See Julie Laver's Event Report later in this newsletter.
SOS win a Gold and Two Silver Medals at the JK
Congratulations to Ann Roller and Thomas Birkett who came first and second respectively in the
combined Days 2 & 3. Also to Jenny Collyer who came second on Day 1 in the Super Vets Women Sprint
Coaching and Social Jogging - Stephen Cartwright
Coaching on Sunday 20th May 2007, at the Hylands Park, Chelmsford event
Unfortunately Richard Barker has had to cancel due to work commitments so I have stepped in and hope to do an hour from 12 noon as usual on 'Elements of fitness and Running technique'. All ages and abilities welcome although to get an idea of numbers it would be great to know who intends coming. People are of course still welcome to join in on the day.
As I'm sure some will remember from the newsletter the development committee thought it might be a nice idea to try a friendly chatty jog/running training session once a month.
Our provisional date for May was Thursday 24th with something organised in the Colchester area. This could be a cross country trail type jog or other depending on interest and who would like to come. Times would need to be finalised too. Any suggestions to myself (email@example.com) please before I finalise something. Other clubs have found this sort of thing helpful, some even have weekly running club type training sessions.
Trail Run - Jenny and John Collyer
From the Henny Swan, near Sudbury Wednesday 27th June from 6.0pm onwards
Henny Swan is located at Henny Street on the minor road to the west (Essex side) of the River Stour between Bures and Sudbury. Grid reference TL880385.
Trail running is good practice for orienteers, though instead of a map and compass a written route description is used. It tests concentration as well as fitness and uses local footpaths. Anyone is welcome to have a go whether running or walking.
Any further information from Jenny or John Collyer on 01787 370947 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
... and that's not all ... (ed.)
In response, Lyn West wrote
As the idea of chatty jog has been suggested, I thought fellow orienteers might be interested in
hashing - no illegal substances involved! Colin and I are regular attenders and some of the hashers come
orienteering. A hash fits the bill of a chatty jog (or if you are very keen you can go racing off looking
for the trail). Currently we meet at 19.30 on Monday evenings. Next Monday is just up the road from us but
I have a development committee meeting at mine at 8.00! The run usually lasts about an hour and then most
adjourn to the pub. If you want further information just ask.
and Martin Sellens added
Excellent idea! There are also some Colchester Harriers trail runs coming up (though they are also on
Mondays). Here is the current info from their
ESSOL and Explorer Challenge - Julie Laver
With only two events left on this years ESSOL calendar the latest leaders of their age classes are as follows:
Barnardiston Preparatory lead the school team table.
Most of the classes however are quite close so the points scored at Hylands Park and Highwoods events will be vital. See web site for details of these events. There will be a presentation of trophies and medals after the Highwoods event and participation certificates will be sent to the schools of all entrants scoring 100 points or more through the season. Please ensure your entry slips for the events are filled in clearly to make collating results easier.
Good luck to all participants.
Congratulations to Nicolas Harrison who has now completed his Explorer Challenge. Well Done!
If there are any Juniors who wish to take part in the Explorer Challenge come to the enquiries desk at SOS events and pick up a log book free of charge. Points are gained for each control found (even if the course is not completed) and certificates and badges awarded for every 25 points up to 100.
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.
Clubmark - Andrew Cordle
Well, we've got the certificate, but what does it mean?
Clubmark is a cross-sport quality accreditation for clubs with junior sections. The national scheme has been in place since 2002 and there are now 2,500 accredited clubs across 25 sports. Most awards are in "mainstream" sports with a strong tradition of junior involvement - cricket, swimming, rugby and gymnastics account for half of all awards - although minority sports are also represented (well done Ipswich Octopush Club!) Awards are administered by sport National Governing Bodies (like British Orienteering) or by county sports partnerships. 16 English orienteering clubs have been accredited.
