After much hard work behind the scenes, entries for JK2016 opened on schedule today. Entries will use the usual tiered system with two price increases to encourage people to enter early. Full details are on the JK Website and entries are through SI Entries. It is not often that we get the JK in Yorkshire, so make the most of the opportunity!
Details are now available for our first event of the new season at Hanging Moor on Sunday 13th September 2015. Planning is going well and we are looking forward to a good day out. Full details are here. Hope to see you there.
Welcome to the Claro Harrogate Schools Orienteering League. The League is new for 2015 and is open to all children and young people from Harrogate, Knaresborough, Ripon and Nidderdale, although anyone can take part in the events.
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Information for schools and competitors
The Claro Harrogate Schools Orienteering League is run by Claro Orienteering Club in partnership with Harrogate School Sports Partnership.
The aim is to provide participants with the opportunity to learn and develop self confidence, decision making and map reading skills while improving their fitness in a fun, competitive and challenging outdoor sport environment. The League runs from November to May.
There will be 6 events between Autumn and late Spring – no event in March because of the big JK Festival. All events will be on a Saturday afternoon in urban parks or woodland in or near Harrogate. Events will be open to all, but the league only has categories for children and young people from Y4 to Y10. There will be individual competitions (male and female) for each year group and two schools competitions, one for Primary and one for Secondary, for schools covered by the Harrogate Schools Sports Partnership. There will also be a (light-hearted!) parent’s competition.
|Sat 7 Nov 15||2pm-3.30pm||Valley Gardens, Harrogate|
|Sat 5 Dec 15||2pm-3.30pm||Hookstone Woods, Harrogate|
|Sat 16 Jan 16||2pm-3.30pm||Killinghall Country Park, Jennyfields|
|Sat 6 Feb 16||2pm-3.30pm||Pinewoods, Harrogate|
|Sat 23 Apr 16||2pm-3.30pm||Conyngham Hall Gardens, Knaresborough|
|Sat 14 May 16||2pm-3.30pm||Valley Gardens, Harrogate|
From 2pm to 3pm. Participants complete an entry form and receive a map with the course and an electronic chip to record their times. There will be help available to show newcomers what to do.
Each event will have four courses, which are colour coded based on the established system used by British Orienteering. In ascending order of difficulty they are:
- White for Y4 and Y5
- Yellow for Y6 and Y7
- Orange for Y8 and Y9
- Long Orange for Y10
From 2.30pm to 3.30pm. Participants start at 1 minute intervals. Please note that courses close at 4.30pm and control points will start to be collected from this time so it is important that people start with enough time to complete their course. Inexperienced participants should arrive early so they can take the earlier start slots.
All participants should enter as individuals, but they are welcome to run with a friend. However, both must register separately and the time for each runner will count, even if they stick together throughout the course. It is not necessary for the school to enter participants .
Individual entry on the day to cover costs. This includes the hire of an electronic timing chip (or “dibber”).
Juniors £3, Adults £4.
(Claro club members get discounted entry £1.50 / £2)
Individuals can have a second run for £1 (discounted 50p) but only the first run counts for the League.
Schools are not required to pay any fees to enter the League.
No specialist equipment is needed for beginners. Wear suitable footwear for running on rough ground and clothing appropriate to being outside whatever the weather – preferably clothes that you don’t mind getting muddy. The electronic timing chips (dibbers) are loaned to participants as part of the entry fee for each event. Please take care to secure these carefully to fingers using the loop as they are small, expensive items and losses will be charged for. Participants on Orange courses may want to use a compass, which can also be borrowed at registration if necessary.
Primary Age Groups.
Y4 and Y5 will compete on the White course; normally between 1 and 1.5 km. Y6 will compete on the Yellow Course normally between 1.5 and 2.5 km. Both courses will involve straightforward navigation and are designed so that they can be completed without the use of a compass. Children can expect to take between 10 and 40 minutes to complete the White course; between 20 and 40 minutes on the Yellow course. Whilst Y4 is the youngest competition age category, Y3s or younger may take part with Y4s.
Secondary Age Groups.
