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NEWSLETTER
VOLUME 18 NUMBER 13
July 2005

Editors: Jenny and John Collyer, email collyer@evemail.net


Contents

Editorial - Jenny and John Collyer

It is good to see Derek Keeble writing once again for Stragglers (see Acorn Emblem article). For many of the earlier members of the club he was a leading light, responsible for several early maps e.g. Hatfield Forest, that others have since taken on and continually updated.

One of the possible projects from 30 years ago, but not furthered at the time, was an idea along with Jack Isbester, to map the Tiptree Heath area. This has now resurfaced under Jack’s guidance, and along with aid from the “Recreate” programme, he is well on the way to bringing it into fruition. John Pearce of CHIG has produced a map, we have been looking at Jack’s suggestions for two permanent courses, and the plans are now well advanced towards the final approval stage.

Chairman's Chat - Martin Sellens

After the usual spring-time flurry of major events, things have gone very quiet on the orienteering front for three quarters of the Sellens family. We have been struck down by a creepy coincidence of connective tissue decrepitude in the right knee region and have taken to synchronized limping as an alternative Sunday activity. Sports injuries might be a future Chairman’s chat topic. Nemesis for Hilary was some time ago atop an alp; Katie and I succumbed at the British Championships. For the fit, though, there has been plenty to do since, and a full summer of international holiday orienteering beckons. It’s probably a bit late to change your holiday plans for this year if you are already committed to a fortnight of clubbing in Ibiza but when you’ve outgrown beach raves or grown bored of courting melanoma and cirrhosis of the liver on the beaches of the Balearics, you might consider the treat of a holiday with a purpose that will get you fit and supercharge your orienteering. The Scottish, the French, the Swiss…. the World’s your oyster. But if you are more of a home bird, the summer time is still replete with O possibilities. Club relays and informal training / social events are available to get to know your fellow Stragglers, and neighbouring clubs also have their programmes of local events to enable you to explore the lesser known corners of East Anglia. Check out the fixtures list in this newsletter. If you fancy a bit of a change, try entering the trail races that can be found on the web site of Colchester Harriers http://www.colchesterharriers.co.uk/ or try the obscure activity of hashing with Essex Hash House Harriers (e.mail lunchbox@smackinn.freeserve.co.uk or Mersea Island HHH (ring Caroline Sexton on 01206 384153). Hashing has a number of similarities with Orienteering, among which are the low profile of the sport (though tell-tale piles of sawdust can often be encountered on footpaths; the spoor of the elusive hasher) and the odd names of some hashing clubs. I particularly like “Friends of the Mole” and “Sore Ass”, though others are too politically incorrect to repeat here (web site http://www.cix.co.uk/~bicesterh3/uk/ukwebs.htm).

Now I missed the most recent Stragglers committee meeting so I am a bit out of the loop on news from the club, BOF and the region, but here is a digest of what I know.

In the last newsletter I promised a few words on “Supplements. Are they a complete waste of money?” so here they are.

It all depends.

I’ll elaborate on this stunning insight, born of extensive research and ten years of experience lecturing on nutrition, in the next edition. Meanwhile, I thought it might be marginally more interesting, in light of global warming and the threat / promise of a long hot summer, to discuss your drinking problem. Almost certainly you don’t drink enough. Now I think a certain amount of alarmist nonsense is talked about drinking at least 6 glasses of water a day, and apart from those who are permanently plumbed into the mains or a spring in the foothills of the Alps, very few of us are single minded enough to achieve this goal. Almost any beverage will do just fine as, if it’s liquid, and not toxic, it’s generally well over 95% water. Of course, if your tipple is loaded with alcohol, or caffeine or sugar, there are other consequences, but my point is that you don’t have to drink unadulterated water to stay hydrated. Water is also the main constituent of most solid food, and we produce water as a by-product whenever we produce energy. Unfortunately “burning energy” also produces a lot of heat and herein lies the problem for those who do not spend the summer months comatose.

