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Tweet Tuesday 19th September 2017

Did you know there are over 400 British Orienteering Permanent Orienteering Courses across the country?

Permanent Orienteering Courses are a great way to get outside and go orienteering at a time and place that suits you. Courses offer a huge range of variety, from urban courses in city centres to rural routes through beautiful scenery. They are on your doorstep or further afield helping you to discover new places.

Whatever the level of experience and fitness you are there are courses to suit you.   Whether it's a walk with the family, exploring the area whilst on holiday or simply just adding variety to a training run, Permanent Orienteering Courses can help you explore.

To find out more about Permanent Orienteering Courses and how to get the best from them check out this video – it explains all you need to know here.

At a pace and time that suits you, grab a map and go!

You can find a course local to you – here

Are you interested in orienteering, but don’t know enough about the sport?

This set of Frequently Asked Questions will help you find out more.

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Tweet Monday 18th September 2017

British Schools Score Orienteering Championships 2017

South Yorkshire Orienteers are set to host the 2017 BRITISH SCHOOLS SCORE CHAMPIONSHIPS on Saturday 14 October 2017 at Rother Valley Country Park, Sheffield. S26 5PQ, on behalf of the British Schools Orienteering Association. 

All schools are welcome to enter a team to compete at this year’s British Schools Score Championships event being held in Sheffield.  This is a navigational competition where participants score points by visiting as many controls as possible in any order within a pre-specified time limit. 

Children need to be able to read an orienteering map and be confident in using basic navigational techniques, as well as having competed in at least three orienteering events at the appropriate standard for their age.

Children are welcome to attend independently of their school but the entry form must still be signed by the Headteacher.

Entry Forms are to be returned postmarked no later than
Friday 29th September 2017
to:  Emily Pieters, 24 Taptonville Road, Sheffield S10 5BR

OR by email to british_schools@southyorkshireorienteers.org.uk

 

If you have any enquiries email:  Peter Guillame
 

Event details and Entry Forms are available here.

Further details can be found:
British Schools Orienteering Association website www.bsoa.org
South Yorkshire Orienteers website www.southyorkshireorienteers.org.uk

Please note:  Under BSOA rules, Rother Valley Country Park is out-of-bounds for competitors, their parents and teachers/supervisors until the event.

Details of the areas concerned will be on the British Orienteering website.

Another date for your diary!

British Schools Orienteering Championships 2017
19th November, New Beechenhurst, Forest of Dean

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Tweet Friday 15th September 2017

Beat the Street has arrived!

Jennie Taylor Communications Officer caught up with Northern Ireland Orienteering Association Secretary and active Lagan Valley Orienteers member, Stephen Gilmore.    

Stephen Gilmore says: “You may have heard of ‘Beat the Street’ which came to the greater Belfast area last autumn. It’s now back again this year and Lagan Valley Orienteers have formed a partnership with Beat the Street to encourage active participation with a grant from Active Belfast.”

Please tell us, Stephen, what is ‘Beat the Street’?

Stephen continues: “It could be best described to an orienteer as a gigantic semi-permanent urban score course with electronic punching.

Gigantic refers to the game area which covers most of Belfast and stretches out to Lisburn, Newtownabbey and Holywood.

It is a semi-permanent course and the controls are out for a 7 week period between Wednesday 13 September and Wednesday 1 November 2017.

It is a score course with around 400 controls which are placed in the urban environment. You can start and finish at any control. The first control does not count, but every control you visit thereafter is worth 10 points each.

Electronic punching is used but not SI or Emit.  Credit card sized Beat the Street cards are freely available from Leisure Centres, Libraries and Tesco along with free Beat the Street maps. These are also being distributed to schools in the area and Lagan Valley Orienteers have a stock. The controls are about the size of a shoe box, mounted mostly on lampposts. When the card is touched against the control it beeps, or burps or makes another rude noise which kids love! The boxes are linked to the internet so that the visit is recorded on-line within seconds.”

 

This all sounds great!  How are Lagan Valley Orienteers linking in with Beat the Street?
Stephen explains:  “Okay, so Lagan Valley Orienteers are linking with Beat the Street in a number of ways.

Beat the Street can, of course, be used for an individual personal training challenge to visit every control. 

When you register your Beat the Street card you basically select your school or organisation. Lagan Valley Orienteers is also listed as an organisation to choose and this lets the score be added to the club’s total.  You can then see all the scores and how you fare in the overall league table.

Beat the Street will promote the Wednesday Evening Events (WEE) Series and in turn as the WEE Series progresses Lagan Valley Orienteers will promote Beat the Street.”

 

I understand that Lagan Valley Orienteers will be running informal orienteering activities on Sunday afternoons for a number of weeks, starting this Sunday?
“Yes, during the challenge Lagan Valley Orienteers will be providing informal score activities on Sunday afternoons from the 17 September through to 28 October each starting at 3.00pm.  These activities will be held from a suitable point such as a café.  Organisers are still needed for these activities. This is generally an easy role which requires hardly any orienteering experience and involves simply choosing a café in an area which can be surrounded by controls.  Importantly also making sure the management are happy to host the activity, of course!  The Organiser will then begin the score activity by giving a friendly briefing to everyone participating prior to them setting off in a mass start.  Initially, the Beat the Street maps will be used.  However, towards the end of the time, we would like to be using orienteering maps with the Beat the Street controls marked accurately on them.

From Sunday 5 November Lagan Valley Orienteers plan to continue with the momentum we have already built up. We are hoping to use urban orienteering maps with a similar score format. However, following a recent demonstration in Lisburn, we have been shown an easier way to have an urban score activity without using SI.  This alternative way has a question with a multiple choice answer at each control site. For example, when arriving at the control participants will be faced with a question to answer.  The question could be something like: ‘What’s the number displayed on the lamp post at this control?’  The participant will have to choose the correct answer from the multiple choice list of answers.  For example, multiple choice answers could be listed as being:  a) 12, b) 16 or c) 24.  The participant will then choose the answer and then move to the next control on the map.

One other thing I would like to highlight if I can is that I am personally delighted that Lagan Valley Orienteers have been awarded a grant for additional urban mapping and coaching to supplement their existing map of Belfast.  The mapping team is currently working on an area of North Belfast and soon will move to cover an area of East Belfast.”

 

Thank you Stephen – this all sounds great! Best wishes to you and all Lagan Valley Orienteers as you roll out these orienteering activities over the next weeks.

The challenge continues and takes place over the next 7 weeks through to Wednesday 1 November 2017.

The Beat the Street website is now LIVE and you can find out more details and how to get involved here

Juls Hanvey Northern Ireland Active Clubs Officer says: “We are really excited to kick off this project making orienteering accessible to so many. Looking forward to watching it grow and change into the autumn and the lead up to our North and East Belfast Community Orienteering Hubs after the Beat the Street challenge.”

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