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Newsletter Volume 21 No. 9

December 2011

Editors: Geraldine Russell and Rachel Barford - editors@stragglers.info

Club website - http://stragglers.info

Contents

Editorial - Rachel Barford

Thank you for the contributions this month; some most amusing verses from John, which go some way to explaining the orienteer's views on why weekends are not all slippers and rest. Thanks as always to Jack for providing a lot of very interesting material for the Newsletter

I also received an email from a Slovenian orienteering club, who have an event planned, if anyone fancies a trip to this beautiful country.

Notes from the Chair - John Collyer

Through orienteering Jenny and I have met many people, who we have got to know well and who have made important contributions to the club. I am sure that there are many others who will appear in the future, but it is always sad to say goodbye to members who have done so much for us over the years.

The Robertson family fall into this category; they have decided to relocate back to the West Country, which is a family base for both Julia and Steve. Any rumours that Steve has retired are, according to Julia, untrue! Nicola and Susie have gone their separate ways for some time, and with Thomas now at University, it seems the right time for them to make the move.

We will miss their hospitality at Moatfields and their efforts to keep the club moving forward. Both have had many roles within the club, Julia in organising events, looking after the equipment and as social secretary, whilst Steve has planned and controlled many times as well as being fixtures secretary.

On behalf of the club, I would like to wish them well in their new club (Quantock Orienteers) and I am sure we will be bumping into them at various events. Both have shoes we will find hard to fill.

Captain's Corner - Jenny Collyer jcollyer48@btinternet.com

CompassSport Cup 2012

The East Anglian round is at Thetford Warren, Thetford on the 19th February. The courses are Colour Coded from orange upwards covering the age classes as follows:

1.BrownMen's Open
2.Blue WomenWomen's Open
3.Blue MenM45+ M20+
4.Green WomenW45+ W20+
5.Green MenM60+
6.Short Green VeteransM75+ W60+
7A.Light Green MenM18-
7B.Light Green WomenW18-
8A.Orange MenM14-
8B.Orange WomenW14-

Every competitor receives a score based on their finishing position and the total of the best 13 scores gives the club score. Last year we were beaten by two points and the previous year by just one point - so we are due to win this year!

This is a very popular event with our club members and always a great team event. Last year we entered over 60 members in this event which was held near Dorking in Surrey. With it on our doorstep this time maybe we can beat that.

The entry fee (subsidised by the club) is £5 seniors and £2 juniors. (Students in full time education can claim up to £50 travel expenses).

Please let me know if you would like to be entered.

JK Relays

These take place at Newtyle near Coupar Angus, Scotland on 9th April.

The JK is an excellent four days of orienteering over the Easter weekend. There is a sprint race in Livingston on the Friday followed by two individual events in very technical areas on the Saturday and Sunday. The relay area is a mixture of deciduous and coniferous woodland and open hillside.

As last year I will do the bulk of our relay entries by the first (cheaper) closing date of the 26th February. If you let me know before then that you would like a run the entry fee (subsidised by the club) is £8 seniors and £3 juniors. (After that the "late entry" supplement will be added).

The British Relay Championships

These are on the 6th May in the Lake District (following the Individual Championships on the 5th). The entry fee will be as for the JK above but I have no entry information yet.

Please let me know if you would like to be entered in any/all of these events or contact me if you would like any further information.

An email from Slovenia

Dear O- friends,

Please note that in 2012 there will be again some exciting orienteering events organized in Slovenian karst terrain.

Lipica Open - the popular season opener with a 2 day warm up event and training camps on request; 10.- 11. March, Lipica. And of course the OOcup, Slovenian 5 day event, 1.- 5. August, Postojna.

As you might already know OOcup offers some specialties - like the Ultimate classes (M21U, W21U, M35U and M35U), which are run on maps without paths.

Ultimate challenge for ultimate fun! In 2012 we will also for the first time organize TrailO. Postojna is easily accessible by public transport and if you opt for the shuttle bus, you don't need your car at all.

Lipica Open: www.lipicaopen.com
OOcup: www.oocup.com

Slovenia is small and compact and extremely diverse, which makes it a great holiday destination. Alps, Adriatic coast, Karst (with hundreds of caves), Panonian plane, old cities and of course the endless forests.... that is Slovenia :)!

