Newsletter Volume 21 No. 8
Editors: Geraldine Russell and Rachel Barford- firstname.lastname@example.org
Club website - http://stragglers.info
Contributions for the December newsletter
are invited before the 30th November 2011.
Editorial - Rachel Barford
Hopefully everyone has had a really enjoyable summer this year, and thank
you to the people who have made their usual Newsletter contributions. However,
remember that more contributions and photos are always very welcome, and thanks
to Geraldine for her photographic efforts, taken at the Scottish this year,
which appear at intervals throughout the Newsletter. It is also good to see
the Juniors contributing – thank you Rhiannon for your article about the
Peter Palmer Relays.
Please also take time to read the Agenda of the AGM and proposals for
changes on page 14, and ensure any feedback gets to Jack Isbester as soon as
possible. Under the terms of the SOS constitution, the agenda and proposals
must be issued to members in good time. It would be good to see as many
members as possible at the AGM.
All orienteering experiences are unique – and it’s good to get a
different take on them, so please put pen to paper and send in your own
We have another
new area mapped using funds from the Big Lottery via Sportengland (that’s
how they spell it) for which we are very grateful. The process has however,
been far from smooth and well outside my predicted time frame.
The new area is Pods and Coneyfields, an area crossed by the
Colchester to Tiptree road, and we are now proceeding with our event there in
late November. The map has been produced by Ton Edelsten of CHIG, under his
mapping alter ego – Forest Fire Maps. He also produced a good chunk of
the recent Writtle map.
The problems were caused by the announcement by the
Government concerning the selling off of large numbers of woods held by the
Forestry Commission (I think they are back to their old name). We had already
obtained an outline agreement with Simon Leatherdale of the FC, but following
the Government announcements, he felt that even though the land was leased it
may not have been under their control for much longer. Following the later stay
of action and the inevitable public consultation, he then felt that we could go
ahead for this year at least.
Some of you may be aware of support campaigns for public
access to what we regard as our forests, and indeed may have submitted your
comments to various forums and website appeals. Clive Coles of SUFFOC has been
particularly active on this front. Remember however, this is just a stay of
decision for consultation and we may be asked to support access rights for our
forests once again.
Captain's Corner - Jenny Collyer
Cambridge University Orienteering Club (CUOC) puts on an
event each year called The Icenian. This year the event is not the normal
forest event but an Urban Race in Cambridge on Saturday 22nd
There is a trophy each year for the winning club. SOS last
won it in 2005. The scoring is based on the times of the 4 best M/W20- , the
4 best M/W21 to 45 and the 4 best M/W 50+. (This may be a bit different with
the urban race classes).
The cheapest entries close on Oct 1st and there
is a limit of 350 competitors so get your entries in now! The web site is
North London Street League - Editor
We have been asked by
CHIG to mention events in the above series, organised by CHIG, HH and LOK,
which may well be in reach of many SOS members. There is a very interesting
page on their website explaining the basics of Street-O, and listing the events
planned for the coming season. The first is on the 29th September
at Loughton; an evening event on streets with light traffic, but which may
require a torch.
Please see the CHIG
website for details of this event as well as the other events in this series.
I was interested to read the article about Maes-y-Lade Outdoor Pursuits
Centre in the last newsletter, having carried out survey work there for Essex
County Council in 1989 (maintenance, development of facilities …).
Another dormant memory aroused. Then by one of those strange coincidences,
having just read the article, I was asked if I could go back to survey the 300m
of drive, the surface of which apparently suffers from the rain, breaks up,
needs resurfacing, drainage etc. The survey was easily finished by lunch time,
leaving the afternoon for play.
A copy of the map of the Permanent Course was located, and this provided 30
minutes enjoyable running. All bar 3 of the controls were still in place, some
in better condition than others. One looked to have been eaten by a spreading
hedge. Others provided splendid views to the hills for the orienteer more
inclined to tarry. I note that Derek mentioned mapping, not necessarily a
permanent course, but looking at some of the markers it is easy to imagine that
they have been there since the eighties. If it is the same course, I can
confirm that it is still in use.