The heat that we produce during vigorous activity has the potential to raise our body temperature by several degrees per hour. At a moderate running pace you can easily consume 500 calories (kcal) per hour, and if you weigh 70 kg this could heat you up to about 44 degrees celsius (about 111 farenheit). This is hot enough to poach your brain. Generally that means you would be dead. Normally a one hour run is not fatal because you are well adapted to lose heat to the environment. However, the warmer and more humid the environment is, the more difficult it becomes to lose heat. Under hot conditions most heat loss depends on sweating. Evaporating water (sweat) is an excellent way to lose heat. As much energy is used to evaporate a litre of water as would heat a kilogram of tissue up by about 580 degrees celsius. Evaporating 1 litre of sweat gets rid of all the heat produced during a moderately hard one hour run. If you are well trained, you can sweat at twice that rate (even if you are a woman and claim not to sweat at all). However, if you don’t replace the fluid lost through sweating you will quickly dehydrate, and dehydration is dangerous because sweat production declines and you run the risk of overheating. Furthermore, even a 1% loss of body mass by dehydration results in a measurable decline in performance.

So the question is, how to keep hydrated, and the American College of Sports Medicine has come up with some simple guidelines that might persuade you to invest in a drinks bottle and / or visit drinks stations on long summer O events.

If you are hydrating properly your urine should be pale straw coloured and plentiful. They publish ?pee charts? like Dulux colour charts to help you with this bit of DIY diagnosis. Basically magnolia is fine, sepia is a bit worrisome. See you in the portaloo queue.

Captain's Corner - Jenny Collyer

It is a quiet time for orienteering in this area at the moment – who welcomes the summer growth of nettles and bracken! We do need to start thinking beyond our travels to summer events in far flung places to some important Autumn fixtures.

You will see below that Jo West needs a response from juniors now to make up teams for the Peter Palmer relays being held at the beginning of September.

The Compass Sport Cup Final is on the 16th October at Clowbridge near Burnley. We want loads of Stragglers there! If you know you are going can you let me know now then hopefully I won’t pester you nearer the time. I might need to do entries before the next newsletter is out. (collyer@evemail.net)

Enjoy your summer orienteering – keep fit and hope to see lots of you in Scotland.

SOS Juniors

Calling all SOS Juniors! - Jo West

The closing date for the annual Peter Palmer relays is approaching and we are looking to put together SOS team(s). For those who don’t know about the event, it’s a junior relay which starts at about 4am, it then runs through dawn into the daylight. There are a mix of legs, varying in length, difficulty and lightness, the easiest being yellow in daylight. This year it will be held on the weekend of the 3rd/4th September in Surrey. Anyone interested should email Jo West, Joanne@grovehillhouse.wanadoo.co.uk

Youth Orienteering Festival - Rebecca and Alex

Hi! We are Rebecca Wastell and Alex Ware and we would like to tell you of our experience at Battersea Park where the world cup sprint races were being held.

Our journey was one car ride and three train rides which we really enjoyed. The park was close to the station and is a great place to visit. The adventure playground was fun where we ate our lunch with a huge rope swing that we all had a go on.

The stadium was at the other end of the park .It was interesting to see the world cup runners dodging the other people using the park-orienteering courses do not usually have moving hazards!

We finally met up with the other members of our team (the Park family) so there was a grand total of six representing Essex and Suffolk. The other teams were from all over the country.

Rhiannon’s race number was 001 so she went with the first lot of runners.

Our courses were quite fast and we found them easy. It was strange orienteering in an ornamental park instead of rough woodland. We had to mind the flowerbeds!

The start and finish were in the stadium with the finish being the same the world cup runners used. Also some of the controls were supposed to be the same too.

We both finished tenth in our classes which was a coincidence. Everyone who took part was given a commemorative medal even if you weren’t a winner.

In all it was a fantastic experience which we are glad we were part of.

