Coaching – Compass work

If you have never really used a compass in orienteering, or if you think you need a refresher, then the next CLARO coaching session is for you. The session title is “Introduction to the Orienteering Compass and its use” and it will include a demonstration and some exercises, plus a short score event if time permits.

Please meet at 2.00pm on Saturday 25th November 2016 at the Crucifix monument (just near the top end of the mini-golf course) in Valley Gardens, Harrogate. Cost £1.50. Each session will last about 90 minutes.

No specialist equipment is needed. Compasses will be provided. Wear suitable footwear for running on rough ground and clothing appropriate to being outside whatever the weather – preferably clothes that you don’t mind getting muddy.

For further information, contact me, Richard Kirk, Coach, CLARO. 01423 879313  or richardk@claro-orienteering.org.uk.

AUTUMN STREET-O LATEST

The Autumn street (Lamp-O) penultimate event was held from the Empress on Wednesday evening. The conditions were good for mid November, and  Linda introduced a new twist of post boxes scoring double points that increased the route choice conundrum – the top 6 placed competitors had visited all 6 of them.

The temptation to gather some controls around Starbeck – and misjudging the time to get back up the hill to the finish, led to me being 50sec late back. Caitlin missed the 45minute cut-off by just 2 seconds, but fortunately didn’t impact on her well earned 3rd place.

Try a trickier night challenge at Hookstone this Saturday.

NOTES FROM THE CHAIRMAN – NOV 2016

It’s a few weeks since we held the AGM and it’s also two months since the last edition of Clarion. It’s time to give members an update on a few things that have happened.

Firstly, despite what was said in the last ‘Pateley Prattlings’ column of Clarion, I’m still the club chairman. The club constitution permits me to serve this fourth and final year when the committee recommend it; this was endorsed by the AGM. I’m likely to be twisting arms later in the year as we seek a successor.
At the AGM we agreed to leave our own club membership fees unchanged for 2017. British Orienteering will be increasing their element of the overall fee to £10 for seniors, so that it will cost adult members £15 in total to renew their membership. Membership can be renewed now via the British Orienteering website and will need to be done before competing in any events after 31 December.

The AGM agreed to give a significant subsidy to the new clothing range, particularly the lightweight jackets, so that we can get the club name visible around assembly areas and elsewhere. You will have seen lots of publicity from treasurer Linda about this. The jackets really are good and will fit in Santa’s stocking very nicely too.
We received a substantial payment from the profits of Easter’s JK Festival in return for the huge effort that you all put in. The AGM agreed to support the search for new or revived venues that we might use and to spend funds on professional mapping if that was needed. While keeping costs under control we agreed that we would consider venues where a modest fee was needed for access.

Very significantly for this article, the AGM agreed that Clarion magazine would no longer be issued. We now have a modern website and a Weekly News in its place and committee will be looking to use these to good effect to keep you up to date. Thanks to Vince for keeping Clarion running for the last couple of years and to Tim Evans who has now taken over the collation and publication of the Weekly News.

Many of you know that on medical advice Vince has needed to stop competing and now divides his time between Harrogate and Portugal. I’m pleased to say that he’s remaining as club secretary (the joys of internet) and hopes to remain very much involved with the club. Speaking of medical matters, I’m sorry to say that I’ve torn a rotator cuff muscle in my shoulder and I’m likely to need surgery. While I expect to be out as a volunteer on club events I’m afraid that I shan’t be back competing until at least Easter. At my age when I fall I don’t bounce, I break.
Stan

COACHING WITH CLARO

If you have tried orienteering and want to be better, want to know what it is all about, love maps and working with them – or just want to run, come along to my coaching sessions on 5 and 26 November 2016.

Each activity will be made up of demonstrating orienteering techniques, trying them out and then applying them in two competition courses.

Please meet at 2.00pm at the Crucifix monument (just near the top end of the mini-golf course) in Valley Gardens, Harrogate. Cost £1.50. Each session will last about 90 minutes.

No specialist equipment is needed. Wear suitable footwear for running on rough ground and clothing appropriate to being outside whatever the weather – preferably clothes that you don’t mind getting muddy.

For further information, contact me, Richard Kirk, Coach, CLARO. 01423 879313  or richardk@claro-orienteering.org.uk.

