British Orienteering celebrates 50 years!

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the formation of the British Orienteering Federation. On the 17 June this year it is exactly 50 years since the British Orienteering Federation came into being. The inaugural meeting was held at 7.30 p.m. on 17 June 1967 in Barnard Castle, and the first British Orienteering Championships were held in Hamsterley Forest, Co. Durham the following day.

There is a programme of activities planned to celebrate this special milestone. There is a special Golden Jubilee anniversary edition of Focus membership magazine which marks the occasion and progression of the sport over the 50 years. We have already enjoyed a celebratory cake and a display for members at the Annual General Meeting on 14 April at Brunel University in Uxbridge, London. A Golden Jubilee anniversary film focusing on the past, the present and the future of the sport will be launched on the British Orienteering website on the actual 50th anniversary date – this Saturday!

On Wednesday evening this week we were delighted to welcome Mike Bushell BBC One Breakfast Sports Presenter to a South East Lancashire Orienteering Club at Media City, Salford, Manchester. Mike took part in the orienteering event at Media City which was planned as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations to showcase our sport of orienteering. The filming is due to be shown on BBC One Breakfast Show this Saturday (17 June 2017) from 6.30am through to 9.30am.

Mike Hamilton, Chief Executive of British Orienteering, says:

“2017 is the 50th Anniversary of the creation of British Orienteering and whilst we have few resources to ‘splash out’ on the celebrations we hope that all involved in orienteering in whatever capacity will be able to celebrate this achievement in some small ways – well done British Orienteering, you’ll soon be 50!”

The word “orienteering” – you think about running in the countryside probably lost with a compass and a map. Orienteering is not just for the super active or elite athletes. The whole family can take part. Orienteering is all about navigating the fastest way around a set course, which often involves running straight through the trees, climbing hills and crossing diches. It’s a great sport as courses are set in beautiful countryside, and there are always lots of people running about.

With the 50 year celebrations underway it is certainly a good time to take a closer look at the sport of orienteering. Most orienteering takes place in forests or moorland often in stunning scenery. However there are now several city-based orienteering courses too. There are many permanent orienteering courses installed around the country. These are listed online at www.britishorienteering.org.uk – just click on ‘Go Orienteering’ for the details.

Junior League Winners Decided

Saturday saw the conclusion of the 2016/17 Claro Junior League with a popular event in Valley Gardens. There were 33 individual runs around the busy park, with some competitors having to negotiate hazards like a group of Morris Dancers.

Thanks are due to the league organiser, Jemima Parker, for all her hard work and Richard Kirk for his coaching effort as well as all the club volunteer planners and helpers.

This year’s winners are below. A special mention goes to Charlie Hobson, who was the only one to attend all 6 events. Prizes will be awarded at the annual Club Picnic event on Sat 1 July, also in Valley Gardens.

Winners 2016/17

M8- Charlie Hobson
M10 Rufus Maclean
M12 Luke Fry
M14 Owen Taylor
M16+ Matthew Rochester
W8- Isla Reid
W10 Jasmine Hobson
W14 Tamsin Ker
Primary School Oatlands
Secondary School King James

What’s next?

Well done to all those who ventured off to the British Champs, Top 10’s for Ruth and Liz in the individual completion on Saturday.
Photo from the event courtesy of Wendy Carlyle.

On a slightly smaller scale, next Saturday (13th May)  we have a Junior event with registration from 2:00 – 3:00 pm. There are White to Long Orange courses. It is open to more than Juniors if you fancy a 3.2km long orange?

Closely following this, we have the Wednesday evening spring event at Conyngham Hall. Use the links on the right hand side for event details.

Lindley Moor on 26th March had wonderful weather. The event ran smoothly – allowing the Controller and Planner to sit back and enjoy the sunshine. Results now published.
Our next level C event is the Wetherby Urban on 28th May
– a newly mapped area.
There are a number of level D events to keep you occupied in the meantime, including the postponed last “Winter” event this Wednesday evening (29th March).

CHAIRMAN’S CHAT – FROM A VERY PROUD CHAIRMAN

It’s not often that I’m lost for words but I was quite speechless at the end of my run at the CompassSport Trophy regional round up on Cringle Moor. I’d had a fairly average run myself, no big mistakes but nothing spot on either and my running was weak after an unexpectedly high mileage the day before. Things hadn’t started well when I failed to find the start; thanks Mark for putting me right and thanks to the CLOK start marshals for letting me start as they were packing up and having a punching start rather than me starting with a 20 minute time penalty.

Why was I speechless? I was sat at the club tent taking off my club shirt and putting on my new club windshirt (have you got one yet?) when our CompassSport captain Mike Hind comes across and says, “We’ve won – by seven points”. The last few years we’ve been close but never quite made it. We’ve been beaten by EPOC, by Northern Navigators, or by NATO by a tiny margin but this time we were there, numero uno. For once we weren’t penalised by being the host club, losing capable runners to plan, organise or control as at Guisecliffe or Timble. Despite the understandable absence of a handful of regulars we’d turned out 31 runners and they’d all performed to expectations.

Scoring for CompassSport is complex (Tim Moon has a spreadsheet if you can’t sleep) but it’s two competitions in one as the larger clubs (CLOK, Aire, Ebor) chase the Cup and the smaller clubs (Claro, NATO, NN and EPOC) compete for the Trophy. What matters is beating your rivals from the other small clubs. Getting beaten in your class by an Airienteer has no effect. It also helps if a club can spread itself across as many classes as possible. That’s just the simplified version of the rules.