The view from the course at Maes y Lade
The original Maes y Lade map from the 1980s? –
still in use today, and John Williams can confirm that all but three of the
markers are still in place.
Peter Palmer Relays -
This year the Peter Palmer Relays were held at MOD Stafford.
The relays are a yearly event for juniors similar to the Harvester where the
first few legs are in the dark gradually progressing into sunlight.
This year the team consisted of a mix of SOS and SUFFOC
juniors. The runners were: Alex Ware; Rhiannon Ware; Nick Harrison; Roderick
Mansel; Ben Warland; Bronwen Mansel and Stephanie Ware.
The event and accommodation were both in the army base. We
all travelled up on the Saturday afternoon, arriving in time for food to be
served in the army mess hall at 18.00. Alex, as junior captain, went to the
team captains meeting at 19.00 everyone else to assigned dorm room for the team
to stay in. In the room there were exactly half beds to people so mostly the
runners took the beds and the others slept on airbeds on the floor. After a
while the adults disappeared on a (failed) quest to find a cup of tea, while
the juniors amused themselves with card games until the adults came back then
went to explore the base in the dark and play manhunt..
Most woke up around the time Alex left for the first start
having to be at the change over area by 04.30 ready to start at 04.45 with the
other first leg runners. He ran a red standard course in the complete dark
followed by Rod who ran the same course but at dawn. The next runner was
Rhiannon who ran the light green, the first leg to be properly in daylight.
Then it was Ben’s turn to run the orange followed by Bronwen and Steph on
the yellow. Bronwen returned first but by that time Nick, the last leg runner
had started in the mini mass start on his green course.
For a while we were coming in third place out of 6 for the
NOR trophy which is for small clubs and combined club teams. Unfortunately one
of our runners mis- punched so we joined the long list of teams that also
Overall it was an enjoyable event for all - even with the
Quote from Steph ‘Can we do more weekends like
Photo shows orienteering at the Scottish event this
Essex & Suffolk Schools Orienteering League
– Julie Laver
Briefly, pupils who singularly
or in pairs run an age appropriate course unaided by adult or other person
score points for each ESSOL designated event. The best 5 scores through the
season are added to make their total for that season. The highest scoring
participants receive trophies or medals, the others receive certificates if
their total score exceeds 100 points. The scoring system enables appropriate
reward for pupils running up a class.
The competition is open to any
pupil in the HAVOC, SOS, SUFFOC or WAOC catchment areas. The full rules can be
viewed via the ESSOL link on our club website as can the currant position of
all participants which is updated after each event. No special entry is
required above the normal event entry but may I request registration details
are filled out clearly and in full as it makes collating the data much easier.
If you have any queries about
the league please contact me email@example.com
or phone 01206 826152. For general information about orienteering or our club
visit our web site.
ESSOL Fixtures 11-12
11/09 Danbury Park SOS
The Broaks SOS
Thorndon South HAVOC
Thorndon North HAVOC
Please note these are
preliminary fixtures and participants are advised to check Club websites before
Club Activity Night
– Thursdays 7.30 pm – 9.00pm
Starting back September 22nd
exercises with some fitness thrown in.
No experience necessary. All
abilities catered for.
Glass Social Area, University of Essex , Wivenhoe Park, Colchester. Car park off Boundary Rd, off B1027 Colchester Rd to Wivenhoe
Dress suitable for weather
conditions. Refreshments available
Suitable for all ages –
Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult.
Free for your first 3 weeks then
£2/£1 - Max £5 per family
Soon – Night Street O –
details to follow
The coaching team and others will be putting on a variety of
activities for your amusement and depending on the weather from straight
coaching sessions to Street / Night events to multi discipline evening with
other sports clubs.
We hope to entice new participants along as well as
established club members for informal meetings with an emphasis on social and
fun activities while keeping a competitive element for those who value this
element of our sport.