UPDATE – CLUB JACKETS

Update – Please Read

We have already received lots of orders for our new club jackets and are intending to send the order off next week so we have them for Christmas. This is now your last chance to order!
The jackets will be subsidised and the prices for the initial order are:

TRACE training jacket – Adult £15, Junior (U16) £10

RADIUS softshell jacket – Adult £40, Junior (U16) £35

There will be future orders, but prices may change as the club has to buy the jackets in Euros and there is considerable scope for exchange rate variation, so book early to avoid disappointment!

Full details are in the previous post together with a link to company’s sizing chart – essential reading as the jackets tend to come up small for the size!

Linda has sent out an e-mail to those people who have already ordered jackets to confirm sizes etc. If you have ordered a jacket and not received an email please let her know so she can check we have you on the list.

If you need any further info please drop Linda a line.

New Club Jackets

New club jackets can now be ordered from Linda. There are two designs – a thin running “training” jacket and a thicker softshell version. They will be made by Bryzos – previously known as Siven – who have supplied many events and clubs in the past.

The jackets will be subsidised and the prices for the initial order are below. There will be future orders, but prices may change as the club has to buy the jackets in Euros and there is considerable scope for exchange rate variation, so book early to avoid disappointment! The first order should be made in October to get the jackets before Christmas.

Sizing information is here. Linda has a sample Radius (M) and Trace (L) which you can try (not in the club colours).

TRACE training jacket – Adult £15, Junior (U16) £10

trace-jacket

RADIUS softshell jacket – Adult £40, Junior (U16) £35

radius-jacket

Chairman’s Thoughts on the AGM

On the Friday 23rd September we’ll be having the prizegiving for the 2015/16 Club League at the Green Hut on Beckwith Avenue, starting at 7pm. The prizegiving will be followed  by our Annual General Meeting where we’ll have a number of quite significant items to discuss as well as the usual reports and election of officers.

We’ll be discussing the format of the Club League itself, for which a draft proposal has been issued with the agenda, but basically we’re suggesting that it is limited to Claro events only, but covering all of our Level C events (including night and urban events) as well as two of our spring evening events. That’s just seven rounds in total and we’d be thinking of counting the best five results. We also want to talk about the classes and awards.

We want to have a discussion at the AGM about the future of Clarion. It dates back to a pre-internet, pre-website, pre-Weekly, age and its production takes a disproportionate amount of volunteer time to produce material that is often duplicated elsewhere or is historic. We want to talk about alternative ways of keeping you all informed.

We expect to have a lively discussion about subscriptions this year but we have to recognise a difficulty of timing. Your subscription is made up of two components, a club element and a fee payable to British Orienteering; it’s all collected by BO as a single payment. However many of you will know that BO will not be deciding their component until they hold an Exceptional General Meeting at the end of October, their first proposal for a large increase having been tactically withdrawn earlier in the year in the face of fierce opposition from members. The signs are that BO will have a revised proposal but still seeking a marked uplift from its present figure. Claro committee is minded to use some of its reserves to mitigate the effect of that likely increase but we won’t be able to give precise figures at the time of the AGM, rather we’ll be seeking your support for a decision in principle so that committee can act very quickly once the BO figures are known.

At the AGM our treasurer, Linda, is likely to report a lot of good news in terms of healthy finances. I won’t steal her thunder but our current position should allow support for membership fees as well as a number of initiatives the committee has in mind. We intend to review some of our historically used venues, dropped in leaner financial times, to see if they could be resurrected and perhaps professionally remapped. We want to offer a more generous subsidy to club clothing, to revamp the trophies that we give for the Claro League and perhaps consider funding towards a group event such as the 2017 CompassSport Cup. Plenty there to talk about so please do come to the prizegiving and AGM; oh yes, there’s refreshments too.

The coming of the AGM means that it is likely to be my last as the club’s constitution limits the chairperson’s term to three years. I took on the post when I had only 18 month’s orienteering experience and I’ve learned a lot since – even if my navigation hasn’t got any better. My thanks to the officers and members of the committee who’ve supported me over the last three years and particularly to the club members out there for your enthusiasm and involvement. I hope to see many of you at the AGM, at Harlow Hill or at the Wednesday evening Autumn series of ‘LampO’ events.

Stan