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!

CLARO News 7 Nov 17

Claro Top 10s

Well done to the Claro Top 10s this week. 3 intrepid Claros turned up at CLOK’s event on Saturday at  Birk Brow: Ruth Ker, Allen and Jackie Barnes. Ruth was first women on the Open course, Allen was first M75 and Jackie first W70. Feedback from these Saturday morning events has been excellent so they are well worth the short drive north.

Next Claro Events

The next Claro event is the YHOA Night League Event at Conyngham Hall Knaresborough this Saturday 11th November with starts from 6pm . There are courses for everyone including beginners. Full details are on the website here .  Car park charges apply until 6pm; it is free after that.
The following weekend on Sunday 19th it is the Regional event (Level C) at Swinsty and Beecroft. Details here.

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 continues.  We hope to see you there! Fifth  event is on  Wednesday 15th  November  starting and finishing at the castle courtyard in 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!)?

New Members

In the dim and distant past when we produced the Clarion we used to advise of new members. In the age of the Weekly we have decided to reintroduce this so a warm welcome to the following new members:-

  • Emma Hardiman  – new to the sport and hopes to meet lots of friendly CLAROs at the Swinsty and Beecroft event on 19 Nov
  • Ashley  and Emma  McAnaw – who have already recorded decent results at HALO’s Londesborough event

CLARO News 31 Oct 17

Claro Top 10s

Well done to the Claro Top 10s this week. These were all at the HALO event in Londesborough, and they sounded like challenging courses. Ashley McAnaw was 2nd on Light Green, Allen Barnes was 5th on Green and Emma McAnaw was 8th on Blue.
Not top 10, but congratulations to Graham Ramsden and Adam Lowe who finished the 50th Anniversary OMM , they came 43rd in the Medium Score Vet class after what can only be described as some serious shoe repairs at the camp site so they could continue on the Sunday.

Next Claro Event

The next Claro event is the YHOA Night League Event at Conyngham Hall, Knaresborough on Saturday 11th November with starts from 6pm . There are courses for everyone, including beginners. Full details are on the website here.  Car park charges apply until 6pm, but it is free after that.

Coming up

If you are aware of any events I have missed please drop me (Tim) 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 have now started.   We hope to see you there! Fourth  event is Wednesday 1st November,  starting and finishing on Harlow Hill. Meet at the ShepherdsDog  HG2 0AG.  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.

CLARO News 26 Oct 17

Compass Sport Trophy

Well we didn’t win but we put up a very respectable effort. Huge thanks are due to the 15 brave souls who traveled down to Devon to represent the club.  Virtuous Lady proved to be intricate, muddy and slippery (though not necessarily in that order). Individual scores were:

  • Brown: Davy Ker 83
  • Short Brown: Graham Ramsden 81
  • Men’s Blue: Stephen Fry 84, Mike Hind 82, Tim Evans 76
  • Women’s Green: Ruth Ker 100, Liz Potterton 90
  • Men’s Green: John Birtwistle 96, David Day 93, Allen Banister 82, Stan Appleton 77
  • Men’s Orange: Luke Fry 100
  • Women’s Orange: Tamsin Ker 92

Which gave us 12 scorers and enough to finish 8th out of 12. Thanks to Ruth for organising the Youth Hostel , where an enjoyable sociable evening was had by all, and to our team captain Mike Hind for sorting out the team and entry arrangements.


The picture shows one of our category winners running in to the finish, or was it for his Grandma’s Sunday lunch? Well done Luke. The Chairman’s photos of those finishing after him  are here.

Roll on next year – March 11th at Canklow (SYO). Final is in Cannock so much closer.

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 have now started.   We hope to see you there! Fourth  event is Wednesday 1st November,  starting and finishing on Harlow Hill. Meet at the ShepherdsDog  HG2 0AG.  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.

Compass Sport Trophy Results:

The official comments and results can be found here.