Thanks for your attention and see you next season!

OOcup team

Mark Johnson Trophy


Rhiannon Ware receives the Mark Johnson Trophy for most improved club junior of the year in recognition of her personal progress and in representing the club and region in junior activities.
 

News from the British Schools Orienteering Championships 2011

The pupils of St Andrews Primary School and The Ramsey College, Halstead have been training hard at orienteering club, and set off to travel to Scotland for this year's Schools Orienteering Championships.

The boys Y5 team came 3rd as did the whole school team in the Primary class. The individual results are as follows -
Girls Y6 - 35 startersBoys Y5 - 33 starters
11Chloe Cracknell2Jack Edwards
12Lily Amos15Dominic Emmerson
16Joshua Buist
23Luke Harrington
 
Boys Y6 - 26 starters
20Benjamin Harrington
 
Girls Y7 - 39 startersBoys Y7 - 65 starters
16 Georgia Gower20Callum Turner
17 Lucy Edwards

 

 

 

Some of the Halstead pupils with their medals
 

St Andrews Primary boys and girls both won their classes for the British Schools Score competition at Beaulieu Estate, 08/10/2011 with the individual results as follows -
Y5 girlsY5 boys
6/10Elena Gower & Madeline Press2/23Joshua Buist
6/23Jack Edwards & Luke Harrington
0/23Dominic Emmerson
 
Y6 girlsY6 boys
1/14Olivia Baldwin3/20Jonathan Quinn
4/14Daisy Partridge9/20Benjamin Harrington
7/14Lily Amos & Amelia Juniper
8/14Chloe Cracknell

 

 

 
 

The Ramsey College students came 4th out of 7 in the lower secondary school category which was really good considering their numbers.
Y7 girlsY7 boys
2/16Georgia Gower20/22Lewis Crow
11/16Lucy Edwards

 
 

Nancy and Julie who have been coaching the club this term are really pleased with the pupils. They have been training well every Monday and it is really paying off. They have done a mixture of exercises including score and point to point courses around the grounds of both schools which is a linked site. The have also had a go at planning their own courses. Well done to all.

Sunday, Sunday - John Collyer

Sunday's the day we're all mugs for this game,
No lounge with papers, no roast for our lunch;
Early to rise, but today who'll we blame?
Talking through runs with the usual bunch.
 
Short Green, or Green, will it be Blue?
Decision to make, pay entry dues;
Compass in hand, lacing up shoes,
Dibber on finger, last trip to the loo.
 
Clearing and checking at start, dib the chip,
Recording controls on arboreal trip;
Wait in course box, each a minute apart,
Pick up map, then run to the start.
 
Check direction, around trees duck and weave,
Count off the rides, look at contours, believe;
You're on right route, safe, sure, secure,
Ignore other runners, they'll falsely allure.
 
Nearer control, slow, eyes open wide,
Look for feature where flag should reside,
What's best way round to thicket west side?
Red and white seen, check number beside.
 
A beep and a flash then out to the ride,
Check next leg, what will you decide?
Clean route through woods to navigate,
Or will it be missed, and then relocate?
 
On round the course, all legs to complete,
Nettles sting thighs, stones hard on feet;
Dib at finish, results go and seek,
Good, bad, indifferent? See you next week.

Diamond Wood - a note from Jack Isbester

Orienteers love trees - the majestic beeches of Epping Forest, the sturdy oaks of Baddow Ridge, the conifers of King's Forest or the lonely rowans of mid Wales. Whether met as a copse or a forest, a thicket or a landscape dotted with isolated trees they are the raw material of the fascinating sport of orienteering and life would be much less fun without them. Trees provide shade to keep us cool in summer and shelter us from the icy blast in winter. We love trees but we British have been cutting them down for the last thousand years and now England is one of the most treeless countries of Europe.

The Woodland Trust is a charity which is trying in the long term to double the wooded area of Britain by buying land and planting native species of trees. In recent years volunteers from the ranks of Essex Stragglers have helped with the planting of thousands of trees at the new Woodland Trust site at Fordham, near Colchester where, fifteen years from now, Stragglers can expect to be navigating their way amongst mature trees to reach that elusive Control 11.

