CLARO News 9 Jan 18

Claro Top 10s

A number of Top 10s at Temple Newsam this weekend. At the night event David Day was 4th and Tim Evans 8th on the medium and on the following days event ( on a 98% different area) David Rochester was 1st on Light Green and Toby Rochester was 1st on Orange.

Membership

Don’t forget to renew your membership it is now due. A number of regulars are still showing on the BO lapsed members list.

Coming up

If you are aware of any events I have missed please drop me an e-mail at news@claro-orienteering.org.uk

CLARO Junior League Event 27 Jan 18

All club members should have had an email on Sunday requesting help for the junior event on the 27th January where we may have over 200 Junior Soldiers trying out Orienteering. Thank you for those who have volunteered so far. More volunteers would be welcome for a 2 hour shift between 10:00 and 14:00. If you can help please e-mail news@claro-orienteering.org.uk. If you are a club member and haven’t had the e-mail please can you advise as this means out contact system needs updating.

Alistair Tinto Memorial

EPOC are hosting the YHOA Middle Distance Championships and a Superleague event on January 28 at Storthes Hall. It will also be a memorial event for Alistair Tinto. Many of you will have known Alistair and also know how much he did over many years for EPOC and YHOA. Obviously all are hoping that the event will be a popular and successful one when we can remember Alistair as well as enjoy our runs.
Unfortunately, there is now a clash with a nearby attractive event. DVO had to cancel a National event on Eyam Moor on 10 Dec and it has had to be rearranged as a Regional event on 28 January. DVO have considered moving it to another date, but they are very restricted and it has to stay on January 28. Pre-entries from 10 Dec have been transferred to the new date and there were many YHOA entries. With the date change and the clashing EPOC memorial event, DVO understand that some people will wish to cancel their entries and get a refund. This is possible up to Jan 2 though there will be small administration charge. Pre-entries to the DVO event should have received an email about this.
Obviously we hope that all YHOA members orienteering on that day will choose to go to the EPOC event. However, we do understand that those who already have an entry for the DVO event and/or find Eyam Moor an attractive alternative, may still wish to go to that event. The clash is unfortunate, but please understand that DVO and EPOC have tried to avoid it.
The EPOC event can be entered via Fabian4. It is cheaper than the DVO one, and nearer for most. Hopefully, there will also be awards at the event for the 2017 YHOA Superleague and Urban League.

Winter Blues 2018

Richard Kirk has now found 6 volunteers for planning the next series of event in the winter starting on January 10th details are below and include a new location for what hopefully will be a delightful spring evening for the last of the series.

 Date Venue  Organiser
Wed 10 Jan 18 Ripon, Water Rat Allen Banister
Wed 24 Jan 18 S Harrogate Susan Birtwistle
Wed 7 Feb 18 Centre/N Harrogate Stephen Fry
Wed 21 Feb 18 Harrogate Ruth Ker
Wed 7 Mar 18 Knaresborough Rochester family
Wed 21 Mar 18 Pateley Bridge Stan Appleton

 IOF Reflections

Some of you may remember the link to Sandor Talas’s blog about IOF finances last year.  His slightly lighthearted comments that virtual orienteering may be the best chance of Orienteering making the Olympics is here. Oh and if you thought esports was not for the Olympics his follow up is here.

CLARO News 3 Jan 18

Happy New Year to all our Readers.

For those looking for some local Orienteering to kick off the new year Aire have two events at Temple Newsam this weekend, a night event on Saturday and a regional event on the Sunday .
Details are on the Aire website www. aire.org.uk

Coming up

If you are aware of any events I have missed please drop me an e-mail at news@claro-orienteering.org.uk

Alistair Tinto Memorial

EPOC are hosting the YHOA Middle Distance Championships and a Superleague event on January 28 at Storthes Hall. It will also be a memorial event for Alistair Tinto. Many of you will have known Alistair and also know how much he did over many years for EPOC and YHOA. Obviously all are hoping that the event will be a popular and successful one when we can remember Alistair as well as enjoy our runs.

Unfortunately, there is now a clash with a nearby attractive event. DVO had to cancel a National event on Eyam Moor on 10 Dec and it has had to be rearranged as a Regional event on 28 January. DVO have considered moving it to another date, but they are very restricted and it has to stay on January 28. Pre-entries from 10 Dec have been transferred to the new date and there were many YHOA entries. With the date change and the clashing EPOC memorial event, DVO understand that some people will wish to cancel their entries and get a refund. This is possible up to Jan 2 though there will be small administration charge. Pre-entries to the DVO event should have received an email about this.

