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WOC 2017 Day Five

Saturday, July 8, 2017

The action moved to Vitipalu where it turned out the promise of less marsh came with quite the caveat: what replaced the marsh was even harder to orienteer in.

WOC 2017 Day Four

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Seeing as I myself was thrashing my way through some tough Estonian terrain in the spectator races (I took over 2 hours for my 10km course and came last but I enjoyed myself) - and therefore missed most of the day's action, I thought I'd fill my summary of the Long distance race with the thoughts of a few of the GB athletes - thanks to the team for providing us with the inside information.

WOC 2017 Day Three

Monday, July 3, 2017

Here's my summary of an up and down day (in more ways than one!) at the WOC 2017 Sprint Relay.

WOC 2017 Day Two

Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Sprint Final proved an uphill struggle for most but two strong results had the British Team in good spirits.

WOC 2017 Day One

Friday, June 30, 2017

The 34th World Orienteering Championships are underway in Tartu, Estonia so here's James' round up of the first day's events.

One day to go

Thursday, June 29, 2017

So, just one day left until the start of the 34th World Orienteering Championships in Tartu, Estonia.

British Night Champion 2009 - Mytchett

Sunday, June 27, 2010

It's not every day I get to be British Champion so winning M45 at the 2009 British Night Championships was quite a surprise.

Maze-O at Highfield Park

Friday, June 18, 2010

Helen tried out the the new Maze-O event at the HH Evening Event on 15th June. We now know that two of us can put out all the stakes and tape for the full maze in about an hour.

British Schools Orienteering Championships 2008

Monday, November 17, 2008

Fleetville TeamTwo months ago Helen decided to organise a Fleetville Junior School team for the British Schools Orienteering Championships.

Punching Technique

Sunday, October 26, 2008

James punching Sometimes the hardest part of orienteering is punching the controls, never mind finding them in the first place.

Coming Soon - London City Race

Thursday, September 25, 2008

I'm controlling the City of London Orienteering Race in October. The picture shows some of the things I ran past when checking control sites.

Scottish 6-Day 1991

Saturday, November 17, 2007

(Reflections on Day 3 of the Scottish 6-Day 1991 reproduced from Lokation 79. I believe it's normal to apologise to Wordsworth at this point.)

Rest of World Nowhere

Saturday, November 17, 2007

(From an O-Net article I wrote in June 1995.)

LOK STARS 1-2 in WORLD CORPORATE GAMES. REST OF WORLD NOWHERE!!!!!!!!

English O-words

Saturday, November 17, 2007

(An attempt to be helpful from the O-Net in October 1995.)

I would like to know the best English word describing the distance between two controls in an o-course. In Norwegian this word is called strekk, and some English suggestions are route, lap, leg, stretch and trek.

Colour photocopying

Saturday, November 17, 2007

(Some thoughts on early attempts at low-cost colour map reproduction from an article I wrote on the O-Net in November 1995. We have come an awfully long way since then.)

Tall Stories

Saturday, November 17, 2007

(From an O-Net article I wrote in November 1995.)

Anyway, here are a couple of moments from LOK folk-lore. I promise you they are both true (he would say that wouldn't he)

Veteran World Cup 1996

Saturday, November 17, 2007

The Veteran World Cup (now the World Masters) was held in Spain in 1996. Here is an extract from an O-Net article I wrote in April 1996.

Pigsticking

Saturday, November 17, 2007

(From an article I posted to the O-Net in December 1996.)

John gives me an ideal opportunity to provide a tribute to Willie Rushton, who died recently. His book "Pigsticking, A Joy for Life" provides brief details of how to participate in nearly every sport imaginable, and includes a section on orienteering. I quote:

Rites of Passage

Saturday, November 17, 2007

(An article I posted to the O-Net in December 1997.)

December 1997 has been fairly traumatic so far. I started a new job on the 1st. I managed two days there before a short break to be at the birth of my first child. James made his first appearance at an O event at Wisley on the 14th, and I discovered the joys of split starts for the first time at Trent Park on the 21st. But the really momentous occasion was at the SAXONS event at Ightham on the 28th for this was my last race as an M21.

Of night and light and the half light

Saturday, November 17, 2007

I was in the LOK team that won the Harvester Trophy Relay in 1986, and this still counts as one of my best results ever. Here Peter Waldron reports on the event in Lokation 53. The title is taken from Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven by W.B.Yeats, which ends with the perhaps better known line Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

Once in a lifetime - four times in a day

Friday, November 16, 2007

(An article by Paul Street reproduced from Lokation 90.)

I came last in an O-event on Sunday: it was one of my best days of the year.

Leith Hill National Event 1993

Friday, November 16, 2007

Helen organised the LOK National Event on Leith Hill in 1993. I was Entries Secretary and then ran the Finish. Many of you will remember the blizzard that struck during the event, and the temperature was so low that our finish computer clock started running slow. I ended up timing nearly 1400 people on my wristwatch. The following items are reproduced from an article in wrote in Lokation 88.

