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CLARO News 17 Oct 17

Compass Sport Trophy

Good luck to all those CLAROs making the long trip to Devon this weekend. Final details are here.

Claro AGM

The CLARO AGM was held at the Green Hut,  on Thursday 12th October 2017. The outgoing speech by chairman Stan is on the website here. The new chairman is Tim Evans and the new secretary is Ruth Ker. Thanks from all to Stan and Vince for their sterling work over the last few years.

Coming up

Autumn Leaves 2017

The next  series of the popular LampO events on Wednesday evenings in Harrogate and Ripon have now started .  We hope to see you there! Third  event is Wednesday 18th  starting and finishing in Bilton. Meet at the Knox Arms, Knox Lane HG1 3AP.  Full details are here. Registration is from 6:15pm mass start at 6:30pm Cost is £2 Senior £1 Junior, HV /reflective clothing must be worn, torch essential  along with pen/pencil.

AIRE Training Event

AIRE still have some spaces on their  coaching weekend on 4-5 November. On the Saturday they  will run coaching at Blakeholme and they  have booked accommodation in 2- and 4-bed bunk accommodation at Great Tower. On the Sunday they are organising a limited entry race at Great Tower. The cost is £25 for adults and £10 for children; this includes race entry and accommodation but does not include food. They have 14 places still available. Please go to the following website to sign up (first come, first served) and to get more information: www.tinyurl.com/airecoach17

Claro Top 10’s

Claros were out in action this weekend in Selby. Alex Robinson was 10th and Matthew Rochester 11th in the MO Category excellent results for the youngest competitors on course A. Tim Evans was 6th in MV ( and 1st M50) , Tamsin Ker was 4th in WJ, Ruth Ker was 2nd in WV (and 1st W50), Sue Birtwistle was 3rd in WSV, Jackie Barnes was 10th WUV.  Allen Barnes also raced at the CLOK race at Runswick bay on Saturday and came 1st M75 on the Open course. The map course looked really challenging.

Claro News 11 Oct 17

Claro AGM  TOMORROW Thursday 12th October

The CLARO AGM will be held at the Green Hut, 44 Harlow Ave, Harrogate HG2 0AS at 7pm on Thursday 12th October 2017. We hope to see as many as possible there. There are two officer posts being vacated, and both currently have volunteer replacements, although don’t let that put you off if you are interested. There will be the usual social over tea and biscuits afterwards, which in recent years has taken longer than the meeting. Please support your club and come along if you can!

Coming up

Autumn Leaves 2017

The next  series of the popular LampO events on Wednesday evenings in Harrogate and Ripon have now started .  Initial details are here and will be updated as details are settled. We hope to see you there! Third  event is next Wednesday  starting and finishing in Bilton.   Full details are here. Registration is from 6:15pm mass start at 6:30pm Cost is £2 Senior £1 Junior, HV /reflective clothing must be worn, torch essential  along with pen/pencil.

AIRE Training Event

AIRE still have some spaces on their  coaching weekend on 4-5 November. On the Saturday they  will run coaching at Blakeholme and they  have booked accommodation in 2- and 4-bed bunk accommodation at Great Tower. On the Sunday they are organising a limited entry race at Great Tower. The cost is £25 for adults and £10 for children; this includes race entry and accommodation but does not include food. They have 14 places still available. Please go to the following website to sign up (first come, first served) and to get more information: www.tinyurl.com/airecoach17

Claro Top 15’s

Claros were out in action this weekend doing compass training on open moors, wonder why. Allen Barnes was 8th on the Green at Hamsterley, Jackie Barnes was 10th lady on Short Green and Mike Hind was 13th on Blue. At Pendle David Day was clearly affected by the witches as he was wondering well off his bearing and he came 12th Man on Blue, Tim Evans was 9th Man on Blue.

Fitness Session

Richard Kirk gave a Fitness Training Session at Jacob Smith Park, Knaresborough on 30 September 2017.  Delivering this session was the final hurdle Richard had to clear to be qualified as a Level 2 British Orienteering Coach, and he has kindly provided details of his version of events below.

