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This Talent camp brought together all three squads (North, South & Scotland) – some 60 juniors – for race simulation training and took place from the 14–18 February. In this blog, Richard Tiley gives an overview of what the camp entailed.
This year, the camp was based in South Wales masterminded by Mark Saunders & Alice Bedwell of Talent South.
We were able to increase the “race feel” of the camp by having the SOA tracker units with us, so that parents & friends could follow the progress of the juniors around the Middle & Long races.
We started with the Middle race at Oxwich Burrows. In common with many parts of the UK, South Wales has experienced an extremely wet winter which has resulted in many of the flat depressions having filled with water, adding to the route choices. The weather started out ok but by the time of the first starts, around 11am, then the rain had set in and was to become increasingly hard for the next 12 hours.
On Thursday afternoon, we drove into Swansea for a sprint race planned by Ben Mitchell around the Marina complex.
Friday morning the rain had stopped and we moved inland for a Long race at Margam Forest. Again we were able to use the trackers to follow the juniors tackling some challenging route choice legs set by planner Marcus Pinker.
By Saturday morning, the drizzle started again as the juniors took part in 2nd/3rd leg relay practice on Broughton Burrows. The afternoon was spent drying out before a Night race on neighbouring Whitford Burrows in driving rain. The flat areas were really quite deep with water (reports of chest high crossings) and this coach was relieved when everyone was safely ticked back in.
Finally on Sunday morning we made an early departure for Kenfig Burrows where the juniors took part in First leg relay mass start practice in the early morning mist.
Thanks as always for the support from parents & coaches who attended this camp and to SBOC for allowing us to use their areas/maps and arranging permissions. Special mention must go to Alice Bedwell, Karen French, Eunice Carter, Adam Nagy-Kovacs and Judy Bell who shopped & catered for our group of around 75 people over 4 days.
Image credits: Kirsten Strain, Finn Diguid, Scot JSOS team
We are pleased to announce that orienteers attending this year's JK festival will seen the return (and chance to participate!) in Biathlon Orienteering.
Biathlon Orienteering is a combination of orienteering and rifle shooting.
You begin with an orienteering course then come to the range, get your breathing and heart rate under control, and take 5 shots - with penalties of running loops or time if you miss. Next it's time for another orienteering loop before you return to the range and shoot a further 5 shots. The same type of rifle is used, where five targets at a distance of 50 meters should be hit.
Some smaller competitions will use air rifles or electronic/laser rifles. Targets are, in simple terms, the size of a golf ball for prone, a tennis ball for standing.
The rifle is not carried in a harness on the back but is placed in a rifle rack at the shooting range and is picked following an orienteering loop. Shooting accuracy is important as time penalties are quite severe. They are:
Classic distance: two minutes time penalty for each missed target
Sprint, mass start and relay: one penalty loop for each missed target.
There will be a demonstration of the sport on days 1-3 at JK 2024 by one of our colleagues from the Swedish Multisport Federation.
It will be a simplified set up with laser rifles and a small course/penalty loop, so that as many of you as possible - juniors and seniors - can have a go. Most importantly, there will be no charge for this, so do come and try and have a go!
Some of you may recall that we did this in 2018 and it was very popular, we very much hope for the same this year!
Biathlon Orienteering will be located in the Assembly field on Days 2 and 3 and nearby assembly on Day 1.
Anyone who want to know more please feel free to contact Bob Dredge at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A fuller explanation of the sport is available here: Information on Biathlon Orienteering.
Report by Katherine Ivory, member of Interlopers (INT).
Interlopers Event held at Mortonhall on 3 October 2020.
Despite the torrential all-day rain, Interlopers held its first event since lockdown on Saturday 3 October, with a Level D event on the Mortonhall estate in South Edinburgh. We were delighted to welcome back around eighty runners from a range of clubs for light-green, orange, and yellow courses.
We had originally been hoping to hold our re-start event a month previously at Colinton Dell, but City of Edinburgh Council was not (and still is not) granting permission for any events in the public spaces they manage. Instead we turned this set of courses (planned for May) into a virtual event using MaprunF, with competitors running in their own time over the course of a week. The variable stances of landowners on holding events again has been a considerable issue for arranging our club’s programme now, and we were very grateful to the Mortonhall Camping and Caravan Park for granting us permission.
Covid risk management requirements meant of course some differences compared to how we had normally run a level-D ‘come and try it’ event. Typically, these are informal, with competitors simply turning up on the day, and a lot of chat to welcome newcomers and catch up with friends. For this event, all entries needed to be made in advance, via a simple online booking form in Googleforms which worked very well. Payment was taken on the day in named envelopes. We were happy to be able to open the event to everyone and anyone, rather than just our own club as would have been the case back in September. It was great to see familiar faces from other local clubs as well as new recruits to Edinburgh University Orienteering Club, and some newcomers who had been looking for a new activity to try with other activities currently not happening.
‘Social-distancing’ was the watch-phrase, and everyone was allocated a start time to avoid gatherings at the start. Hand sanitiser was provided at registration, simple entry-fee drop-off and dibber collection if required, and download. Runners were asked to hand-sanitise before picking up their map and running. We also kept our volunteer count to a minimum to reduce the number of people on the ground. Normally we would have been very active in helping newcomers, but instead offered online pre-event chats by Zoom, with a Power-point pack of photos of what to expect and showing what a dibber and control look like, for example). This worked very well. Runners were able to take away their splits but otherwise, to avoid clustering, had to wait for these to go up online that evening on the Interlopers website (www.interlopers.org.uk). To compensate a bit for the lack of opportunities for event-chat for club members, we had an online post-event Zoom social and quiz the following evening.
Given the wet weather, kit-drying was very much required – but quarantining it for 72 hours as part of our risk-management measures.
Obviously, some entrants were unable to attend on the day, and we were extremely grateful to those who stayed away as requested if they had any symptoms. We have now put all three courses into MaprunF in the Edinburgh O folder in the app, and on the Scottish Orienteering Association webpage here, and allow those who had to miss the event to still run the courses in their own time.
A huge thank you to everyone who took part in our first event since lock-down, braving the weather and mud for some orienteering again! As usual, this was a true club endeavour with a large number of Interloper volunteers working behind the scenes and on the day to make it happen. We hope to hold our next event at Dechmont Law on Sunday 8 November.
Celebrating the re-start of orienteering.
What activities or events has your club organised? Have you recently attended a re-start event? Was it your second or third? How did you find it?
Permanent Orienteering Courses are a great way to enjoy the outdoors in a socially distanced way. Maybe you have downloaded a Permanent Orienteering and/or Virtual Orienteering Course and enjoyed it with your family? However, you have been taking part in orienteering, share your experiences and inspire others.
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