If you do not want to join in with the planned activity you
could still come along for a chat as we usually round off the evenings tea,
coffee & biscuits and sometimes CAKE!!!
If any members have suggestions for activities or would like
to be involved in planning an evening please contact one of the club coaches.
You do not have to be experienced, as full support will be given.
Having organised for the first time the 2010 relays event,
it was with somewhat less trepidation that I travelled to Wivenhoe Park to oversee the 2011 event. There had been some stresses leading up to the event (for
example lack of team entries, changes to entries, potential need for more
control cards). I had decided to simplify operations not to repeat my attempt
the previous year to maintain a “real time” chart on team progress,
and had this time prepared all the control cards in advance rather than on the
event day. Additionally event set up would be relatively straightforward
– no electronic equipment to coax into full working order and the
facilities in the Essex University Glass Social obviate the need for tasks such
as erecting a tent. So I was confident that all would run smoothly.
This confidence was slightly dented when on arrival I
learned that changes in on-site building works had affected two of the three
courses – one control would have to be withdrawn (it was now in a fenced
off area) and route choice was affected on another. The map had actually been
updated quite close to the event day but there was no way this problem could
have been circumvented. Frantic manual changes to maps ensued carried out by
the Planner and supervised by the Controller. Thereafter things ran relatively
smoothly thanks largely to the support of two dedicated helpers (for this event
it is not feasible for helpers to also take part in relays).
For those of you who are not familiar with the unique format
of the SOS Relays, a brief description...Teams of 4 run a total of 9 legs
– 2 Light Green, 3 Orange and 4 Yellow; team member s can run a
particular course only once; each team has three maps, one for each course so
at most three members of the team are running simultaneously; teams are
start-time handicapped by age and gender, so the first team completing their 9
Results of the event are published on the SOS website where
you can also find details of Relay winners going back to the inception of this
Congratulations to all who took part. Highlight achievements
1st Team Tantalising (SOS), who started first and
recorded the fastest overall run time - pictured with Trophy below
2nd Flying Chimpanzees (SUFFOC) who started at
the same time as Singing Baboons (SUFFOC) but completed 10 minutes faster
3rd Singing Baboons (SUFFOC) who, interestingly,
achieved exactly the same overall run time as 4th-placed Dancing
Individual Results (fastest legs):
Light Green – Kevin Ellis (WeWe)
Orange – Duncan Harrison (W3H)
Yellow – Bryn Wilkinson and Will Hooton (Flying
Chimpanzees), John Williams and Kevin Ellis (WeWe).
A very enjoyable day - I believe that all those who took
part had fun and plenty of exercise! It was slightly disappointing that more
teams did not enter and that entries were on this occasion confined to SUFFOC
and SOS. As I said in my review of the 2010 event this is a fun day - it is
competitive of course but I can assure that orienteers of all levels of
experience will enjoy it - our Relay event next year is currently scheduled for
Highwoods, Colchester – I hope to see you there.
Pictured below is the winning “Team Tantalizing”
- Martin Sellens, Hilary Sellens, Karen Ezard and Clive Tant.
in East Anglia and Nearby Regions – National Events which SOS members
regularly attend are also included
The information provided below normally consists of Event Date, Region
(eg EA = East Anglia), Event Grade , 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.
SOS Club Nights are
not included – see SOS website for details.
North London Street Events , TBC Loughton , TQ386993
Organiser: John Duffield, firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 8281 0676 Entry
On Day: Senior £TBC, Junior £TBC, Student £TBC. , Punch Type: None,
WAOC Ampthill Park Colour Coded and mini-Blodslitet , Ampthill Park Ampthill ,
Organiser: Brian Williams Entry On Day: Senior £6.00, Junior £2.00, Student
£2.00. , Punch Type: SI, Dogs: Dogs are welcome at Ampthill Park but must be on leads in the car park and must be under control at all times. Start Times:
10:30 am - 12:30 pm for conventional courses up to Light Green.Longer courses
will have conventional starts up to 12:30pm after the mini-Blodslitet mass
start at 11:00 (To Be Confirmed) www.waoc.org.uk
SUFFOC Colour Code Event , EA League & Essex
& Suffolk Schools League , Daisy's Wood & Hundred Acre Walks Woodbridge ,
Organiser: Louise Walker Entry On Day: Senior £8.00, Junior £3.00, Student
£3.00. , Punch Type: SI, Dogs: Dogs welcome but must be kept under control.
