Getting ready for WOC 2015

Many thanks to INVOC, MOR and BASOC orienteering clubs who kindly gave us access to their areas last week for a tough but inspiring Long Distance Orienteering Camp.  This was the first in a series of camps aimed at helping our athletes prepare for WOC 2015 and was attended by 22 athletes from the Elite Development and Performance squads.

The camp was based at Dolphin Bay Suites, excellent accommodation very close to Inverness Airport and therefore handy for the north coast areas as well as giving easy access to both the west side of Loch Lomond and the Spey Valley.

With over 100km of orienteering, 220 controls to hang (many with SI) and 480 meals to shop, prepare and clear up after a camp like this relies on athletes and staff pulling together as a team but it simply could not happen without  additional volunteer support.  Many thanks to our control hangers Steve Barrett; Doug, Jess and James Tullie & Alastair McLeod and also to Jane Halliday who cooked an excellent meal for us one evening.  

Paying attention to the details is important in training and performance and the emphasis on this camp was for athletes to have a clear purpose for each training session and to analyse it methodically afterwards. Training in the forest was supported by 1:1 coaching and theoretical workshops and analysis. We were lucky with the weather (just one short shower whilst training) but the real success of this camp was down to our experienced and hardworking team of volunteer coaches and the athletes would like to join me in formally thanking Jon Musgrave, Pippa and Duncan Archer for giving up a whole week of their lives to share their experience, plan courses and to give valuable 1:1 coaching advice.

Athletes are now clear about the physical and technical demands presented by WOC 2015 and have left feeling excited at the prospect of training hard so that they can perform at their best in 19 months’ time. The next training camp for this group of athletes is a Sprint and Relay training camp which will take place near Aldershot on the 8/10 Feb.

Item posted by Liz Campbell and Dave Rollins.

Posted on Monday 13th January 2014