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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

Knaresborough Urban – 27 May 18

Organiser’s Comments (Richard Kirk)
Thanks to everyone who came along to enjoy some entertaining navigating up and down Knaresborough’s hills and along and through its various ginnels and hidden corners.  Results are here. The weather cooperated after a worrying series of wet and cold days — and the crowds came out.  I hope that no one feels that their winning run was spoiled by people jams on some of Knaresborough’s narrow stone stairs!
We were lucky this year to have the use of facilities at the Henshaws Arts and Crafts Centre which afforded an excellent run in – and a devilish final control which caught a few of you out – but compensation in the form of rather a good café not 20 paces from Download.
As always, the CLARO machine swung into action to make my job simple and straightforward.  We enjoyed putting the event on and hope you had as much fun on your run.  We look forward to next years CLARO Urban.
  • A black headband
  • A pair of dark brown tortoiseshell style sunglasses.
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Planner’s Comments (Ruth Ker)
From me, simply, thank you.  To Richard (organiser), Graham (controller) and Mike (long-suffering map up-dater) for such slick contributions.   To you all for coming and for your generosity of warm-hearted compliments and appreciation of my efforts to entertain and to catch you out (successful in many cases it would appear).  It makes it all worthwhile when you have enjoyed yourselves.    I would love to see your run on RouteGadget (please).

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.

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!”

Spring O concludes for 2017

On Wendesday at Killinghall…

It rained and it rained and it rained. With a bonus extra cold wind. The map paper stood up well; me rather less so. Thank you to those that did for coming and appearing to enjoy yourselves. It would have been awfully demoralising to have no takers after putting all those controls out (in the rain). And thank you to my noble daughter for coming to help after already spending all day (in the rain) at an athletics match: then feeling sorry for me having planned a white-ish yellow for no-one so saying she’d nip round it and accidentally giving herself an orange. No wonder she came back saying my courses are far too hard!! See you on Saturday.


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).


The Autumn street (Lamp-O) penultimate event was held from the Empress on Wednesday evening. The conditions were good for mid November, and  Linda introduced a new twist of post boxes scoring double points that increased the route choice conundrum – the top 6 placed competitors had visited all 6 of them.

The temptation to gather some controls around Starbeck – and misjudging the time to get back up the hill to the finish, led to me being 50sec late back. Caitlin missed the 45minute cut-off by just 2 seconds, but fortunately didn’t impact on her well earned 3rd place.

Try a trickier night challenge at Hookstone this Saturday.

Schools League – 5 Dec 15

Well done to everyone who braved the wind and the rain for the second event of the Harrogate Schools Orienteering League. There were lots of good performances on some interesting courses. Thanks to David Day for his efforts in planning and setting out.

The results are here and the updated league updated league is here. There are also some photos. Aspin Park continue to lead, but Oatlands are closing the gap. Behind them it is really close, as 3rd to 5th are only separated by 5 points.

See you all after Christmas for Event 3 at Killinghall Moor Park in Jennyfields.

Killinghall Moor: YHOA Night League – 28 Nov 15

Last night saw a few hardy souls taking part in the second of this year’s YHOA Night League events. The weather varied between mildly unpleasant and horrible, which resulted in a somewhat reduced turnout, but those who came mostly seemed to enjoy it.

The results are now up. Well done to all concerned, especially Tim Evans, the planner, who got the worst of the weather whilst setting out.

Organiser’s Comments:
As usual, CLARO’s experienced helper teams combined to flatter their Organiser’s abilities and we had the very welcome use of Killinghall Moor’s Sports Pavilion and its warmth and light as a refuge from a very wet and windy evening.  Despite that weather, we welcomed 35 runners comprising not just the hard core, but also some young people – including one in a baby carrier.  I was impressed.  This is what the sport is about.  Tim Evans’ inventive new courses proved challenging and entertaining – even for those CLARO hands who know the area well.  Very well done also to Vince Grealy whose first event as Controller this was.

Only one item of lost property: a single long sock, dark with multi-coloured bands. Contact me to claim it.

Richard Kirk – Organiser

Planner’s comments. 
I thoroughly enjoyed planning my first regional event. With limited daylight, most site visits were done before work, with a number of 6:30am starts and some stunning sunrises. The weather on Saturday couldn’t have been more different. Thanks must go to Vince for his map alterations, patience, excellent controlling and advice on making the courses challenging enough. From feedback on the day I think we succeeded. There has been considerable vegetation change since the area was last mapped and I was of the view that serious bramble bashing was not part of the sport, which cut out some of the area. I also wanted to allow the U16s to be able to run the medium, hence the slightly convoluted course layout. Thanks to all competitors for turning out on a foul night and making mine and all the other helpers efforts worthwhile. I must also express my gratitude to all the control collectors, especially those who volunteered after having run and collected controls before heading off to the pub. It made my job much easier and we were off site by 8pm.
Tim Evans – Planner

Brimham Rocks 22 Nov 15

Final results are now posted here. They have been revised to remove a leg on some courses, as explained below.

Organiser’s comments:

We were delighted by how many people came to visit Brimham Rocks on Sunday. We hosted Yorkshire Superleague competitors from far and wide, not just from within White Rose territory. Red Rose clubs were also well represented, plus visitors from as far away as Sussex. It was great to see a group from York University Orienteering Club too. We hope you all enjoyed  the courses which were designed to take you through the fantastic rock formations at Brimham.