Start Times: Registration: 10:00 - 12:00Starts: 10:30 - 12:30
SOS Colour Code Event inc. ESSOL , The Broaks Braintree , TL790306
Organiser: Peter Warland, email@example.com, 01359 231078 Entry On Day:
Senior £7.00, Junior £2.00, Student £2.00. , Punch Type: SI, No dogs
allowed. Start Times: 10.30-12.30 stragglers.info
Cambridge City Race , Coe Fen, Cambridge City Centre
Cambridge , TL444575
Organiser: David Maliphant, firstname.lastname@example.org, 07708252083 Online entry
through https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?event_id=562 No Entry On Day.
Entries Close: 10/10/2011. Senior £TBC, Junior £TBC, Student £TBC , Punch
Type: SI, Start Times: 10.30-1.30 www.cuoc.org.uk
WAOC Colour Coded event including an Yvette Baker
Trophy Heat ,
Rowney Warren Shefford , TL123403
Organiser: Peter Woods, email@example.com, 01223 721433 Entry On
Day: Senior £8.00, Junior £3.00, Student £3.00. , Punch Type: SI, Dogs:
Dogs are welcome at Rowney Warren but must be under control at all times.
Start Times: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm www.waoc.org.uk
Thorndon South SWELL Event , Thorndon South Country Park Brentwood , TQ634899
Organiser: Janet Biggs Entry On Day: Senior £5.00, Junior £2.00, Student
£TBC. , Punch Type: SI, Dogs: If under control Start Times: 1030 to 1230
NOR Colour Code Event , Sandringham Country Park Kings Lynn , TF689287
Organiser: Leanne Bailey, 01553 771961 Entry On Day: Senior £7.00, Junior
£2.00, Student £2.00. , Punch Type: SI, Dogs: Dogs on Lead Start Times:
Registration from 10.00-12-00Starts from 10.30-12.30
SUFFOC Colour Code Event, Essex & Suffolk
Schools League ,
The Kings Forest Culford , TL825725
Organiser: Sally Wilkinson Entry On Day: Senior £8.00, Junior £3.00,
Student £3.00. , Punch Type: SI, Dogs: Dogs welcome but must be kept under
control. Start Times: Registration: 10:00 - 12:00Starts: 10:30 - 12:30
CHIG Regional Event , TBC Epping , TQ440000
Organiser: Ray Curtis, firstname.lastname@example.org, 01279 418699 Entry On Day:
Senior £TBC, Junior £TBC, Student £TBC. , Punch Type: None,
SOS Colour Code Event , Pods & Conyfield Colchester
Organiser: John Collyer, email@example.com, 01787 370947 Entry On
Day: Senior £7.00, Junior £2.00, Student £2.00. , Punch Type: SI, Start
Times: 10.30-12.30 stragglers.info
NOR Colour Code Event , Hockham Thetford , TL937919
Organiser: Helen Lloyd, 01760 337189 Entry On Day: Senior £7.00, Junior
£2.00, Student £2.00. , Punch Type: SI, Dogs: Dogs on lead in south part of
mapped area Start Times: Registration from 10.00-12.00Starts from 10.30-12.30
WAOC Mildenhall South Night Event , Mildenhall Woods South Mildenhall , TL745740
Organiser: Ian Lawson Entry On Day: Senior £TBC, Junior £TBC, Student
£TBC. , Punch Type: None, www.waoc.org.uk
HH Boxing Day Score , Trent Park Enfield , TQ281983
Organiser: Penny Parkes Entry On Day: Senior £TBC, Junior £TBC, Student
£TBC. , Punch Type: None, www.happyherts.org.uk/
SOS AGM & Social 2011
Don’t miss it!!! The
Annual General Meeting of the Essex Stragglers’ Orienteering Society is
to be held at 7.30 pm on Friday 14th October 2011in Hatfield Peverel
Village Hall, directions below. The business of the evening (Agenda on the
next page) will be speedily completed and will be followed by a Social,
possibly a quiz, with food and drink provided by those participants who are not
coming directly from work.
