Wed 18th Jan: Postensplain http://www.baoc.info/events

Thu 19th: Hartlebury Common, Stourport (night) http://www.harlequins.org.uk/fixtures.html

Sat 21st: Melton Mowbray country park http://www.leioc.org.uk/fixtures/all-lei-fixtures/

and Forty Acre Woods, Matlock http://derwentvalleyorienteers.org.uk/events/dvo-fixtures/

and Teggs Nose, Macclesfield http://www.mdoc.org.uk/events

and Attingham Park (night) http://www.wrekinorienteers.co.uk/events-2016.html

Sun 22nd: Brandon Wood , Coventry (WM League) http://www.octavian-droobers.org/index.php/events/events-calendar/

and Baslow Edge, Chesterfield https://www.southyorkshireorienteers.org.uk/events

and Danby Lodge, Forest of Dean http://www.ngoc.org.uk/fixtures/

Wed 25th: Hednesford Camp http://www.baoc.info/events

and Sutton Coldfield (night urban) http://www.coboc.org.uk/futureevents.htm

Sun 29th: Shining Cliff, Belper http://derwentvalleyorienteers.org.uk/events/dvo-fixtures/

and Concorde Chase, NE Hants http://www.bko.org.uk/event/hawley-and-hornley-29-jan-17

Thu 2nd Feb: Dudmaston, Bridgnorth (night) http://www.harlequins.org.uk/fixtures.html

Sat 4th: Apedale, Newcastle http://www.potoc.dandasparks.org.uk/png/events.html

and Daventry Country Park http://www.octavian-droobers.org/index.php/events/events-calendar/

and Donisthorpe, Ashby http://www.leioc.org.uk/fixtures/all-lei-fixtures/

and New Beechenhurst, Forest of Dean (night) http://www.westernnightleague.org.uk/fixtures.htm

Sun 5th: Badgerslade (WM League) http://www.walton-chasers.co.uk/wchevents/colour-coded-race-4/

and New Beechenhurst, Forest of Dean http://www.bristolorienteering.org.uk/events

Thu 9th: Bewdley (night urban) http://www.harlequins.org.uk/fixtures.html

and Martinshaw, Leicester (night) http://www.leioc.org.uk/fixtures/all-lei-fixtures/

10th-11th Twin Peak, Lake District http://www.mdoc.org.uk/events/twin-peak-2017-day-2-bleathwaite-and-little-arrow-moor-12-feb-2017

For major national events see the BOF list https://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/major_fixtures and Fabian4 http://www.fabian4.co.uk/

JK Easter 2017 http://www.thejk.org.uk/

The Route http://www.the-route.co.uk/

Bike-O http://www.bmbo.org.uk/

UK Urban League http://www.oxfordfusion.com/ukul/index.cfm

Tuesdays & Thursdays at 7: WCH training www.walton-chasers.co.uk

WYEVENT children’s training www.wyeventuresoc.com

Radio-O http://www.nationalradiocentre.co.uk/ardf/events.html

Saturdays at 9 am: Parkrun at 15 locations in the region www.parkrun.org.uk/events/events

Back to lovely Highgate Common for the club championships. Since Barry H has adopted it as his area it almost seems like visiting him in his (large and overgrown) back garden. 🙂 Perfect running weather, and considering that I’d forgotten my bramble bashers, the area seemed mercifully free of the stuff that tears my legs in most Midlands woods.

And I had a near-perfect run, something which is as elusive in 2016 as it was in 1996, despite 20 years of practice! I got 24 controls in the hour (well, 60:00:30), which I’m sure must be the most I’ve ever managed at a club champs.

I hardly used my watch at all, just three times I think, which I think is a good strategy. On the way to #53 I checked and saw I had about 12 minutes left, and knew more or less that if I had a clean run home I could get six more, and I nearly did. (I also notice that I did 12 from the front and 12 from the back, and turned the map over almost exactly on 30 minutes, but that’s a fluke.)