The ethos behind Clubmark is that sports clubs should
which I am sure we all support. But there are benefits to the club as well -
Clubmark is an evidence-based qualification, which means we had to collect together a portfolio of documents to show that we meet the standards. We chose to store all the documents electronically on the club website, so that everyone involved could see how we were doing and which areas we still needed to address.
We had to provide specific evidence for 34 criteria grouped into four headings - Duty of Care and Child Protection, Coaching and Competition, Sports Equality and Ethics, and Club Management. Some of the criteria were easy to meet, for instance finding certificates to prove that we had attended some of the appropriate courses. In other cases it was a matter of booking and attending the courses. We also had to develop policies and procedures (they are on the Members Resources page of the Website) or adopt or adapt the British Orienteering ones, and get the club Committee to approve the changes. We (you, the membership) had to change our constitution to explicitly state a couple of things. We had to improve our documentation and record keeping. Finally Chairman Martin had to sign a document to certify that we actually do what we say we do.
The process of building the portfolio took about 15 months in the end. If the Development Committee has abandoned their jobs and families we could have done it much quicker. When it was time to submit the portfolio, we simply sent the assessor the password to the file and she was able to review the documents online.
Now all we have to do is review the portfolio from time to time (I'll be suggesting to the Development Committee that we look at it each 6 months) and keep it up to date. Then in 2011 we will have to be assessed all over again!
Spring into Summer - Stephen Cartwright
A couple of years ago SUFFOC (alias Perry Mole) ran an introductory Orienteering session for a group of people organised by the Ipswich Evening Star newspaper, which resulted in a double spread in the paper and obviously marvellous advertising for the sport. This year SUFFOC (and Perry Mole) were too busy to be involved in the planning so SOS took it on for SUFFOC and for "Orienteering".
The group numbered 14 including 2 reporters and they were there to try us out and see if they would consider taking up orienteering as a fitness activity - one of ten different activities that they would try during the "Spring into Summer" programme. They were of mixed sex, and age range twenties to sixty.
Initially the thought was to copy Perry's 2 hour session from 2 years ago, but then on speaking with the paper it was realised that most of the participants were a little unfit so it seemed best to calm Perry down a bit and encourage some walking!
I went for an overview - Various introductory bits, a short Yellow, a Trail "O" and a 30 minute score course. Obviously it was nice to have plenty of help from the Stragglers, yet great that Neil Carter from SUFFOC was able to be there too.
The scenery was quite something, a contoured section of woodland beside the Orwell river, the sun shone and it really was a wonderful day. Depending where you were it was bluebells, trees and foliage or views over and along the river with its boats and the marvellous Orwell Bridge. Everyone seemed to love it.
People got round the Yellow okay (whether they used the compass or not), and did well on the Trail "O" and score. One of the groups got all six right on the Trail "O" and were obviously delighted. Perry ran round the score in 18:47. I didn't think he was that old - but apparently he even helped with the original Barnardiston map.
Some of the punters decided that they were glad that they had the choice of walking when their brains were engaged yet some ran, and most I think were glad to be outside in the woods. A pair of ladies even saw a grass snake and vole. In terms of the orienteering a few may give it a go - so good news.
We sent them home with a goody bag of bits. A Rendlesham permanent course map, a flyer for the SOS Summer Series, some British Orienteering leaflets and a fruit bar. Again they seemed gratefully received. Strangely few sampled the orange squash - apparently they prefer beer !
Great write up in the paper with colour photos. A pdf version of the article is available on the SUFFOC website http://www.pdl.demon.co.uk/pics/Evening%20Star%20010507-1.pdf and http://www.pdl.demon.co.uk/pics/Evening%20Star%20010507-2.pdf.
Heard in the Forest - Jack Isbester
An M70 from SOS was trundling along a narrow footpath in the Forest of Dean towards the end of JK Day 3 when behind him he heard a young woman's voice exclaiming "Run faster!"
Only when he heard another young woman's voice asking, "Is that how you would speak to your own Dad?" did he realise that the words had been addressed at him and, as two Irish W20s ran past he quickened his pace, encouraged to realise that he looked like a Dad rather than a Grandad, from behind at least.