Please contact Geraldine (firstname.lastname@example.org, 01206-272761) to co-ordinate contributions, to ensure that we
do not have only salad to eat!
hall (postcode CM3 2HP) is on the West
side of Maldon Road (B1019) about 500 m from the North end of the road in
Hatfield Peverel. If approaching from the A12 the hall is on the RHS of
the road, a short distance before the turn into Woodham Drive. Location
of the Village Hall can be seen at:
After parking at the rear of the
hall return to the front and enter through the white glass panelled double
doors. Pass through the Bar area to the Large Meeting Room.
General Meeting of the Essex Stragglers' Orienteering Society
14th October 2011 at 1930 hrs
theVillage Hall, Hatfield Peverel, CM3 2HP
Apologies for absence
Minutes of the 2010
AGM to approve
Changes to the
Constitution to consider – 4 proposals appended
for 2013 to consider
Election of Chair
Election of Other
Any Other Business
Amendments to the SOS Constitution dated October 2004
to the SOS AGM in October 2011
1 proposed by John Collyer:
That Item 3,
which reads ‘The object of the Society shall be to promote the sport of
orienteering’ be deleted and replaced by a new Item 3 which reads:
objectives of the Society shall be to:
coaching and competitive opportunities in orienteering,
the sport of orienteering,
a duty of care to all members of the Society,
all its services in a way that is fair to everyone,
that all present and future members receive fair and equal treatment,
adopt and apply the policies of the
British Orienteering Federation with respect to Equity,
Child Protection and The Code of Ethics
and Conduct and Competition Rules.
2 proposed by John Collyer:
That a new Item
21 be added, to read:
complaints regarding the behaviour of members of SOS shall be submitted in
writing to the Secretary.
Secretary shall consult, as soon as feasible (usually within 7 days), with the
Chairperson and Treasurer, to determine if the complaint is covered by the BO
Code of Ethics and Conduct and Competition Rules. If they decide that it is
not covered the Secretary shall write to the complainant explaining their
decision. If they decide that it is covered the person(s) complained about
shall be asked to give their response(s) in writing within 14 days.
Chairperson shall select a sub-committee of 3 members of the committee to
consider the written submissions within 28 days. The sub-committee may invite
oral evidence from both or neither parties who, if they do appear, may be
accompanied by a supporter. The sub-committee has the power to take
appropriate disciplinary action including termination of membership.
sub-committee’s decision shall be given to the complainant and person(s)
against whom the complaint was lodged, in writing, within 14 days of the
hearing. Both parties shall have the right of appeal. Such an appeal shall be
submitted to the Secretary in writing within 28 days of the decision being
given and shall be heard within 28 days of that submission by a new
sub-committee consisting of at least five of the remaining members of the
committee who were not on the original sub-committee. The new sub-committee shall
be given access to all the evidence considered by the first sub-committee. The
decision of the second (new) sub-committee shall be final.
3 proposed by Jack Isbester:
That Item 12
Officers of the Society shall Include Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and at
least one other. They shall take office at the termination of the AGM at
which they are elected, and hold office until the termination of the following
AGM. An Officer shall not exceed three consecutive years in any one office.
be deleted and
replaced by the following:
Officers of the Society shall include Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and
others as decided by the Committee from time to time. They shall take office
at the termination of the AGM at which they are elected and hold office until
the termination of the following AGM.
4 proposed by Jack Isbester:
throughout the SOS Constitution, wherever the word ‘Chairperson’
appears it is replaced by the word ‘Chairman’.