Category Archives: Event Reports

British Orienteering Champs

Thanks to all Claros who helped at the British Champs, the team here was the second start shift on Sunday after closing the starts.

As well as helping, some great competition results:   with Gold medals, Bronze medals and a couple of UK Orienteering League podiums to boot… Congratulations to all and especially to Matthew Rochester, Lois Parker (and Matthew Hall), Quentin Harding, Matthew Rochester (again), Will Drewe and Ruth Ker.

Dob Park technical challenge – what’s next?

We were blessed with cool but dry conditions on Sunday. Dob Park wood was the driest we have ever used it, along with the vegetation still being down, great conditions. Favourable comments received thanks, one of which from a Green course competitor “sustained technical difficulty which we rarely see around here”. We had more competitors than ever attended at Dob Park, maybe we underestimated the attraction of the Snowden Crags extension, but in any case our apologies to those who had to wait for recycled maps.
Coming soon:

The first of our Wednesday evening Spring-O series is this Wednesday 17th April, using partial SI.
Check out the webpage.

The next of our Junior League events (adults welcome!) is on Sat. 18th May. Check out the webpage.

Our next regional event is the Ripon Urban on 26th May.

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.
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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.