Don’t forget to enter the British Middle Distance Orienteering Championships which will be held in the southern Lake District on Saturday 9 May 2020.
The event is being staged in conjunction with the Northern Championships which take place on Sunday 10 May 2020.
The website for the whole weekend (two days of orienteering) can be found here.
The website for the British Middle Distance Orienteering Championships only can be found here.
Entries via Fabian4 here.
Report by Natalie Weir, England Development Officer
Natalie Weir, England Development Officer, explains:
"When Derwent Valley Orienteers knew the British Schools Score Championships were taking place on their home turf at Shipley Park in Derbyshire on October 2020 they were delighted. The club immediately decided to use the competition as a good way to try and engage with more schools. The club has already contacted the School Sport Partnership networks and is working hard to encourage and support schools within the county to take part in this year's Championships."
The club is targeting certain districts in the county including Derbyshire Dales, South Derbyshire, Derby City, and Amber Valley & Erewash with the aim of engaging with 10 new schools which would essentially double the current British Schools Score Championships attendance. The club is providing a three-step offer which is called ‘Try it, Teach it, Train for it’.
Derwent Valley Orienteers new 'Try it, Teach it, Train for it' campaign provides the following three steps to schools.
Step 1: 'Try it'
This first step invites schools to come to Derwent Valley Orienteers own World Orienteering Day events which they are putting on during the International Orienteering Federations campaign taking place in May and to a range of School Sport Partnership events in the summer.
Step 2: 'Teach it'
Send interested schools three FREE session plans to give them the confidence to teach some introductory sessions to their pupils over the summer term.
Step 3: 'Train for it'
Schools that commit and enter the British Schools Score Championships will then be offered on-site coaching in the autumn term for three sessions 1-2 hours each. There is a perceived value and to cover the costs of the Derwent Valley Orienteers coaches time and efforts there will be a price that schools will have to contribute.
The club has selected different individuals to lead and liaise with the individual districts and network with those School Sport Partnerships.
Over the coming months, Derwent Valley Orienteers will try and enthuse and encourage teachers and distribute a ‘new and exciting offer for Derbyshire & Derby City Schools in 2020’ flier.
By creating a flier with the schools offer on one side and listing their Level D events on the other – the ultimate aim would be to attract new families to the club but for now, the club know that as Orienteering is such a great way for schools to get their pupils learning outside the classroom in a fun, active and inclusive way – they would be content just with getting teachers and pupils introduced to the Sport in a positive and fun way in the first instance.
England host this year’s Interland Cup which will take place at Burnham Beeches and Egypt Woods in Buckinghamshire on Sunday 1 March.
England are set to compete in the Interland Cup this Sunday (1 March) in Buckinghamshire, England. The full England Team can be found here.
The Interland Cup is England’s only international competition outside the British Isles. England competes annually in this five-cornered match against two Belgian teams (Flemish and French speaking), the Netherlands, and the French Ligue des Hauts de France de Course d’Orientation (LHFCO).
This competition is a team effort spanning age groups from W/M14 to W/M60+: 42 team members in all. Last year England regained the cup and the aim is to win both the cup and the youth trophy this year.
British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to thank the hosting region: The South East Orienteering Association, the organising club Hertfordshire Orienteering Club (Happy Herts (HH)) as well as Dartford Orienteering Klubb (DFOK) who are arranging training on the day before the competition.
Fifteen Brits travelled to Landvetter, near Gothenburg at the weekend to compete in the annual Nordic Match, an open TrailO event incorporating a match between the four Nordic countries. This year it consisted of a PreO competition on Saturday followed by a night competition – 50 controls in all that day! – and PreO again on Sunday.
In glorious sunny weather, but with temperatures hovering at or below freezing much of the time, the courses proved very challenging for everyone. Unusually, no competitor achieved a full score in any of the three competitions. Many times, it was necessary to try to identify just which crags and boulders were on the map and which weren’t, in typical rocky Swedish terrain, part wooded and part open. In the open part of the course on the Sunday, there were some sites that had to be viewed from up to 500 m away! By contrast, the timed controls were relatively easy and on Day 2, the winner Antti Rusanen (Finland) answered three tasks in four seconds.
Best Brits on Day 1 were Nick Barrable and Peter Huzan, whilst in the night event it was Tom Dobra who scored best with a very creditable seventh place. Day 2 saw Charles Bromley Gardener take 15th place in the strong international field of 119 competitors in all, and Tom Dobra was next, 35th.
Team scores (teams of 5) were calculated from all the day results plus the best 3 results in the night event. Finland won, ahead of Norway and then three Swedish teams. GBR1 was 11th and GBR2 17th.
Full results can be found on www.preoresultat.se.
Next weekend around a dozen Brits travel to Poland for the Bukowa Cup, the last WRE event in this years international TrailO season.