Now, in preparation for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the Woodland Trust is trying to raise £3.3m to buy Diamond Wood a 460 acre site within The National Forest where they plan to plant 300,000 trees, creating the largest continuous woodland under single ownership in the National Forest in North West Leicestershire. There is no need for the general public to raise the entire £3.3m - the Woodland Trust has access to various funds by way of partnerships with commercial organisations and government funds but some must be triggered or matched by donations from the public, so your contributions are needed. The endeavour deserves the support of orienteers.

For more information about the site or to make a donation please visit

jubileewoods.org.uk/diamond appeal
Then click on 'About Jubilee woods' and then 'Our flagship wood'

Forest Challenge!

The orienteering board game for 2-6 players

Available now. Ideal for:

  • Christmas and birthday presents;
  • club evenings;
  • prizes for winners of club events;
  • teaching youngsters about orienteering and letting them have fun at the same time.

"We had such fun that we immediately had another game ... We've already got plans to put one of our favourite areas onto the hexagons" "I think it's a brilliant game - the kids love it."

  • The game includes everything you need to "step over the line" - laminated map, kites, punch cards, "Control" cards, "Advantage" cards, instructions, dice, tokens etc;
  • Design a different course each time you play by using the moveable control stickers;
  • The map sections can be fitted together in different combinations for more variety;
  • Choose score or line orienteering;
  • Add even more variety by drawing your favourite terrain on the blank map grids supplied.
 

You can buy your copy for £7.50 through the post (please add £1.50 for postage, cheques payable to NGOC) from Alan Brown, 10 Brizen Lane, Cheltenham, GL53 0NG. All profits to the Woodland Trust. Email legend@ngoc.org.uk for further information.

Pods Wood - a dream come true

Jack Isbester provides the background

I first orienteered while on a two year secondment to Anglesey in 1971. When I returned to Tiptree in 1973 and joined the reconstituted Stragglers with Derek and Jesse Keeble and Bill and Pauline Stephens I looked for likely orienteering venues in the neighbourhood. Pods Wood looked a good possibility but when I explored I found that it contained an extensive plantation of young conifers - it would be best to wait a few years until they matured.

By 1987 the wood was well developed but that was the year of the Great Storm which wreaked havoc on Baddow Ridge and also flattened the conifers in Pods Wood. Happily the Forestry Commission chose to replant the wood with deciduous trees and, by 2005 it began again to look fit for orienteering!

By then I was SOS Fixtures Secretary and I nursed the ambition to link Pods, Coneyfield and the nearby Layer Woods for what, in those days, we called a Badge Event. I applied to the Forestry Commission for the necessary permissions, only to be given an unexpected and disappointing response. They owned Layer Wood and we could use it, but Pods and Coneyfield Woods were held on a 250 year lease commenced in the 1960s which specified 'no recreational use'.

We did use Layer Wood for an event in 2007 or thereabouts and I didn't give up on Pods Wood. I was able to speak to the Agents for the owners of the woods who said that they could see no problem with orienteering in their woods. With this information I returned to the Forestry Commission who said they were fearful of complaints arising from our use of the woods but, when pressed, admitted that they had never known of any problems arising from use by SOS of Broaks or Chalkney over many years.

In a final throw of the dice I told the Forestry Commission ranger that I was aged 75 and my ambition was to orienteer in Pods Wood before I died! He agreed to one event, with any return to be conditional on no complaints being received. Sadly by then the conifers occupying much of Layer Wood had been felled rendering it unusable for the time being.

Even then a final problem remained. Mark Lyne had found a 'set aside' field between Pods and Layer Woods for parking when we orienteered in Layer Wood but, unexpectedly, that field was no longer available - scheduled to be ploughed a few weeks before our event. We were very close to our final possibility when Park House Farm agreed to provide parking for us amongst the farm buildings.

In the competition area we were following in the footsteps of Roman Britons and their Icenian foes. The impressive Rampart earthworks are from Roman times as is the substantial Mound in the NW corner of Conyfield Wood. It is comforting to think that almost 2,000 years ago some Roman or Icenian in the same area might have been even more distressed than I was when searching for Control 18 on the Green course!

