Sat 13th: Old Hills, Malvern http://www.harlequins.org.uk/fixtures.html

and Donisthorpe, Ashby http://www.leioc.org.uk/fixtures/lei_event_details.php

and WM schools championships nr Bridgnorth http://www.wrekinorienteers.co.uk/events-2017.html

Sun 14th: Shoal Hill, Cannock (radio orienteering) http://www.nationalradiocentre.co.uk/ardf/events.html

Wed 17th: Elmdon Park, Solihull http://www.octavian-droobers.org/index.php/events/events-calendar/

Sat 20th: Baggeridge, Sedgley http://www.harlequins.org.uk/fixtures.html

and Tunstall/Burslem Parks http://www.potoc.dandasparks.org.uk/png/events.html

and Pembrokeshire Weekend http://www.baoc.info/content/2017/01/09/Welsh-Weekend-20th-21st-May-2017-Preseli-and-Tenby?_ga=2.172765219.129178139.1494251837-229903836.1492679007

Sun 21st: Calke Abbey, Ashby http://derwentvalleyorienteers.org.uk/events/dvo-fixtures/

Wed 24th: Kenilworth (park/urban) http://www.octavian-droobers.org/index.php/events/events-calendar/

and Willesley, Ashby http://www.leioc.org.uk/fixtures/lei_event_details.php

Sat 27th: SINS day1 Long Mynd, Church Stretton http://sins.org.uk/

Sun 28th: SINS day 2 Nash Woods, Presteigne http://sins.org.uk/

Mon 29th: SINS day 3 Brampton Bryan, Knighton http://sins.org.uk/

Wed 31st: Bentley Woods, Atherstone http://www.octavian-droobers.org/index.php/events/events-calendar/

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…or perseverance pays off (sometimes).

Twice this week I’ve been out orienteering for about two hours in non-standard races, and twice I’ve beaten the odds and come second. 🙂

On Thursday it was the BIMM: the Bewdley International Mountain Marathon. In fact it was the Return of the BIMM, since the format had been retired by its originator, the inimitable Russ Fauset. Although my knees don’t like street running that much, this kind of event favours me: I like puzzles. The race was in two parts: first, 2.5 km navigating around the centre of Bewdley using a bad copy of a Victorian ordnance survey map. Second, a route of indeterminate length on a roughly drawn street map. Unlike normal orienteering, where you see the entire route at the start, in Russ-O you have to get to each checkpoint before you find out where the next one is.

Does the event have the right to call itself an International Mountain Marathon? I should coco: we had a competitor from Sweden (or from Wordsley, if you want to make it sound more exotic); we had mountains, as this route profile shows…

bewdley

(Note the genius of the Tour-de-France-style planning – the first 8k was a relatively flat warm-up for the hors-category climbs in the final third of the race.) and although 8.5 miles isn’t literally a marathon, it is a freaking long way on a freezing Thursday night.

This must be the first orienteering event when I’ve been out for an hour and three quarters and still come second!

And then yesterday I eclipsed that by coming second after a two-hour run. Radio orienteering is an acquired taste and I’m a complete ham, but, as at Bewdley, I proved that persistence in difficult conditions can bear fruit. Cademan Woods is a tricky area (as competitors in the British Night Championsips there can testify) with its rocky outcrops, maze of paths and acres of brambles but at least it’s an area I’m familiar with. And it was a cold morning flecked with snow.

I set off west, convinced that transmitter 2 was over there (you can do them in any order), but 45 minutes later I eventually found it virtually in the centre of the map, having slowly drifted northwards across the road. (I’d actually gone virtually straight past number 1 without realising it.) A crap start which included slipping and falling on my back while clambering down some rocks. But finding the first control gave me confidence that I knew what I was doing (!) and I proceeded to find the other 4 transmitters and by some miracle get back within the 2-hour time limit – just. Checking the results, I was shocked to see that I was one of only two people who managed this feat!

cademan-route

League results:

Postensplain, Wyre Forest http://www.harlequins.org.uk/fixtures.html

Brandon Wood , Coventry http://www.octavian-droobers.org/index.php/results/2017-results/665-22nd-jan-2017-brandon-woods-wml-results

Badgerslade http://www.walton-chasers.co.uk/badgerslade-results-2017/

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

Coming up:

Note that although there will be a few spare maps available on the day, if you wish to enter for next Sunday’s league event at Nash Woods you should do so by email today (13th) to terrybeval@aol.com – thanks.

Wed 15th Sence Valley, Coalville http://www.leioc.org.uk/fixtures/all-lei-fixtures/

Thu 16th Old Hills, Malvern (night) http://www.harlequins.org.uk/fixtures.html

Sat 18th Hartshill Hayes (night) http://www.octavian-droobers.org/index.php/events/events-calendar/

and Painswick, Stroud (night) http://www.ngoc.org.uk/fixtures/

Sun 19th Nash Woods, Presteigne (WM League) http://www.wrekinorienteers.co.uk/events-2017.html

and Beacon Hill, Loughborough http://www.leioc.org.uk/fixtures/all-lei-fixtures/

Tue 21st Northwich (night urban) http://www.deeside-orienteering-club.org.uk/events/club+events.htm

Wed 22nd Sutton Park (night) http://www.coboc.org.uk/futureevents.htm

Thu 23rd Aston University & Jewellery Quarter (night urban) http://www.harlequins.org.uk/fixtures.html

Sat 25th Highmeadow, Monmouth http://www.ngoc.org.uk/fixtures/

Sun 26th Lindop Wood, Matlock http://derwentvalleyorienteers.org.uk/events/dvo-fixtures/

Wed 1st March Thorpe Pastures, Dovedale http://www.baoc.info/events

Thu 2nd Burlish Top, Kidderminster (night) http://www.harlequins.org.uk/fixtures.html

and Macclesfield (night urban) http://www.mdoc.org.uk/events

Sat 4th Marbury Country Park, Northwich (day & night) http://www.deeside-orienteering-club.org.uk/events/club+events.htm

Sun 5th Chillington Hall (WM League) http://www.walton-chasers.co.uk/

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

Other interesting links to click on:

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

Hash House Harriers http://birminghamhhh.co.uk/
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

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

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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/

image

…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/