SOS Notice Board

Pauline Stevens

Local newspapers have reported that a footpath is to be named in memory of former Essex Straggler Pauline Stevens whose recent death has been previously reported in these pages.

Pauline was well known and popular in Sible Hedingham where she lived and worked as senior assistant in the library for 24 years.

The three mile circular walk, starting in Alderford Street goes through to Hulls Mill and then through a wood before returning to Alderford Street. Alderford Street is the first right turn off the A1017 when entering Sible Hedingham from the south.

Signs commissioned by the parish council will show the route of the Pauline Stevens Walk.

JI

Next SOS Committee Meetings

31st August at the Sellen’s house. 7.30 for 7.45

SOS AGM

This will be held on the 21st October at the Sellen’s house. There will be more details in the next newsletter but the club will be looking for a new Treasurer, Vice Chairman and Publicity Officer. If you are interested in any of these positions please speak to Martin Sellens. <

SOS National Ranking Positions

This list is complete for events up to the 12th June. The competitor’s position reflects the best 6 scores over the previous 12 months. We have only included members scoring in 3 or more events.
M21L94thJeff Powell Davies
34thChris Sellens
227thNick Thorpe (4)
M21S16thStephan Pugh
M35S72ndRobert Hammond
M40L62ndBert Park
M40S59thDavid Sanderson (5)
M45L172ndKevin Machin (5)
M45S40thMark Lyne
M50L32ndMartin Sellens
80thSteve Robertson
81stNick Pugh
100thClive Tant
158thColin West
178thGeoff Pye (5)
M50S60thRichard Barker
M60L111thJohn Russell
M60S13thJohn Collyer
M70L48thJack Isbester
W20L4thHazel Tant
11thKatie Sellens (3)
W21L43rdEleanor West
81stNicola Robertson (4)
97thSuzie Robertson (3)
W21S31stMiriam Pugh
W45S45thWendy Welham (5)
W50L57thLyn West
W50S27thJulia Robertson
W60L4thJenny Collyer
32ndGeraldine Russell

Event Reports

Fordham Hall Estate - inaugural event June 12 - David Sanderson

Ever since the Woodland Trust was donated the farmland surrounding Fordham by an anonymous benefactor we have been excited by the opportunities this would bring for Orienteering. John & Jenny Collyer have been working hard to map the area and Steve and Julia Robertson hosted this opportunity to have a combined social and Novelty score event to test out the area and the new map.

Steve had scanned the area for distinguishing features in the landscape that could only be known by visiting the relevant control points (even with local knowledge). This made for an innovative and entertaining event for those who took part, although some dubious sightings of a Rhinoceros on one sign suggested one competitor either ran much too far South, or was being inventive with their answers. Some others had problems with identifying Barn Owl boxes meaning local knowledge gave some of us an advantage. The terrain was mainly open grassland, hedgerows, large areas of newly planted native woodland and some of the land still cultivated as the planting program of new trees is rolled out. This made for faster and less technical running than some of us are happy with, but as the trees grow the prospects for top quality orienteering terrain in years to come are very exciting.

Bert Park and Martin Sellens got round all 22 controls and after handicapping top scores were shared by the Collyers, the junior Sandersons and Jo West (Showing that Mapping the area and Local Knowledge was of slight advantage!). The rain held off and a very pleasant BBQ followed, rounding off a great day.

Springtime in Shropshire - 28-30th May - Wendy Welham

I’ve been to this event for the last few years mainly because mum lives very conveniently just outside Ludlow, just over the border in Herefordshire. Steve and I set off on the Friday evening-always a mistake on a bank holiday, and ended up as usual, taking a cross country route to get around the various accidents and hold-ups. The M25 had ground to a halt nearly all the way round. It was a good excuse to drive up through the Piddles, Flyford Flaver and the Slaughters (which always amuses us!)