Y7s will compete on the Yellow course, alongside Y6s. Y8 and Y9 will compete on the Orange course and Y10 and above will compete on the Long Orange course. The Orange course is around 2.5km in length and the Long Orange course is around 3.5km. Both provide a greater navigational challenge. Skilled navigators can risk taking shorter routes away from paths and line features while there will usually be easier, safer but longer routes between controls. Very skilled juniors might complete the course in just over 30 minutes while inexperienced participants can expect to take an hour or more. Inexperienced participants should therefore arrive early so they can take the earlier start slots. A compass, and knowing how to use one, is recommended. Youngsters tackling the Orange or Long Orange course with no previous experience of orienteering will find it challenging, and should be prepared to be patient as they develop their skills.
Assistance out on the Course.
Parents, guardians etc are encouraged to accompany beginners on the course. In orienteering this is called “shadowing”. This is different to an adult competing as the adult will have a map but not a timing chip. Anyone shadowing a participant should avoid ‘doing it themselves’ with the participant in tow in an attempt to get the participant a fast time. This achieves nothing as the participant gets no sense of achievement and learns very little. Instead, shadowers should stay back and allow the participant to do all the navigation themselves if possible, and only help out where a mistake has been made or the participant asks for help.
Orienteering is renowned as a family participation sport and other family members are welcome to take part. Adults may run any course on offer, and there will be a parent’s competition which will use a handicap system to allow for degree of course difficulty. Parents should not compete if they have already been around the course shadowing.
Seriously lost children are a rarity in orienteering. However, anyone getting disorientated should not wander about aimlessly. Instead, get on to the nearest track or path and remain where you are and you will be found! If you see a control marker not on your course, remain with it and ask another passing competitor for help. Carrying a whistle is recommended. Courses will never cross or use public roads.
Each participant is given a hired electronic timing chip (commonly called a “dibber”) at registration (included in entry). This is used to record the time taken and to show that each control point has been visited. The chip is downloaded to a computer back at registration after completion of the course.
Points will be awarded depending on finish position, with the winner in each year category scoring 100, 2nd scoring 99 etc.
The league table will be updated after each event. An individual’s best 3 results will count to their overall standing. Prizes will also be awarded to individual boy and girl winners in each year from Y4 to Y10. The School Team competitions will be decided by adding a school’s best 4 scores per event from the individual results.
Results will be published on the Claro website (www.claro-orienteering.org.uk) by the Sunday after each event, along with detailed ’split times’ for each runner showing the time taken to each control. This makes it possible to work out how much time you might have lost through either getting lost or making a bad route choice.
As part of these events, a CLARO coach will run a series of free sessions designed to introduce orienteering and explain techniques to newcomers and those wishing to know more. Each session will be designed to end in enough time for participants to go off on a course and use what they have just learned.
More information can be obtained from:
Claro Schools & Development Officer – Jemima Parker. Email email@example.com or phone (01423) 560896
The dates for our Autumn Street-O series are now fixed. The events will follow the usual format with Open Orienteering Map maps and lamp posts as controls. The series before Christmas will be on Tuesday nights, with the second series in the New Year reverting to Wednesdays. Full details are here. The first one is on Tue 22 Sep.
We now need some volunteer planners. It is really easy, and there are comprehensive instructions and help available at every stage. Why not try your hand at planning in a low risk environment? Contact Richard to find out more.
Our series of fortnightly urban score events around the streets of Harrogate and Knaresborough will start again on 22 September 2015. Following feedback in the membership survey last year, the series to Christmas will be on Tuesday nights, with the Winter series in the New Year reverting to Wednesdays. This is to give those who cannot make Wednesdays a chance to take part. They will be the usual 45 min score format, starting at or near a pub or home at 6.30pm to allow some optional social.
Tue 3 Nov 15 at the Old Spring Well, Harrogate.
Registration from 6.15pm for a mass start at 6.30pm.
