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Tweet Tuesday 11th September 2018

Major Events Consultant

British Orienteering is pleased to announce that Helen Errington from Maprunner has been awarded a short-term contract to support British Orienteering’s Major Events, in particular the JK 2019 which is being held in the South Central Region from 19th – 22nd April 2019 in the Aldershot and Newbury areas.

Peter Hart, Chief Executive said:

"After a thorough and rigorous recruitment process we are delighted that Helen Errington has agreed to work with British Orienteering as their Major Events Consultant. Helen has very significant experience in organising and supporting major events in orienteering.

She has excellent event organisational experience and the drive to help us support our Major Events programme and development.

I am personally very pleased that we have been able to attract someone with her calibre, track record and further potential. I look forward to working with her over the next few months."

 

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Tweet Monday 10th September 2018

WCOC win Peter Palmer Junior Relays for a third successive year!

The Peter Palmer Junior Relays successfully took place last weekend September 8-9th at Tankersley near Sheffield.  South Yorkshire Orienteers (SYO) organised an excellent event, including training on Saturday, overnight accommodation for all teams and the main relay event starting in the dark at 5 am.

Photos by Robert Lines

Winners of the three trophy categories were:

  • WCOC Incredibles (West Cumberland OC)             Peter Palmer Trophy       Main relay          
  • GO Bananas 1 (Guildford Orienteers)                      Norwich Anniversary      Small clubs         
  • SYO Killer Bees (South Yorkshire Orienteers)       Joan George Trophy        Young teams

The new shorter Daybreak relay with 4 legs per team was also won by Guildford Orienteers. 

The event was sponsored by Tio Mila, Sweden.   Göran Reinholdsson from the Tio Mila organisation presented WCOC as the winning club with a free entry and accommodation to the Junior Tia Mila race in Sweden in April 2019.   

Nick Lightfoot, the course planner from SYO, commented: “Peter Palmer was an inspirational junior leader and orienteering coach.  He would have been proud to see the enthusiasm shown by all the juniors this weekend”. 

See an excellent Youtube video of the event here made by Ben O’Donnell M14 and his family from DVO.

Thanks to the SYO organising team for a fantastic weekend!

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Tweet Saturday 8th September 2018

Orienteering Foundation Coaching Day

The Orienteering Foundation is pleased to announce support for another coaching day on Saturday 10th November 2018 in the Lake District.

The day will be planned and organised by experienced coach Derek Allison, and take place in the technical terrain of Dale Park, part of the Graythwaite Estate (as used for day 5 of the recent Lakes 5 Day). It is open to both self-organised groups of any age, led by their own qualified coaches, as well as individual adult participants coached by Derek himself. See here for further details. Pre-booking is required.

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Tweet Sunday 15th April 2018

Sunset and Beyond - A Relay with a Difference!

Southampton Orienteering Club is celebrating its 50th year.

As part of our celebrations, we wanted to introduce a new event in an exciting format. The Sunset and Beyond Relay. Colin Hicks came up with the idea of a Harvester style event but in an Urban/Park setting.

The Sunset and Beyond Relay pits teams of six against each other in a parkland and urban setting. The early runners start in daylight then, as the sun sets, later runners compete in the dark. Each team must have at least two female runners and a maximum handicap of 40 points using the Harvesters system.

Handicap points are based on age class:

Class

10

12

14

16

18

20

21

35

40

45

50

55

60

65+

Men

1

2

4

6

8

9

10

9

8

7

6

5

4

3

Women

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

0

The aim was to keep the competition close, with mini-mass starts just a few minutes later than the winning time for the previous Leg.

A tight schedule to complete the event including prize giving by 10 pm, by which time we had to vacate our event centre venue.

So we had all the excitement of the Harvester in a four to five-hour event!

There were prizes and medals for the first three teams and a brand new Trophy for the winning team to hold for the year.

The event was on Saturday 24th March at Fleming Park, Eastleigh (Southampton). The Leg lengths were as follows:

Leg

1

2

3

4

5

6

Length

4.0km

5.0km

7.0km

5.0km

7.0km

4.0km

Legs 1 and 6 were in the Park so were suitable to be run by under 16s.

The Start, Change over pen and Finish were right outside the event centre building along with a spectator control visited by all courses. The atmosphere around the hand over pen was electric while inside those preparing to run were bubbling as news of runners going through the spectator control filtered in.

Colin Hicks planned the event and got the courses spot on with a great mix of Urban and parkland running.

The whole event was put on by some 11 helpers including Phil Cooper (WIMBORNE ORIENTEERS) who Controlled the event and helped set up. Terry Smith led the computer team and put in a lot of time and effort in pre-event preparation and coped admirably with all the challenges on the night. Pete Davis put in the hours up front dealing with the publicity, advertising and innovative online entries and payment system and I did my best to keep everything on time on the night.

Nine teams took part and the first three teams home finished within 8 minutes of each other after just under 4 hours of racing. The winning team from Wessex Orienteers, 'Wessex We Six,' consisted of Tracy Crickmore, James Crickmore, Peter Suba, Dale Paget, Alan Blanchflower and Julie Astin. They won in 3:44.25, 'SLOW A' was second in 3:48.34 and 'Wessex Hex' were third in 3:52.12.

Wessex Orienteers - the winning team

Southampton Orienteering Club (SOC) were pleased and very grateful to Kevin from 'UP AND RUNNING' Eastleigh who sponsored the event and came along on the night with some offers on running kit. Also to Tim from SILVA who also came along and offered the chance for runners to test out some of the Silva head torches.

SILVA also very generously donated some great spot prizes.

SOC would like to thank all who helped make the event a great success on the night and all who came along and took part.

Save the date!
Southampton Orienteering Club will be putting this event on again next year on the 2nd of March 2019 and they hope to attract more teams to the Sunset and Beyond Relay!

Sunset and Beyond - Finish
Sunset and Beyond - At the Start
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