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.

Schools Orienteering League

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.

harrogate_schools_league_2015-16_flyer Flyer
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If you need lots of copies please get in touch and we can send you some.

Download this information as a pdf

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.

Date Time Location
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

Start Times. 
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.

Parents’ Competition.
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.

League Table.
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 ( 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  or phone (01423) 560896

Autumn Street-O Event Dates

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.

Autumn Street-O Events

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.

Next Event

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.

 Date Venue  Organiser
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.

Planner’s Guide

Previous series:

Spring/Summer 2015 – Spring-O
Winter 2015 – Winter Blues
Autumn 2014 – Autumn Leaves
Spring/Summer 2014 – Spring Flowers
Winter 2014 – Winter Blues
Autumn 2013 – Autumn Leaves