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Tweet Tuesday 24th April 2018

Less than 1 month to go until World Orienteering Day!

World Orienteering Day 2018 is fast approaching! 

This year sees World Orienteering Day starting on Wednesday 23 May 2018
and carries on for the whole week. 

WOW! 

Wednesday 23 May until Tuesday 29 May 2018 giving you plenty of chances to get involved and take part!

What are you planning to do for World Orienteering Day?

How many World Orienteering Days are you planning to get involved and take part in?

A new WORLD ORIENTEERING DAY newsletter has now been published by the International Orienteering Federation.  All clubs and schools are encouraged to take part across the UK and be part of this World Orienteering Event.

In this newsletter you will find a video from the new World Orienteering Day Ambassador, World Orienteering Champion Daniel Hubmann; a success story of indoor orienteering in Latvia; a story of a project to map more than 100 school areas in Østfold, Norway and more.

What have you got planned for this year's World Orienteering Day?  

Read the latest newsletter here.

Less than 2 months left until the World Orienteering Day 2018.  Have you already planned your World Orienteering Day event?  Don’t forget to register your event on the WOD webpage!

Free resources are available to download here - these include diploma, bib, flyers and start cards all of which have been updated with all of the World Orienteering Day sponsors of WOD 2018!

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Tweet Monday 23rd April 2018

Northern Championships Weekend – the results are in!

Saturday 21 April and Sunday 22 April 2018

Saturday 21 April 2018:  Northern Championships Weekend Urban (UKOL)

Urban Event Thirsk Town Race 

Hosted by Humberside and Lincolnshire Orienteers.

The results are now in!

Full results

Routegadget

Splits Browser

 

Sunday 22 April 2018: Northern Championships event (UKOL)
Long distance race at Wass, Thirsk.

Hosted by Eborienteers.

Age Class results are available here

Splits for Age Classes can be found here

Splits for Courses can be found here

Routegadget and Splits analysis will be available shortly.

 

British Orienteering would like to thank all of officials and volunteers having supported these two orienteering events and have given many hours of their time and dedicated commitment.  Congratulations to all who competed. 

These two races form part of the UK Orienteering League.

Sunday 22 April 2018:
Northern Championships event (UKOL)
Long distance race at Wass, Thirsk.

Hosted by Eborienteers.

Age Class results are available here

Splits for Age Classes can be found here

Splits for Courses can be found here

Routegadget and Splits analysis will be available shortly.

 

British Orienteering would like to say thank you to all the volunteers who gave their time planning the weekend and gave their time to host these events. Congratulations to everyone who took part over the weekend.

 

These two races form part of the UK Orienteering League.

Find out more about the UK Orienteering League and Fixtures here.

 

 

 

 

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Tweet Friday 20th April 2018

The tick season is underway!

Love spending time outdoors? Activities like camping, hiking, golfing, and gardening? You could be at risk of contracting Lyme disease.

Lyme disease is a serious illness which can be spread to humans from the bite of an infected tick. Each year, more cases of Lyme disease are being diagnosed in the United Kingdom, as infected ticks are known to exist in many regions across the country.

What are ticks?
Ticks are small spider-like animals, which are almost invisible to the bare eye. Because of this, the ticks become even more dangerous: most of the time you discover a tick after it has bitten the skin and has sucked itself with blood. That is why it is important to check yourself after you have been in grass, bushes, or heath.

Want to find out more?
As seen on NopeSport here is the same link for you to find out more - click here.

The tick season is now here!
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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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