BASOC eNews January 2020
Welcome to 2020. Any New Year resolution? Is it still being kept? How about thinking of two things:
- What can I do for BASOC this year?
- How can I be an even better orienteer in 2020?
Read on for help with these and more exciting orienteering information!
1. Northern Night Cup 2019 to 2020
The end of series race was at Loch Vaa on Wednesday 22ndJanuary. This was followed by the series prize giving and social. BASOC scored very well in the series with Alice Kemsley taking 1st on the Medium course and Izzy Cox second (by only 2 points from Johannes) on the Long course. Fergus Kenyon was awarded the prize for the most improved junior.
As well as excellent results, the club worked hard with the two events (Kincraig & Loch Vaa) to have good courses planned (thanks to the planners and controller) as well as a hall to socialise in over soup and cake (thanks to all those who provided this and served on the night). We are a small club but can put on a show!
Many thanks also to Johannes Petersen for the coordination of the event - and for his win on the Long course.
2. MapRun APP course, 5th February 2020
Scottish Orienteering is holding a free workshop to explore the potential of the MapRun App (smartphone app to create and participate in O "events") with clubs in the area on Wed 5 Feb in Nairn. Details can be found on the Scottish Orienteering website.
It would be a great learning opportunity for someone! Lynne intends being there.
If you think you might like to go please let Hilary Q know as well as signing up using the Google form.
A message from Hilary Q:
Tuesdays continue with indoor sessions up to and including 4 February, then we're back out into the dark and stormy nights... As ever I'm looking for volunteers to plan and run Tuesday sessions - if you can help please get in touch. I have names in slots up to and including 17 March. Try your ideas out, make it as whacky or as sensible as you want! Contact Hilary Q.
It has also been suggested (by club members during an indoor Tuesday=O session) that we try to have an event debrief session at times – what did you do on your course and how could you have done even better? Maybe this could be part of a social session every so often?
4. Volunteer role – looking after mapped areas.
We're still looking for someone to take responsibility for looking after mapped areas; this need not be a Committee position, and (as ever) detail of the role is up for negotiation and discussion. Current role description is in this document.
The whole document is in need of review.... Again, please contact Hilary Q if you're interested.
5. BASOC event
The event proposed for 8th March 2020 has been postponed – more information to follow when a new date is set.
6. Skilling Up in 2020
Let’s work towards making 2020 the year where we all make advances with our orienteering technique! The BASOC website now has a resource section to help you improve this. At the moment there are two items there:
- The orienteering calendar – adapt to personalise it for your own key events and maybe add in entry deadlines!
- Better Orienteering - how you can make good use of this excellent resource. Better Orienteering builds on the discussions we had at the workshop on 3rd December when we started to examine ‘How do you orienteer?’.
There will soon be ‘Failing to Prepare means you are Prepare to Fail’ – or Map geeking by another name.
7. Club Captain update!
CompassSport Cup / Trophy, 15th March 2020
STAG are hosting this event at Errochty (provisionally) near to Calvine.
We have 11 entries from the club at present. Keep an eye out on the STAG website for further details. Please remember that this is not a team entry and everybody has to enter individually when entries open. I will keep everybody updated as necessary.
There is the possibility of a club weekend at end of June with an event near Fort William - watch this space!
British Champs, 21st & 22nd March 2020, South East England
Anyone going and would like a relay run? I know that Duncan Francis is going and would like a relay run. Please let Ann know if you are interested.
JK, 10th to 13th April 2020, Yorkshire
Jane Chisholm is entered, please get in touch with her if wanting to be part of a BASOC relay team as well.
Cheapest entries until 26th January 2020 with relay entries closing on 22nd March 2020.
8. Scottish Night Champs & SOL1, 15th & 16th February 2020
Moravian are hosting this weekend of quality orienteering. Scottish Night Champs at Findhorn on Saturday 15th February (remember the ‘moon-like area’ from the NNC event there in early 2019?). The SOL series starts with SOL1 at Darnaway on Sunday 16th February.
Pre-enter for these events at Fabian4; note that the Scottish Night Champs are pre-entry ONLY. Enter by Sunday 9thFebruary.
9. Event pre-entries
Remember to keep an eye on events you want to go to and the entry dates for these. Early entries over the year add up to quite a saving. Use the Scottish Orienteering events calendar to help. Pre-entry does help the organisers a lot as well.