Afterwards there was the club Christmas social, and considering the club has been doing some soul-searching of late because of the slide in membership, it was as ever one of the most joyous occasions of the year.

Sat 3rd Dec: Oker Hill, Matlock http://derwentvalleyorienteers.org.uk/events/dvo-fixtures/

and Knockalls, Monmouth http://www.ngoc.org.uk/fixtures/

Sun 4th: Dymock, Ledbury (West Midlands Championships) http://www.harlequins.org.uk/fixtures.html

Thu 8th: Aldridge Airport (night) http://www.harlequins.org.uk/fixtures.html

Sat 10th: Hermitage, Coalville http://www.leioc.org.uk/fixtures/all-lei-fixtures/

and Blakeney, Forest of Dean (night) http://www.ngoc.org.uk/fixtures/

Sun 11th: Itchington Holt (OD club championships) http://www.octavian-droobers.org/index.php/events/events-calendar/

and Highgate Common (HOC club championships) http://www.harlequins.org.uk/fixtures.html

and Eyam http://derwentvalleyorienteers.org.uk/events/dvo-fixtures/

Wed 14th: Sutton Park (Santa-O) http://www.coboc.org.uk/futureevents.htm

and The Beacon, Loughborough (night) http://www.leioc.org.uk/fixtures/all-lei-fixtures/

Sat 17th Brocton, Stafford (WCH handicap race) http://www.walton-chasers.co.uk/

Sun 18th: Borreaton Park (WRE club championships) http://www.wrekinorienteers.co.uk/

Tue 27th: Rough Close, Coventry (relay) http://www.octavian-droobers.org/index.php/events/events-calendar/

Sat 31st: Ratby, Leicester http://www.leioc.org.uk/fixtures/all-lei-fixtures/

Sun 1st Jan: Bathpool, Kidsgrove (score championships) http://www.potoc.dandasparks.org.uk/png/

Mon 2nd: Belper (urban) http://derwentvalleyorienteers.org.uk/events/dvo-fixtures/

For major national events see the BOF list https://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/major_fixtures and Fabian4 http://www.fabian4.co.uk/

Western Night League http://www.westernnightleague.org.uk/

Bike-O http://www.bmbo.org.uk/

Tuesdays & Thursdays at 7: WCH training www.walton-chasers.co.uk

WYEVENT children’s training www.wyeventuresoc.com
Saturdays at 9 am: Parkrun at 15 locations in the region www.parkrun.org.uk/events/events

Always check before travelling. Share transport where possible. If you want to subscribe or unsubscribe to these emails, or submit items, contact me at dadge@hotmail.com

Happy Navigating! Adrian

Sat 29th Oct: Warwick University, Coventry http://www.octavian-droobers.org/index.php/events/events-calendar/

and Cleeve Hill, Cheltenham http://www.ngoc.org.uk/fixtures/

Sun 30th: Gentleshaw, Cannock (West Midlands League) http://www.walton-chasers.co.uk/

and Stowe, Buckingham http://www.smoc.info/

Sat 5th Nov: Warrington (urban) http://www.mdoc.org.uk/

Sun 6th: Bury Ditches, Market Drayton (West Midlands League) http://www.wrekinorienteers.co.uk/events-2016.html

Wed 9th: Burbage, Hinckley (night) http://www.leioc.org.uk/fixtures/lei_fixtures.php

Sat 12th: Coombe Abbey, Coventry http://www.octavian-droobers.org/index.php/events/events-calendar/

and Standish, Stroud (night) http://www.westernnightleague.org.uk/

Sun 13th: Bradgate, Leicester http://www.leioc.org.uk/fixtures/lei_fixtures.php

and Foel Goch, Machynlleth http://www.mid-wales-orienteers.org.uk/events

Wed 16th: Memorial Park, Coventry (night) http://www.octavian-droobers.org/index.php/events/events-calendar/