Hope you can join us for a post-race drink in the Old Spring Well.
|Tue 22 Sep 15||SW Harrogate – Meet at the Black Swan, Burn Bridge RESULT||Richard Kirk|
|Tue 6 Oct 15||Cold Bath Road Area – Meet at 5 Manor Road, HG2 0HP RESULT||The Parkers|
|Tue 20 Oct 15||Central Harrogate – Meet at the Tap & Spile, Tower Street, HG1 1HS RESULT||Linda Kelly|
|Tue 3 Nov 15||Jennyfields – Meet at the Old Spring Well, HG3 2AP||John & Susan Birtwistle|
|Tue 17 Nov 15||Ripon – Meet at the Water Rat, HG4 1QW||Liz Potterton|
|Tue 1 Dec 15||High Harrogate – Meet at the Swan on the Stray, HG1 4AA||Vince Grealy|
They will be simple events using the well tested format – the maps will be from Open Orienteering Maps – largely black and white representations of the chosen area, with streets marked on as black lines – no buildings to act as identifying features – so you’ll need good contact with the map. All “controls” will be lampposts. Individual lampposts will not be marked on the map – just those chosen as control sites. Every lamppost is marked (somewhere on it!) by the council with a number. Along with the map will be a card to write down the lamppost number when you get there, so bring a pen and a watch! The maps should be on waterproof paper, but a map bag might be needed (though we should have some spares). The cost will be £2 for seniors and £1 for juniors. Unfortunately, as the events are on public roads, juniors (Under 16s) can only take part if they are accompanied by a parent due to BOF insurance requirements. High viz/reflective clothing is required for safety (compulsory for insurance). Don’t forget: pen/pencil, watch, £2, map bag, head torch, hi-viz clothing.
The events will all be mass start at 6:30pm with a 45 minute time limit. Registration is from 6:15pm. 10 points for each correct lamppost, 10 point deducted for every minute (and part minute) late back. As last year, locations will be from a pub so that we can have some social time afterwards for those that want it.
Good luck to the 27 Claros taking part in JK 2015 in the Lake District over Easter.
The dates and format for the Spring-O series have been agreed. There will be 6 events on Wednesday evenings at parkland venues in and around Harrogate. Each one will have a longer course, an intermediate course and a beginners course using proper orienteering maps and electronic timing for start and finish. New this year is that there will be some training activity beforehand, specifically for juniors to follow on from schools events, but for adults of any standard too. Full details will be posted here for each event.
The series will finish with a picnic event on Sat 18th July at Valley Gardens.
The dates are:
|Wed 15 Apr 15||CLARO Spring-O at Conyngham Hall|
|Wed 29 Apr 15||CLARO Spring-O at Brimham Rocks|
|Wed 13 May 15||CLARO Spring-O at Hell Wath, Ripon|
|Wed 27 May 15||CLARO Spring-O at Killinghall Moor|
|Wed 10 Jun 15||CLARO Spring-O at Hookstone Woods|
|Wed 1 Jul 15||CLARO Spring-O at Jacob Smith Park, Knaresborough|
|Sat 18 Jul 15||CLARO Picnic Event, Valley Gardens|
News just in from the YHOA Committee – the Yorkshire Superleague is alive and well and will be run differently this year. There will be the usual nine or so events (8 in the calendar already and potentially one replacement to come). The first event is this Sunday at SYO’s Cawthorne and Deffer event. The dates are:
|1 Mar 15||SYO BNC Weekend Event (UKOL) (B) Cawthorne & Deffer|
|22 Mar 15||EBOR Level B Event, Gilling|
|29 Mar 15||HALO YHOA Middle Championships (B), Knapton Wood|
|12 Apr 15||AIRE Level C Middle Distance, Calverley Wood|
|30 Aug 15||EBOR White Rose Weekend (B), Pickering Forest|
|20 Sep 15||AIRE Dales Weekend Day 2(UKOL)/YHOA Championships (B), Hawkswick Clowder|
|1 Nov 15||SYO Level C Event, Wharncliffe|
|22 Nov 15||CLARO Level C Event, Brimham Rocks|
The league will be scored differently using a similar system to that used by SEOA. It uses the concept of a target time for each class with points awarded based on how you perform in comparison. The full details will be posted on a new YHOA website shortly, but for now we have been sent details here.
Happy New Year!
Winter Blues Street-O starting on Wed 7 Jan 15
We now have a full set of planners for the Winter Blues Street-O series. The series will follow essentially the same format as previous editions, only now with an optional social opportunity at the end of each one. Tim Moon is in the chair for the first one on Wed 7 Jan 15, so why not get out there and work off some of those mince pies?