JK2019 Your chance to shine!


To All SOC members

Next year the JK is being hosted by South Central Orienteering Association (SCOA) and Di and Terry Smith from SOC are co-ordinating the 4 day event.  It is estimated that 150 volunteers will be needed for each day. This is a great opportunity to get involved in the biggest annual multiday event in the country with all venues within easy reach.

The JK is British Orienteering's biggest Festival of Orienteering. It takes place each year over Easter weekend and attracts around 4000 orienteers from both the UK and abroad. The event consists of a Sprint (Friday), Middle or Long (Saturday), Long (Sunday) and Relays (Monday). It is a fantastic event that also doubles up as a great family holiday.

Here is the schedule:

Day 1 - Friday 19th April – Aldershot Garrison (sprint)

Day 2 - Saturday 20th April – Old Windmill Hill, Mytchett (middle distance)

Day 3 - Sunday 21st April – Cold Ash, Newbury (Classic distance)

Day 4 – Monday 22nd April – Minley (Relays)

SOC are organising Day 4 so it is particularly important that as a club we provide a good show of volunteers but helpers will of course be welcome for any of the other 3 days. Whatever time you can give is up to you and will be valued. Don’t worry if you haven’t helped at an event before – it is intended that training will be given as required to ensure that helpers are comfortable and confident in their roles. As an added incentive all helpers will be given £5 worth of vouchers to be spent any day with any of the traders (so someone helping on all 4 days could save them and spend £20 on clothing on day 4).

The main tasks will be:

Setting up and clearing the site, Signage, car parking, Start (days 1,2,3) prize-giving (which will need about 12 people each day), map issue (day 4) enquiries, string course and download and results display (paper sheets)

Needless to say the helpers are vital for the smooth running of such a prestigious event

I would be grateful if you would e-mail me your availability and preferences (if a particular job appeals to you) and if you want a competitive run.

Thank you in anticipation

Vicki Barkaway (Contact point for helpers)