All posts by Allen Banister

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.

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).

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 2016/17 Club League Results

Following the Killinghall Moor event last Wednesday, the club league is now complete. We had 54 club members participate so check out the summary to see who our new champion is!
As a reminder, there were 7 qualifying events, and the best 5 were used to work out who won using the handicap rules.

Club Picnic – Saturday 1st July

This Year’s club picnic will be held at the top end of Valley Gardens off Harlow Moor Drive, our organiser Stephen Fry.
There will be orienteering from midday:
A short course 1.1km suitable for all ages.
A longer course 2.9km that crosses roads so only suitable for 16+.
A map memory course available for all.

As usual, please bring some food to share along with chairs / mats – and hopefully suncream!