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Tweet Monday 14th June 2021

A tribute to Chris James

Following the sad but peaceful passing away of Chris James on Tuesday 8 June, at home in Ross-on-Wye, aged 81.

Please find a tribute to Chris and his contribution to the sport of orienteering.

The tribute can be found here

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Tweet Wednesday 16th June 2021

Airienteers go racing in Dawson Wood

Report by Peter Jones (Airienteers)

Since the lockdown eased Airienteers have been running a series of Wednesday evening events – our Spring Sprint League. Run in local woods, parks and sometimes urban areas, they are designed to be simple to put on (A planner and someone to run SI on the night), accessible to club members and cheap to enter (£4). Typically they include a ‘Sprint’ course – about 3k, with a good number of controls – akin to a Middle distance, plus an orange and where the terrain allows, a yellow course. We normally get between 30 and 60 people on an evening. We’ve restricted runners to 2/minute and have a 45 minute start window. Everyone pre-enters but we take payment on the night using a contactless card payment system. We use a restricted form of SI, at the Start, Finish and 3 random controls out on the course. The events are pretty simple but everyone seems to enjoy just getting out again. Dawson Wood was the last in our spring series, but our ‘summer’ series starts shortly, same format.

Further details can be found on the Airienteers (aire.org.uk) website.

Photos taken at Dawson Wood event by Wendy Carlyle (Airienteers).

Dawson Wood by Chris Burden (Airienteers)

Did you know? 
There are 120 orienteering clubs throughout Great Britain, joined together by Associations that make up British Orienteering. 

Keen to get involved? 
If you want to talk about how you can experience orienteering or how you can get involved, click here to find your local club who will be happy to help you get started.  

There are also University Orienteering Clubs across the UK.  Find out more about universities here or access the list of University Orienteering Clubs here.  Alternatively, contact British Orienteering's National Office by emailing:  info@britishorienteering.org.uk 

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Tweet Wednesday 16th June 2021

Newcastle and Tyneside Orienteers enjoyed Local Event at Prudhoe

Report and Photo by Kim Sanderson (Newcastle and Tyneside Orienteers) 

Newcastle and Tyneside Orienteers held its second post-lockdown event. It had already been postponed twice due to various coronavirus restrictions but was definitely worth the wait! 

Although urban events are often held on Saturdays, the Planner had correctly identified that the town was much quieter on Sundays, and this extended to the free public car park where download and parking were located. This was especially welcome since coronavirus became an issue!

Indeed planning and controlling had their own challenges, as the Planner had relocated to Salisbury by the time the event could finally be held.

Entrants came from several neighbouring clubs as well as our own. Participants said they enjoyed the mixture of residential roads, park, and woodland, with a surprising number of hills for an urban area - not everyone enjoyed those!

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Newcastle and Tyneside Orienteers (NATO), are a medium sized club based in the northern part of the NEOA (North East Orienteering Association), region. There are 120 orienteering clubs throughout Great Britain, joined together by Associations that make up British Orienteering. 

If you want to talk about how you can experience orienteering or how you can get involved, click here to find your local club.

There are also University Orienteering Clubs across the UK.  Find out more about universities here or access the list of University Orienteering Clubs here.  Alternatively, contact British Orienteering's National Office by emailing:  info@britishorienteering.org.uk 

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Tweet Thursday 8th April 2021

Two Part Series of Mapping Webinars - bookings are now open!

For beginner mappers, would be mappers or those just looking to understand a bit more about how our maps are made, why not join us for a 2-part webinar series introducing some on the concepts and principles of Orienteering Mapping.

Packed with experienced presenters, knowledgeable panellists and outlining some of the basics to mapping please find more information and the booking link below.

Mapping Webinar – Part 1:

Tuesday 20 April (7.30 - 8.45pm)

Aimed at beginner mappers and those interested in learning about mapping we will bring you some background basics to orienteering mapping including what makes a good orienteering map, symbol key & mapping specs and how to understand the differences between mappable features which can be regarded as fixed (e.g., roads, buildings, and anything visible to satellite imagery) and the more subjective aspects (e.g., vegetation and complex landforms).

A practical demonstration of the methodology of updating/improving an existing map will also be provided.

Martin Bagness (Warrior Orienteering Club) and Ian Cooper (South Yorkshire Orienteers) will join us to present content and we will also be joined by other experienced mapper panellists including Rod Postlethwaite (Wrekin Orienteers), Terry Smith (Southampton Orienteering Club) and David Olivant (Nottinghamshire Orienteering Club) ready and waiting to answer any questions so if you would like to learn more or get a feel for some of the concepts involved in mapping then this is the webinar for you.

Register here.

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Mapping Webinar – Part 2: An introduction to surveying & creating base maps

Tuesday 4 May (7.30 - 8.45pm)

This informative webinar will provide introductions to setting up a map, from selecting the area to generating a base map as well as the basics of contours and georeferencing. The main content of this session will be introducing the various products and packages available for you for creating base maps.

For example, Ben Mitchell (Swansea Bay Orienteering Club) will bring us an introduction to OCAD, and Martin Hore (Suffolk Orienteering Club) will give us an overview of creating base maps using Open Orienteering Mapper / LiDAR and other sources.

John Moody (Cornwall Orienteering Club) and Simon Starkey (Leicestershire Orienteering Club) who have experience in using QGIS, a freeware geographical information system will also join us to provide some helpful examples of how this tool is useful for example for contour information, vegetation, and small features.

Georeferencing older maps so they can be used for virtual orienteering as well as creation of georeferenced photos using SASPlanet examples will also be provided.

Register here

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So, if you want to whet your appetite for all things orienteering mapping, ask questions to our experienced mappers or indeed help us share knowledge then please do join us and register for these live webinars. All attendees will also be sent follow up useful resources, guidance, and documents to help them continue to learn following the introductions provided in these sessions.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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