KYC: Barbara Davidson

Name: Barbara Davidson

Age Class: W70

What other orienteering clubs do you belong to or have you previously belonged to?
None. Many years ago I was a member of Stockport Harriers but never competed
just went running with the other wives.

When did you start orienteering and how?
Bill introduced me to the sport around 1993 by doing a few low key events in the New Forest before trying to lose me in the Goyt Valley on my first badge event.

How often do you go orienteering?
Until recently 2 to 3 times a month but much less at the moment, hoping to do more this year.

What do you enjoy about orienteering?
Finding the first control is always a good feeling. Visiting different areas around the country and comparing routes and results afterwards.

What is your favourite SOC area and why?
Any area in the New Forest that has a good mix of woodland and open heathland.

What is your favourite orienteering discipline/distance and why?
I like running against my own age class in normal cross country events.

Car parking or controlling? What's your favourite orienteering volunteering?
Gathering controls on a nice sunny afternoon, they always seem easier to find and the Forest seems nice and quiet.

What is the high point of your orienteering career so far?
I did once beat Jenny Thompson on one leg on a course – does this count? But I did once come 3 rd in a French Championship event, I don’t think the French ladies of a certain age take orienteering so seriously, as there were a lot of shouts of ‘ici’, as I neared the controls.

What other countries have you orienteered in?
France and Ireland.

What training do you do?
Used to go running but now need all my energy for the events.

What one piece of advice would you give other orienteers?
Concentrate on your own route and don’t be influenced by others.

What keeps you busy when you're not orienteering?
Golf, walking, cycling and Grandchildren.

What book are you currently reading?
Once upon a River by Diane Setterfield.

Anything else you'd like to share with your clubmates?
Don’t be afraid to offer to volunteer as it’s a great way to learn more about the sport and meet other club members.

SOC Level D Middle Distance

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Planners comments.
As always and quite rightly thanks goes to all the volunteers - to Lisa James rookie organiser - well done, especially thanks to Terry Smith and the registration/download team who managed admirably in the heavy winds and hail squalls to even keep the tent around them! Today our orienteering seemed to add 2 further sports of attempted paragliding with a tent, and bog snorkeling in the extremely wet New Forest! I enjoyed planning and producing SOCs first middle distance event in a brilliant small piece of the New Forest. Thanks to Kevin Bracher who ably assisted both Lisa and myself. Thanks to you all for coming. 

Planners comments.
As always and quite rightly thanks goes to all the volunteers - to Lisa James rookie organiser - well done, especially thanks to Terry Smith and the registration/download team who managed admirably in the heavy winds and hail squalls to even keep the tent around them! Today our orienteering seemed to add 2 further sports of attempted paragliding with a tent, and bog snorkeling in the extremely wet New Forest! I enjoyed planning and producing SOCs first middle distance event in a brilliant small piece of the New Forest. Thanks to Kevin Bracher who ably assisted both Lisa and myself. Thanks to you all for coming. 

Kendal Mountain Festival Tour - 13 March 2020 Southampton

The club has been offered a discounted ticket price on the event taking place at 7.30pm at the NST, Nuffield, Southampton on Friday 13 March 2020. (Normal price £18/£10 for U25s/Students. Minimum discount will be 10% but this will rise if enough club members attend.)

It is normally a great night of inspirational films. Please take a look at the link and video below for further information.

https://www.kendalmountainfestival.com/events/kendal-mountain-festival-…

(If you have trouble with the links just put the information into your web browser.)

Please can you let me know by Tues 3 March if you are intending to go along and I can then confirm our discount and booking arrangements - email julialoring18 [at] gmail.com

Kendal Mountain Festival 2020 Tour Trailer from Kendal Mountain Festival on Vimeo.