Obviously we hope that all YHOA members orienteering on that day will choose to go to the EPOC event. However, we do understand that those who already have an entry for the DVO event and/or find Eyam Moor an attractive alternative, may still wish to go to that event. The clash is unfortunate, but please understand that DVO and EPOC have tried to avoid it.

The EPOC event can be entered via Fabian4. It is cheaper than the DVO one, and nearer for most. Hopefully, there will also be awards at the event for the 2017 YHOA Superleague and Urban League.

CLARO Junior League Event – 27 Jan 18

The number of competitors at the Junior Events is normally between 10-20 and only requires a few helpers to run the events. However, we have been asked if we can accommodate a few army trainees so we will be asking for helpers for this event , more details to follow when they are finalised.

Membership and JK2018

You may wonder why these are linked. In the November edition of the BO e-news there was a reminder that your membership is due for renewal. Please remember to renew as soon as possible, the first price hike for JK 2018 was the 17th December and I think you need to have renewed your membership to enter; you did in previous years. Details are here . The next price hike is Sunday 28th Jan. Save yourselves £6 for the 3 entries by getting your entries in now.

Winter Blues 2018

Richard Kirk has now found 6 volunteers for planning the next series of event in the winter starting on January 10th details are below and include a new location for what hopefully will be a delightful spring evening for the last of the series.

 Date Venue  Organiser
Wed 10 Jan 18 Ripon, Water Rat Allen Banister
Wed 24 Jan 18 S Harrogate Susan Birtwistle
Wed 7 Feb 18 Centre/N Harrogate Stephen Fry
Wed 21 Feb 18 Harrogate Ruth Ker
Wed 7 Mar 18 Knaresborough Rochester family
Wed 21 Mar 18 Pateley Bridge Stan Appleton

 IOF Reflections   

Some of you may remember the link to Sandor Talas’s blog about IOF finances last year.  His slightly lighthearted comments that virtual orienteering may be the best chance of Orienteering making the Olympics is here. Oh and if you thought esports was not for the Olympics his follow up is here.

Know your symbols

At upcoming events you may start to see some new map symbols and new control descriptions, see the warning on the Skipwith Common details. Firstly, earlier this year a new specification for orienteering maps know as “ISOM 2017” was published, which replaces the previous “ISOM 2000” standard. Most changes are minor and you may not even notice, but a few you will (such as the marking of boulders, platforms, rides and distinct vegetation features). The full specification can be found here, but Berkshire Orienteers produced a much simpler comparison sheet to help you understand, see here. CLARO have already been updating our maps when we next use them for an event, and other clubs are expected to do likewise. Note these changes only apply to forest/moorland maps. Sprint/urban maps are unaffected (they have a different “ISSOM” standard).

Secondly, the IOF have also just published updated specifications for pictorial control descriptions, see here. The changes you are most likely to notice are moving the “bend” symbol from column G to column F, and new symbols for “trench”, and “out of bounds area” (most likely used for a flower bed in an urban/sprint race – that is what the symbol depicts anyway!). We will start using these as soon as Purple Pen supports them (the course planning software we use).

CLARO News 27 Dec

Happy New Year to all our Readers.

Hopefully Santa brought you all you wanted. At least 6 Claros braved the cold on Christmas day and ran in the Harrogate Christmas day park run. Next year’s fixtures list is starting to grow and we have a fixture clash on the 28th January; more details of this are below.

British Orienteering 2017 Incentive awards

Congratulations to all those Claro members who have received BO awards this year. Full details of the scheme are on the BO website here.

Alexander Robinson Racing Challenge: Gold Award ***** 07/12/2017
Racing Challenge: Silver Award ***** 20/11/2017
Eve Whitaker Racing Challenge: Silver Award *** 07/12/2017
Racing Challenge: Bronze Award *** 07/12/2017
Navigation Challenge *** 07/12/2017
Ewan Reid Racing Challenge: Bronze Award *** 29/03/2017
Navigation Challenge *** 29/03/2017
Helen Bowes Racing Challenge: Gold Award **** 03/04/2017
Jonathan Whitaker Racing Challenge: Gold Award ***** 07/12/2017
Katie Gray Racing Challenge: Bronze Award ***** 04/09/2017
Navigation Challenge ***** 04/09/2017
Lois Parker Racing Challenge: Gold Award *** 19/03/2017
Racing Challenge: Silver Award **** 01/05/2017
Peter While Navigation Challenge **** 29/03/2017
Susan Birtwistle Racing Challenge: Gold Award ***** 22/03/2017
Tamsin Ker Racing Challenge: Bronze Award **** 18/09/2017
Navigation Challenge **** 18/09/2017

