February MapRun

The February MapRun event will take place on Thursday 20th in Winchester around Badgers Farm and Oliver's Battery. 

If you haven't been to one of these sessions before they can provide exercise, orienteering practice, plus a bit of social afterwards.  They're fun informal events that can be as demanding or as easy as you want them to be.

Full details are on the event page - and I hope to see you there!

Wessex Night League Tables following SOC Marchwood event and next event information

Revised league tables and comments from Mary Nixon (organiser) and Gavin Clegg (league coordinator) below.

Reminder: the next WNL event follows the daytime SARUM level D event on Saturday 8th February at Denny Wood North using a SOC map: details.

Marchwood Brexit event on 30 Jan 2020

Mary Nixon writes: SOC are very grateful to 17th Port and Marine for allowing us hold this event from McMullen Barracks. Considering they were on Severe alert warning it was beyond our expectations. Due to the original planner/organiser being deployed abroad the day before the event, it was beyond the call of duty for Allan Farrington to step in as planner. I suspect it was allowed as he is ex-army. Major Karen Baker became our on-site liaison and could not have been more helpful. Allan planned a course of such distance that just a few of the top guys would get them all. His special "Brexit" control was intriguing! As several runners remarked they didn't look at the wood sculpture that carefully to count the number of towers! It was good to have 45 runners at the event. With the help of some Army runners from the base most of the controls were collected by 8.45pm to enable us to be clear of the base by 9pm. One of my lasting memories will be going to sign in at the Guard Room, walking between soldiers checking off their A48 rifles as I walked between them.

Gavin writes: the league scores for Marchwood are slightly different from the published results. Rob Finch was very fair in saying that he didn’t think Nick and Alan (and others) should be penalised because they got the question wrong, having visited the [bonus] control. I cogitated for a while and had a chat with a few other competitors. It was also admitted that a number of competitors had just guessed the number and got it right. On that basis I decided for league purposes, anyone visiting the control would be given the 10 points. I’ve analysed everyone’s routes and think I’ve credited all the right people.
In the Open competition, with Dan not running, he and Nick have swopped places but with now only 46 points covering the top 4. Jo moved up 20 points but Becca closed the gap by picking up 27 points. Good to see Tereza back competing and she is up 3 places with a 103 point increase. Teresa will need to pick up virtually 100 points in each of the next four races if she is to win the Open title. Mike Frizzell is now the last surviving ‘ever present’.

In the Handicap competition the top three didn’t improve on their scores. Teresa moved up 5 places to forth and will be challenging for second overall. Jo is only 7 points behind Teresa but with less scope to improve. John Cook is up 13 places to 7th and has the potential to end up on the podium – very fitting as John makes all the magnificent trophies. Carolyn and Julie can still move into the mix but are leaving it late with only four races to go. 

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KYC: David Currie

Never let it be said that I'll ask others to do something I wouldn't do myself so the second edition of "Know your Clubmate" turns to your Treasurer and Webmaster.


David (or Dave, I really don't mind which) Currie

Age Class

Last year at M40!

What other orienteering clubs do you belong to or have you previously belonged to?

I started out in Happy Herts, was lucky enough to go to a university with an active club (Oxford - where Christine and I met) and I now belong to Jesus Orienteering Klubb (the name is a long story but it's for OUOC alumni). Also joined Heming/Njård during a 6-month stay in Oslo.

When did you start orienteering and how?

Around the age of 8: my cub leader was an enthusiastic orienteer and would take us to events. My Dad went to help with the driving and was soon hooked. I have the South East Junior Squad to thank for keeping me going through my teenage years and, in particular, the Marsdens for encouraging me into coaching. 

How often do you go orienteering?

Not as often as we used to - mostly because we're not prepared to travel as far to events as we might once have done.

What do you enjoy about orienteering?

I enjoy visiting new places, running in the great outdoors, and that feeling when, after a long leg, the control appears exactly where you expected it to be.

What is your favourite SOC area and why?

Perhaps not our very best area but I have a soft spot for Fritham. Running there regularly on a Tuesday evening, it's somewhere I know like the back of my hand.

What is your favourite orienteering discipline/distance and why?

Classic, long-distance courses are still my favourite. I prefer more running and less finding (or not finding!) controls.

Car parking or controlling? What's your favourite orienteering volunteering?

I love the challenge of getting the most out of an area as planner although, as Christine will attest, I can spend hours doing so! There's also nothing quite like standing at the finish hearing from satisfied customers. Although lapsed now, I also enjoyed the coaching we used to do with the South Central Junior Squad and British Orienteering junior tours.

What is the high point of your orienteering career so far?

Appearing on the cover of CompassSport (although I'd have chosen a different outfit/pose if I'd known).

What other countries have you orienteered in?

USA, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Ireland, France, Italy, Hungary, Czech Republic and probably somewhere else I've forgotten!

What training do you do?

Nothing orienteering specific but a reasonable amount of off-road running. As injuries tend to linger longer these days, I try to vary things a bit more with some swimming, cycling and strength training.

What one piece of advice would you give other orienteers?

Remember to adapt your orienteering technique to the area. Orienteering in the New Forest is a very different prospect from, say, the Lake District. Oh, and don't run faster than you can navigate!

What keeps you busy when you're not orienteering?

Family, running, and work occupy most of my remaining time. After twenty years of working as a software engineer for IBM, I recently exchanged my two-mile commute to work from home for a much smaller company.

What book are you currently reading?

I've just finished Margaret Attwood's Testaments having had to go back and read the Handmaid's Tale again first. I am by far the slowest reader in the house so my books tend to come by recommendation from others in the family.

Anything else you'd like to share with your clubmates?

To reiterate Julian's words: this is your club, let us know what you want from it!