Plans are now well advanced for the JK weekend. Course planning was finalised some time ago, and maps will be sent to the printers in the next few days. Organisers are currently working hard on sorting out the remaining organisational details, sorting out manning levels and shifts for helpers, and generally ensuring everything will run smoothly for the weekend.
We are delighted with the entry numbers, now with over 2,300 for the Middle race, not far short of that for the Long race, and heading towards 2,000 for Friday's Sprint Race. And the TrailO has seen really exceptional numbers - with nearly 150 entries on each of the two days. We are also very pleased to see lots of international entries, from a total of 23 countries, including from as far away as Hong Kong, New Zealand and South Africa.
If you have not entered the JK yet, please do so. We will be delighted to welcome you to the South of England for what we are sure will be a memorable and enjoyable weekend of orienteering.
Entries for individuals close this Sunday, with Relay entries available until Sunday 31st. Don't miss it.
Full details at www.thejk.org.uk
Entries through www.fabian4.co.uk
British Orienteering is pleased to announce that the application process for clubs in England to apply for match funding to support their own volunteer project is open.
In support of British Orienteering’s 'Year of the Volunteer', clubs in England can apply to match their own investment in a volunteer project up to £250. For example, a club project that costs £500 can be split with £250 coming from the club and £250 from British Orienteering. Alternatively, the project may cost over £500 but the maximum that can be applied for from British Orienteering is still £250.
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Clubs need to complete the application form outlining which category the funding would be used for and how the club intends to develop/ increase the number of volunteers as a result of it. The funding available is on a match funding basis and the club is expected to match or exceed the funding available from British Orienteering.
We are looking for clubs to try new and innovative ideas to get more people involved in volunteering for orienteering. The only required results are that the project must show an increase of members within the club volunteering and how this will be sustained in the future.
With the benefit of Sport England funding, we can match a club’s own investment up to the value of £250. Unfortunately, this offer is for English based clubs only as the funding is being provided by Sport England. However, we’ll be providing project ideas and news stories from across the network of clubs on the British Orienteering website which will be available for anyone to access.
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Source: THE PUNCH. Suffolk Orienteering Club's Members Magazine
The Bowes Museum Permanent Orienteering Course article by Colin Butler (Suffolk Orienteering Club)
"Recently we visited Barnard Castle a market town in Teesdale, County Durham for a family golden wedding party on a Saturday. We visited Bowes Museum the next day to occupy ourselves, and nephews and families had returned home, before going for a quiet meal in the evening. There was a special exhibition about tulips, and we had to go all around the galleries and display cases with a question paper to find a wide variety of tulip features.
As we went to the reception desk to collect our prize for a fully correct result, we noticed a pile of orienteering maps at the end of the counter. It is a doddle course, but we spent another pleasant half hour finding the controls around the gardens and shrubbery.
I left the course map with my brother-in-law as a reminder to take his grandchildren orienteering on their next visit. The Bowes course is listed via the British Orienteering and Cleveland websites.
On Monday we went for a super walk upstream in the autumn sunshine along the River Tees, and back along an old railway line. It’s a lovely area if you like rambling.
If you would like to explore any of the Permanent Orienteering Courses then details can be found on the British Orienteering website."
Permanent Orienteering courses are fixed orienteering routes where you simply download a map and just go! There are orienteering routes across the country, and this is a great way of exploring local areas when away on holiday or taking a short break in the UK.
More information on permanent orienteering courses can be found here.
Thank you to Colin and Suffolk Orienteering Club for giving British Orienteering permission to publish this article.
If you, your family or your club have any similar stories which you would like to share with other members then please get in touch. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org