BASOC eNews December 2019

BASOC relay runners

BASOC relay runners
Credit: Rina Richards

Posted: Sat 28 Dec 2019

Now the Christmas goodies have been consumed and the presents unwrapped, time to think about some exercise and orienteering!

1. Welcome to new members

After a couple of night sessions Fiona Murphy recently joined and has gained a bit of experience by collecting controls at her own pace (and in the daylight), and the Kenyon family, frequently seen at Tuesday sessions and even sporting BASOC clothing, have now joined BASOC as their second club because they like the purple kit and they like us lot. We think one or two others are about to join too... Welcome all!

2. Northern Night Cup 6, Loch Vaa North

Plans are moving on for the last event of our Night Cup competition and we look forward to hosting this at the Boat of Garten Hall. Claire is planning some excellent courses and we hope to offer some hot food and drinks for the competitors after their race whilst they wait for the results. We will need some help to enable the smooth running of the night and would be grateful if anybody is able to volunteer on the night if they could email Ann McGougan at . Further information about the event.

3. Chances to orienteer for BASOC

There are two opportunities coming up when you can run for the club!

CompassSport Cup / trophy 2020

Here is a message from our Club Captain, Ann McGougan:
"2020 is just around the corner and, as your Captain, I would like to draw your attention to an event requiring a reply in January.
Compass Sport Heat - Sunday 15th March 2020. This is being planned by STAG and hopefully should be somewhere in the Perthshire area, possibly Errochty near Blair Atholl, but still to be confirmed. As this could be fairly close to home we could make this a day event.
This is a team entry and therefore requires a team of all different levels so please consider entering, it's good fun and not too far to travel
Could you please let me know if you wish to take part (or not) by Sunday 12th January by emailing me on
Go on you know you want to!! This could be your new year's resolution!!
Look forward to hearing from you!"

JK – anyone want to run in a BASOC relay team?

Jane Chisholm says:
"I am keen to run in a relay team and I think Alison is keen too so I’m happy to coordinate or be the “rep” for the weekend if Captain Ann isn’t going.
The JK is (mainly) in Yorkshire over Easter weekend. It is a good competition with many orienteers making it an early season target – and many competitors coming from abroad as well."
Cheaper entries until 26th January 2020; details on the JK website

4. Membership renewal.

Have you remembered to renew your orienteering membership?
If you are a British Orienteering member then here are the instructions:
You can renew your membership in 3 ways:
Online: just go to the British Orienteering website to login and renew!
To renew your membership online and pay by card, simply login to the website using your login details. If you have forgotten your login details please click on the 'forgotten login' button on the homepage.
To ensure that you keep your current membership number and to avoid having to re-enter all of your membership and contact details again, please ensure you log in and renew rather than joining as a new member.
Telephone: You can pay over the phone using a card by calling 01629 583037.
Cheque: You will have received a membership renewal reminder which you can return to the National Office with a cheque.
If you have any questions regarding your membership please contact the National Office on 01629 583037.

For Scottish Orienteering only members:
The details are here on the Scottish Orienteering website.

5. Help to promote orienteering – an APP you can use

From Neil Bricknell:
I am the author of the Android and iPhone app; Event-O. Event-O is sponsored by the Orienteering Foundation and is free to download and use. Currently the app is in use by approximately 600 people across the country and I am hoping with your help we can increase this significantly and get more people going to more events.
If you are not familiar with the app you can find out more information on the Event-O website. There was also an article in February 2019 issue of Compass Sport Magazine.

6. Tuesday = O news

Remember to check the BASOC website for up to date information!
Tuesdays in January will follow the now standard pattern of something indoors on the day before a NNC event:

Meanwhile, the ROMP (Regular Orienteering Map Programme) controls are out in Inshriach for at least a couple of months. We will use them for Tuesdays 24 and 31 December and festive runs on Christmas and New Year's Day (again, see website for detail), but you can also get the complete map as PDF from Colin Matheson (email ) and go whenever you wish.

7. Controller course

Scottish Orienteering are running a Controllers Grade C course on 11 January 2020 (10am to 4pm, date replaces the original November one) at Roseisle Community Hall near Elgin. £20 to help cover hall cost.
This one-day practical course will qualify you to control grade C events.
Please contact:

8. Mental Health Awareness Online course

Not sure if there are spaces left, try anyway if you are interested.
Enjoy a variety of learning activities, quizzes, case studies and videos that will help you:

We are offering this opportunity to anyone who is involved with a Community Sport Hub or Sport and Physical Activity in the Highlands. For more info go to the UK Coaching website.
As the course is FREE, once signed up a unique promotional code and direct link to the course registration will be sent out with the booking confirmation.
To sign up please email Katie Matthews: Please note that as there are now only 7 places available, spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

9. British Orienteering Development Conference

11th & 12th January 2020. YHA National Forest, Swadlincote, near Burton on Trent.
There’s only a short time left to register for the 2020 development conference so don’t put it off book now. Over the last few weeks, the development team have spoken to various orienteers at different events who highlighted that they or someone from their club will be attending, which is really positive news.
In order to help us and give our exciting guest speakers plenty of time to plan the format of each workshop, we’d like to request that if you’ve yet to book on, this is done ASAP. With an exciting keynote presentation from elite athlete Grace Molloy and presentations on communications/publicity, youth and volunteering, there is something for everyone.
All prices include refreshments of drinks and lunches. Overnight accommodation is for Saturday night only at the YHA National Forest. Rooms will be shared with other delegates and requests to share with fellow members accommodated as much as possible.   
Saturday’s sessions will run between 11:00 and 17:30, with Sunday commencing at 9:00 through to 15:00.  
Registration is via Si Entries on the following link Development Conference 2020  
Further details are available through the Conference webpage

10. Finally, think about the events you want to go to in 2020 and which are a priority for you.

Use the BASOC Orienteering calendar to help you plan.
Also keep an eye on the Scottish Orienteering Events calendar.
Make sure that you enter the events you want to go to! Over the year you can save a bit of money by ensuring that you use the earlier, cheaper entry fee.

Published by Lynne Walker