 

Pods Wood - the Rampart (Photo: Jack Isbester)
 

Pods Wood - The Trench (Photo: Jack Isbester)
 

Mike Powell Davies Trophy


Julie Laver receives the Mike Powell Davies Trophy for Club Member of the Year in recognition of all her hard work as Chairman of the Development Sub-committee, running Club Nights and all the general training activities she is involved in.
 

ESSOL - Julie Laver

We have already had six events for this seasons Essex and Suffolk Schools Orienteering League. The results so far are as follows. The best five scores count towards your league total.
Up to Y6 BoysUp to Y6 Girls
1stMatthew ClarkeBarnardiston Prep1stDaisy PartridgeSt Andrews, Halstead
2ndJoshua BuistSt Andrews, Halstead2ndChloe CracknellSt Andrews, Halstead
3rdJack EdwardsSt Andrews, Halstead3rdLily AmosSt Andrews, Halstead
 
Y7/8 BoysY7/8 Girls
1stKieran PalmerCRGS1stBronwen Mansel Beyton Middle
2ndCallum TurnerThe Ramsey College2ndGeorgia GowerThe Ramsey College
3rdNick ButlerBarnardiston Prep3rdLucy EdwardsThe Ramsey College
 
Y9/10 BoysY9/10 Girls
1stBryn WilkinsonCopleston High1stRachael HarrisonThe Perse
2ndRoderick ManselCounty Upper
3rdAndrew StempImpington College
 
Y11/12/13 BoysY11/12/13 Girls
1stAlex WareColchester 6th form1stRhiannon WareColne Community
2ndSam BolamSt Helena2ndElena LumbyCRGS
3rdBeth AlbonSaffron Walden CHS

Whole Team Trophy Places after 6 rounds
1st - St Andrews, Halstead
2nd - Barnardiston Preparatory School
3rd - The Ramsey College

Well done to all of the above!

For full listings please go to ESSOL page on the SOS website http://stragglers.info/schools/index.php.

If you know any schools which might be interested in the League I would be happy to send further details.

To be included in the League you do not have to enter through your school but please ensure your school and year are included on the registration form when you fill it in. No shadowing is allowed, although junior pairs are.

Full details and comprehensive rules are available on the SOS website http://stragglers.info/schools/index.php but I can deal with any enquiries or corrections. julie.laver@virgin.net or phone 01206 826152.

Preliminary ESSOL fixtures for the remainder of this season
26th FebruaryThetfordSUFFOC
18th MarchHockleySOS
22nd AprilThorndon NorthHAVOC
13th JuneHylandsSOS

Please note these are preliminary fixtures and participants are advised to check Club websites before travelling
http://stragglers.info
http://www.suffoc.co.uk
http://www.waoc.org.uk
http://www.orienteering-havoc.co.uk

Fixtures - David Skinner

Fixtures 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.

2011

December

10th

SOS

EAOA

Activity

SOS Family Coaching & Night O Tiptree Heath

stragglers.info

 

11th

SAX

SEOA

Level C

SAX Sunday series, Sevenoaks 

Organiser: Sarah Howes , sarahmhowes@hotmail.co.uk , 01892-723327

15th

SAX

SEOA

Level D

Sax KNC, Maidstone south, Maidstone 

18th

MV

SEOA

Level C

MV South East Families and Veterans Champs, Ranmore, Dorking, TQ135504

Dogs: Under control.

Organiser: Tony Burton

18th

TVOC

SCOA

Level C

TVOC Regional Event &SCOA League, Wendover Woods, Wendover, Bucks, SP891098

Entry times: 10:00-12:00. Dogs: On leads in car park and woods.

Organiser: Paul Greenough , paul-greenough@supanet.com , 01494 674766

26th

HH

SEOA

Level C

HH Boxing Day Score, Trent Park, Enfield, TQ281983

Entry times: Registration: from 10 am to 10:45 am. Starts: 11 am mass start. Dogs: under control.

Organiser: Penny Parkes , trent-park-26-12-11@happyherts.org.uk

2012

January

1st

SOS

EAOA

Level D

New Year Novelty, TBA 

2nd

NOR

EAOA

Level D

Informal Score Event, Horsford Heath, Norwich, TG184176

Entry times: 10.15 to 11.00 for orange course. Dogs preferred on lead.

