All posts by Ruth Ker

Spring O – Conyngham Hall, Knaresborough

Up quickly after the Harlow Hill event, this Wednesday, July 3rd, the postponed event at Conyngham Hall.  Start and finish will be on the grass beyond the far end of the car park.

Quentin will be doing a coaching session beforehand – topic is control flow.  Please let Quentin know if you intend to attend (

Further details on the Spring O page….

Club Picnic – and a little fun orienteering. Saturday 15th June.

Claro Annual Club Picnic and Junior League Prize Giving

Hosted by Jemima Parker and Quentin Harding

Spanish Style Score Event – fear not, all will be revealed and you will like it

Juniors and Seniors teaming  for a short, fun score event

Club members and non-members welcome

Conyngham Hall, Knaresborough

Meet on the grass area at the far end of the tarmacked car park

2pm Registration

2.15pm Mass start

3pm onwards Junior Prize-giving, Picnic Tea and games

What to Bring: Cakes/biscuits/fruit/snacks to share, picnic rug or chairs, Orienteering kit (dibber, running shoes etc)


Plumpton Rocks

“I’ve got a new favourite area!”

“Now that’s why I go orienteering!”

“Very, very fun.”

“Best event of the year.”

“Superb new map.”

“Will remain in my happy memories for years to come!”

“CLARO’s Plumpton Rocks event was wonderful. I’ve never seen so many finishers smiling despite making many mistakes. I crawled through a cave, ran by mistake into a rock passage that ended in a lake and edged along a foot-wide ledge above a 5 metre drop… and that was on the way to number 1.”


It appears everyone enjoyed themselves, despite the rain.  This is what I hoped for.   This event was for fun in a bonkers, entertaining, tiny area – not to be taken too seriously.

We re-mapped, organised, planned and controlled all in the last three weeks so appreciate that nothing went wrong and all the generous comments of thanks.

Lots of you arrived, and ran, early – the impressive Claro team were ready for you.

Results are up.   I would love to witness your experience on RouteGadget and will watch each one avidly – it makes planning worthwhile to see if you did what I expected.

Ruth Ker, Planner

Plumpton Rocks – Middle Distance Race – Sunday 25 November 2018

Claro are delighted to confirm that we will host a Middle Distance Regional Event on 25 November 2018 at Plumpton Rocks near Harrogate (not Ellington Banks as previously suggested due to access issues).

Claro extend many thanks to the owner of this amazing, natural playground, Robert Hunter, for his enthusiasm for our event.  Robert has overseen extensive renovation to Plumpton Rocks over the last few years, so the area is in superb condition.

Map extensively updated by Quentin Harding, Planned by Ruth Ker, Organised by Richard Kirk and all Controlled by David Day.

Courses, all Middle Distance; Yellow, Orange, Light Green, Very Short Green, Short Green, Green, Short Blue and Blue.   The area does not lend itself to a White course however the bold White competitor could tackle Yellow safely as the scope for disappearing is limited (it’s a bounded area with a large lake to go round).

More details

Hornbeam Park Lamp O Wednesday 21st February 2018

Continuing the excellent series of Claro Lamp Os for winter 2018, this next one will be based at The Park (at the beginning of Hornbeam Park, Harrogate).  Lots of parking available.  Drinks and food in The Park afterwards.  Meet 6.15 for 6.30 mass start.

The 1:5000 map ensures a clean-sweep will be achievable by all prepared to break into a sweat.  For those who wish to remain fresh-smelling for the pub, the vast majority of controls will be in the Hornbeam Park area itself enabling lots of lamppost-bagging without undue effort.

Decent weather guaranteed.  Bring a head torch, something to write with, a hi-viz garment and a mature companion if you are under 16.

We look forward to seeing you there.  Ruth (Planner) and Tamsin (on-the-day Organiser)

Your Club Needs You to Relay

The JK relays are held every year on Easter Monday, as the culmination of a weekend of high quality racing.   This year we’re on Cannock Chase, which is a great area.  Your club could really do with a few more runners to make up a variety of teams, especially Juniors…

Email Ruth, asap, please.

Vince’s, mixed-ability yet keen, class of potential website masters (6 Feb 18, at Ruth’s, taken by Tamsin)