Mike Hind had done a cracking job as team captain, twisting arms and encouraging as many of us to come out. He’d judged the distribution of runners to classes well and in so many ways he was his usual ever-competitive self. We had the semi-detached pair of club tents, the club flag and plenty of club shirts and jackets in view. A presence to be proud of.  There are plenty of CLAROs in Vince’s photos here and in Wendy Carlyle’s here.

The highlight of the Claro results to me was the performance of the under-14 juniors on the Orange course where we took all three podium places in a very large class. Well done indeed to Luke Fry, Lois Parker and Alexis Whitaker. Ewan Reid and Eve Whitaker weren’t far behind either. The Junior League is certainly helping to develop some fine orienteers. Looking at Claro’s results just against the other small clubs I reckon we scored three 1st places, four 2nd, four 3rd, three 4th, and six other top ten places across the spread of ages and both genders. Claro’s finest hour for a good few years and a credit to everybody’s hard work and effective performance.
So that qualifies Claro to compete in the final against the best of the other regions’ small clubs. The final is to be held on Sunday 22nd October down at Yelverton in west Devon. I don’t know the area but from the map and Geograph it looks like a mix of steeply sloping woodland, an open common and some early industrial or mining relics. It’s a long way to travel but our initial reaction is that we’d like to do our best to make it. Committee will be looking at the issue of a significant contribution to costs as well as the logistics of getting us all down there. In the meantime put that weekend in your diary; I think it’s probably the first weekend of school half term.

Changing the subject, I’m pleased to say that I’ve finally been able to present the Charles Lewsley Cup for 2015/16 to its deserved winner. We’ve brought the award of that trophy in line with our club championship trophies, normally presented at the AGM. The Charles Lewsley Cup is awarded for a member not on the committee who is judged to have made the greatest contribution to the activities or reputation of the club. I’m sure we all remember the Yorkshire JK (how could we forget) which was so well masterminded by Mike Cope. You may not be aware though that Mike also serves as YHOA regional fixtures secretary and chairs the national fixtures committee for BO; he has the job of persuading recalcitrant regions that it really is their turn to host the JK in 2020 or the British Champs in 2019. A combination of Mike’s well-earned sabbatical and my own absence due to injury has led to him not receiving it until Cringle Moor. I can’t imagine that we’ve ever had a more deserving winner. Mike retains the trophy until just before our AGM in September when it will pass to the 2016/17 winner.
Don’t forget we’ve got Lindley Moor coming up on March 26th, planned by Liz Potterton on a newly-extended map and organised by Susan Birtwistle. That’s a round of the Yorkshire Superleague so expect big numbers and the need for many volunteers. One of our regular car parking volunteers is laid up at present following a nasty hand injury competing at Burley and Ilkley last week that needed surgery; get well soon John Birtwistle. Meanwhile he joins the increasing ranks of Claro’s walking wounded which oddly includes three of the four club officers.

Now, where’s my map of Devon……
Stan

Harlow Hill Lamp-O – 22 Feb 17

There was a great turnout last night for the 4th Lamp-O of the series organised by Tim Evans. Lots of shiny new CLARO jackets were on display as well, with Linda handing more out – just in time for the CompassSport Trophy.

UPDATE – 3rd March 17 : Tim has amended the results and added some jolly interesting comments about lamppost locations… you can read more here.

Tim’s Organiser Comments: Thank you to all 20 of you for turning out on what was a pleasant winter evening.  I hope you enjoyed the course; all controls were visited. The results are currently draft as given the number who got number 12 wrong there will be a stewards enquiry tomorrow evening when I cycle past it. I have accepted all answers for 15 as it was a faint 1 on the control box, and I have also accepted 11 where the word “veg” was written as it is fairly overgrown. Special mention must go to Luke Parker, whose handwriting was the only one I couldn’t decipher. His squiggles for 1,2 & 3 were indistinguishable so I gave him half of them. He still came second, beaten by Leon Foster who visited 27 of the controls. First lady back was Vicky Bailey who was 4th overall with no mistakes (including number 12). The next event is in central Harrogate on the 8th March. See you there!
Tim Evans

Events Update

Wednesday evening had a good turnout – actually 13, but 12 runners as there were only 12 maps were available. David Day kindly gave up his map and went straight to the Pub!
Steve Fry was victorious – have a look at the results  from the Winter home page .

Don’t forget the Junior League at Killinghall Moor  this Saturday. Courses up to Long Orange.

 

Club Coaching – Be a Better Orienteer!

Richard Kirk and Jemima Parker will be conducting two more coaching sessions building on basic techniques covered before Christmas.  These will be:

  • Saturday 28 January 2017 – Relocation techniques
  • Saturday 4 February 2017 – Distance estimation

Venue:  Valley Gardens, Harrogate.  Meet at the Crucifix Memorial near the edge of the wooded area to the south west of the mini-golf course.  Grid Ref: SE 291548.

Parking: in either Ebor Rise or Harlow Moor Drive.

Timing:  each session will start at 14.00 and will last 90 minutes.

Equipment:  Compasses and maps will be provided.

Clothing:  Please wear suitable clothes and footwear for running/walking on wet and muddy ground in and out of the woods and not only on paths.   We will be active most of the time, but there will be some standing around during explanation/teaching, so dress warmly.

Under 16’s should be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.