Whilst Richard  has run orienteering technique sessions, teaching fitness training was something new.  A poor weather forecast suggested the possibility of a disaster. Who, after all, wants do warm-ups and cool-downs on wet grass in the pouring rain? Strangely enough, Stan Appleton, Ruth Ker and Katie Gray were sufficiently interested to turn up and suffer.  Richard firstly inflicted a series of loosening-up exercises which culminated in an “easy jog”.  Breath recovered, a short walk brought the party to the bottom of the Park’s hill which Richard invited the group to run up as hard as possible for 10 seconds and then walk or jog down.  This was to be repeated – several times.  The object: to help an athlete  run further whilst in oxygen debt.   This exercise was really tiring – moving onto the next exercise was welcome. This was a long interval training session round a marked 1.0km course split into four equal 250m sections.  5 circuits were prescribed, with different sections requiring different speeds ranging from walk through jog to fast run and back down again.  The aim here was to develop the ability to run continuously for a sustained period and accelerate at will for sustained stretches.  The athletes tried hard, but began to struggle (and the rain started to pour) so after 3 circuits Richard moved onto cool-down stretching exercises – beneath the Park’s sheltering trees, before everyone headed home. Ruth, Stan and Katy all felt that the session had been worthwhile and reminded them, if nothing else, that more training was necessary!  Richard was pleased that the session went reasonably smoothly.   Richard is looking at offering a training programme to the Club which will include navigational techniques; running training; some fartlek; and fitness sessions.  More information to follow.

Claro News 3 Oct 17

Your Club Needs You:-Compass Sport Trophy

You should all have received a plea from Mike Hind for entries for the Compass Sport Trophy on the 22nd October , final details are here including course lengths ( Note no Black) .  Mike needs your entries by THIS  Sunday 8th October. If you need a lift in the minibus can you also respond to Stan’s e-mail.

Coming up

Autumn Leaves 2017

The next  series of the popular LampO events on Wednesday evenings in Harrogate and Ripon have now started .  Initial details are here and will be updated as details are settled. We hope to see you there! Second event is this Wednesday  starting and finishing from the Victoria Grove Car Park, Ripon.   Registration is from 6:15pm mass start at 6:30pm  Cost is £2 Senior £1 Junior, HV /reflective clothing must be worn, torch essential  along with pen/pencil.

Claro Junior league

The next Junior event is this Saturday at Conyngham Hall Knaresborough HG5 9AX. All are welcome to turn up full details are here 

AIRE Training Event

AIRE still have some spaces on their  coaching weekend on 4-5 November. On the Saturday they  will run coaching at Blakeholme and they  have booked accommodation in 2- and 4-bed bunk accommodation at Great Tower. On the Sunday they are organising a limited entry race at Great Tower. The cost is £25 for adults and £10 for children; this includes race entry and accommodation but does not include food. They have 14 places still available. Please go to the following website to sign up (first come, first served) and to get more information: www.tinyurl.com/airecoach17

Claro AGM  Thursday 12th October

The CLARO AGM will be held at the Green Hut, 44 Harlow Ave, Harrogate HG2 0AS at 7pm on Thursday 12th October 2017. We hope to see as many as possible there. There are two officer posts being vacated, and both currently have volunteer replacements, although don’t let that put you off if you are interested. There will be the usual social over tea and biscuits afterwards, which in recent years has taken longer than the meeting. Please support your club and come along if you can!

Claro News 29 Sep 17

Your Club Needs You:- Compass Sport Trophy

You should all have received a plea from Mike Hind for entries for the Compass Sport Trophy on the 22nd October. Details are here. Mike needs your entries by the Sunday 8th October.

Coming up

Fitness Training

This Saturday Richard Kirk asks:
Would you like to be a little fitter? Do you want to tackle that last control with zest instead of on your knees? Do you fancy being able to gallop uphill rather than stagger? Do you want work off some summer fat and get into the new season with some bounce?….THEN try his FREE Fitness Session:
Saturday 30 September 2017 from 2.00pm – 3.30pm at Jacob Smith Park Knaresborough.

Autumn Leaves 2017

The next  series of the popular LampO events on Wednesday evenings in Harrogate and Ripon have now started . Details here. We hope to see you there! Second event is next Wednesday  starting and finishing from the Victoria Grove Car Park, Ripon.   Registration is from 6:15pm mass start at 6:30pm Cost is £2 Senior £1 Junior, HV /reflective clothing must be worn, torch essential (although you may get away without one tomorrrow) along with pen/pencil.

Claro Top 10’s

There were some excellent runs at last weekends Claro event at Hookstone Woods. Adrian Parker was 5th on blue. On short blue Stan Appleton was 3rd  and Jemima Parker 4th . David Day was 4th and Lois Parker 7th on Green, Richard Kirk was 3rd on short green, James Corefield was 3rd and Cadell Bloomer 4th on Yellow.

Some photos from Jemima here.