Coming up

If you are aware of any events I have missed please drop me an e-mail at news@claro-orienteering.org.uk

Alistair Tinto Memorial

EPOC are hosting the YHOA Middle Distance Championships and a Superleague event on January 28 at Storthes Hall. It will also be a memorial event for Alistair Tinto. Many of you will have known Alistair and also know how much he did over many years for EPOC and YHOA. Obviously all are hoping that the event will be a popular and successful one when we can remember Alistair as well as enjoy our runs.
Unfortunately, there is now a clash with a nearby attractive event. DVO had to cancel a National event on Eyam Moor on 10 Dec and it has had to be rearranged as a Regional event on 28 January. DVO have considered moving it to another date, but they are very restricted and it has to stay on January 28. Pre-entries from 10 Dec have been transferred to the new date and there were many YHOA entries. With the date change and the clashing EPOC memorial event, DVO understand that some people will wish to cancel their entries and get a refund. This is possible up to Jan 2 though there will be small administration charge. Pre-entries to the DVO event should have received an email about this.
Obviously we hope that all YHOA members orienteering on that day will choose to go to the EPOC event. However, we do understand that those who already have an entry for the DVO event and/or find Eyam Moor an attractive alternative, may still wish to go to that event. The clash is unfortunate, but please understand that DVO and EPOC have tried to avoid it.
The EPOC event can be entered via Fabian4. It is cheaper than the DVO one, and nearer for most. Hopefully, there will also be awards at the event for the 2017 YHOA Superleague and Urban League.

CLARO Junior League Event January 27th 2018

The number of competitors at the Junior Events is normally between 10-20 and only requires a few helpers to run the events. However, we have been asked if we can accommodate a few army trainees so we will be asking for helpers for this event. More details to follow when they are finalised.

Membership and JK2018

You may wonder why these are linked. In the November edition of the BO e-news there was a reminder that your membership is due for renewal. Please remember to renew as soon as possible, the first price hike for JK 2018 was the 17th December and I think you need to have renewed your membership to enter; you did in previous years. Details are here . The next price hike is Sunday 28th Jan. Save yourselves £6 for the 3 entries by getting your entries in now.

Winter Blues 2018

Richard Kirk has now found 6 volunteers for planning the next series of event in the winter starting on January 10th details are below and include a new location for what hopefully will be a delightful spring evening for the last of the series.

 Date Venue  Organiser
Wed 10 Jan 18 Ripon, Water Rat Allen Banister
Wed 24 Jan 18 S Harrogate Susan Birtwistle
Wed 7 Feb 18 Centre/N Harrogate Stephen Fry
Wed 21 Feb 18 Harrogate Ruth Ker
Wed 7 Mar 18 Knaresborough Rochester family
Wed 21 Mar 18 Pateley Bridge Stan Appleton

Know your symbols

At upcoming events you may start to see some new map symbols and new control descriptions, see the warning on the Skipwith Common details. Firstly, earlier this year a new specification for orienteering maps know as “ISOM 2017” was published, which replaces the previous “ISOM 2000” standard. Most changes are minor and you may not even notice, but a few you will (such as the marking of boulders, platforms, rides and distinct vegetation features). The full specification can be found here, but Berkshire Orienteers produced a much simpler comparison sheet to help you understand, see here. CLARO have already been updating our maps when we next use them for an event, and other clubs are expected to do likewise. Note these changes only apply to forest/moorland maps. Sprint/urban maps are unaffected (they have a different “ISSOM” standard).

Secondly, the IOF have also just published updated specifications for pictorial control descriptions, see here. The changes you are most likely to notice are moving the “bend” symbol from column G to column F, and new symbols for “trench”, and “out of bounds area” (most likely used for a flower bed in an urban/sprint race – that is what the symbol depicts anyway!). We will start using these as soon as Purple Pen supports them (the course planning software we use).

CLARO News 19 Dec 17

Happy Christmas to all our Readers. May Santa bring you  compasses, gaiters, map holders, new running shoes  and some chocolate.

Last week at short notice Richard Kirk arranged a club Christmas meal at the So Bar in Harrogate, Allen Banister kindly provided an Orienteering puzzle.

The picture shows the Youth end of the table looking at the puzzle after it had been solved. Thanks to Richard for  arranging the meal and Allen for the harder than it looked puzzle.

