There’s only one week to go before the next live webinar providing valuable insight and ideas into running your events. We go live at 7pm on Thursday 28 November.
In this webinar, Helen Errington of Hertfordshire Orienteering Club will be unpicking the key functions involved in organising different types of orienteering events. Throughout the session we will be looking at ways to ensure events are delivered as successfully as possible and considering the criteria by which an event might be considered to be successful relative to its aims.
You’ll be able to ask questions throughout but do please get in touch if you have any questions you’d like to ask ahead of the session. Send these to Peter Brooke on firstname.lastname@example.org
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Organising successful events (full webinar).
British Orienteering is pleased to confirm the full agenda line up for the National Development Conference being held on the weekend of Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 January 2020.
Saturday 11 January is headlined by Keynote Speaker Grace Molloy (Gold Medal winner and member of Forth Valley Orienteers). Grace brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of her journey through her club to where she is today. Grace will be providing valuable insights into how she’s progressed, her challenges and discuss her ideas and thoughts for the future, including how clubs can adapt and grow when developing orienteers within.
There will also be a workshop delivered by Club Matters on the club volunteer experience. Clubs often find themselves short of volunteers, with the way that people volunteer and the time they have to give is not the same as it used to be. This workshop will help to put an action plan in place to develop the volunteer experience and ultimately get more people volunteering within the club.
We’ll also see some short presentations by clubs who’ve run successful projects for the benefit of their club, along with considering national survey, event and participation data, to allow members to consider how best to shape their future direction.
Sunday’s headline sees Steve Fairhurst of ‘Be More Cheetah’ take centre stage bringing his 30 years of marketing experience to Orienteering. Steve specialises in ‘the sharp end’ of marketing – where the customer meets the brand directly and has a unique take on the social media landscape and how best to present your club ‘brand’ for maximum effect using tried and tested techniques.
With a pragmatic and energising approach to training, the session is sure to be engaging and empowering – dealing with simple practical steps on how to generate results quickly, rather than wading through statistics and broad theories.
The conference concludes with a key session discussing Youth. Looking at the youth strategy and considering recent success stories that clubs could adapt to help develop and grow this area with their club.
Registration is via Si Entries on the following link Development Conference 2020
The prices per person for the conference are;
Full weekend including overnight accommodation
Full weekend with no accommodation
All prices include refreshments of drinks and lunches. Overnight accommodation is for Saturday night only at the YHA National Forest. Rooms will be shared with other delegates and requests to share with fellow members accommodated as much as possible.
Saturday’s sessions will run between 11:00 and 18:00, with Sunday commencing at 09:00 through to 14:00.
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4. Help in engaging with Black, Asian, and Ethnic Minority Communities – with again offering FREE sessions to them!
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7. Provides an opportunity for Grandparents to enjoy active quality time with their grandchildren.
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It was back to Tesserete for the Men’s and Women’s Relays, the penultimate races of this years European Championships.
The forests which would meet the competitors were open and fast beech woods, with little in the way of vegetation to impede the runnability. This meant that the runners would have to cope with an extremely high running pace throughout the race, which would mean the risk of over running and making a mistake was extremely high.
The Women’s relay kicked off proceeding, with Jess Tullie of GBR1 (supported by Cat Taylor and Hollie Orr) and Jo Shepherd for GBR2 (followed by Charlotte Watson and Alice Leake) leading off for the Brits. The pace was high right from the start, with Switzerland’s Judith Wyder for their first team taking the lead and never relinquishing it. Behind, the chasers could only scramble for positions in the pack, with the Fins and Swedes leading the charge, but Jess and Jo well placed.
Onto the second Leg and the Swiss first teams lead began to come under pressure from one of their own runners. The second team runner Simone Aebersold slowly began to close down on her teammate Elena Roos, catching her by the second TV split at the “Tower of Spirits”, before turning what had begun as a 30-second deficit into a minutes lead by the changeover. Behind a chasing pack of Russia, Sweden and Finland had formed but could do nothing to impact on the pace of Aebersold. Cat Taylor for GBR1 was slowly moving through the places from 14th and would change over in 8th place just ahead of Ida Bobach of Denmark, sending out Hollie Orr and Maja Alm together, 3 and a half minutes down on the lead.
Sarina Jenzer of SUI2 would feel the pressure from behind almost immediately, with her teammate Julia Gross slicing her lead in half by the first radio. To the TV control at the “Tower of Spirits”, it was Sui1 ahead of the chasers, with SUI2 falling back but still holding onto second and Sweden’s Karolin Olsson closing the gap to the lead. Olsson would soon create a gap to her fellow chasers, but not enough to make any major inroads into the lead of Gross until she made a mistake on the third to last control. This allowed Denmark’s Alm, who had been running the quickest out of everyone in the forest and had bridged the minute or so gap to the chasing pack back into the hunt for the silver medal. Both women entered the finishing straight together, but it was Sweden who would have the better sprint finish and take the silver, with Denmark settling for bronze. Sadly, Alm’s relentless pace was too much for Orr, who would bring the team home in a commendable 7th place.
Onto the men’s race, and with the favourable terrain, the race was wide open for a fantastic British result. Kris Jones would start first for GBR1 (followed by Peter Hodkinson and Ralph Street) with Hector Haines - making his debut this week - running for GBR2 (supported by Sasha Chepelin and Ali McLeod). The pace from the start was ferocious, with the Swiss teams wanting to romp away with another gold and the Swedish (who have had a sub-par championships for their men’s team) looking to put their championships back on track.
There was much changing in the lead throughout the first Leg, but Kris remained in the top-three throughout, even breaking away with Florian Howald of Switzerland 2 at the arena passage, before they were closed down; but Kris didn’t falter, coming in in the lead of a quartet of runners.
It was a lead, but a small one. Peter Hodkinson was under pressure in a pack which included several world champions, including Matthias Kyburz, Fabian Hertner and Magne Daehli. Peter kept his cool, did his own navigation and by the time of the long, ungaffled leg back to the arena he was in the pack and holding on. Sadly the elastic snapped after the arena passage and Pete would lose a minute from an additional small mistake but had done a fantastic job at keeping GBR in touch for a bronze.
Out on last Leg and Ralph Street was being hunted down by some of the best last leg runners in the world. A couple of small errors at the start of the Leg meant that Ralph was on the back foot, with Czech, France and Russia hunting him down. It was France who would sneak ahead, with Fredric Tranchand breaking away from the chase and clear into bronze. Small mistakes from all the runners would creep into their runs, with Ralph entering the long Leg back to the arena in fourth place. By the run through though the Czechs have snuck ahead and by the finish, it was as precious, with Ralph finishing in 5th, just behind Vojtech Kral of Czech in 4th.
1) Switzerland 1 1:45:56
2) Sweden 1 +2:11
3) Denmark 1 +2:13
Cecilie Friberg Klysner
1) Norway 1 1:55:40
2) Switzerland 1 +0:30
3) France 1 +3:07