BASOC eNews May 2020

Jst Jumping Team

Jst Jumping Team

Posted: Wed 13 May 2020

BASOC, Scottish Orienteering, British Orienteering and World Orienteering news!

Scottish Orienteering Online Planning Workshop

SOA is organising an online planners workshop this Sat (16th May), from 10-11:30am, which will be led by Iain Embrey from Interlopers. It will be the first session of a two-part course and is aimed at anyone wanting to gain confidence and improve on their planning skills. The course will look at essentials from the use of the software, role of planner, creating courses, course design and components, putting courses together, discussing good elements of course legs, practising and reviewing in a non-critical way. It is an informal sharing workshop open to interested members.
Interested? Email by Wednesday evening / Thursday morning latest. Pre-course information will be sent out Thursday latest.

Congratulations to Alice Kemsley!

Alice has had an invitation to the 2020 Talent Assessment & Development Camp. This is as a result of her race results in 2019 and nomination from the Lagganlia camp. Read the article about Alice’s selection here.
Congratulations Alice, this is a reflection of the hard work you put into your orienteering.

Jamie Stevenson trophy – alternative format

Details of this alternative JST are emerging on the Scottish Orienteering website.
Juniors – have your say by completing this questionnaire.

Lockdown Orienteering and WOD

Jess and Alison have taken part in a few of the Lockdown Orienteering weekends. They both mention this in their posts on the BASOC website. Alison has also taken part in the Catching Features races, resplendent in BASOC O kit (created by Ross for her).
Today is World Orienteering Day (WOD). To celebrate this Lockdown Orienteering, in conjunction with WOD, IOF and 13 other supporters (!) have created 5 challenges: Street View O, Laby = The Maze, Virtual trail O, Spot the difference and a Catching Features race (this last one is optional). More information was published on the British Orienteering website. The challenges are open from today (Wednesday) through to Saturday 16th May. Entries are now closed; representing BASOC will be Alison, Duncan, Faith (also representing MOR!) and Lynne. There are nearly 1800 entries!!

BASOC Club socials

Throughout the lockdown, BASOC is holding socials instead of our usual training. They are a little later than usual. Join us on Zoom at 8pm on Tuesdays. The link details are in this months eNews email.


From Purple Jane: Walter has opened a shop!! Please have a browse and let him know if you would like anything 🙂 Payment is via Mehmet and for an extra donation to the club I will cover the postage if you want it straight away. Otherwise Wolfie will put your name on it for hand delivery post-lockdown. If you are interested in any items which are not in stock Monkey is in charge of pre-orders, let him know!

News from the south

Alison and Ross are keeping busy in Glasgow – in case you did not see their article on the BASOC Members Facebook page, it has been posted on the BASOC website.


MapRun enables a form of Orienteering that uses a SmartPhone App for punching and timing, avoiding the need to put out flags and SI units on the course.

It would be great if we could have virtual / MapRun courses available for people to do once the lockdown in Scotland is less restricted. Please, please, please can Lynne have some offers of planners for these? If you find it easier just plan in Condes and Lynne will adjust to ensure the control sites are viable for MapRun.
Offers to plan in Newtonmore, Kingussie and Aviemore gratefully received. Contact Lynne.

There is also more news about the revised version of MapRun = MapRunF in the attached RDO North News.


Parkrun suspension has been extended at least until the end of May, so BASOC involvement has been put on indefinite hold.

Scottish Orienteering News

Here is a PDF of the RDO North Area News from Sarah Dunn. Topics mentioned are:

The Scottish Orienteering online puzzles continue with a great variety of activities to keep you entertained.

British Orienteering webinars

There are many webinars on the British Orienteering website on a variety of topics – RouteGadget, MapRun, Planning, Communication (social media vs traditional ways), Purple Pen for planning courses, Organising events, etc.
You can sign up to join in with these live (which means that you get to ask questions) or you can watch the recording (which means you can skip some bits!!).
The next one is about Open Orienteering Map on Tuesday 19thMay at 7:30pm.

World Orienteering Championships 2022 Scotland (not any more)

The Sprint WOC event in Denmark is to be re-scheduled for 2022. The 2022 WOC which was previously scheduled to be held in Edinburgh, Scotland will be re-scheduled for 2024 pending final approval from all stakeholders.
WOC Scotland organisers are looking carefully at what this means for the embargoes that are currently in place across Edinburgh, and are in discussion with the Event Advising team and the IOF Foot-O Commission. We expect to be able to make an announcement on this shortly, and certainly within the next few weeks.

Published by Lynne Walker