Claro Top 11s

Claro results have been few and far between over the last 2 weeks. David Day was 4th at the Night Event at Beverley Westwood. Mike Cope was 11th on the Green at the Beverely Day event and braving the ice, Duncan Birtwistle was 11th on the blue at Cod Beck.  At the second Winter Trailquest Tim Evans was 3rd overall and 1st Vet.

Coming up

If you are aware of any events I have missed please drop me an e-mail at news@claro-orienteering.org.uk

Membership and JK2018

You may wonder why these are linked. In the November edition of the BOF e-news there was a reminder that your membership is due for renewal, please remember to renew as soon as possible,  the first price hike for JK 2018 was  the 17th December and I think you need to have renewed your membership to enter , you did in previous years, details are here . The next price hike is Sunday 28th Jan. Save yourselves £6 for the 3 entries by getting your entries in now.

Winter Blues 2018

Richard Kirk has now found 6  volunteers for planning the next series of event in the winter starting on January 10th  details are below and include a new location for what hopefully will be a delightful spring evening for the last of the series.

Date Venue Organiser
Wed 10 Jan 18 Ripon, Water Rat Allen Banister
Wed 24 Jan 18 S Harrogate Susan Birtwistle
Wed 7 Feb 18 Centre/N Harrogate Stephen Fry
Wed 21 Feb 18 Harrogate Ruth Ker
Wed 7 Mar 18 Knaresborough Rochester family
Wed 21 Mar 18 Pateley Bridge Stan Appleton

Know your symbols

At upcoming events you may start to see some new map symbols and new control descriptions.  Firstly, earlier this year a new specification for orienteering maps know as “ISOM 2017” was published, which replaces the previous “ISOM 2000” standard.  Most changes are minor and you may not even notice, but a few you will (such as the marking of boulders, platforms, rides and distinct vegetation features).  The full specification can be found here, but Berkshire Orienteers produced a much simpler comparison sheet to help you understand, see here. CLARO have already been updating our maps when we next use them for an event, and other clubs are expected to do likewise.  Note these changes only apply to forest/moorland maps.  Sprint/urban maps are unaffected (they have a different “ISSOM” standard).

Secondly, the IOF have also just published updated specifications for pictorial control descriptions, see here.  The changes you are most likely to notice are moving the “bend” symbol from column G to column F, and new symbols for “trench”, and “out of bounds area” (most likely used for a flower bed in an urban/sprint race – that is what the symbol depicts anyway!).  We will start using these as soon as Purple Pen supports them (the course planning software we use).

What’s new in 2018 – ISOM 2017 implemented

ISOM 2017 was published last year, the latest revision can be viewed / downloaded from  here. Enjoy reading it during your quiet Christmas holiday!
Berkshire Orienteers have produced a handy little guide to the main changes here, many thanks to them.
The key changes are to the maps themselves, which will all have to be reviewed/revised to comply. This will involve physically re-assessing runnability.

Planners in particular need to note that the map overprint (course) symbol sizes have changed, and need to be enlarged according to the map scale. Currently the settings in Purple Pen have to be manually modified to do this, on a 1:10,000 map (many of ours) the control circle size needs to be 7.5mm (ppen, will scale the Start/finish symbols to match this), the line width increased to 0.52mm, and the control number height to 6mm (regular not bold). Ask for some help if you are planning.

Junior League

A sunny but nippy afternoon for the Junior League at Bathing Well Woods results now published. This is the western side of the Hookstone area, and we kindly had permission to use the Indulge Café foyer for registration – much appreciated, especially when the light faded. Liz Rochester on the yellow took time out to aid a spaniel tangled in barbed wire and it’s distressed owner; fortunately she re-punched the control she had stopped at, so we were able to adjust her time accordingly. The next Junior event is on 27th Jan, but don’t forget the Wednesday evening series.
Many thanks to Team Fry for looking after registration/SI/control collecting, and to Jemima for help with the controls and start/finish.

Events !

The full results have been published for Swinsty-Beecroft, have a look here. Great weather for the event, parking was difficult as the day also brought out a lot of visitors. Some good results for Claro with Alex Robinson first on the Green (and quickly reaching the Racing Challenge Silver award) followed by Matthew Rochester in 2nd. Also Luke Parker 3rd on Brown with some good competition.

Lost property? – Check out the organisers comments.

Ready for more? this Saturday afternoon is the second of our level D Junior League events. Full SI punching with White to Long Orange. (You don’t have to be a Junior to have a go). Check out the event page here. The ground is quite wet and slippery in places – so bring suitable footwear (and maybe a change of clothes).