Event Report - British Orienteering Championships - Julie Laver
As a family we have been attending various local and regional events around Essex and Suffolk for a number of years now so this year we decided to pluck up the courage and head for the BOC in South Wales. We decided the first day might be a bit serious for our not too competitive style so with encouragement from Jenny Collier we put our names down for the relays on the Sunday.
As usual we were not very organised so finding a campsite was left to the last minute but after much phoning around and peering at road maps we came across an available pitch. So all was set and as we had committed to the team events it was hard to chicken out we duly set off for Wales on Saturday morning. After an uneventful journey we found the campsite easily, pitched our tent then went to explore the area and find out where we were supposed to be in the morning. We found the town of Blaenavon, and after some driving around the assembly area. After a walk about near Keepers Lake to get a feel for the area we headed back to the tent for a good nights sleep.
Sunday morning dawned dry but windy as we headed up the hill to the starting area. Having had a peek at the previous days map we were all a little apprehensive as the terrain was decidedly more lumpy than we were used to. We also had a crash course in pictorial control descriptions followed by an explanation of how an orienteering relay works. Thanks to the rest of the Club members present for guiding us through.
The M14 team were first away - Thomas, Alex and Rhiannon.
Alex - When I first saw the map, I went ‘woaa!’ when I saw how close the contours were. However I found by navigating Mr Bean style (straight line) I soon got the hang of it and thoroughly enjoyed myself.
Rhiannon - The terrain was very different, there were no trees it was all open ground. There was a lot of heather, long grass marsh and hills. I fell over several times trying to run across the many knolls and holes hidden under the vegetation.
I hadn’t done many Orange standard courses before and had not done contour features but I soon learnt!
James Lyne and I were the Mixed Ad Hoc – a very suitable title. Due to two heroic runs from James we did OK, even if we were recorded as non competitive, despite my lack of athleticism.
We all had a great time and the support of the club members made our first national event experience less daunting. There cannot be many sports which are so accessible to such a wide range of ages and abilities at the same event. I am now encouraged to become a bit more adventurous in the events we choose to enter so look out Britain – here we come!
The History of SOS - An East Anglian Perspective - Andrew Cordle
I'm looking after an archive of early editions of Points East (I don't know why), so I thought it might be a good idea to continue the series on the history of the club by looking through the early editions.
The first edition doesn't bear a date, but from the context must have been published at the end of 1972 or start of 1973. The previous year seems to have been a busy one for the development of the sport in East Anglia, with Norwich and Suffolk clubs having been formed, and BOF recognising EA as an orienteering region and loaning EAOA £50 to get itself started.
Derek Keeble is listed as the only contact for Essex Stragglers, while the bigger clubs (Chigwell, Norfolk, and Suffolk) were already properly constituted with a Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer. Hally Hardie is listed as WAOC's only contact - they were planning an Inaugural Meeting in January 1973 and their first event a month later.
Derek was also listed as the Organiser of the Stragglers' Open Event in Friday Woods on January 28th
1973 - the map he drew for the event was in the January Newsletter (Volume 20 No. 1).
Derek Keeble's Friday Woods event had attracted a good turnout, Wivenhoe YC, and Hedingham Guides
being among the local groups represented. J. (presumably John) Dixon of Essex ACF, has the fastest time
of the M43s on the Short (3.5 km) course.
In Edition No. 3, the EAOA fixtures secretary proposed a structure whereby each club held three events a year and there would be one event in the region a month - Essex was provisionally allocated April, August and December.
To avoid difficulties at event registration, a system of club abbreviations had been agreed - NOR, WAOC, etc. and, of course, for Essex Stragglers - ESX!
The next event in Essex was to be at Danbury Common, again organised by Derek Keeble, but listed as a
Suffolk O. C. event. The grid reference given was for the Lakes car park at the Country Park.
... will be in the next newsletter. Pauline Stevens gets lost! Shock horror!
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