The National Trust were pleased to have so many visitors on a November Sunday and enjoyed the ‘buzz’ of people who were fully appreciating exploring the outdoor environment at Brimham. My thanks to them for making us welcome during our preparation and on the day.

A range of weather conditions were experienced within the time period  the courses were open – mild and misty, sunny & cloudy , bitterly cold with  rain and sleet followed by calm and clear. We were aware ‘compulsory cagoules’ were perplexing for some but the conditions can and did change quickly at Brimham.

My role as organiser was made significantly easier by the willing  teams of CLARO volunteers who worked  well performing  the important roles of registration, start, finish, parking & download. They all help with cheery good humour for which I am very grateful. The real hard work and success of the day was down to our two planners, Liz Potterton and Graham Ramsden, and Chris Dicken as Controller. They have had a tough physical job , often in foul weather , planning and delivering challenging and interesting courses particularly having regard to their daytime and JK 2016 commitments. My thanks to Graham, Liz and Chris for making the event so enjoyable.

One control on the day was rather more challenging than intended and thank you to those competitors who brought this to our attention. We all get cross with ourselves when we miss something however with the adjustments made and explained below I think the outcome is fair. We appreciate all the positive and helpful comments and the great thing is we all want the day to go well for everybody involved- volunteers and competitors alike. Brimham is a special area which we are pleased we are able to use and showcase to other orienteers. Thank you all for coming.

Sue Birtwistle (Organiser)

There were two items of lost property. A pair of purple trainers (small) and a pair of striped socks (grey / multicoloured). Contact the organiser.

Course adjustments explained:-

Courses Green Upwards – Control site 219.

We must apologise for the incorrect positioning of the control kite on the boulders just at the northern tip of the control circle, rather than on the crags as marked by the centre of the circle.  After some consideration and given that this event was part of the YHOA Superleague, it has been decided to void the leg leading to this control on all courses.  It is felt that the small difference in location of the control and considering the routes to the following controls on all the affected courses, it is not necessary to void the on-going legs.

We hope that this did not affect your enjoyment of your course or the area, which is undoubtedly one of the best in our region.

Thank you for your understanding.
Graham Ramsden (Planner TD5s) and Chris Dicken (Controller)

Planner’s Comments

This was my first time planning at Brimham (and hopefully not my last after control 219!) and what a joy it was.  There’s no end of control locations to choose from and I must thank Chris Dicken (Controller) for his guidance and for keeping me in check with the course distances.  As with all planning I found that I was swaying between thinking that the courses were ‘too easy and too short’ to thinking that they were ‘too long and too tough’.  On Saturday, as we were putting out controls, you can probably guess which way I was thinking as I stood up to my ankles in a patch of marshy tussocks on the eastern side of the road, with temperatures at about minus one (before the wind-chill factor!).  However, an hour earlier I’d just started putting out controls and as I appeared over the top of a ridge, there right in from of me was a herd of deer.  We just stood and stared at each other for what seemed like ages, before we all trotted off in our own directions; the perks of planning!

The section to the East of the road is a bit of a ‘Marmite’ area.  In places it can be very tricky under foot but there are some very detailed and interesting parts; where possible I tried to keep you in the best bits.  To the west of the road is ‘classic Brimham’ with those confusing rock pillars.  During the event, Chris and I managed to get to a great vantage point in this central area and watch many of you navigate your way around the obstacles.  Who said that this wasn’t a spectator sport?

My thanks must go to Sue Birtwistle for ably Organising this event and it was great to see so many of you enjoying your runs.

Graham Ramsden (Planner TD5 courses)

Controller’s Comments:

Thankfully Sunday was relatively calm (much calmer than forecast).  The previous afternoon, with sub-zero temperatures, ice and snow on the ground and a 20mph wind giving some nasty wind chill, the area was significantly colder.

Brimham is always a challenging area, not only for the competitors but also for the planner & controller. Both Liz & Graham came up with some interesting and testing courses and it was good to see so many people enjoying the challenges set.

Some people commented on the ‘cagoules compulsory’ ruling, but having been on the area (300m and  exposed) in mist (that’s interesting), driving rain and as noted above strong winds with low temperatures – some of this weather forecast, some not  – and conditions changing very quickly, I stand by my decision, given the late Saturday conditions.  Whilst individual orienteers may not like the decision, the officials in charge have responsibility for the whole of the event and everybody’s safety.

Control site 219 :

The decision and explanation over voiding legs running to this control site is given at the end of the organiser’s comments.

As to not having spotted the incorrect siting, my only defence is that due to circumstances beyond my control, I had to fit checking into a tight timescale and this control site was the last to be checked after a long hard day at Brimham with its inclement weather conditions – obviously 1 control site too far. (My mind was probably on the hot bath that was beckoning).  I trust this did not distract too much from your run.

Despite the two above issues, the majority of competitors I spoke to were very happy with the event, had really enjoyed their courses and were looking forward to coming back.  Thanks to all of you for your kind comments and of course to Sue for her excellent organising which made all the other bits of the event run so smoothly.

Chris Dicken (Controller)