Huge congratulations also to Claro members Eve and Alex Whitaker for their results in the English Junior Fellrunning Championships held over six races through the year. Eve was overall winner in the Under 13 Girls whilst Alex came 4th in the Under 15 Girls. Well done both

Claro AGM Thursday 12th October

The CLARO AGM will be held at the Green Hut, 44 Harlow Ave, Harrogate HG2 0AS at 7pm on Thursday 12th October 2017. We hope to see as many as possible there. There are two officer posts being vacated, and both currently have volunteer replacements, although don’t let that put you off if you are interested. There will be the usual social over tea and biscuits afterwards, which in recent years has taken longer than the meeting. Please support your club and come along if you can!

Claro News 19 Sep 17

Hookstone Woods 24th September

The next CLARO event is on the 24th September , Ruth Ker has created some excellent courses for all abilities, using the wide variety of terrain in this location. We have the use of the Scout Hut and an excellent parking area.  Final details here.  The Weather forecast is currently favourable so we hope to see many of you there.

Coming up

Sport Final Fitness Training

Richard Kirk asks:
Would you like to be a little fitter?Do you want to tackle that last control with zest instead of on your knees?Do you fancy being able to gallop uphill rather than stagger?Do you want work off some summer fat and get into the new season with some bounce?….THEN try his FREE Fitness Session:

Saturday 30 September 2017 from 2.00pm – 3.30pm at Jacob Smith Park Knaresborough.

Autumn Leaves 2017

There will be a further series of the popular LampO events on Wednesday evenings in Harrogate and Ripon.  Initial details are below and will be updated as details are settled. We hope to see you there! First Event is TOMORROW starting and finishing from the Swan on the Stray.  Full details are here. Registration is from 6:15pm mass start at 6:30pm

Cost is £2 Senior £1 Junior, HV /reflective clothing must be worn, torch essential although you may get away without tomorrrow along with pen/pencil.

 Date Venue  Organiser
Wed 20th Sep 17  East Harrogate / Starbeck Ruth Ker
Wed 4th Oct 17 Ripon David Day
Wed 18th Oct 17 Bilton Linda Kelly
Wed 1st Nov 17 Mark Reid
Wed 15th Nov 17 Richard Kirk
Wed 29th Nov 17 Tim Evans

Claro AGM – Thursday 12th October

The CLARO AGM will be held at the Green Hut, 44 Harlow Ave, Harrogate HG2 0AS at 7pm on Thursday 12th October 2017. We hope to see as many as possible there. There are two officer posts being vacated, and both currently have volunteer replacements, although don’t let that put you off if you are interested. There will be the usual social over tea and biscuits afterwards, which in recent years has taken longer than the meeting. Please support your club and come along if you can!

CLARO News 14 Sep 17

Hookstone Woods 24th September

The next CLARO event is on the 24th September.  Ruth Ker has created some excellent courses for all abilities, using the wide variety of terrain in this location. We have the use of the Scout Hut and an excellent parking area. Further details here.

Coming up

Fitness Training

Richard Kirk asks:

Would you like to be a little fitter?
Do you want to tackle that last control with zest instead of on your knees?
Do you fancy being able to gallop uphill rather than stagger?
Do you want work off some summer fat and get into the new season with some bounce?
….THEN try his FREE Fitness Session:

Saturday 30 September 2017 from 2.00pm – 3.30pm at Jacob Smith Park Knaresborough.

Claro AGM Thursday 12th October

The CLARO AGM will be held at the Green Hut, 44 Harlow Ave, Harrogate HG2 0AS at 7pm on Thursday 12th October 2017. We hope to see as many as possible there. There are two officer posts being vacated, and both currently have volunteer replacements, although don’t let that put you off if you are interested. There will be the usual social over tea and biscuits afterwards, which in recent years has taken longer than the meeting. Please support your club and come along if you can!

Claro News 6th September 2017

Summer Round up

A number of Claro’s have been active over the summer. In the Scottish six day Allen Barnes was 6th, Liz Potterton 10th and Jackie Barnes 14th in their age classes. Stan Appleton was 8th and first of 4 Claros on the Green at Sheffield Urban last weekend. In the NYMBO’s over the August bank holiday Edwyn Oliver-Evans was second with 98.2% of the winning score at Malham and First at Helmsley. Also at Malham, Nathan Parker was 1st M18 and 8 O/A, Luke was 2nd M18 and 15th O/A, Dad Adrian and Lois were 34th O/A but 1st Generation. At Helmsley, Nathan was 1st M18 and 4th O/A, Adrian and Luke were 1st Generation and 13th O/A, David Day was 3rd V60. Well done to all those who competed over the summer including those at the White Rose events.

