Report by Ben Bardsley (Hertfordshire Orienteering Club)
Hertfordshire Orienteering Club (HH) were delighted to run its first face-to-face, on-the-night Street-O event since 2019.
Pre-lockdown, HH ran weekly Street-O events throughout Summer but when this became impossible in 2020, the Club started using the MapRun app to provide new Street-O events to members (if they could run locally): “DIY Street-O”. These were very successful with thirty one new courses provided all around the county to cater for the desire to navigate whilst running.
The recent easing of lockdown gave us the opportunity to try an on-the-night event with all runners completing the same course on the same evening. The big advantage of on-the-night orienteering (as well as the chance to catch up with friends) was the ability to withhold the map until timing start, as opposed to DIY Street-O where the map is printed at home and pre-planning the optimum route is possible. By protecting the map in MapRun with a PIN, competitors didn’t see the map until they received the physical map from the Organiser meaning they had to plan their route with the clock running, re-introducing the skill of planning on-the-run back into the event.
For this first event, in Harpenden South, we had eighteen competitors – a good first turnout at short notice – and a nice dry evening made for an enjoyable run, along with an opportunity for some welcome post-race route comparison and conversation.
Future events are already arranged for the upcoming weeks and an (almost) normal, very welcome Summer of Tuesday evening Street-O beckons.
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Any plans for Father's Day this Sunday?
If you just want to enjoy being at home or in the garden this Father’s Day, then British Orienteering has a wide range of FREE Orienteering resources and activities for you to download and enjoy some fun family challenges together.
If you fancy getting out in the outdoors this Sunday then a Permanent Orienteering Course is a perfect way of spending a fun and challenging time with family anytime of day.
There are over 500 Permanent and Virtual Orienteering Courses across the UK to select from. The family challenge is to discover checkpoints in the form of posts or plaques, in forests, heathlands, parks and green spaces across the UK. The combination of physical and mental exercise often in stunning locations is like no other, and what is also great about these courses is that they can be done at your own pace.
Orienteering is very well placed to offer individual or family-friendly adventurous challenges for all ages and abilities. From courses with permanent markers to discover, to virtual courses that you can complete with your smartphone or GPS watch, there has never been a better time to start your next outdoor adventure with orienteering.
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It is with deepest regrets that we announce the passing away of Brian Johnson from Wimborne Orienteers.
Brian was an active member of the club and was in the Lake District, combining his loves of orienteering and walking, when he passed away.
Further information can be found here.
Earlier today the Prime Minister announced a series of new measures to further control the spread of the virus, with new restrictions.
We understand that some measures could have an impact on orienteering in some areas/regions.
However, we will review the detailed Government guidance as it emerges and will make any necessary changes to the British Orienteering guidelines as soon as possible.
British Orienteering will also continue to work with SOA, WOA and NIOA to review the impact of the restrictions announced by the Scottish Government, Welsh Government and Northern Ireland Executive.
We will issue a further update once the revised Government guidance for sport has become available. In the meantime, you can visit our COVID 19 Safe Orienteering webpage for further information.
With many areas of the UK being subject to different and rapidly changing restrictions, we urge all members to consider any restrictions in their own area before travelling to an event.
It is the responsibility of each member to ensure they are complying with the requirements.