BASOC eNews May 2022

Family orienteering

Family orienteering

Posted: Mon 30 May 2022

There has been lots of orienteering happening and BASOC members have been travelling around the country to compete. The CDOs have also started work.

1. Events where BASOC has been spotted

Clare and Alice went to the JK over Easter weekend – a report is on the website. You might like to think of heading for the Lake District at Easter 2023 for the JK?

The MTBO Sprint at Nethy on 6th May had a some club members compete (Ian, Clare & Neville); there were huge smiles and a ‘buzzing’ at the Finish of their courses. Many club members also helped to put the event on. There is a brief report on the results website.

The Perthshire weekend saw a few BASOC tops out on courses on both days. Clare & Lynne competed in the Scottish Middle Champs on Saturday 14th May at Kinnoull Hill in Perth; on Sunday 15th May Hilary S, Marion, Clare, Jo, Gemma, Rob & Lynne all tackled the challenges of Loch Ordie near Ballinluig at SOL 3. This is an area of moorland, hardly a tree in sight; the shorter courses avoided the deepest heather which was much appreciated.

A bit closer to home we had our own local event at Dunachtonmore on Sunday 22nd May. Although a small event (in terms of entry numbers) all enjoyed the run around this lovely area – and the rain held off! Thanks to Purple Jane for planning, Ann for organising (and the cakes!) and Hilary Q for controlling. Results are on the BASOC website.

2. Scottish Champs weekend, 28th & 29th May 2022

The Individual race was held at Glen Dye near Banchory. There were 10 BASOC entries for the Individual races (Purple Jane, Finley, Gemma, Clare, Alice, Marion, Janette, Callum – although he was unable to compete due to injury – Hilary S and Lynne). Many BASOC made the podium - Gemma (1st W40), Kat (1st Short Green with Hilary S 2nd on the same course), Finley (2nd M12A), Alice (2nd W18E), Janette (2nd W45L), Marion (2nd W75L), Jane (3rd W35L). BASOC member Andy L won M35L. Congratulations to all.

The relays were held on the Sunday at Sluie near Kincardine O’Neill, BASOC had two relay teams – BASOC Mascots (Alice, Lynne & Clare) and the Winged Wolves (Janette, Alison from INVOC and Purple Jane). BASOC Mascots came 3rd in the 14+ class with Winged Wolves achieving 11th place in the 17+ class.

The weekend had very competitive racing in some tough areas and unseasonably cool temperatures especially for the relays.

3. Sportident Air cards and the batteries

Do you have a SIAC card (this is the SI dibber which is ‘contactless’). These have a battery in them and this needs to be replaced when it shows ‘low battery’. The battery is guaranteed for 2 years and should last 3 years. The details about how to test it and how to get it replaced are on the SportIdentUK website.
You are without your SIAC for about 3 days and you choose when to post it to SportIdentUK (once you have completed the form, they let you know when the replacement has arrived). If your battery dies you can still use a SIAC and just make sure that you ‘dib’ onto the hole in the SI unit and the unit flashes / bleeps.

4. Alice has been selected for various training camps and competitions.

Many congratulations to Alice who will be spending quite a bit of the summer abroad. She has written an article for the BASOC website.

5. BASOC CDOs have started!

Kat and Izzy have started work as the BASOC Club Development Officers. This is a short term contract (until the start of July). They are holding three ‘Taster’ sessions in conjunction with our usual Tuesday =O.

Please welcome newcomers to these sessions and give the CDOs a hand with things e.g. collecting controls, meet & greet newcomers etc.

Published by Lynne Walker