Coming up

Fitness Training

Richard Kirk asks:

Would you like to be a little fitter?
Do you want to tackle that last control with zest instead of on your knees?
Do you fancy being able to gallop uphill rather than stagger?
Do you want work off some summer fat and get into the new season with some bounce?
….THEN try his FREE Fitness Session:

Saturday 30 September 2017 from 2.00pm – 3.30pm at Jacob Smith Park Knaresborough.

Claro AGM Thursday 12th October

The CLARO AGM will be held at the Green Hut, 44 Harlow Ave, Harrogate HG2 0AS at 7pm on Thursday 12th October 2017. We hope to see as many as possible there. There are two officer posts being vacated, and both currently have volunteer replacements, although don’t let that put you off if you are interested. There will be the usual social over tea and biscuits afterwards, which in recent years has taken longer than the meeting. Please support your club and come along if you can!

CLARO AGM 2017

The CLARO AGM will be held at the Green Hut, 44 Harlow Ave, Harrogate HG2 0AS at 7pm on Thursday 12th October 2017. We hope to see as many as possible there. There are two officer posts being vacated, and both currently have volunteer replacements, although don’t let that put you off if you are interested. There will be the usual social over tea and biscuits afterwards, which in recent years has taken longer than the meeting. Please support your club and come along if you can!

British Orienteering celebrates 50 years!

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the formation of the British Orienteering Federation. On the 17 June this year it is exactly 50 years since the British Orienteering Federation came into being. The inaugural meeting was held at 7.30 p.m. on 17 June 1967 in Barnard Castle, and the first British Orienteering Championships were held in Hamsterley Forest, Co. Durham the following day.

There is a programme of activities planned to celebrate this special milestone. There is a special Golden Jubilee anniversary edition of Focus membership magazine which marks the occasion and progression of the sport over the 50 years. We have already enjoyed a celebratory cake and a display for members at the Annual General Meeting on 14 April at Brunel University in Uxbridge, London. A Golden Jubilee anniversary film focusing on the past, the present and the future of the sport will be launched on the British Orienteering website on the actual 50th anniversary date – this Saturday!

On Wednesday evening this week we were delighted to welcome Mike Bushell BBC One Breakfast Sports Presenter to a South East Lancashire Orienteering Club at Media City, Salford, Manchester. Mike took part in the orienteering event at Media City which was planned as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations to showcase our sport of orienteering. The filming is due to be shown on BBC One Breakfast Show this Saturday (17 June 2017) from 6.30am through to 9.30am.

Mike Hamilton, Chief Executive of British Orienteering, says:

“2017 is the 50th Anniversary of the creation of British Orienteering and whilst we have few resources to ‘splash out’ on the celebrations we hope that all involved in orienteering in whatever capacity will be able to celebrate this achievement in some small ways – well done British Orienteering, you’ll soon be 50!”

The word “orienteering” – you think about running in the countryside probably lost with a compass and a map. Orienteering is not just for the super active or elite athletes. The whole family can take part. Orienteering is all about navigating the fastest way around a set course, which often involves running straight through the trees, climbing hills and crossing diches. It’s a great sport as courses are set in beautiful countryside, and there are always lots of people running about.

With the 50 year celebrations underway it is certainly a good time to take a closer look at the sport of orienteering. Most orienteering takes place in forests or moorland often in stunning scenery. However there are now several city-based orienteering courses too. There are many permanent orienteering courses installed around the country. These are listed online at www.britishorienteering.org.uk – just click on ‘Go Orienteering’ for the details.

Junior League Winners Decided

Saturday saw the conclusion of the 2016/17 Claro Junior League with a popular event in Valley Gardens. There were 33 individual runs around the busy park, with some competitors having to negotiate hazards like a group of Morris Dancers.

Thanks are due to the league organiser, Jemima Parker, for all her hard work and Richard Kirk for his coaching effort as well as all the club volunteer planners and helpers.

This year’s winners are below. A special mention goes to Charlie Hobson, who was the only one to attend all 6 events. Prizes will be awarded at the annual Club Picnic event on Sat 1 July, also in Valley Gardens.

Winners 2016/17

M8- Charlie Hobson
M10 Rufus Maclean
M12 Luke Fry
M14 Owen Taylor
M16+ Matthew Rochester
W8- Isla Reid
W10 Jasmine Hobson
W14 Tamsin Ker
Primary School Oatlands
Secondary School King James