Most of our team stayed at the Dartmoor YHA on the Saturday  which made for a great social evening, with a meal cooked for us by the hostel. Thanks to Ruth for organising this.

After a really wet Saturday, we were fortunate for fairly good weather on the Sunday and the club tent provided a good focal point  before and after runs.

All 15 competitors successfully completed their courses, and 12 had qualifying scores for the Trophy. Captain Mike sent out the following message which I hope he doesn’t mind being reproduced here. Thanks to Mike for pulling together and entering our team.

“Hi all

Huge thanks to all who turned out for the team yesterday. A magnificent effort to travel so far to represent Claro in the final. We weren’t winners but a very solid 8th (out of 12) with an incomplete team. One extra counter would have moved us up a couple of places …

Looking forward to next year – 11th March probably at Canklow in South  Yorks so put it in the diary now!”

CLARO News 17 Oct 17

Compass Sport Trophy

Good luck to all those CLAROs making the long trip to Devon this weekend. Final details are here.

Claro AGM

The CLARO AGM was held at the Green Hut,  on Thursday 12th October 2017. The outgoing speech by chairman Stan is on the website here. The new chairman is Tim Evans and the new secretary is Ruth Ker. Thanks from all to Stan and Vince for their sterling work over the last few years.

Coming up

Autumn Leaves 2017

The next  series of the popular LampO events on Wednesday evenings in Harrogate and Ripon have now started .  We hope to see you there! Third  event is Wednesday 18th  starting and finishing in Bilton. Meet at the Knox Arms, Knox Lane HG1 3AP.  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.

AIRE Training Event

AIRE still have some spaces on their  coaching weekend on 4-5 November. On the Saturday they  will run coaching at Blakeholme and they  have booked accommodation in 2- and 4-bed bunk accommodation at Great Tower. On the Sunday they are organising a limited entry race at Great Tower. The cost is £25 for adults and £10 for children; this includes race entry and accommodation but does not include food. They have 14 places still available. Please go to the following website to sign up (first come, first served) and to get more information: www.tinyurl.com/airecoach17

Claro Top 10’s

Claros were out in action this weekend in Selby. Alex Robinson was 10th and Matthew Rochester 11th in the MO Category excellent results for the youngest competitors on course A. Tim Evans was 6th in MV ( and 1st M50) , Tamsin Ker was 4th in WJ, Ruth Ker was 2nd in WV (and 1st W50), Sue Birtwistle was 3rd in WSV, Jackie Barnes was 10th WUV.  Allen Barnes also raced at the CLOK race at Runswick bay on Saturday and came 1st M75 on the Open course. The map course looked really challenging.

CHAIRMAN’S REMARKS – AGM 2017

Well this is my fourth Chairman’s Report to the Claro AGM and I’m delighted to say that once again I can report that the club is in a healthy position. Linda will explain the financial details but that’s only part of it. We’ve been able to sustain our reputation for competently organising a range of challenging Level C (sorry Regional) events, we’ve been active in competing around the region and further afield, we’ve run a regular series of Local events, whether the relaunched Junior League or our Wednesday evening LampOs and spring terrain events, we’ve kept our Weekly newsletter and website up to date. When I say ‘we’ I really mean ‘you’ because without the input from volunteers across the whole club there would be no orienteering and no Claro.

The new Club League was launched, focussing on Claro events rather than a more scattered larger number of events, and I’m pleased to say that not only has that shaken up the leader-board but it’s also led to us having 55 members who’ve scored points. It’s also led to us having 44 members listed in the BOF rankings list; the difference between those two numbers is due to members under 16 not ranking, nor Local (Level D) events counting towards ranking points. Our thanks to Allen Banister for looking after the League.

