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:

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.