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SOL? SOUL? What’s all that about?

For the benefit of new members who keep seeing our posts urging you to enter SOLs and SOULs but aren’t sure what we’re on about….

SOL = Scottish Orienteering League (sponsored by CompassPoint)
– larger events – 350-400 runners on average
– a full range of courses to choose from including Black and Short Green/Blue/Brown
– better quality mapping and organisation with loos and often traders/food stalls
– online entry system and very little Entry On The Day
– your result earns you SOL ranking points and the chance to win trophies by age class

SOUL = Scottish Orienteering Urban League (sponsored by bto solicitors)
– all as above but in an urban environment including parks, streets, estates, alleyways, waste ground
– usually 5 or 6 courses all TD3 or Orange standard where route choice is key to a successful run
– the chance to earn ranking points for the SOUL categories where age classes are grouped together

If you’ve not tried a big event yet why not give SOUL 3 at Aboyne and/or SOL 4 at Glen Dye a go the first w/e in May – right on our doorstep, friendly faces you know, the chance to munch on some excellent baking from ScotJOS and Banchory Schools Team – what’s stopping you?
Online entries open already on OEntries with closing date of 26th April for both events.

Street O and sprints

“Just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who organised the Wednesday night sprints these past few weeks. I know the turnout hasn’t been great but it’s been very helpful to us in preperation for the sprints coming up at the JK and British Sprint and Middle Champs so I just wanted to pass on thanks – we really appreciate your effort!

Kind regards Teresa, Jake & Alistair Chapman (MAROC).”

And the proof of the pudding? Alistair came 5th M14 and Jake 4th M16 at JK2015 on a much fiddlier but infinitely more entertaining map than we’ve been using for the Street O so it must help for keeping a general sense of orientation. Great results guys (and thanks for cheering me in too on the final control and run in – R)

Have you tried a Sprint O yet? There are urban and forest flavours of Sprint and both require full-on concentration all the way round. Great for those of us who want to take our minds off what our legs are doing as welll as the real sprinters amongst us. Check out the Forest Sprint Series starting tonight at Countesswells.

CompassPoint SOL4 – Glen Dye – 3rd May

mini-glen-dyeThe fabulous Glen Dye area is the setting for CompassPoint SOL4

Entries are open for SOL4 here: Oentries
Closing date 26 April 2015
EOD for non-league runs, as maps allow.

Event details

Annual Dinner 2015 Sat 9th May Raemoir House Hotel

We have arranged the annual dinner at Raemoir House Hotel for Sat 9th May. Excellent food and a chance to natter with your clubmates.
Format is the same as last year: 4 courses + tea/coffee, £25 per person plus drinks.
Let Lesley Gomersall know if you want to book a place. £10 deposit per person to Lesley required.

Raemoir can also do rooms for £110 (2 people B&B), contact the hotel directly 01330 824884.

Balmedie DNC 14/1/15 Results

Turned into a real wild, wet and windy night although most of us managed to get round before it really set in. Commiserations to John for having to earn his 50 planner’s points the really hard way collecting in! Just when I thought I was getting to know Balmedie in the dark well enough to relax a bit, John caught me out with some tricky controls on knolls where if you turned your torch away at the wrong moment you ran straight past. Aagh! Must get the distance judgement thing sussed.

Ice rink in the car park added to the fun but what I really wish I’d seen was the chillimobile squeezing between the posts guarding the entrance to the car park. Are they still there I wonder?

20150114 Balmedie DNC Results.pdf
20150114 Balmedie DNC Splits.pdf

Have you read this month’s CompassSport yet?

Couple of GRAMPs featured. One you can’t possibly miss in the Know Your Class Leader section where he describes his initial reluctance to get out into the woods (you’d never know it to look at him now!) and the other is hidden away in a crowd (the way she likes it) despite being a Legend.

Ever been asked “What’s orienteering like?”