Day 1 Bury Ditches

This is an ancient Hill fort outside Clun. The weather although cold to start with was at least dry. The start was 1.5Km uphill (as per usual for an event in Shropshire). The courses were in lovely woodland and typical Essex terrain – hills. My course was quite straight forward, it was just trying to make a decision about the route which lost me time as usual. Some of it was quite steep- but not as bad as previous years. The finish for the longer courses looked interesting as, according to Steve, it seemed to involve many people running extremely fast down hill and crashing through the string course. My time wasn’t too bad, but as usual I just hadn’t run fast enough as it was literally just seconds that separated me and the five people in front of me! I did see Nancy at the start, but that was it from the Essex contingent even though the Park family appear to have been out in force.

We had persuaded the 13 year old nephew to come with me, with the promise of cake from Wilf’s. Robert has only really had a couple of goes ages ago so we entered him into a Yellow with me accompanying him. He and Steve had decided that it was hard enough walking up the hill once so would wait for me at the top, rather than see me finish and have to walk to the start again. So I had to tackle the hill again to meet them! His course was a very pleasant straight forward route through the woods.

Day 2 Mitchell’s Fold Stone Circle

Robert had to be bribed again with the promise of cake to get him out of bed on a Sunday morning. I did point out that it was half term and he had the rest of the week to catch up with his sleep. He really didn’t look too impressed when he saw the hills we were heading to. We parked in the same field as last year on the side of Corndon, but with great weather and clear views over into Wales. (Unlike last year when we had hail and snow). We crossed over the road on to open moor land. Again there was a bit of a trek to the start with the inevitable up hill bit. I always hate these sorts of courses because they usually suit the runners and find it extremely difficult terrain. I set off and did really well over my first few check points and then had a Wendy moment. I spent 10 minutes wandering around a plateau having actually seen my control and convinced myself that it wasn’t mine! Having sorted myself out off I went again and finished without a mishap. I was surprised to see that my result wasn’t as bad as I thought, finishing in the middle somewhere. One of these days I’m going to have the perfect run!

Again, once I’d finished I had to make my way around to the start to go out with Robert. He and Steve had entertained themselves waiting for me with a ‘spot the silliest running outfit’ competition (no respect), but had got quite worried at one stage when a gent appeared who didn’t seem to have much on, until he got closer and they realised it was flesh coloured leggings (sorry sir if it was you).

I thought the yellow was quite tricky right from the start, as there was no obvious path. Much of the route was off paths following linear routes, with many of the youngsters running around all over the place to find their controls. Robert did ok, with me making sure he didn’t make any obvious mistakes. He even got the competitive spirit at one stage and had a run (not usually his thing, as computers and technical stuff seems to dominate his life).

The day was completed by a drive around the Long Mynnd to Carding Mill Valley (National Trust) a lovely area behind Church Stretton.

I hadn’t entered day three, but various other members of the SOS contingency had, and I’m impressed by your stamina. Analysing the results and I apologise if I’m wrong, Jenny Collier seems to have been our best finisher despite miss punching on her course on day 2. There seems to have been a good turn out from the Parks family and the Powell Davies’ were there as well. Robert needless to say had a better final result than me, it’s a shame he lives in Hereford, when we are always looking for junior members.

If you haven’t been to this event before can I strongly recommend it as it’s always held in lovely locations. Here’s the tourist bit - this year the base was in Ludlow the food capital of England due to its many quality restaurants and local producers of cheese, pork pies, and meats and so on. Its castle was built in 1085 and the ashes of A E Housman (poet) are buried in the churchyard. There are interesting towns and villages to visit such as Church Stretton, and Knighton just over the border in Wales, set on Offa’s Dyke (which is also a long distance path). There are hills such as the Long Mynnd with its gliding station on top and a string of castles spread out along the Marches - so perhaps next year if you have nothing else planned?

How was it for you? - Jack Isbester

An occasional series in which Stragglers draw attention to particularly good organisation or facilities provided by neighbouring clubs. The object is to help us to improve the arrangements for our own events. All SOS members are invited to submit entries and guest entries from members of other clubs, if constructive and/or amusing, will also be welcome.