Trog-O Chislehurst Caves

Friday, November 16, 2007

(This article was written by Ian Gilliver and is reproduced from Issue 56 of Lokation, the London Orienteering Klubb newsletter.)

LOK achieved a world first at Chislehurst Caves on the evening of Saturday 19 September 1987: the world's first day-time night orienteering event, or more simply, the world's first underground orienteering event.

Why Sprint Races are Different

Sunday, April 29, 2007

You might think that sprint race planning is just more of the same, but experience has shown it probably needs a lot more care, certainly when looked at in terms of effort per kilometre of race! Fairness is a concern for any orienteering event, but the problems are made much more apparent for sprint races.

Forward to the Past - Entering the Electronic Age

Friday, October 20, 2006

(A brief history of electronic punching in Great Britain, reproduced from an article I wrote for the January 1999 CompassSport.)

Top 10 - Things You Didn't Know You Had Missed

Thursday, May 11, 2006

An embarrassing number of the general orienteering public have been doing silly things in the woods for a very long time. For those who weren’t there in the 60s and 70s, or who have now forgotten, here is my list of orienteering things that are no more. (Reproduced from Pacemaker 98, May 2006. The article also appeared in CompassSport in June 2008.)

Orienteering on the Woolwich Ferry

Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Woolwich Ferry For those people who are familiar with Woolwich in London, the prospect of orienteering there might not be that attractive. But this Woolwich ferry set sail from Circular Quay, sailed out past Sydney Opera House, under Sydney Harbour Bridge and twenty minutes later, after a brief stop at Greenwich, arrived at Woolwich Pier. Runners could be seen from the ferry as they navigated through the parkland along the harbour edge, some coming right past the ferry terminal to a control in the small park there.

The mistakes are all waiting to be made

Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Several years ago (probably meaning 10 to 20) I remember reading a newspaper article that included a quote from a chess grandmaster. This was a description of the board before either player has moved and was something like 'the mistakes are all there waiting to happen'.

The Institute for Advanced Physical Research

Saturday, April 1, 2006

The Institute for Advanced Physical Research is one of the most respected research centres in the world and has published numerous ground-breaking papers. Many of its studies have had particular relevance to the sport of orienteering.

Global Warming and the Earth's Magnetic Field

Saturday, April 1, 2006

Many orienteers will be aware of the classic 1996 paper 'Predictions of future magnetic field reversals' by Professors Howard Orchard and Alberto Ximenes of the Institute for Applied Physical Research (IAPR). Now a follow-up study 10 years later has made dramatic new predictions that may have an even more fundamental impact on the sport of orienteering.

Top 10 - Ways to be a Better Orienteer

Saturday, February 25, 2006

A list of the top ten ways of getting round your course faster than everybody else and running off with the prize every time. (Reproduced from Pacemaker 94, January 2005)

Top 10 - Events not to miss

Thursday, January 26, 2006

So you’ve done a few events around Hertfordshire, and you’re ready to venture a bit further. Here is the “not to be missed” list to aim for. (Reproduced from Pacemaker 97, January 2006)

Esher Micro-O

Monday, November 28, 2005

A few thoughts about the Micro-O that was part of the M21L course at the OK Nuts Trophy at Esher Common.

Top 10 - Animal Sightings

Monday, October 24, 2005

The final details for the Queensland Championships 2005 included information about what to do if you encountered snakes on the course. Read on for further details of wildlife encounters from orienteering events around the world. (Reproduced from Pacemaker 96, September 2005)

Top 10 - Things you didn't know about the World Cup

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Just some of the things that went on behind the scenes at the World Cup races in 2005. (Reproduced from Pacemaker 95, May 2005)

Controlling The World Cup Sprint Races

Monday, May 16, 2005

My normal experience with controlling is that the planner has a first go at the courses. There is then a reasonably short discussion between planner and controller, and the planner comes up with a second set of courses that are pretty close to the final thing.

Top 10 - Mistakes

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

A list of the all-time top ten mistakes to watch out for that even the experts still make from time to time. If you haven't done some of these yet then it's only a question of time. (Reproduced from Pacemaker 93, September 2004)

Top 10 - Technology Advances

Monday, May 24, 2004

Simon Errington looks back over 25 years of orienteering and picks his top 10 technological advances since he took up the sport in 1977. (Reproduced from Pacemaker 92, May 2004)

April 2004 Orienteering Development in Hertfordshire

Thursday, April 1, 2004

As part of their review of how to develop orienteering within the local area the Hertfordshire Orienteering Club (HH) have asked the Institute for Advanced Physical Research (IAPR) to provide input in key areas. Professors Howard Orchard and Alberto Ximenes, already well-known for previous studies in areas of orienteering such as age group structures and cartography, have now produced their initial ideas.

