We had planned, together with our neighbouring club, WAOC, a forest-and-urban weekend, & had promised two contrasting events, but had not anticipated quite how much difference there would be! Saturday's event at West Harling was held in beautiful autumnal sunshine while Sunday's weather was the subject of a Met Office severe weather warning. The warning, together with early heavy rain & difficult driving conditions, discouraged some participants, but those who did attend had a second day of excellent orienteering.
Links to both sets of results, together with Routegadget maps, UKUL & SEOUL listings, comments from event officials, & to Steve Rush's excellent photos of the urban, taken despite the difficult weather conditions, are on our Results page.
Our thanks to all those who helped to make the events such a success - & to those who allowed us to use the venues.
We've had the first event, in the forest at West Harling today (you can view the results here), & our first-ever complete urban event in Bury St Edmunds is tomorrow, Sunday. There'll be courses to suit everyone, whatever your age or fitness level, &, in the urban, special "Taster" courses for newcomers. On-the-day entry is available for the "Taster" & for the competition courses - it's best to plan to arrive early in the registration period to enter your preferred competition course, as we have a finite number of maps still available for each one.
Our most recent Events Newsletter has information on Autumn in Anglia & on our other events over the winter, with links to more detailed information.
Urban orienteering's great fun - & the Junior courses are virtually traffic free so it's good for youngsters, with or without family support on the actual course!
Entries are now open for our orienteering weekend in early October. We'll be at West Harling on Saturday 5th & in the centre of Bury St Edmunds the following day, so you'll experience both forest & urban orienteering.
It's possible for individuals to enter any of the main courses via the Fabian4 website (& also to hire a SI card if necessary) - it enables you to fast-track straight to the Start on the day, unless you're hiring a SI card, & ensures that we have the correct map for you. Entry on the day will depend on map availability.
Both days cater for all levels of experience - the urban event has "Taster" courses for newcomers - & we know that beginners often prefer to enter with friends/family members. If you're interested in group entry or a "Taster" course then you'll need to enter on the day - you'll probably want to ask our Helpdesk for advice on the best course to select anyway.
On Sunday morning a group of us met up at the Ipswich Cornhill to be issued with maps & instructions for our Elm-O - basically a fun score event trying to visit as many of the 55 elephant sculptures as we could in 90 minutes. There were no SI units or gripples to be seen; we had to collect a certain letter from the sponsorship information from each statue (a way of ensuring that we didn't just sit in the pub & fill in our control cards from one of the official glossy brochures!). Urban 'O' planners could take note that the prominent placement of the statues meant that we visited some of the best parts of the town - shopping centres, railway station, waterfront (the latter two linked by a delightful path along the Gipping, depending on your route choice) - there was even a statue inside the library - no poking about in the back of car parks or under stairs to find hidden controls!
There were approximately 37 participants, a mixture of experienced orienteers, local runners & family groups, some aiming to visit all 55, some just wanting to explore the town centre & spend a bit more time enjoying the patterns on the different elephants. A total of £60 was raised for the St Elizabeth Hospice. Our thanks go to Clive & Sally for devising & organising the event. The Elmers will be on display until 7th September & if you weren't able to join us on Sunday you can still obtain a copy of the O map from Clive & Sally - perhaps at Hardwick Heath on Saturday? - if you'd like to try the run on your own.
This year's Suffolk Schools Orienteering Championships were held on Thursday 23rd May. There had previously been regional heats in Eye, Beyton & Mildenhall & nine teams from seven schools had qualified for the final, held for the third year running at the Thorpe Woodlands Adventure Centre in Thetford Forest.
Congratulations to all who took part, particularly to the teams from Debenham who achieved 1st place in the individual pairs event and who also won the team competition and to the Roughham & Charsfield teams who were placed 2nd & 3rd respectively. The complete report and results list can be downloaded from our website.