As I look out of my window the cars and gardens are still covered with snow; is this what November is going to be like? Never mind, orienteers are hardy folk. Now, where did I put my thermals?

The big events are at the end of the month, and there’s loads of opportunity to practise before then… More details on most of the events here.

Sat 1: Knighton Park, Leicester (LEI)

Sat 2: Bestwood, Nottingham (NOC)

Tue 4: Erdington (HOC) – night event

Sat 8: Common Plot, Stone (POTOC); Satnall Hills, Stafford (WCH); British Camp, Malvern (MADO); Whinfield Rec, Rugby (OD)

Sun 9: Bagworth Woods, Market Bosworth (LEI); Sallowvallets, Forest of Dean (NGOC) – regional event

Thurs 13: Hartlebury Common, Stourport (HOC) – night event

Sat 15: Apedale, Newcastle (POTOC); Brocks Hill, Oadby (LEI); Stafford Common (cross-country) – see Walton Chasers website for details

Sun 16: Hawkbatch, Wyre Forest (HOC) – including a 1960’s-style course; Shining Cliff, Belper (DVO) – regional event

Thurs 20: Worcester (HOC) – night event

Sat 22: Brueton Park, Solihull (OD); Cannon Hill Park (COBOC); Bixslade, Forest of Dean (NGOC); East Park, Wolverhampton (HOC)

Sun 23: Gogbatch, Church Stretton (WRE) – West Midland Championships

Wed 26: Fosse Meadows, Hinckley (LEI) – night event

Sat 29: Pooley Fields, Polesworth (OD); Moseley Green, Blakeney (NGOC)

Sun 30: Brocton, Stafford (WCH) – regional event

Tues 2 December: Great Barr (HOC) – night event

Wed 3: Swynnerton (BAOC)

Thurs 4: Lickey Hills (HOC) – night event

Sat 6: Nash Woods, Presteigne (POW); Standish, Stroud (NGOC) – night event

Sun 7: Postensplain, Wyre Forest (HOC) – regional event