Basingstoke Andover District Orienteers (BADO) CC event - Micheldever Wood - 12th June 2005

When my grandson and his friend, entered on the Yellow course by their mother simply as "Jonah and Jake," reported to download they were thoroughly and good-naturedly interrogated by the download officials and each issued with a separate amended result slip showing both their names in full.

Acorn Emblem - Derek Keeble

When Julie Gilby (nee Riley) needed to convert her schoolgirl map-and- compass successes into real Orienteering experience, her Dad, naturally took her along to events. Rather than lounge around in the carpark whilst his daughter dodged around shrubs and danced over swamps, Brian had a go at seeking astutely-positioned controls too, on other courses of course.

Consequently when the change in surname occurred, the generation-gap chauffeur was out of a job. Brian found himself with a well-honed set of wayfinding skills and many leisure hours to fill in his forthcoming retirement.

He tried rambling and liked it, and was especially drawn to long distance routes, like National Trails bearing the acorn silhouette waymark (in England and Wales), some of which were tried on the way home from a Jan Kjellstrom or White Rose festival weekend. He decided to bag the set.

Already in 2005 they are all in one Great Oakley bag. 2,384 miles worth of haulage planning and accommodation budgeting done with Eileen’s support. Mileage mainly marched merrily except for the odd plod painful; completed with time to spare; sometimes solo, not always in sunshine, proudly characterised with error-free map-reading and not a corner cut. Accomplishment indeed.

Is there a coaching moral here: teach a set of skills for sport successfully, and the recipients could benefit with a rewarding lifestyle?

Ask any acorn!

May hearty congratulations echo on for Julie’s Dad and Mum. Titles and miles go something like this:- South-West Coast Path 630, Pennine Way 268, Thames Path 194, Pembrokeshire Coastal Path 186, Offa¹s Dyke Path 177, North Downs Way 153, Glyndwr¹s Way 128, Cleveland Way 110, South Downs Way and Cotswold Way 101 each, Peddars Way with North Norfolk Coast 91, The Ridgeway Path 85, Hadrian¹s Wall Path 81, Yorkshire Wolds Way 79. Add Scotland¹s West Highland Way 95, and The Great Glen Way 73 to total 2552 miles. The list grows of course with a host of regional and other L D trails all walked with great pleasure in both expectation and execution.

A Rogaine in the Wicklow Hills - Russ Ladkin

Firstly, most people are probably still thinking 'What is a Rogaine?'. Rogaining originated in Australia in the 1970's and has been adopted more widely in North America and Eastern Europe. Rogaines are long distance, cross-country, foot navigation events usually of 24 hours duration for teams of two to five and planned in a score format i.e. Choose and navigate your own route between controls to acquire as many points as you can in the time allowed. A central base provides food, drink and a place to camp.

Teams may return at any time to the base to eat, rest or socialize. At the competitive end, teams are more likely to bivi out on the hill or keep going and involve a substantial element of night navigation. There is always the decision though whether it is more productive to spend a couple of hours shivering on a hillside compared to a detour back to a proper tent, dry clothes, hot tea and sandwiches.

The Setenta Rogaine is now in its Eighth year and is one of the few Rogaining events in Europe. The European Champs were in Estonia earlier this month with an entry of 80+ teams. The Setenta Rogaine is on a smaller scale and held in a very friendly atmosphere with competitors of varying age and abilities, many of whom come back year after year. So far the event has always been held in the Wicklow Mountains just a short drive to the South of Dublin, but having removed Wicklow from the event title, Setenta Orienteers are keeping their options open for the future!