Going to the dogs - WOC 2001 in Finland

Wednesday, August 29, 2001

In July I went to Tampere in Finland for the World Orienteering Championships 2001. As a long-time attendee of this event (I've been to all eight since 1987) this was a chance to see the first of the new 'spectator-friendly' World Championships. So what difference did it make?

Y2K problems hit orienteering age groups

Friday, December 31, 1999

In a surprise press release today the Institute for Advanced Physical Research (IAPR) has announced the outcome of a year-long survey into membership, entry and results software used by orienteering clubs and federations around the world.

The Agony of the Long Distance World Championships Spectator

Monday, August 30, 1999

(Reproduced from Lokation 124, August 1999)

I started orienteering in 1977, swept up by the membership rush following the World Championships in Scotland in 1976. One year later, in October 1978, the front cover of The Orienteer showed "Yvette Hague, Reading OC, just after finishing first in D12 in the Swiss 5-Day event". Twenty-one years later a new photo is needed, with a new caption: "Yvette Hague, Great Britain, just after becoming Short Distance World Champion".

British Championships 1999 Graythwaite

Monday, July 5, 1999

Two-week debate at home about whether to go up Friday evening or Saturday morning. We eventually settled for Saturday morning leaving home at 6.00 a.m., since James has been waking up at 5.30 every day anyway. Helen and I are both totally knackered after 10 weeks of problems with Peter, plus moving house three weeks ago. We're also both seriously unfit, but what the hell.

Breakthrough in real-time tracking of orienteers

Thursday, April 1, 1999

Following extensive research conducted by the Institute for Applied Physical Research (IAPR) it now seems possible that all competitors at this year's World Orienteering Championships in Scotland will be tracked in real time. This should provide even greater spectator interest.

Scandinavian Orienteering Dominance Explained?

Wednesday, April 1, 1998

Researchers at the Institute of Applied Physical Research (IAPR) may have at last explained why Scandinavia has dominated the orienteering world for so long.

World Champs 1997 - Grimstad, Norway

Thursday, November 20, 1997

(Reproduced from Lokation 114, November 1997)

This is the story of three intrepid adventurers who set out on a WOC99 fact-finding mission to this year's World Championships in Norway.

The Origins of Micro-O?

Saturday, April 26, 1997

(This is an article I posted to the now-defunct O-Net in 1997. Even I had forgotten what I wrote, but it's interesting to read it now given what has been going on recently.)

Holmbury 1996 A badge too far?

Monday, December 16, 1996

Read on to find out how Helen overcame her fear of planning and ended up helping Simon plan the LOK Badge Event at Holmbury Hill in November 1996.

Canadian Orienteering Championships 1996

Sunday, December 1, 1996

(From Lokation 108 in December 1996.)

Honeymoon day one, and a chance to test the large sports bags that LOK gave us as a wedding present. (Thanks to everyone who contributed: we decided we'd leave the wine at home, which just about gave us room for O-kit for two weeks.)

A Tribute to the Microscope Spill Chucker

Monday, June 24, 1996

I've bought another PC, which brings with it a new spell checker. This one does the spell checking as you type, and also tries to outguess you on the grammar front.

April 1996 Magnetic Field Reversal Imminent

Monday, April 1, 1996

A paper to be presented at a scientific conference in London this week could have a profound impact on the future of orienteering. "Predictions of future magnetic field reversals" by Professors Howard Orchard and Alberto Ximenes of the Institute for Applied Physical Research (IAPR) presents the results of a detailed study of movements of the earth's magnetic poles, and uses these observations to predict that a reversal of the magnetic field is imminent.

China 3 Day Event 1995 Guangzhou

Tuesday, January 30, 1996

(Reproduced from Lokation 105, January 1996.)

Advertised as the "first multi-day international event hosted by the Chinese Orienteering Committee" this event proved just too convenient to miss for many of those attending APOC in Hong Kong.

World Orienteering Championships 93

Monday, August 28, 1995

I must admit that I am a bit of a World Championships addict. The first one I attended was France in 1987 and I have been to every one since. WOC 93 in the United States was therefore my fourth.

Moscow Ringworld 1994

Sunday, September 25, 1994

This is an article from Lokation 97 in September 1994. Three orienteers and a hanger-on somehow decided that the Moscow Ringworld, a 10-Day orienteering event, sounded like a good idea for a holiday. This involved a large boat sailing round the Moscow Canal and Volga River stopping each day for an O event and a bit of sightseeing.

WOC 1993 Classic Race

Monday, November 29, 1993

For the classic race at WOC93 in the United States, Simon Errington and Frank Martindale volunteered to man a control. So now read the story of the race from inside the forest. (Reproduced from Lokation 92, November 1993)

Sorlandsgaloppen 86 H21A Day 2

Thursday, August 28, 1986

(First published in Lokation 51, August 1986)

Pick up the map, check first leg. 500m to a small re-entrant. Path, then follow wall, then another path and in. Fold up map, whistle goes, jog off with the bunch. Path is a bit odd, they must have felled here recently.