Organiser: Pat Bedder , 01603 424589

8th

HAVOC

EAOA

Level C

Langdon Hills SWELL Event, Langdon Hills Country Park, Basildon, TQ681865

Dogs: To be kept under control.

Organiser: Colin Jackson , treasurer@orienteering-havoc.co.uk

12th

SAX

SEOA

Level D

Sax KNC, Canterbury urban, Canterbury 

14th

DFOK

SEOA

Level D

DFOK Kent Orienteering League, Limpsfield Chart, Westerham 

Organiser: Philip Basford , philb@ntrg.u-net.com

15th

NOR

EAOA

Level C

NOR Colour Coded and EA Championships, Lynford, Thetford 

Entry times: 10.00 to 12.00 hours. Dogs: Dogs on lead.

22nd

HH

SEOA

Level C

HH Ace of Herts Regional Event, Northaw Great Wood, Cuffley, TL 299 037

Entry times: Start times from 10.30 to 12.30. Courses close at 14.30. Dogs: Permitted in the car park (on a lead) and on the route to start and finish. Not on courses as they cross the land of multiple owners not all with permission for dogs.

Organiser: Jacob Sharpe , northaw-22-01-12@happyherts.org.uk , 01223 426599

26th

CHIG

SEOA

Level D

North London Street Events, TBC, Stratford, TQ354834

Organiser: Josh Jenner

February

2nd

SAX

SEOA

Level D

Sax KNC, Sevenoaks and Riverhead, Sevenoaks 

5th

SOS

EAOA

Level C

SOS Colour Coded Event incorporating EA League, Baddow Ridge, Danbury 

 

 

 

11th

CHIG

SEOA

Level D

Local, Schools League and SWELL, Claybury, Chigwell 

12th

NOR

EAOA

Level C

NOR Colour coded, Kelling, Sheringham 

19th

EAOA

Level B

EAOA CompassSport Cup & Trophy Heat, Thetford Warren, Thetford 

Organiser: Barbara Fothergill , publicity@orienteering-havoc.co.uk

23rd

HH

SEOA

Level D

HH North London Street League, tbc, tbc 

25th

SARUM

SWOA

Level A

British Night Championships, Hamptworth, Salisbury, SU228167

Entry times: Pre- entry only via Fabian4. Dogs: Only allowed in CP & Registration areas. Not allowed on courses.

Organiser: Mary Nixon , mary_david_nixon@yahoo.co.uk , 01794 516298

26th

SUFFOC

EAOA

Level C

West Harling Colour Code Event, inc. ESSOL, West Harling , Thetford, TL968836

Entry times: Starts : 10:30 to 12:30 - Registration from 10:00. Dogs: Dogs welcome but must be kept under control.

Organiser: Philip Halford , phil.halford2@btinternet.com , 01638-717715

March

4th

SMOC

EAOA

Level C

SMOC Regional Event, Holcote and Reynolds Wood, Brogborough, SP969393

Organiser: Ros James , ros.james@btinternet.com

www.smoc.info

10th

WAOC

EAOA

Level D

WAOC Wimpole Hall Colour Coded, Wimpole Hall, Cambridge, TL343511

Entry times: Registration 10.00 to 12.00. Starts 10.30 to 12.30. Dogs: Dogs are allowed but they must be kept on a lead at all times as there are cattle and sheep in Wimpole Park.

11th

NOR

EAOA

Level C

NOR Colour Coded, Bilney, King's Lynn 

18th

SOS

EAOA

Level D

Hockley Woods Colour Coded inc. ESSOL, Hockley Woods, Hockley 

22nd

SAX

SEOA

Level D

Sax KNC, Millbank, Sevenoaks 

 

 

 

24th

EBOR

YHOA

Level A

British Sprint Orienteering Championships, York University, York, SE620504

No dogs allowed.

Organiser: Keith MacDermott , 01904 761120

www.york2012orienteering.org.uk

25th

EBOR

YHOA

Level A

British Middle Distance Orienteering Championships, Srensall Common, York 

No dogs allowed.

Organiser: Mike Ridealgh , 01904 761120

www.york2012orienteering.org.uk

 


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