Remember Remember, the fifth of November, I hope you will as Guy Fawkes was the the only honourable man to ever enter Parliament, have a good Guy Fawkes Night.
Big round up this week of a big weeks Orienteering. Southdowns set a challenge via Twitter of doing all 5 Local Hampshire events- did anyone do all 5?
So for anyone taking part in the BAOC MLS event at Brockenhurst on Wednesday, who’s up for the challenge of a Hampshire / Sussex 5 day #orienteering event??? Brockenhurst, Hailsham, Southsea, Chichester & New Forest. #JustSaying @SouthamptonOC @WessexOrienteer #TheresAlwaysOne
— Southdowns Orienteers (@SOrienteers) October 29, 2019
I managed 4 – not a bad weekends activity. Heres a round up in a mega-post of dedication for all of you who took part in some of the moodiest weather weve seen for a while.
You might remember last March we had Compass Sport Comp in Roundhill New Forest? well we were back there for a MLS event on wednesday, good turn out with the Medlocks making it over for half term training. Great training on the pure white map areas of the New Forest, where every decision is important. Jolyon beat me by a minute to get a 3rd from 44, just behind I was 5th on the Blue 7. 2km Lyra led the 43 runners on the Light Green, just another walk in the park for her.
Couple of days later on Friday was the third Night League of season over at Southsea, a car load of us went over from Poole and found our way to the church base for this one, again organised by B.A.O.C. Alan Faringdon deals with the tech and the emit system of contactless punching works really well. Wednesdays and this event use the Race Results-info platform that provides live results – both at these events and online, which is now the most up to date you can get. I like seeing my name in 1st (before anyone else has finished of course, but always nice for while) This Wessex Night event had 78 runners! biggest ever for sure, with several runners from Czech Republic over for the November Classic making this the first race of the weekend. There were also a team of Norwegians booked to come however their plane got delayed so missed out on the action. Straight Score here, using the double sided A3 map for a well planned event, Alan getting a respectable 5th and another 5 of us in the results too. How Nick Jarvis can sequence 30 controls in 47 Minutes and post a 9.99km distance on Strava I will never know….
Saturday. Another lovely day outdoors- Lyra and the S.W squad put on training in our Coldharbour Map, yes that’s the Saturday you remember, youth runners out in the forest honing their skills. Southdowns put on the Chichester Urban, again in pouring rain…a few WSX went and raced this new area for us – must be getting towards a serious amount of Urban maps now nationally, someone should put on a Cathedral City series now that is something Id be prepared to travel for. Well done to those representing the Club on the day.
Sunday. The big day. Annual November Classic which brings people from all over the world to experience what we lucky Dorset folk have on our doorsteps- some of the best old growth forest in the world. High clouds and Blue Skies on a chilly day were what greeted us for whats also the WSX club championships- where you have to enter your age class to or run up to compete in the handicapped tables. My Short Brown course being 9.2 KM. and thats the direct line route. Bramshaw is just over the road from where I coached a couple of weeks ago, a fairly unvisited part of the forest and not used for many years, its wild. Wet, and unforgiving with perhaps only Nomansland in the north seeing many regular visitors. SOC worked hard to get this area so well done to them, FC are getting more demanding every year, and you can see why as on the day our parking area was also the site of a big 10 Mile X-Country race undertaken by several hundred distance runners. Pressure on the Forest is heavy, and it has to be managed- Im just glad that even with all this you can take an O.S Map and compass , and if you have the ability get into the wildest places going undisturbed by anyone else. Back to the racing, First up Lyra who had an Interlaken selection race running up to win 1st from 37 and also our Lady Club champion. Tight at the top however many wins, and every leg counts, and as Shakira said the splits dont lie, so check them out. Another top performances from John Cook to get the Mens Club Champion My effort fell short of finishing as I jumped a log and collapsed an ankle (again) which was a shame but I enjoyed the challenge as always, this type of area is all about good compass direction and very hard to maintain contact with the map with so little detail within the white area. Julie’s write up here too:
Monday. And still it goes on, Night League Event 4 planned by Becca Ellis in Wareham. Odds and Evens on a rainy school night this brought out 49 keen beans to take on the Wareham Walls, and boy was it hard, first runners went out in the rain and splashed their way around the course- with puddles like lakes on all the old roads and mud slides around the grassy walls. Joy. Our James Crickmore did the club proud for the win Thanks to WIM for putting this on and well done to all our club members who braved the night, special mention to the Kings Arms pub too that looked after us with great food and beer after.
ACROSS THE POND. Our Peter Suba had a great time winning a rare event in Houston– Texas!!