27 teams assembled at the edge of a plantation in the North of the Harvey's map area, some setting up tents ready for the midday start. In fact, we, myself (WAOC Ex. SOS) and Jeff Powell-Davies,(SOS) didn't start until somewhat later, having waited for everyone to arrive and be ready, such is the informal nature of the event! There is a basic mandatory kit requirement as you'd expect for a 24 hour mountain event. Fleece, waterproofs, food, drink, first aid etc. At the start, everyone is issued with the grid references, descriptions and point values of the 40-odd control points. Most people choose to spend about 30 minutes plotting all the controls and working out a rough route. For those planning on keeping going in the dark, trying to aim for a section with more paths or roads and easy controls for the dark section is a careful consideration. However, by UK standards the Wicklow mountains are tough terrain with few tracks, large areas of energy sapping heather and steep sided valleys up to peaks over 2000ft interspersed with plantations of various ages.

People were soon heading off in at least 4 different directions and settling into their own pace. This event is much more about planning, pacing and navigation than speed. The points were allocated such that the most of the highest scoring controls were closer to the base camp, making for a close competition as those heading further out were only collecting a few extra points for their efforts. The mist was down on most of the higher ground which made for some tricky navigation but at least kept the temperature down to a reasonable level. We started out around the slopes of Kippure and including a control at Crockan Pond, close to the marsh area around the source of the River Liffey - we didn't fancy having to stumble around there in the dark. We left out a couple of low scoring controls here to save a bit of distance.

We met a few teams doing a similar route in the opposite direction during the afternoon but then it went quiet for several hours until we were up in the western forests in the early evening. Many were planning a few more controls and then heading into the base camp for refreshment. We were moving faster than expected and found ourselves doing the forest track section before dark which left us back out onto the hills as darkness approached.

We had a short stop for food, to inspect our feet and fit head torches before heading off through another forest section. We took this carefully, opting to follow forest rides and walls where possible rather than cutting through. There should have been a fairly full moon but it only occasionally popped into view between the clouds. The lightning discharges between the clouds gave us something else to look at though.

By 1am, we decided it was time for a longer rest. We stopped for an hours sleep close to the edge of a forest 1500 feet up. Close enough to mostly be sheltered from the wind but just enough breeze still to keep the midges at bay. 2:30am and we were heading back into the hills. Due to our mis-timing, the next obvious leg was 2km over fairly featureless terrain to a control on a boulder on the edge of a boulder field! We figured we'd give it our best shot and if it didn't work we could always sleep some more until it was light enough to see the control. A slow plod following the compass as much as possible and it was a very relieved pair who hit the control almost dead on 30 minutes later. The next control was a high level Lough on the slopes of Mullaghcleevaun where we woke up another pair attempting to sleep between a pair of peat hags - it was a pretty desolate place!

A couple more controls and it was getting light enough to switch off the torches. This more Southern area is quite isolated and we saw loads of herds of deer and heard their barks. The Wicklow Mountain deer are introduced sika/red deer hybrids and one of my lasting memories from the event is a whole line of their heads poking above the horizon observing us just after sunrise. We realized now that we had ample time to visit all the remaining controls apart from the couple we missed early in the course. We set off to get at least one of these controls but once we hit the road, my brain went into auto-pilot and I was falling asleep as we walked. Between lack of motivation and blisters we decided to head for the finish and arrive back early. The sun soon came out as teams started to appear, guided in by the smell of the barbeque food being prepared and endless soup and noodles. Meanwhile Sean Hassett studiously studied the punch marks on people's control cards and added up scores. The overall winners had a clear lead with Eoin Keith and Paul McArthur clearing the whole course and finishing 3 hours within the time limit. The scores were close in most classes though. As people ate, routes were compared with no two being the same and important questions answered like "Who were the pair running up Gravale at 7am?" (by which time nearly everyone else was at walking pace).