Our Regional (formerly Level C) events were well-supported even though we used some of our less popular venues for a couple of them. One particular success was the May urban event at Wetherby. A fresh map from Allen, a very experienced planner in Ruth, a very accommodating school assembly area, a qualifying round of the UK Urban League, the day before the popular York city event, decent weather, and a much trickier area than most folks expected, all led to an unqualified triumph. Our thanks to the planners, organisers, controllers, team leaders and particularly to Graham for delivering such a great range of events. Look out next year for the revival of a couple of venues that we’ve not used for a good while too.

Richard Kirk may be quietly spoken but he is clearly very effective in twisting arms to persuade folks to organise our Local events. The autumn and winter LampOs have ranged across most parts of Harrogate, Knaresborough and Ripon and have also provided good social opportunities as well as an intense 45 minutes of action. We can expect a couple of new areas to be added to the calendar next year. The summer evening competitions using proper O-maps and SI-lite were also well-supported and provided a chance for first-time planners to learn their dark arts. Thanks to all who’ve got involved.

Jemima and her team of helpers organised the Junior League, replacing the former Schools League, using a range of easily-accessible venues around Harrogate and Knaresborough and leading to a modest number of new members progressing on to our bigger events. Richard has done some valiant sowing of seeds with a number of mini-events run for scout and guide units. I’m delighted to say that during the year both Jemima and Richard qualified as Level 2 Orienteering Coaches.

A key part of many of our events is unseen and time-consuming and that’s the SI work. Boxes have to be configured and set for each event and transferred to the right planner at the right time. Particularly during the spring when we have two of our Regional events, a number of SI-based Local events, Junior League, etc, it can get a bit frantic. Only a few people are skilled to do that and to compound matters we currently have a pooling arrangement with Airienteers where we share SI boxes so have to switch them back-and-forth to mesh with their events. Tricky enough when our coordinator and Aire’s lived close to each other but harder now their SI guru lives near Huddersfield. Tim Moon has valiantly kept these plates spinning for many years now but has understandably decided that it’s time to stand down and the new committee will be considering the way forward. We have also decided that we need to be more independent from Aire so will be looking to divide the pooled stock and then buy more SI boxes so that we are self-sufficient for all but our biggest events such as hosting a CompassSport Cup qualifier or Aire’s Dales Weekend.

We are now very close to having two permanent courses up and running in our patch. Richard has patiently worked on reviving the Valley Gardens and Pinewoods course supported by working parties to place posts and templates enabling it to be relaunched recently. Allen and I have worked with the National Trust at Brimham to establish a course there; thankfully the NT rangers did most of the physical work but my thanks to Allen for sorting out the mapping. Most of you know that I struggle with anything resembling technology.

Last February 31 members made their way to a cold and exposed Cringle Moor above Stokesley for the north-eastern qualifier of the CompassSport Cup. The going was ‘soft’ but it seems that the 31 Claros all ran to the top of their game because we found that after many years as runners-up we had actually won the zone qualifier – by just 4 points. So we qualified for the final, now where would that be held? Only 300 miles away in West Devon, bah, and at half-term too so a lot of our able juniors and their families won’t be available. Nevertheless we felt that it was important that we followed through on this since for the vast majority of members this could be a rare opportunity to visit a CSC final. Historians like David Day go misty-eyed at recalling the time when Claro actually won the final and we know that realistically that won’t happen this year, but it won’t stop 16 of us going down to do our best. Thank you to Mike Hind for coordinating the team and thanks to Ruth for sorting accommodation for many of us.

I’ve thanked a lot of people during this report but let me end by thanking somebody who is standing down at this AGM. There’s no doubt that since Vince joined Claro on moving up to Harrogate he’s enabled the club to move forward. He’s done his share as a planner, organiser, or controller, SI man, and latterly delivered an Event Safety Workshop for ‘new’ organisers, but it’s as Secretary that he’s really made a difference. The website has been totally refreshed, Clarion edited until it was overtaken by ‘The Weekly’, our event signage completely renewed, scoring for our league reconfigured, and I won’t begin to think about the amount of work he’s done for YHOA and for JK2016 or the 2017 British Champs. Life in Portugal beckons, with a windsurfer and possibly a bike, but sadly no more running. Many thanks Vince, our best wishes to you and Sandra, with our grateful thanks for all you’ve done.

