It’s not quite the JK but to ease you back into orienteering we have resurrected the GO Christmas challenge for Easter!
The challenge is to complete 3 different GO VOCs during the 3+ weeks from Good Friday to Sunday 25th April. There will be some sort of handicap, still to be worked out, to make everything fair and to determine the GO VOC Champions! (Runs completed by Richard and Nick during the Christmas dates will also count).
Even if you are not a member of GO you are welcome to join in,
There are urban courses at:
Farncombe – Start and finish in Broadwater Park car park
Farnham – Start and finish in the Waggon Yard car park
Cranleigh – Start and finish just outside the leisure centre entrance, parking at the Village Way Car Park (GU6 8AF) adjacent
Guildford – Start and finish is at the pelican crossing SW of the leisure centre, near Wild Wood Adventure, parking at the Spectrum
All you need to do is print off a map from the GO website and download MapRunF to your mobile phone. It’s very easy and works well. See full instructions on the website here.
As these are urban courses, they are not suitable for under 16s to run alone – shadowed juniors are welcome to take part, or if there are under 16s keen to take part please let me know, you can use the VOCs at Stoke Park.
GO for it!
Adult orienteering training is starting again this Tuesday 10th May. Meet at the Blackheath village car park at 6.30 for a session on attack points. Please email me if you are coming (apart from the ones I know about), for map numbers.
I will be doing a session most Tuesdays so look out for venues and times.
Contours will be an important feature of Helsington Barrows, where the final of the Compass Sport Trophy event is taking place. So I am planning a coaching session on contours and brown map features at the Chantries on Wednesday 7th October. Meet at St Marthas carpark at 5.30pm.
As part of my Level 2 coaching qualification, I am running a series of sessions teaching the skills of navigating around an orienteering course. The sessions will include exercises relevant to specific techniques used in navigating. The sessions will be progressive to move you up the colour coded courses to enable you to eventually take on the harder courses or if you are already at the green/blue standard but are struggling with it, to help you become more confident and provide you with the range of skills to complete the courses competently.
Come along to the first session this Wednesday (23rd September) at 6pm by the lower steps of the entrance to the Guildford Spectrum Leisure Centre.
A successful weekend for the GO Bananas squad at the SE Relay Champs last weekend who braved the grey skys, cool temperatures and rain. The club fielded 4 teams, one non-competitive. The courses were quite testing, so there were a few controls not found. However the team of Saskia McAllister, Matthew Couldery and Sarah Darley were 3rd and received bronze medals. The team of Phoebe King, Adam Conway and Ellie Mills-Hicks came 4th, only 1 second behind. Well done everyone who ran. You all did really well.
GO Bananas Relay squad at the SE Relay Champs
Start line for Leg 1 runners in the Junior class.
Saskia McAllister, Matthew Couldery and Sarah Darley 3rd team in the Junior Class.
Leg 1 runners off to find the first control