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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.
More than five hundred people travelled to New Beechenhurst in the Forest of Dean on Sunday 6 May for the annual Bristol Orienteering Klub (BOK) Trot which this year was part of the massive OMM (Original Mountain Marathon) Running Festival.
In addition to the 446 entrants, there were at least 60 children who ran the string course, many from OMM families, which was a great way of introducing new children and their like-minded families to orienteering.
Despite the fact that the memory of the incredible weather will probably outlast the orienteering, some very fine runs were achieved.
Ben Mitchell of Swansea Bay Orienteering Club (SBOC) won the Black course by a whole 7 minutes, James Hargreaves won the brown by 13 minutes and Oliver Tonge (M16) was only 2.08 minutes behind Martin Ward (M50) the winner of the Short Brown.
Bristol Orienteering Klub's Clive Hallett (M55) won the Blue in just 55.36 minutes but was closely followed by Phil Scarf (M55) of East Pennine Orienteering Club (EPOC) a few minutes later. Nick Norse (M55) of North Wiltshire Orienteering Club (NWO) and BOK's Jim Bailey (M16) followed three minutes later giving Clive some serious competition.
The Green course was run by Clive Wilson (M60) of South Yorkshire Orienteers (SYO) in just 57.34 minutes, but close on his heels was Ian Cooper (M75) of Berkshire Orienteers (BKO) just 3 seconds behind, and Jackie Hallett (W60) of BOK just 19 seconds behind. A good performance was also seen by BOK's Bryony Stagg who won the orange course.
The day was a huge success with wonderful scenes of fit, healthy runners of all ages gathering together in the blazing sunshine to run, cycle, and relax in the Forest.
Photo credits: Scott Bailey, Bristol Orienteering Klub