gallopen series of regional orienteering competitions between five Lake District clubs. He also passed on his knowledge to the next generation, coaching all ages and abilities and teaching course planning to novices.His guidance led to some reaching international honours. Jackson said: "Volunteers are the lifeblood of sport and this is no different within orienteering."