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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Coaching for Teachers - Monday 19th November

Celia Watkinson, British Orienteering's Regional Development Officer for the South West writes:
This is an active practical course for teachers and others who want to teach orienteering within the confines of private 'safe' enclosed areas, such as school grounds. It covers progression of teaching exercises starting on the desktop and moving on to the classroom, school hall and school grounds. It will also include delivery of the English National Competition framework for Key stage 2 & 3. At the end of the course the candidate will understand and be able to teach the basic skills of orienteering and be able to identify ways in which orienteering may be used to assist delivery of the curriculum. NB Priority will be given to qualified teachers if the course is oversubscribed. For more information, contact Celia.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Caddihoe Chase 22-23 Sep

This year's Caddihoe Chase at Cookworthy Forest near Okehampton attracted a large number of BOK members and provided some exciting finishes on Day 2. David Maliphant finished just 2 seconds behind SBOC's Ben Doherty on JM5M, while Alan Honey pipped Mark Selley to the post by 5 seconds on M45L, with Duncan Innes taking 3rd place. Jackie Hallett enjoyed a more comfortable 18 minute lead on W50L and Clive won M21L 9 minutes ahead of Ben Chesters. Other notable performances included Matt Lyle (2nd on JM5L), David Palmer (4th on M60L), Jessie Benjamin (1st on JW3), Christine Farr (2nd on W21L) and Anne Donnell (1st on W75L). Cookworthy offered some excellent courses and terrain on Day 2, making up for some less pleasant legs on Day 1. The rain held off until Sunday, allowing those camping to enjoy a late summer evening of sunshine - hopefully not the last. Full results here.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Reminder - Compass Sport Cup Final 14th October

Entries for the Compass Sport Cup Final (with optional coach transport and YHA accommodation) need to be returned to Chris & Helen Kelsey by Friday 28th September. Please see event details for further information and entry form.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Ashton Court - Comments

Comments from the organiser, controller and planner are now available.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Ashton Court - RouteGadget

The map and courses have now been uploaded to RouteGadget, courtesy of Christophe Mutricy. You can trace your route on the map, compare your route with others or replay the race as a mass start. Why not give it a try? For instructions, click on the 'Help' link in the top right corner of the RouteGadget window.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Ashton Court - Provisional Results

Provisional results are now available.

Monday, September 10, 2007

One Day in History - Sunday 21st October

Following its inaugural 'Blaise Battleships' event in July at Blaise Castle (won by David Hunt of BOK), EventHead has announced that its next 'mental racing' event, 'One Day in History', will take place at the same venue on Sunday 21st October. Further details on the EventHead website.

Ashton Court (Saturday 15th September) - Final Details

The final details for this event are now available.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Compass Sport Cup Final & Club Weekend 13th-14th October

This year’s final will be held at Blidworth near Mansfield on Sunday 14th October. We’ll need as many BOK members as possible to try to defend or improve upon last year’s 3rd place, so please put this date in your diaries now.

As well as trying to win the cup, we’re planning to make this a club weekend by taking a coach and booking places in the Youth Hostel at Eyam in Derbyshire on the Saturday night. A form for entering the event and for reserving places on the coach and in the Youth Hostel is available here and under the Hot Links section of the website. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis – there are 48 places available at the Youth Hostel in a variety of multi-bedded rooms (2, 4, 6 or 10). The Youth Hostel offers a full catering service, so places can be booked with or without dinner and breakfast. We don’t yet know whether any orienteering-related activities will be available on the Saturday, but Eyam is in the heart of the Peak District with plenty of opportunities in the immediate area – whether it be walking or just a bit of sight-seeing. We hope to be able to leave on Saturday morning to allow some free time there in the afternoon.

But even if you don’t want to join us on the coach and at the Youth Hostel, we need as many of you as possible to represent the club at this event.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Ashton Court - Saturday 15th September

A flyer for this event is now available. There is also a poster for the Try-O course - this is a large PDF file (339KB); an MS Word version (632KB) of the poster is available on the fixtures page of the ASO website.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Condes 8 Course Planning Software

Dudley Budden writes:
BOK has now purchased the Condes software for use when planning all events. Condes is a tool that is used in conjunction with a map file, be that OCAD or a jpeg/bmp file. The courses are planned with the map on screen giving more flexibility than can currently be found in OCAD alone. Future planners will be asked to use Condes for all BOK events and will be contacted by me in the next few weeks with more information. Details of Condes can be viewed on the following site, http://www.condes.net/ , where a limited version can be downloaded for trial purposes. The full version requires an activation key that will be forwarded to planners as required. The software is supported by a comprehensive user guide which can also be downloaded from the web site in PDF format.