Class Winners were:

Open - Eoin Keith & Paul McArthur - 12,600 pts
2nd - Russell and Jeff
Mixed - Roisin McDonnell & Paul Mahon - 12,200 pts
Vets - Philip Brennan & Dave Weston - 11,000 pts
Mixed Vets - Ruth Lynam & Don Short - 10,100 pts
Female - Colleen Robinson & Lolita Kauke - 8,000 pts
Female Vets - Barbara Foley-Fisher & Ger Power - 7,600 pts

More pictures, full results and contact details if you fancy giving it a try next year at http://www.setantaorienteers.org.

The Old Park - Jack Isbester

A well wooded expanse of historic parkland in the Thames Chase community Forest

In 1754, the famous man of letters Horace Walpole paid a visit to Thorndon Park in Essex to view 'the famous plantations and buildings' of the 8th Lord Petre, one of the most remarkable gardeners of his generation.

Some 20 years earlier, with the help of a French surveyor, Lord Petre had drawn up plans to turn the medieval deerpark at Thorndon into a highly designed landscape park of the type later perfected by Humphry Repton and Capability Brown. (Between 1776 and 1772, Brown himself was paid £5,000 by the 9th Lord Petre to soften the formality of the 8th Lord's design and open up new vistas.) Canals were built to supply a series of ponds, extensive lawns were laid and a menagerie was established, including ornamental ducks, deer, sheep, red fowl from New England, terrapins, bustards and squirrels.

But above all else, Lord Petre was a botanist, his plant collection rivalled only by those in the Chelsea and Oxford Physic Gardens. By the spring of 1742, he had planted more than 60,000 trees in the park - all exotic species from North America, including Pennsylvania cherries, Virginia flowering maples and Carolina oaks. In his great stoves or hothouses, he successfully fruited such novelties as limes, bananas, guavas, papayas and passion fruit, and the first camellia in England flowered at Thorndon.

Little remains today of these early experiments in landscape design, but after being broken up in the 20th century the Grade II* historic park is now once again virtually intact. In 1992, the north and south halves, both owned by Essex County Council, were joined together by the Woodland Trust's purchase of 54 hectares ( 134 acres) of arable farmland between the two, making a whole of almost 162 hectares (400 acres). It was the Trust's first acquisition in the Thames Chase Community Forest, which aims to create a 36-square-mile green lung for the people of east London and Essex.

In the 13 years since then, the Woodland Trust has planted around 25,000 native trees and shrubs (mainly oak, ash, sweet chestnut and hornbeam), sown more than 34 hectares (84 acres) of grassland and reintroduced grazing by cattle. A series of eight oak seats by the artist Jim Partridge gives visitors a chance to sit and enjoy the views over the rolling Thurrock Plain and, on clear days, as far as Canary Wharf, while a new bridleway links with existing paths, creating a 4-mile circular route for walkers, cyclists and horse riders to enjoy.

(Taken with thanks from "Broadleaf", the Magazine of the Woodland Trust, No.64, Spring 2005)

Fixtures in East Anglia and Nearby Regions

The information provided below normally consists of Event Date, Region (eg EA = East Anglia), Event Grade and Type (Grade 1 is highest grade, Grade 5 is lowest.   Type C is a conventional Cross Country event in which controls must be visited in the sequence listed on the description sheet).   Event & Location Names and map reference.   Organiser's contact details.   Contact details, costs, closing date etc. for Pre-entry when provided.   Whether Entry on the Day (EOD) is possible and the surcharge payable.   The range of courses offered.   The address of a website from which additional information can be obtained.   Additional information in plain language.

At Essex Stragglers' events registration normally opens at 1000hrs, starts are from 1030hrs until 1230hrs and courses close at 1430hrs.

July 2005

10th

EA

SOS Informal Handicap Relays. Wivenhoe Park & Woods, Colchester. TM/033247.

 

R5

Organiser and entries: Julia Robertson, 9 Moatfields, Fordham, Colchester, Essex, CO6 3PG, 01206 242283. julia@robertson-sos.freeserve.co.uk CD: 03/07/05. £5.00/£2.00. Lim EOD. Cash at registration. EPS-SI. Email or phone Organiser by 03.07.05 to register team, giving team name and BOF classes of all four team members to permit advance calculation of handicaps. Yellow, Orange, Light Green courses. stragglers.info

23rd

EA

HAVOC Local Event. Thorndon North Country Park, Brentwood. TQ/607912.

