Club News:

Refresh & Improve Your Skills

The second of the Mapping webinars is on Tuesday 4th May - this is the one which Martin is helping to present. For further details & links to the registration page see this news item. If you weren't able to take part in the first one you can still watch a recording from the British Orienteering Webinar page.

The previous evening we have our own online club session. Clive is running this session, with help from Sally & Simon. The session will include an initial presentation, trying out selected courses on Running Wild, small group discussions &, if you're lucky, even a fun quiz! All members should have received information about this - there's still time to apply, just email Clive.

Learn About Mapping..

The next two British Orienteering webinars cover the vital (to us!) topic of Mapping - and SuffOC's Martin Hore is helping to present the second one! For further details & links to the registration pages see this news item.

Getting Back to 'O'

Fingers crossed our Summer Series will be able to take place - &, prior to that, Simon & Clive are holding a virtual training session on Monday 8th March. It will be via Zoom, open to all present & past members of SuffOC, & will feature a mix of ideas to help you prepare, including fitness, virtual 'O' & technical skills. The session will be suitable for both experienced & newer members - it'll be lovely to see people again, even though we can't meet in the forest or park at the moment.

So - put the event on your calendar:

Monday 8th March, 19.30

SuffOC Zoom meeting

& let Simon know that you're planning to attend so that he can send you an invitation to join the meeting.

The Current Situation

From 5th January all organised orienteering events, leagues, coaching etc have been suspended - you can read the full statement from British Orienteering here.

Individuals are encouraged to continue to exercise locally & you probably have your own preferred routes close to home. If you happen to live near one of our Virtual Courses you may like to try it to practise your "O" skills - there's no limit to the number of times you can repeat any of the courses so trying to improve your route choices, along with your fitness level, could take you higher up the MapRun leaderboard!

Xmas 2020

We're still hoping to bring you the events we've scheduled for 2021, but, in the meantime, along with many other clubs, we've been continuing to develop our catalogue of virtual MapRun courses. The courses are similar to those we put on in our Summer Series - the latest offerings are a score course in Aldeburgh, thanks to Ray, & a long & short linear course in Elmswell, generated by Sarah's Purple Pen. At the suggestion of one of our regular MapRunners we're also beginning to put together some 5Km Run Routes, e.g. this one in Elmswell. As they're fairly simple routes they'll be a good introduction to MapRun, in addition providing a timed route for those missing their regular parkrun!

So - have a go, have fun, & encourage your friends to try our virtual courses to liven up Xmas & the New Year..