BASOC eNews, late January 2022
Orienteering opportunities over the next couple of months - there is BASOC Tuesday training, many events to go to, NNC2 at Culbin (postponed from December) - a packed calendar!
1. Tuesday=O in February.
Tuesday=O is aimed at encouraging you to increase the speed of your navigation; to help you with this the areas we will be using are reasonably ‘clean’ underfoot so you can concentrate more on your navigation and less on your feet!
- Tuesday 1st February: Aviemore North: there will be 2 x ‘Sprint’ style courses (regard it as ‘Sprint for the mind’!) to get you navigating quickly.
- Tuesday 8th February: as some will be heading for Culbin on Wednesday 9th February, this Tuesday session will be an online session about using Purple Pen for course planning.
- Tuesday 15th and 22nd February: Dunachton / Kincraig fun!
As usual, please let Hilary Q know if you would like to be there, even for the online session on 8th February.
2. Upcoming events in February & March.
Think about a weekend away in February? How about the ‘Dark ‘n’ Dunes’ weekend?
Scottish Night Champs on Saturday 12th February at Braid Hills, Edinburgh. Terrain is typical golf course terrain, mostly very runnable with patches of gorse, crags, scattered trees, blocks of trees and very few paths; have a look at a RouteGadget map of The Braids so you can get an idea of the terrain.
Pre entry will be available via Fabian4 from 21st January to Sunday 6th February.
This is followed by SOL1 (Scottish Orienteering League) at Gullane on Sunday 13th February 2022; again you can view a RouteGadget map of Gullane to get an idea of the terrain (I seem to remember that the dark green is gorse bushes!).
SOL2 is on February 27th 2022 at Coille Nathias near Oban.
12th & 13th March is the Compass Sport Cup / Trophy (Callendar Crags) and Middle distance race (Falkirk Wheel). Ann McGougan will get in touch with those who have indicated that they will be going to the CompassSport Cup / Trophy.
19th & 20th March - a series of Sprint events in Dundee, organised and planned by Masterplan Adventure – this also includes the Scottish Sprint Championships. Details have just gone up on the Sprint Scotland website.
3. Scottish Inter Club Championship (SICC) - what it is, how you can earn points for BASOC.
The Inter-Club Championship takes on a vastly different look this year, with all five individual championship events (Long, Middle, Sprint, Night and Score) counting towards the total, as well as results from the Compass Point Scottish Orienteering League (SOL), the BTO Solicitors Scottish Orienteering Urban League (SOUL), and regional events from around Scotland. BASOC is a ‘Small’ club for this competition.
Janette, Marion & Rob have all scored points for BASOC at events in Edinburgh – the Big Weekend, 21st – 23rd January 2022.
4. NNC - update on league tables.
You can get the latest league tables on the Munro Leagues website. At the time of writing they have still to be updated from NNC6 at Findhorn.
So far, 12 BASOC members have taken part in at least one event.
5. Are you willing folks to run round some BASOC mapped areas to check for updates?
Thank you to those who have come forward to offer to help with this. More volunteers are needed!
Lynne is carrying out an audit of the BASOC maps – are they fit for use / do some areas of the map need to be updated / etc.
Volunteers are needed to ‘run’ around an area (usually viewing forest blocks from the path / track network) and annotate a map with comments. Lynne can print you out a map, just let her know which area you are volunteering to have a look at.
6. From BASOC Volunteer coordinator
Would you like to get more involved in the organisation or planning of events or club activities? Planning a course may seem daunting initially so there are opportunities to shadow others and learn from more experienced people. Get in touch with me (Suzanne Anderson) via the contacts page if you are interested in developing your skills in this area.
Thank you to Lynne and Jo for volunteering as the lead planner and organiser for the JHI/SOL event in the autumn. A lot of the work for that needs to start in the next few months so if you are interested in seeing what is involved and/or acting in a supporting role to either of them please let me know. No experience required!!
You might have read the article in the December Score about ‘Anti-doping and Orienteering’ (pages 9 & 10). There is also information about Anti-doping on the Scottish Orienteering website.
Hilary & Lynne also attended and online workshop to try to gain more information. There is now a short article on the BASOC website – if you do nothing else have a read of this (it will take about 2 minutes). Basically, you are responsible for know what you have put into your body.
8. BASOC committee meeting
The minutes of the committee meeting held on 13th
January 2022 are available on the BASOC website.
9. Scottish Orienteering and British Orienteering Membership renewal reminder
Here is a reminder that ... folk who are SOA/Club members will need to renew via SIEntries, and they will have received a reminder from SIEntries to that effect. BOF/Club renewals can be done via the BOF website if you don't have a direct debit set up.
We hope you'll all renew soon!
10. Training opportunities through Community Sports Hubs.
The Child Wellbeing & Protection in Sport courses are available online on the following dates:
8th February; 15th March.
The cost is £20 and Module 1 has to be completed before you do the online Module 2.
For more information have a look at the Highlife Highland Course Calendar.
There are also spaces available on the Mental Health Awareness for Sport & Physical Activity course, this is an online course which can be completed in your own time at your own pace. “We are able to offer this at a reduced cost of £8!! Please book your place HERE and search for the course code: 003460INRA (please ignore the date, this is solely for including the course on the online bookings, not the course date). Once you have paid for the course, we will issue you the code and further instructions.”