 

C5

Chris Shaw, 01375 677377. fixtures@orienteering-havoc.co.uk £2.50/Free. EPS-SI. Yellow, Green & Blue. Parking £1.50. Starts 10.30-12.30. www.orienteering-havoc.co.uk

24th

SE

LOK Local Frolic Event. Hampstead Heath, London. TQ/270859.

 

C5

Martin Potter, 020 8347 8226. coach@londonorienteering.co.uk £4.50/£2.00. EPS-SI. String course. www.londonorienteering.co.uk

Jul 31st-Aug 6th

SOA

Scottish 6 Days

August 2005

27th-29th

YH

White Rose Weekend

 

 

September 2005

11th

YH

NATIONAL EVENT

 

C2

10th - NATIONAL EVENT (Dales Trophy). Kilnsey Moor, Skipton. SD/966672.

11th

EA

HAVOC District Event & SWESO. Thorndon Country Park (South), Brentwood. TQ/633899.

 

C4

Barbara Fothergill, 01277 213758. fixtures@orienteering-havoc.co.uk £3.50/£1.00. EPS-SI. Parking £2.00. www.orienteering-havoc.co.uk

 

 

Full registration pending

18th

EA

SOS Regional Event & EA Championships & ESSOL. Hatfield Forest, Bishops Stortford. TL/547203.

 

C3

Organiser: Steve Robertson, 01206 242283. steve@robertson-sos.freeserve.co.uk

 

 

Entries: Lyn West, Grove Hill House, Dedham, Essex, CO7 6DX, 01206 322905. sosbadge@grovehillhouse.wanadoo.co.uk CD: 04/09/05. £7.00/£2.00, Family £18.00 + 50p SI hire. Lim EOD & late entries: +£2.00/£1.00, Family +£5.00. Chq: Essex Stragglers. EPS-SI. String course. Lim CC courses White, Lt Green & Red - £5.00/£2.00. Parking £3.20 per car, NT members - Free. stragglers.info

24th-25th

WOA

Junior Home International

25th

EA

WAOC District Event. Rowney Warren, Shefford. TL/123405.

 

C4

Mike Capper, 01733 235202. mike.capper@virgin.net £4.00/£1.50. EPS-SI. String course. Dogs on leads. www.waoc.org.uk

25th

EA

SUFFOC Come and Try It Event. Shrubland Park, Needham Market. TL/868820.

 

C5

Louise Walker, 07766 216594. louise.walker@norwest.co.uk £2.00/£1.00. EPS-SI. White to Red. Parking £1.00. Dogs on leads. www.pdl.demon.co.uk/suffoc

October 2005

1st-2nd

NE

October Odyssey Weekend

2nd

SE

DFOK District Event & SE Regional Round of Yvette Baker Trophy. Lesnes Abbey Wood, South East London. TQ/474789.

 

C4

Andrew Evans, 01959 522759. andrew.sueevans@talk21.com £4.50/£2.00. EPS-SI. SE Orienteering Answerphone: 020 8948 6056. www.dfok.co.uk

8th

EM

DVO British Schools Score Championships. Shipley Country Park, Heanor. GR/455430.

9th

EA

SOS District Event & ESSOL. Chalkney, Earls Colne. TL/872280.

 

C4

Hilary Sellens, 01206 766560. hsellens@somakam.freeserve.co.uk £5.00/£2.00. EPS-SI. White to Blue. stragglers.info

16th

NW

CompassSport Cup Final

 

O3X

16th - CompassSport Cup Final. Clowbridge, Burnley. GR/820280.

 

 

Clive Atty, 01204 301390. atty-family@ntlworld.com Fees TBA.

 

 

Full registration pending