Thu 17th: Worcester (night urban) http://harlequins.org.uk/fixtures.html

Sat 19th: Donisthorpe, Ashby http://www.leioc.org.uk/fixtures/lei_fixtures.php

and Kidnalls, Forest of Dean http://www.ngoc.org.uk/fixtures/

and Sutton Park (World Schools Selection Race) http://www.bsoa.org/home/raw?htm=BSOC16

Sun 20th: Wirksworth (urban) http://derwentvalleyorienteers.org.uk/events/dvo-fixtures/

and Sutton Park (British Schools Championships) http://www.bsoa.org/home/raw?htm=BSOC16 (entries close 1/11/16)

Thu 24th: Clent Hills (night) http://harlequins.org.uk/fixtures.html

For major national events see the BOF list https://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/major_fixtures and Fabian4 http://www.fabian4.co.uk/

Results:

Warwick http://www.octavian-droobers.org/index.php/results/2016-results/644-9th-october-2016-warwick-town-results

Compass Sport Cup/Trophy Final http://www.pgopage.co.uk/compasssportcup.htm

Malvern http://harlequins.org.uk/

West Midlands League standings http://www.wmoa.org.uk/club.html

Rankings https://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/index.php

Results:

West Midlands Relays http://www.walton-chasers.co.uk/west-midlands-relays-results-2/

Coming up:

Sun 9th Warwick (urban) http://www.octavian-droobers.org/index.php/events/events-calendar/

Mon 10th WMOA AGM 7.30 pm at Great Barr Hotel

Wed 12th Gamecock, Nuneaton http://www.baoc.info/events (enter by 10/10/16)

Sat 15th Parkend, Gloucester http://www.ngoc.org.uk/fixtures/

Sun 16th Compass Sport Cup Final (Yorkshire) – good luck to OD and POTOC

Wed 19th Watermead Park, Leicester http://www.leioc.org.uk/event-details/?item=%201697

Sat 22nd Malvern (urban) http://www.harlequins.org.uk/fixtures.html

and Biddulph Grange http://www.potoc.dandasparks.org.uk/png/events.html

and Grange Top, Swadlincote http://derwentvalleyorienteers.org.uk/events/dvo-fixtures/

Sun 23rd Castlemorton Common, Malvern (WM League) http://www.harlequins.org.uk/fixtures.html

Wed 26th Sutton Park (night) http://www.coboc.org.uk/futureevents.htm

For major national events see the BOF list https://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/major_fixtures and Fabian4 http://www.fabian4.co.uk/

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…which stands for “Swynnerton and map” of course. The map in question, you can see, barely survived the race!

Tue 14th June Wildwood, Stafford (sprint) http://www.walton-chasers.co.uk/

and Severn Valley Country Park http://www.wrekinorienteers.co.uk/uploads/3/0/6/5/30655735/wrekin_summer_series_2016_events_list.pdf

and Macclesfield Forest http://www.mdoc.org.uk/events

Wed 15th Elmdon, Solihull http://www.octavian-droobers.org/images/160/Wednesday_2016_June.pdf

Thu 16th June Jaunter, Clent (time trial) http://www.harlequins.org.uk/fixtures.html

and Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham (urban) http://www.ngoc.org.uk/fixtures/

Sat 18th Carsington, Ashbourne http://derwentvalleyorienteers.org.uk/events/dvo-fixtures/

Sun 19th Sandwell Valley (West Midlands League) http://www.harlequins.org.uk/fixtures.html

Tue 21st Peel Pursuit, Brocton (x-country) http://www.walton-chasers.co.uk/

and Telford Town Park http://www.wrekinorienteers.co.uk/uploads/3/0/6/5/30655735/wrekin_summer_series_2016_events_list.pdf