Next time you are, point the enquirer in the direction of this dynamic piece written by Mike Rogers. Evocative stuff, eh? Could you use it somehow at work or with other circles of friends and acquaintances to entice others to come and try orienteering sometime sooner rather than later?

Do you have any other ideas to get the idea across? Something a bit more dynamic and engaging than the rather static descriptions of the technicalities we normally tend to use?
Sam and Jess would love to hear them so don’t be shy and share your inspiration next time you see them.

Christmas puzzle

If you get bored over the hols here’s a wee orienteering puzzle to keep you occupied.

Print out the AGM O Starter map which has Start, Finish and 3 controls already marked on it.
Using the info contained in the control descriptions and the given distances between some pairs of controls, see if you can recreate the complete course with a total length of 5km and all the controls in the right places. At the AGM we did this offline with the aid of a ruler to measure distances but you could ‘cheat’ and use Condes (which will take some time to set up and thus keep you occupied for even longer if you’re really, really bored!!)

HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

AGM O starter map.pdf
AGM O control descriptions and distance info.pdf

AGM O answer map.pdf

Orienteers and tree diseases

You’ll all have heard about Ash Dieback by now and seen the round robin from BOF that Ian circulated a while ago with advice on how we can help prevent the spread of this and other tree diseases. Here’s a little reminder of how we as orienteers (who are therefore more likely to visit parts of the woods most others never reach), can help prevent the spread – and it’s really worth paying more attention this time as the spring/summer weather tempts us all out and about and especially as Glen Dye has been confirmed as victim of an outbreak of a similar disease affecting larch.

You can help by following these guidelines whether orienteering or just out for a walk:

  • If possible, thoroughly wash all footwear, paws and bike/buggy tyres before leaving the area – the spores are carried in clods of mud and leaf litter stuck to these – but don’t just dunk your shoes in the nearest stream as this will simply disperse any contamination all the more effectively!
  • Alternatively, wash footwear, paws and tyres when you get home and using a garden fungicide will make this more effective (but not on the paws please)
  • Thoroughly wash and dry any clothing especially if it’s clarted in mud – preferably give it 48 hours before reuse if possible. Spores are wind-bourne before they get into the mud so you may pick some up while running around. (Even if you haven’t, it’s common courtesy to other orienteers down-wind of you at the next event!)

If you want more info on tree diseases then here are a few links or you can ask our resident biosecurity expert, Gen.

Poster showing spread of identified outbreaks throughout Britain as of Feb 2103
Juniper Dieback – many of the areas we use have juniper
Phytophthora ramorum – Latin for “the larch one”
Chalara fraxinea – Latin for “the ash one”

Unlike Foot and Mouth, the effects of these diseases aren’t so easy to see so easily forgotten about. Please remember and help orienteering to maintain its good reputation with landowners by doing your bit. Thanks.

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CAN’T WAIT FOR THE NEXT EVENT? NEED A FIX NOW?

Then try a Permanent Orienteering Course in a local forest or park or try one of our Street O maps for a taste of urban O.

SOA

Scottish Orienteering Association

British Orienteering

British Orienteering

RSS SOA news

  • British Orienteering Champions 2015
    Congratulations to Grahan Gristwood (FVO) & Jess Tullie (BASOC) on winning the 2015 British Orienteering Championships long distance classic in the Forest of Dean. Results, reports & photo links here
  • bto SOUL 3, Aboyne, May 2
    MAROC are hosting this in a new area that is a mixture of old/new housing, with open areas, some intricate path networks, and surrounding mature woodland. Entry via oentries.com. There is also a forest sprint at Tilquhillie the evening before, details on the MAROC website. GRAMP are hosting SOL 4 is at Glen Dye the next day.
  • Compass Point Scottish O League 2015
    SOL league scores after 3 races are now available.  Scores can be found by course or age class. The calculation program has again been updated and should now reduce the number of name-related errors in the lists. Please let me know of any issues that you find.
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