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Wow what a packed weekend! After the SOG at Knowlands on 1st October 2022, sixteen of us set out back into the woods with kit in wheelbarrows to set up camp in a clearing in the middle of the woods. What an amazing setting - we had a fire pit, composting toilets, running water and were right in the middle of the woods which was ideal for all our activities!
The final sessions were presented by Vince Joyce and Karen Ashworth. Vince discussed the tactic of doing the simple things really well in order to achieve success at the highest levels in orienteering. He talked through his approach at the British Nights in 1999 part1 and part2, and later his World Masters medal run in Canada 2005. The session plan for the activity is here, along with the slides which looked at the techniques of Route Choice, Traffic Lights, and Visualisation.
Ahead of the orienteering competition, Karen run a fun session to look at risks that can appear on the day of an event, and the opportunity (in the most part) to mitigate the potential hazard. Karen’s slides are here. The group formed teams and voted for each issue on the possibilities for appropriate mitigation.
Thursday evening trail runs are taking place again. These are social training events where you can run on your own or as a group. We meet at 6:30pm each week although you can run at any other time. A Doodle poll has been set up to allow you to sign up - particularly if you can't print your own map. It is intended that all runs will also be MapRun enabled. Runs will be added a few days before the Thursday each week - see below for list.
The afternoon sessions kicked off with interesting talks on the philosophy of planning and the importance of sleep. Neil Crickmore talked about the correct approach of planning ‘legs’ rather than identifying interesting control sites. Neil’s slides. The group considered a map of Woolbeeding Common and looked for legs that would provide route choice. Darren Warner-Swann then talked about the brain and the part that sleep plays in keeping it healthy. Darren pondered the question, ‘can sleep make you a champion?’ and concluded that adequate sleep will indeed play a major role in success. Darren’s slides are here.
The session looked at 3 skills we might coach recent starters on a Saturday morning: Judging Distance, Using the Compass, and Identifying an Attack Point. The slides are here. The session plan is here as a PDF and here as an MS Word document. The club will promote the use of thumb compasses given their widespread use by elite athletes. There were 3 exercises. Firstly, the athletes walked and jogged 40 double paces to see how close that got them to 100m in each case.
The start time for the event has been delayed by 30 minutes to allow the parkrun event to finish and clear away.
If this change in time means that you are no longer able to compete, you can withdraw your entry on racesignup.co.uk and receive a full refund as a credit against a future entry.
For the first practical session of the day, Will Heap took the group onto the playing fields to look at warm-up, and strength & conditioning. These are really important activities to minimise the risk of injury. Will’s notes are here. The warm-up covered both the physical and mental aspect of pre-exercise preparation, with the athletes map reading whilst jogging. Will then took the group through strength & conditioning exercises which should be repeated 2 or 3 times a week.
The night orienteering season gets underway this Saturday evening with a training session on Chailey Common South. The common is one of SO’s most popular areas with a mix of terrain and contour detail. There are courses of 4.5km and 2.5km in length, and it’s a chance to check out your night-o kit. The session offers the chance to borrow all the kit you need: thumb compass, headtorch, SI card etc. Please let Robert Lines know if you will attend and whether you want to borrow anything. Coaching will of course be available for anyone looking for tips and advice. Training session fee £1 on the night.
The slides from the first session are here. Rob talked about the coaching priorities for the year as being safety, a thriving junior squad, and good quality Saturday morning events that would be good preparation for regional and national events. All club members are encouraged to use Routegadget as this can provide planners with great feedback on their planning. Rob showed an example from the Yorkshire and Humberside Night League where he had been the event organiser. The Routegadget video capture shows three legs 14-15-16-17.
The Southern Championships on Hound Tor and Haytor hosted by Devon Orienteering, provided some testing orienteering. Congratulations to champions Mike Gammon M90 and Robin Smith M70 and well done to:
- Ruth Rhodes - Runner Up W80
- Jill Blount - Runner Up W60
- Barry Jones - Runner Up M50
- Steve Blount - Third M60
Congratulations to our junior team who took part in the Peter Palmer night and day relay event in Birmingham over the weekend of 10th and 11th September.
Read on for a brief report and photos.
As you may recall SO qualified for the final of the CompassSport Cup which is to be held near Stirling on October 16th. Following an informal straw poll among members at events it soon became clear that we were unlikely to be able to send a full team of 25 members.
The SE Sprint Championships at Manor Park & Surrey Research Park provided some great sprint orienteering. Congratulations to:
- Liam Marsh - Bronze M18-M40
- Kate Turner - Bronze W45-W55
- Will Heap - Silver M45-M55
- Steve Blount - Bronze M60-M65
- Ruth Rhodes - Silver W70+
After the Hawth event, we take a break for the Summer season and are back to it in September.
Many of our members will be heading off to different parts of the country to take part in multi-day Orienteering events, including Lake District, Yorkshire and Sweden, amongst others I'm sure.
In addition some of our juniors have been selected for tours and events in Stockholm and Gothenburg ... more on this in the next news article ...
Read more for information about each of these events.
We have just reduced our prices for the Park O series of events to encourage more participation. Adult members £2.50 (£3.50 for non-members). Junior members free (£1 for non-members). Why not invite some friends along who haven’t tried it before for a FREE trial. Either come along on the day or contact our secretary to guarantee a map. Park-O’s are fun events where you can get a feeling for the sport – you can walk or run, go as a group or on your own or challenge your navigation at high speed against some of our top competitive orienteers.