Wed 22nd Ryton Pools, Leamington http://www.octavian-droobers.org/images/160/Wednesday_2016_June.pdf

and Rosliston, Burton http://derwentvalleyorienteers.org.uk/events/dvo-fixtures/

Sat 25th Hawkbatch, Wyre Forest http://www.harlequins.org.uk/fixtures.html

and Cranham, Gloucester (harris relay) http://www.ngoc.org.uk/fixtures/

Sun 26th Harvester, Cleeve Hill, Cheltenham (night relay) http://www.ngocweb.com/harvester2016/

and Ashby-de-la-Zouch (urban) http://www.leioc.org.uk/fixtures/all-lei-fixtures/

Tue 28th Wrockwardine, Telford http://www.wrekinorienteers.co.uk/uploads/3/0/6/5/30655735/wrekin_summer_series_2016_events_list.pdf

Wed 29th Gates Run, Sutton Park (time trial/o) http://www.octavian-droobers.org/images/160/Wednesday_2016_June.pdf nb. embargoed for schoolchildren

Thu 30th Ross-on-Wye (urban) http://www.ngoc.org.uk/fixtures/

and Brereton Heath, Congleton http://www.mdoc.org.uk/events

Sat 2nd July Baggeridge, Sedgley http://www.harlequins.org.uk/fixtures.html

Sun 3rd Leek (urban) http://www.potoc.dandasparks.org.uk/png/events.html

and Yvette Baker Junior Trophy Final, London http://www.herts-orienteering.club/events/event/wormley-woods-ybt-final/

Register now for:

9-10 July Twin Peak, Manchester http://www.mdoc.org.uk/events

24-29 July Croeso, South Wales http://www.croesomultiday.org.uk/2016

27-29 August, White Rose, North Yorkshire Moors http://www.eborienteers.org.uk/future-fixtures/white-rose-weekend/

Results

Hartshill Hayes http://www.octavian-droobers.org/index.php/results/2016-results/590-24th-jan-2016-hartshill-hayes-results

Chasewater http://www.walton-chasers.co.uk/chasewater-results-2/

BokTrot http://www.bristolorienteering.org.uk/results/bok-trot-and-aso-event-brierley-forest-dean-7th-february-2016

Longdon http://www.harlequins.org.uk/fixtures.html

West Midlands League standings http://www.wmoa.org.uk/club.html

Coming up

Wed 17th Feb: Leek http://www.baoc.info/events

and Western Park, Leicester http://www.leioc.org.uk/fixtures/all-lei-fixtures/

Sat 20th: BUCS http://www.uboc.org.uk/bucs-2016

and Rough Close, Coventry (night) http://www.octavian-droobers.org/index.php/events/events-calendar/

and Moseley Green (night) http://www.westernnightleague.org.uk/fixtures.htm

Sun 21st: Lizard Hill, Shifnal (West Midlands League) http://www.wrekinorienteers.co.uk/events.html

Wed 24th: Sutton Park (night) http://www.coboc.org.uk/futureevents.htm

Thu 25th: Stourbridge (night urban) http://harlequins.org.uk/fixtures.html

Sat 27th British Night Championships, Charnwood http://www.britishnightchamps.org.uk/ enter online by 21/2/16

Sun 28th Midlands Championships, Sherwood Forest http://www.cix.co.uk/~neper/rht2016/ enter online by 17/2/16

Thu 3rd March Kinver Edge (night) http://harlequins.org.uk/fixtures.html

Sat 5th Welsh Championships weekend http://www.swoc.org.uk/index.php?id=429

and Consall, Leek http://www.potoc.dandasparks.org.uk/png/events.html

and Junior Development Meeting, Birmingham https://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/images/uploaded/downloads/Junior%20Development%20meeting%205th%20March%202016%20Agenda_.pdf

Sun 6th Longshaw, Peak District http://derwentvalleyorienteers.org.uk/events/dvo-fixtures/ enter online by 28/2/16

Wed 9th Ashby (evening) http://www.leioc.org.uk/event-details/?item=%201564

Thu 10th Aston University (night urban) http://harlequins.org.uk/fixtures.html

Sat 12th Memorial Park, Coventry http://www.octavian-droobers.org/index.php/events/events-calendar/eventdetail/335/-/memorial-park-coventry

and Lyme Park, Disley http://www.mdoc.org.uk/events/national-trust-orienteering-challenge-lyme-12-mar-2016

