London Orienteering Klubb longstanding member and controller Julie Cleary has decided to take up an Orienteering Control Challenge to give back to her chosen charity of 'The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia.'
Julie comments: “When I had my stroke 10 years ago I was diagnosed with aphasia. Aphasia is an inability to formulate or understand language, often caused by strokes but any brain trauma can cause the condition – like dementia. Fortunately, I could understand what people were saying to me but I couldn’t answer them – at all at first. My Speech and Language Therapist worked very hard with me teaching and helping me speak, read and write again.”
“For one month I’m trying to find 120 control flags. That’s 1 control for each month of the 10 years since my stroke and currently, I’m three-quarters the way through. I have now found 89 controls: in glorious sunshine in Godalming and Northaw on 20 and 21 October, on Sunday 28th in the cold and rainy environs of Knole Park, Sevenoaks and last weekend at the Winchester Urban race and the marshes of the November Classic.”
"Life without language is frightening and a lot frustrating – I know that now. Any donations however small would be welcome to my chosen charity, the Tavistock Trust for Aphasia, whose work aids research into the condition and whose grants help people who have lost their voices.”
To find out more - please see details of Julie's Orienteering Challenge at this link: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/juliecleary
Visiting 120 orienteering controls - 1 for every month in the 10 years since my stroke.
Following the pilot of online training, we’re pleased to announce that all three sessions are now available to view on YouTube.
To view the session on YouTube simply visit British Orienteering’s YouTube channel:
British Orienteering on YouTube
A positive future is forecast following the live online training pilot and subsequent survey.
Leading the pilot, Peter Brooke commented: “The numbers viewing the sessions live was really pleasing and grew with every session. The data also shows that members have continued to watch each session as a recording achieving one of our key aims of providing support and training at a time to suit individuals. During the pilot we were aware of some technical issues and with each session now on YouTube, they should be available for everyone to access.”
“The survey has also helped us to understand key topics members wish to see and how best to promote these.”
From the survey, members told us that the best way to hear about the webinars we’re through their own clubs email and British Orienteering's centrally published e-newsletters, so don’t forget to select the member newsletter when renewing your membership.
(Those completing the survey could pick more than one option).
British Orienteering newsletter
British Orienteering website
In addition to viewing on YouTube, the sessions can continue to be viewed through the Microsoft Teams application using the previous links.
Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November 2018
Witton Park, Blackburn
Organised by Pendle Forest Orienteers, South East Lancs. Orienteering Club, Lakeland Orienteering Club and Octavian Droobers.
Saturday 17th November World Schools Qualification Races & Training Event
Sunday 18th November British Schools Orienteering Championships 2018
Supported by the British Schools Orienteering Association
Final details for these two events are available here.
Overall Organiser: Melanie Elkington
Saturday SQE: Planner – Richard Tiley; Organiser – Hamish Willis; Controller – Barry Elkington
Saturday training: Planner – Bridget Jardine; Organiser – Hamish Willis
Sunday: Planner – Stephen Richards; Organiser – Barbara Alexander; Controller – Richard Tiley
Many thanks to United Utilities, Blackburn Council and Witton Country Parks for allowing us to use their areas.
British Orienteering would like to especially thank Melanie Elkington and all the officials for their hard work involved in organising this weekend. Wishing all attending a fun and enjoyable weekend of junior orienteering.
Winter Training and Motivation: Athlete Focus
The temperature is cold, and the days are shorter. Struggling to maintain the motivation for training or orienteering regularly? You're not alone. Getting yourself out on cold dark mornings and evenings takes a lot more motivation than it might do in July.
Pick up some tips and see what makes up a typical training week for some of our top elite athletes this winter with our elite athlete focus feature series.
Athletes club: IFK Lidingö SOK (Stockholm)
Athletes age: 28
10th World Orienteering Championships 2015 Middle
4th World Orienteering Championships 2016 Relay
5th Skyrunning Extreme Series 2017
5th Overall Skyrunning Series 2017
A typical winter week here in Stockholm includes indoor track intervals, a long night orienteering training, a night orienteering race, a technical (altered map) night orienteering training, then something like a relay style orienteering training and a long run at the weekend. I fill out the week with other short runs at lunchtime – or with a commute to and from work (ca.10km each way). I also squeeze in a hill rep session where I can.
I try to make at least 4-5 orienteering sessions every week. Thankfully this is pretty easy when you are running for a club that has a professionally paid coach to plan and hang the training for you! At weekends there is usually always something going on – be it training organised by Lidingö or another Stockholm club. Tiomila is quite close to Stockholm this year so there is a big focus on that locally.
The hardest part is getting out the door. Particularly when it is cold, dark and have had a long day at work. I recommend training with others and in a group whenever possible. Additionally, it really helps when you have a goal in mind. Make a promise to yourself about a particular race or similar that will occur during the spring or summer. Keep this in mind during each training session to get you through to the end!
“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”
Thank you, Hector. British Orienteering and members would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the very best with your training throughout the rest of the year.
Elite Athlete Winter Training Series of Interviews
More information - here.
Interview #1: with Charlotte Ward - here
Humberside and Lincolnshire Orienteers, Sheffield University Orienteering Club
Interview #2: with Kris Jones - here
Forth Valley Orienteers, Swansea Bay Orienteering Club, Lillomarka OL, Swansea Harriers, Dundee Hawkhill Harriers
Interview #3: with Alice Leake - here
Interview #4: with Alasdair McLeod - here
Interview #5: with Jenny Ricketts - here
Edinburgh University Orienteering Club, Mar Orienteering club