Neighbouring clubs events
It may be called “virtual”, but there’s nothing virtual about the terrain, the exercise and the navigation … using your smartphone (or alternatively your Garmin smart watch), MapRun offers a new dimension of socially distanced orienteering while still giving a challenge. All you need to do is to load the free app, choose a course, get there and start!
If you’d like to try orienteering while socially distancing, then a permanent course might be just right for you. It enables you to follow a map and find the controls in your own time.
For those new to orienteering there is a new Orienteering Foundation video Permanent Orienteering Courses – Discover an Outdoor Adventure to give you an idea of what to expect.
The University of Surrey once again provides the location for an urban sprint race. It was first used in 2005 for the orienteering World Cup. On 31 July GO will host this year's SE Sprint Champs on a new part of the campus. Entries open on Racesignup on 14 June.
We fielded one team for the British Sprint Relays to keep up our attendance at all major relays this year – thanks to team captain Angela for organising and participating in all of these.
This relatively new event was a precursor to the individual British Sprints and took place at the Headingly campus of Leeds Beckett University, which provided a great venue with the athletics track and infield ideally situated for the arena and change-over and excellent indoor facilities alongside (not to mention the roar of planes descending into Leeds Bradford airport).
Some 80 participants enjoyed Helen’s courses, the lovely summer weather and the beautiful surroundings of Farley Heath on May 14th.
Good reports were received, “ thank you so much for such a great event!! The green course was amazing!! Loved it! We all got a dose of sunshine"
We had a great finish to the club champs with an excellent event at Leith Hill, lovely sunshine, great scenery and challenging terrain. What more could you want?
The 2021/22 winners are:
Men - Richard Collyer
Women - Marion Payne-Bird
Boys - Adam Conway
Girls - Ellie Mills-Hicks
Very well done to all of them, the trophies will be presented in due course.
Most events attended - Tom Edelsten who was at 9 of the 10 (& I guess would have been at all of them but for Covid).
The full results are below.
Thanks to everyone for taking part.
Juniors met on 8th May for the third GO Bananas training session, and faced their own map memory challenges. They had specially designed courses which brought them back to our base to ensure that no one went missing. Again thanks to Geoff for designing an array of courses to suit all skills levels.
Training at Farley Heath on 8th May focused on map memory. Participants undertook a “Norwegian” style course, being provided with a section of the course which had to be memorised at each control before proceeding. Thanks to Geoff for organising this.
Adult training will now take a break for the summer, but watch this space for September.