At last night’s AGM, once all had recovered from my shock appointment as schools liaison officer, there was some discussion of the national proposals to change the classification of orienteering events. As far as I understand them, the proposals have two main prongs: that all the non-national events should be lumped together in one category, and that there should be fewer badge events (courses classified by age) and more colour-coded events (courses classified by difficulty). Hmm. Well, to be honest there aren’t that many badge events anyway: only about 50 a year, or one a week, across the whole country. And there are probably too many colour-coded events already, at least of the so-called “district” type. In the Midlands there’s one every Sunday, more or less, and judging by the falling turnout we probably only need one a fortnight. Problems with these events include the fact that they’re too samey (typical courses in overused grotty woods) and that they’re too expensive, time-consuming and environmentally-unfriendly for what they are. A reduction in these events would leave room for more local events in parks, more variety of events, and save us money we can use to travel to premier competitions around the country and abroad.

One thing I somehow forgot all about was Vickers’ and Williams’ Korean adventure: it was the Radio-O world champs last month, and said Harlequins had the (somewhat expensive) honour of representing their nation. Congratulations to Dave for earning a fine 6th place in the 2-metre race <g>

He’s running an event in Sutton Park on 19 October.

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