All posts by Allen Banister

Springtime with Claro

Now the meteorological spring has arrived, and calendar spring isn’t far away, what’s happening at Claro Orienteering.

This Saturday afternoon, 16th March is the next in our series of Junior orienteering events at Jacob Smith Park, Knaresborough. Check out the details here.
A Light Green course will be available for Juniors (and seniors) wanting a go.

On Sunday 17th March, we have a team of 25 headed off to Cumbria to compete in the Compass Sport Trophy. Here’s to a good event – the weather looks kinder than the weekend just gone.

Wednesday 20th March is your last chance of a winter series Lamp-O, 6:30pm in Ripon, details here.
The spring Wednesday evening series using SI timing will start on 17th April, so keep an eye out for it.

Our next regional event will be Dob Park on 14th April. The area has been extended, so longer courses will have a moorland section visiting Snowden Crags. Latest details here.

Make the most of this “Indian Summer”

Join us in Knaresborough for the Wednesday evening Lamp-O just after sunset (great views from the Castle hopefully). Don’t forget a torch / high-vis clothing (both essential), and enough cash for a beer afterwards in the Cross Keys (optional). Link from the side bar on the right or here. The car park is free after 18:00 , there is other parking nearby if full.

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.