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

Anniversary Club Picnic

There was a decent turnout for the picnic. As organiser, Stan had a few people reminiscing about the good old days of marking your own map from master maps. The sun mostly shone and there was plenty of food. Our position just below the Sun Pavilion was handy for nearly appearing in the photos of the wedding taking place there, but sadly none of the guests had a go. A few curious passers by asked what we were up to.

After Stan applied his rigourously-tested handicap system Ruth Ker ran out winner in the Old Hands category, with daughter Tamsin leading the Rising Stars and two Islas winning the Keen Starters category. Ruth and Tamsin win the fabulous prize of the responsibility to organise the picnic next year!

1= Isla Reid 23.00
1= Isla Goldson 23.00

1. Tamsin Ker 15.50
2. Lois Parker 16.55
3. Ewan Reid 17.55
4. Christine Hayes 40.19

OLD HANDS (adjusted showing handicap applied)
1. Ruth Ker 18.20 (-5.00)
2. Nathan Parker 19.10
3. Graham Ramsden 19.22 (-3.00)
4. Allen Banister 21.40 (-5.00)
5. Jemima Parker 23.18 (-8.00 +5.00 mp)
6. Chris Dicken 23.40 (-5.00)
7. Mike Cope 26.38 (-8.00)
8. Tim Moon 31.14 (-8.00)
9. Jeremy Walford 35.32 (-3.00)
10. Arthur Clarke 37.07 (-8.00)

Charles Lewsley Cup 2014

The winner of the Charles Lewsley Cup for 2014 was announced at the Annual Dinner last night. It was presented to Chris Dicken by our Chairman, Stan Appleton. Chris has served the club tirelessly for many years, notably as Secretary from 1995 to 1998, and then a ten year run on the committee as Chairman from 2004 to 2009 and Fixtures Secretary from 2010 to 2013. Photos here.

Congratulations Chris!


Spring-O Series 2015

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.

For now, we need volunteers for planners. Full help service provided. Contact Richard or Graham for more.

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

Yorkshire Superleague

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.

Members Survey

We are running a survey for all club members to find out what you want from your club and to collect some information. It should not take long, so please have a go using the button below.  If you are family members, please encourage others in your family to complete it too as we want individual responses if possible.