Claro News 21 Nov 17

Claro Top 10s

Well done to the Claro Podiums this week. At the Swinsty Event, Luke Parker was a comendable 3rd on the Brown course, Alex Robinson was 1st and Matthew Rochester 2nd on Green, Liz Rochester was 1st on Yellow.

Also well done to the first class teams who put on another seamless event at Swinsty despite some last minute challenges. Full results are here. Better just check if that lost compass isn’t yours.

Coming up

If you are aware of any events I have missed please drop me an e-mail at news@claro-orienteering.org.uk

Membership and JK2018

You may wonder why these are linked. In the November edition of the BOF e-news there was a reminder that your membership is due for renewal. Please remember to renew as soon as possible; the first price hike for JK2018 is the 17th December and I think you need to have renewed your membership to enter.  You did in previous years. Details are here.

Autumn Leaves 2017 and Winter Blues 2018

The last of the current series is on Wednesday 29th November starting from the Tap on Tower Street HG1 1HS for what promises to be a fast and furious event round the town centre and the street to the east of the centre towards Christ Church Stray. Full details are here. Registration is from 6:15pm mass start at 6:30pm. Cost is £2 Senior £1 Junior, HV /reflective clothing must be worn, torch essential along with pen/pencil. Can we beat the last 2 events’ record turnouts?

Richard Kirk is now looking for volunteers for planning the next series of event in the winter. These are ever so easy to plan; Vince has written some excellent instructions on the web and all those who have done before will be happy to provide advice. Richard can be contacted by e-mail at:

Claro News 14 Nov 17

Claro Top 10s

Well done to the Claro Top 10s this week.  Apart from those who were on tour, Liz Rochester and James Corfield were 2nd and 3rd on the Beginners course at Conyngham Hall, Toby Rochester was 1st and Leo Hicks 3rd on the short, David Day was 2nd, Lois Parker 3rd, Allen Barnes 4th, Owen Taylor 8th, and David Rochester 10th on Medium and on long Matthew Rochester was 5th and Luke Parker 7th. Congratulations must go to Jemima Parker who according to the BO results came 16th and 25th but aged a year in the process, this is why you should make sure BO have your correct dibber number and not swap dibbers.  David Day was also 9th in Saturdays NYMBO at Slingsby and 2nd M60.

Claro On Tour

In addition to the top 10s in Knaresborough, 2 intrepid Claros ventured further afield and both scored top 10 results one even made the podium.
Bilbao in Ruth’s words: It was fabulous.  Torrential rain as we arrived on Friday – they have an entire umbrella culture so excited by their rain are these Bilboans.  Despite the threatening forecast we were blessed with a dry and mild weekend, even if it was still cloudy.
Saturday evening was a crazy, fast sprint in a city park – mad fun and so easy to mess up.  My winning time was 11.27mins!
Sunday morning was the main urban race around the city; basically excellent with just the forbidden road crossings caused stress and distress – there was undoubtedly some cheating going on with ‘impossible’ splits turning up.  Ah well. Delighted with 2nd place and that I’m running well at the moment.


Pictures are Ruth and her sister Mary Ross about to hit the town, on the podium as they both won their sprints and Ruth with numerous other Brits on the overall podium.

Meanwhile in Venice Tim Evans came 7th in the Night sprint in 22m 7s, 11th in the middle on the Sunday finishing 8th overall.  Orienteering in Venice is great fun with some very technical route choices as swimming the canals is not allowed. and many of the alleys stop at the waters edge with no bridge. The map for Sunday streets likely to be crowded shaded in pink to warn you.  The model event on the Saturday afternoon had pin punches rather than SI which was a new experience . Both runners said it was well worth the trip and perhaps more Claros will venture abroad in future years.

Next Claro Events

The next Claro weekend event is  on Sunday 19th it is the Regional event ( Level C) at Swinsty and Beecroft, details here .  If you can Richard is desperate for some help with the car parking please e-mail him at 

Coming up

If you are aware of any events I have missed please drop me an e-mail at news@claro-orienteering.org.uk

Autumn Leaves 2017

The next  series of the popular LampO events on Wednesday evenings in Harrogate and Ripon continue.   We hope to see you there! Fifth  event is this  Wednesday 15th  November  starting and finishing at the castle courtyard Knaresborough. HG5 8AS.  Full details are here. Registration is from 6:15pm mass start at 6:30pm Cost is £2 Senior £1 Junior, HV /reflective clothing must be worn, torch essential  along with pen/pencil.  Can we beat last week’s record turnout of 19 runners who all visited every control although only 2 got them all right!