Sun 13th Compass Sport Cup, Cannock Chase http://www.walton-chasers.co.uk/wchevents/compasssport-cup-trophy-heat-colour-coded-race/

and Bickerton, Cheshire http://www.deeside-orienteering-club.org.uk/events/club+events.htm

And…

JK, Yorkshire 25th-28th March http://www.thejk.org.uk/

British Championships, Brown Clee 30th April-1st May http://www.theboc.org.uk/

For other major national events see the BOF list https://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/major_fixtures and Fabian4 http://www.fabian4.co.uk/

Bike-O http://www.bmbo.org.uk/
Tuesdays & Thursdays at 7: WCH training www.walton-chasers.co.uk
WYEVENT children’s training @ Hereford Leisure Centre www.wyeventures.com
Saturdays at 9 am: Parkrun at 15 locations in the region www.parkrun.org.uk/events/events

Always check before travelling. Share transport where possible.

Sat 6th: Daventry Country Park http://www.octavian-droobers.org/index.php/events/events-calendar/

and Coopers Hill, Gloucester http://www.ngoc.org.uk/fixtures/

and Macclesfield http://www.mdoc.org.uk/events/spring-series-3-riverside-park-6-feb-2016

and Billa Barra, Markfield http://www.leioc.org.uk/fixtures/lei_fixtures.php

and Frith Wood, Ledbury (night) http://www.westernnightleague.org.uk/fixtures.htm

Sun 7th: Chasewater (West Midlands League) http://www.walton-chasers.co.uk/wchevents/colour-coded-race/

and Forest of Dean http://www.bristolorienteering.org.uk/events/bok-trot-and-aso-event-brierley-forest-dean-7th-february-2016 enter online by 22/1/16

Thu 11th: Sence Valley, Ibstock http://www.leioc.org.uk/fixtures/lei_fixtures.php

and Habberley Valley, Kidderminster (night) http://www.harlequins.org.uk/fixtures.html

Sat 13th: Apedale, Newcastle http://www.potoc.dandasparks.org.uk/png/events.html

Sun 14th: Wyre Forest (West Midlands League) http://www.harlequins.org.uk/fixtures.html

Wed 17th: Leek http://www.baoc.info/events

Also…

British Night Championships 27th Feb, Charnwood Forest http://www.britishnightchamps.org.uk/ enter online by 21/2/16

Midlands Championships 28th Feb, Sherwood Forest http://www.cix.co.uk/~neper/rht2016/ enter online by 17/2/16

I hadn’t had much sleep so it probably wasn’t too surprising that when I opened the bag I saw it was Catherine’s shoes… Still, luckily I did have some trainers with me. Not ideal though when it’s muddy and a bit icy too.

But the shoe thing wasn’t my biggest mistake of the day. As I ran up the road towards the first control I realised I wasn’t carrying a compass. Now, that doesn’t make things impossible – I’ve tried it a couple of times before, at park and urban events, where it probably made me concentrate a bit more, and I probably saved some time by not looking at it – but on Highgate Common?? in the dark???

Sure enough, the first control, a 400-metre leg, took me 10 minutes. Thinking about it now, I must’ve run past it after about 5 minutes, but I wasn’t at all sure where I was (!), and I’m pleased that I somehow managed to slowly work out the pattern of slopes, paths and trees IN THE DARK and gradually home in on my prey. (If you look at the map, you can see that the contours show that the slope upwards is generally towards the northwest, so this info can be used to substitute for the lack of compass.)

After that, I didn’t really have much trouble. I went 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-14-15-16-18 for 12 controls in the hour allowed. To be honest, if I hadn’t been wearing my new headtorch I wouldn’t have risked this madcap compassless adventure. I got it off eBay for a tenner, and though it’s probably not as bright as the EIGHTEEN HUNDRED LUMENS advertised, it is pretty damn bright, and made me feel a lot more confident out there than I sometimes have been with my old headlamps.