So, my final Chairman’s Report, but not the end of my orienteering. I may not be able to get to the multi-day events any longer but I still aim to get out as often as I can to more local events. Thank you all for your support over an enjoyable four years.

Stan

Claro News 11 Oct 17

Claro AGM  TOMORROW Thursday 12th October

The CLARO AGM will be held at the Green Hut, 44 Harlow Ave, Harrogate HG2 0AS at 7pm on Thursday 12th October 2017. We hope to see as many as possible there. There are two officer posts being vacated, and both currently have volunteer replacements, although don’t let that put you off if you are interested. There will be the usual social over tea and biscuits afterwards, which in recent years has taken longer than the meeting. Please support your club and come along if you can!

Coming up

Autumn Leaves 2017

The next  series of the popular LampO events on Wednesday evenings in Harrogate and Ripon have now started .  Initial details are here and will be updated as details are settled. We hope to see you there! Third  event is next Wednesday  starting and finishing in Bilton.   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.

AIRE Training Event

AIRE still have some spaces on their  coaching weekend on 4-5 November. On the Saturday they  will run coaching at Blakeholme and they  have booked accommodation in 2- and 4-bed bunk accommodation at Great Tower. On the Sunday they are organising a limited entry race at Great Tower. The cost is £25 for adults and £10 for children; this includes race entry and accommodation but does not include food. They have 14 places still available. Please go to the following website to sign up (first come, first served) and to get more information: www.tinyurl.com/airecoach17

Claro Top 15’s

Claros were out in action this weekend doing compass training on open moors, wonder why. Allen Barnes was 8th on the Green at Hamsterley, Jackie Barnes was 10th lady on Short Green and Mike Hind was 13th on Blue. At Pendle David Day was clearly affected by the witches as he was wondering well off his bearing and he came 12th Man on Blue, Tim Evans was 9th Man on Blue.

Fitness Session

Richard Kirk gave a Fitness Training Session at Jacob Smith Park, Knaresborough on 30 September 2017.  Delivering this session was the final hurdle Richard had to clear to be qualified as a Level 2 British Orienteering Coach, and he has kindly provided details of his version of events below.

Whilst Richard  has run orienteering technique sessions, teaching fitness training was something new.  A poor weather forecast suggested the possibility of a disaster. Who, after all, wants do warm-ups and cool-downs on wet grass in the pouring rain? Strangely enough, Stan Appleton, Ruth Ker and Katie Gray were sufficiently interested to turn up and suffer.  Richard firstly inflicted a series of loosening-up exercises which culminated in an “easy jog”.  Breath recovered, a short walk brought the party to the bottom of the Park’s hill which Richard invited the group to run up as hard as possible for 10 seconds and then walk or jog down.  This was to be repeated – several times.  The object: to help an athlete  run further whilst in oxygen debt.   This exercise was really tiring – moving onto the next exercise was welcome. This was a long interval training session round a marked 1.0km course split into four equal 250m sections.  5 circuits were prescribed, with different sections requiring different speeds ranging from walk through jog to fast run and back down again.  The aim here was to develop the ability to run continuously for a sustained period and accelerate at will for sustained stretches.  The athletes tried hard, but began to struggle (and the rain started to pour) so after 3 circuits Richard moved onto cool-down stretching exercises – beneath the Park’s sheltering trees, before everyone headed home. Ruth, Stan and Katy all felt that the session had been worthwhile and reminded them, if nothing else, that more training was necessary!  Richard was pleased that the session went reasonably smoothly.   Richard is looking at offering a training programme to the Club which will include navigational techniques; running training; some fartlek; and fitness sessions.  More information to follow.