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)

Autumn Street-O 3 Nov 15

Another successful “LampO” this week, ably planned by Susan Birtwistle on a somewhat foggy night in Jennyfields. The results are here.

Susan’s Comments:  Fortunately it was not too foggy for Lamp O at Jennyfield and it was a ‘dry’ night.Thank you to all who travelled to our event.

When planning the control locations I had been keen to give those who like a good run out, a challenge and I achieved that. Though the start near the Old Spring Well roundabout meant people travelled down hill into the area it also meant they had a significant uphill climb back to the finish -this caught the majority out and just 3 people finished within the time limit. It also meant no one managed to visit all controls though Richard Foster made a jolly good effort. All controls except number 27 , an uphill climb to on Kent Road , were visited and where there was a consensus as to the correct number, as opposed to my record – I have gone with that. Well done Zoe, Luke and Dad who chose to run a long way to collect their numbers.

JK2016 Entries Open

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!

Autumn StreetO 20 Oct 15

Well done to Linda for tonight’s StreetO in central Harrogate. The results are here.

Linda’s comments:

Thank you to everyone for coming. It was a beautiful evening to catch before the clocks go back. Every control was visited at least once but no-one got them all. From post-race discussions it sounded like there were some sneaky goings on invesigating some potential alleys. I think it must have been the influence of the slightly spooky customers who joined us in the pub for a drink after the event. (It is only a few days until Halloween!)

My phone’s stop-watch was playing up so I hope I got the times correct. If anyone wants to dispute their time let me know. I’m open to persuasion! We look forward to seeing you all again in two weeks time at Jennyfields planned by Susan Birtwistle.

Club AGM 2015

The 25th Claro AGM took place yesterday at the Green Hut in Harrogate.  Fifteen Claros attended and the main meeting was concluded in good time by 8.50, including presentation of prizes for the Club League.  It was followed by the usual social discussion which lasted longer than the meeting!  The minutes are now available here.

Hanging Moor 13 Sep 15

Sunday saw a reasonable turnout and some excellent weather for CLARO’s first event of the new season.

Event Page


Results and Splits
BOF Ranking Points

Organiser’s Comments

Everything seemed to go well for our first event of the new season. The weather was far better than expected or forecast, and the majority certainly seemed to enjoy themselves. There were a few comments about how physical the courses were, but the planner made the best of the terrain available. My thanks to the usual suspects – Mark as planner and Graham as controller, the CLARO helper teams, Alastair Harvey from Yorkshire Water and the British Canoe Union for the use of their facilities.

There were two items found in the assembly area: an Army issue green towel and a reasonably old pair of sunglasses. Contact me if you wish to claim them.

Controller’s Comments

Hanging Moor was a beautiful place to be today, chiefly due to the glorious weather. The terrain varies between lovely runnable paths and moorland to steep and rough slopes with plenty of vegetation. There was always going to be a tricky ascent for all courses through the felled slope at the beginning. I think Mark did a great job in getting the courses through this without too much difficulty for competitors. The other area that competitors seemed to struggle with was the woodland inside the deer fencing; although the map could do with some improvement in this area, it was generally a lovely bit of wood and was well worth using.

Club League 2015/16

Details are now up for the new Club League. As usual, about 15-20 events are selected from local or regional fixtures all within about an hour of Harrogate, excluding urban and night events. This year there are some new areas and one or two from clubs outside YHOA. There are also a few Level B events which require pre-entry online and have closing dates, so check them out and don’t miss out if you want to go. Good luck!

Prizes for this year’s league will be awarded at the AGM. If you currently have a trophy please bring it to Hanging Moor or contact Vince to arrange return.