Report by Peter Guillaume, Compass Sport Cup Coordinator. Photo credits: South Yorkshire Orienteers (SYO).
On 17 October 2021 South Yorkshire Orienteers (SYO) hosted and were winners of the CompassSport Cup Final at Hesley and Tankersley, Sheffield defeating current holders Forth Valley (FVO) by 29 points. With West Cumberland finishing third, 23 points behind FVO. SYO Juniors were notable winners of all the Junior courses.
In the Trophy competition scores were closer. South Ribble Orienteers were the winners defeating East Pennine Orienteers by just 10 points, with Interlopers further 9 points behind. A special mention for Moravian who justified their 850-mile return journey finishing in fourth place just a further 5 points down.
One feature of this competition is the Golden Boot Sprint from the last control to the Finish. The Men's competition was tied resulting in Jamie Goddard (FVO) winning after defeating Stephen Elkington, Octavian Droobers in a run-off after both recorded the fastest times. The Women's Trophy was won by Rachel Duckworth, Derwent Valley.
The results can be viewed here.
Invitations for the 2022 Competition will be sent to clubs by the end of October. The list of events can be viewed here.
Forth Valley Orienteers will be hosting the 2022 Final on 16 October 2022 at Tulliallan when they will be looking to regain the Cup Trophy.
Congratulations to all.
This Saturday, just under 200 people will enjoy the navigational challenge of the NI Classic/Long Distance Championship.
This fixture was one of the casualties last year, so the host club, Fermo, are excited to welcome the participants who have been waiting excitedly.
The Cavan Burren is a technical area over varied terrain. Dipping in and out of open upland and forest will provide all 12 courses with a high level of challenge.
Raymond Finlay Organiser of the NI Orienteering Championships and member of Fermanagh Orienteers, says:
"Fermanagh Orienteers are looking forward to welcoming competitors to the NI Orienteering Championships which are in fact being held just across the border in Co. Cavan in the Republic of Ireland! By UK standards this is a small event but FermO is a very small club so it is stretching our resources to the limit; thankfully we have good support from the other two clubs in NI. We have a few intrepid competitors crossing the Irish Sea and a large number from all over the Republic of Ireland. They will be coming to a very good area that was used in 2019 for the Irish Championships. It is a very mixed and complex terrain. The underlying geology is limestone which typically produces interesting contour detail, depression features, crags, pits/caves, and in places bare rock limestone pavement. On top of this, the ice age left innumerable sandstone boulders. The open area is typical farm upland with areas of fast close-cropped grassland and rough moorland. There are many fences and ruined walls most of which are in poor condition. The Forest is a remarkable place with very many archaeological sites of great antiquity. The many ruined walls and numerous boulders make for confusing orienteering on stony terrain with difficult underfoot conditions. Competitors will get their money's worth!"
(left): Teresa Finlay (FERMO) has done an enormous amount of detailed organisation and preparation.
(middle): Typical forest terrain.
(right): Raymond Finlay beside one of the larger boulders - locally called "Finn's Fist".
Ric Gamble Chair of neighbouring club Lagan Valley Orienteers, says: "Although the event is the Northern Ireland Champs, the competition area is actually entirely in Southern Ireland. Fermo is made up of members from both sides of the border and they have good links with the IOA. This together with its reputation of organising and planning excellent courses and events has attracted great interest from our orienteering friends in clubs from all over the South as well as a few others traveling from other parts of the British Isles."
Lastly, Ric added: "Within Fermo’s information they include, “Local archaeologists have, over the last 20 years, pieced together evidence of human habitation for at least 5 millennia.” I hope if I get lost in that forest it won’t take me so long to be found!"
British Orienteering would like to thank Raymond and Teresa Finlay and all members from Fermanagh Orienteers and neighbouring clubs for the time they have given to organise this event. Fingers crossed for good weather.
Wishing all orienteers attending this event and other events across the UK a great weekend of orienteering.
The CompassSport Cup Final on Sunday 17 October 2021, hosted by South Yorkshire Orienteers (SYO), at Hesley and Tankersley, Sheffield, has attracted over 800 entries from 24 clubs, 10 in the Cup and 14 in the Trophy competition. Moravian Orienteers are the furthest competing teams making an 850-mile round trip to compete.
Forth Valley has a strong team of 69 competitors keen to retain the Cup competition but will be pushed by home team South Yorkshire with 120 entries.
In the Trophy competition West Midland team Harlequins will be hoping the retain the Trophy but can expect a strong challenge from East Pennine, Interlopers, and South Ribble.
How fast can you run 150 metres? One feature of the event is the Golden Boot challenge. This is awarded for the overall fastest split time between the last control and the finish. There is a trophy for the fastest man and a trophy for the fastest woman.
The weather forecast is dry, the forest set to provide a good navigational challenge, Nick Lightfoot has recruited a commentary team to keep you informed and entertained and South Yorkshire Orienteers has been working hard to provide an enjoyable day having only taken on hosting the Final in early September.
For further information please view the Event Page here.
The Orienteering Foundation are pleased to announce support for another coaching day in the Lakes this autumn on Saturday 20 November 2021. The format will be similar to previous years, this time using the wonderful Summerhouse Knott as used for the British Middles earlier this year. We are particularly keen to promote coaching of adult orienteers, who are often under-served, but also welcome groups including juniors.
Timing – 10am until 2.30pm when controls will be collected.
The coaching day is open to the following participants:
For more details about the day and to register - click here.
Why not make a weekend of quality orienteering training and competing in the South Lakes?
Sunday 21st Nov 2021
The following day there is a Lakeland Orienteering Club event (Cumbrian Galoppen) at Great Tower.
See Lakeland Orienteering Club website here for details.