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. We also know that it can keep a group of people ranging from experienced senior orienteers to complete novices who happened to be in the park that night occupied for quite a long time.
Sometimes the hardest part of orienteering is punching the controls, never mind finding them in the first place. You will no doubt have spotted that the three year old having trouble is the same person as the resourceful ten year old on the right who found a novel way of punching at the City of London Orienteering race. There is lots more about the London race on the website , including a fantastic video by Graham Gristwood.
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. It’s going to be a great race. Don’t miss it.
(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.)
(From an O-Net article I wrote in June 1995.) Prime makes it two on trot after epic bramble battle. (This refers to Emma Prime, winner of the open girls’ and local enough to be considered a local by the ‘Ballarat Courier’). Can anyone top this? Blair Trewin Yarra Valley OC/Bushflyers OC Australia LOK STARS 1-2 in WORLD CORPORATE GAMES. REST OF WORLD NOWHERE!!!!!!!!
(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.)
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.
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.
(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.
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.
(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. One hundred and one competitors accepted this unique navigational challenge and some twenty more pursued the less taxing wayfarers course.
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. What follows is based on my experience as a controller at several recent big sprint races (British Sprint Championships at Milton Keynes, World Cup sprint races at the University of Surrey in Guildford and at Battersea Park) and as a spectator at sprint World Championships and Park World Tour events. (Reproduced from CompassSport, December 2006)
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.
A few thoughts about the Micro-O that was part of the M21L course at the OK Nuts Trophy at Esher Common.
Just some of the things that went on behind the scenes at the World Cup races in 2005. (Reproduced from Pacemaker 95, May 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. With these two events it didn’t work like that, for many reasons. Planner Andy Jones and I probably went through at least five iterations of course shape to determine start, finish, spectator controls and course flow, before even more detailed reviews of exact courses. Read on to see just some of the problems we had to overcome.
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?
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.
(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. Read on to find out how David May (SLOW) and Helen and Simon Errington (LOK) got an alternative view of WOC97 from the inside.
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. Dramatis personae Richard (Blake): Organiser Helen and Simon (Errington): Planners Bill (Greep) : Controller
(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.) The flight to Boston passed slowly enough for me to plan most of the Holmbury badge event, and we managed to get about one hundred miles north before finding a motel.
(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. It was a short train, bus or plane journey from Hong Kong for most to get to the luxury hotel accommodation in Guangzhou. For Helen Teece and me it was a slightly longer train journey (starting from London and taking in the Channel Tunnel, Moscow, Ulan Bator and Beijing, and taking twelve days).
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.
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.
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)
(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.