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British Orienteering is pleased to announce the plans in 2019 for the annual Yvette Baker junior inter-club competitions.
The regional heats start on Sunday January 20th in the West Midlands with an event at Boreatton Park. The full list of regional heats are as follows:
|Boreatton Park, Shropshire||20th January 2019|
|Errington Woods, Cleveland||24th February 2019|
|SEOA||Worthlodge Forest, W. Sussex||24th March 2019|
|EAOA||Hockley Woods, Essex||31st March 2019|
|SWOA||Savernake Forest (tbc), Wiltshire||7th April 2019|
|WOA||Cwm Lickey, Cwmbran||14th April 2019|
|YHOA||Mausoleum Woods & Cottagers Dale, Lincolnshire||28th April 2019|
|NWOA||Aitken Woods, Lancashire||11th May 2019|
|EMOA||Calke Abbey, Derbyshire||19th May 2019|
The final will take place on Sunday 7th July 2019 at Sandringham Country Park near King’s Lynn in Norfolk.
The Yvette Baker junior competition now includes a new category for clubs with fewer juniors. The Yvette Baker Shield runs alongside the Trophy at the same event, allowing qualifying clubs to field a team of 5 or more juniors (the Trophy requires a team of 9 juniors).
To qualify for the Shield, a club must have 25 or fewer junior members in the club. The updated Rule L for the Yvette Baker Trophy and Shield and the list of clubs qualifying for both Trophy and Shield competitions in 2019 can be found below.
A further update on the Yvette Baker competitions in 2019 will follow in January.
The festival period is rapidly closing in so don’t forget to tick one thing off your to-do list and book your place on the 2019 coaching conference.
Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th January will soon be on us, so don’t miss out on the 23rd December booking deadline.
Great advice, practical sessions and live discussions will help you start your coaching year in the best way possible.
To secure your place at the conference and to view the full agenda, follow this link Coaching Conference 2019.
Great value at only £70 for both days or £38 for one day.
All bookings must be made by 23rd December.
Humberside and Lincolnshire Orienteers (HALO) once again played a leading role in supporting Humberside Police’s Night Challenge initiative. The challenge saw over 150 young people aged between 13 and 18 from East Riding, Hull, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire take part in the annual 13-mile trek over the challenging terrain of Brantingham Dale.
As well as completing 13 miles of night orienteering, mainly off road, starting and finishing at Brantingham Park (the home of Hull Ionians Rugby Football Club) in East Riding, the youngsters faced eight challenges stationed around the route which this year focused on cyber safety and child sexual exploitation and the associated risks linked to them.
The 30 teams were recruited through Neighbourhood Policing Teams from young people they know and youth and community groups they work alongside. The aim was to include young people who may not have had the opportunity to take part in this kind of outdoor experience, have little experience of the countryside or know what opportunities are available.
The teams took between six and eight hours to complete the course, the first team starting at 17:00 with the last underway at an eye-catching 00:15.
The 12 members of HALO were out in force from early in the day right through the night to the early hours of Sunday, with Neil Harvatt and Ken Hutson putting out the controls and having the unenviable task of setting off after the last team to collect them all back in, returning to the clubhouse at 9:00 on Sunday morning.
Each team commenced the Challenge with navigation training by HALO members who delivered an excellent introduction to Orienteering covering how to read maps, plot missing control points, learn about the dibber and understand the obstacles they were likely to face on the route.
Each team is awarded points reflecting how well they completed the various challenges as well as the orienteering but the final results are kept under wraps until the Awards Evening on 29 April at Brantingham Park. In previous years the prize for the winning team was a week’s adventure course in the Lake District, second was a day trip to Silverstone Racetrack and third was a day trip to Alton Towers. A special award of a place on the Outward Bound Classic Course was made to the outstanding individual competitor, and glider flights were made to a number of other outstanding individuals.
Commenting on the event HALO Event Coordinator John Butler, said:
“This is the ninth year that we have been involved in the Night Challenge and it is one of the ways that we can put something back into the community, particularly for those young people, many of whom have not had the same privileges as the rest of us.”
The initiative is run in conjunction with High Sheriffs’ Tribune Trust, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, St John’s Ambulance, Humberside and Lincolnshire Orienteering Club, HM Prison Service, Defence School of Transport at Leconfield, Yorkshire 4X4 Response, Not in Our Community, Eskimo Soup, Corner House and Yorkshire Lowland Search and Rescue.