BASOC eNews November 2019
It is dark and dreich – but BASOC still go orienteering! Headtorches are charged up, warm winter clothing dug out, website checked for location and a cheerful crowd meet in a car park somewhere. After the activity there is usually much discussion, some of it even around orienteering navigation!
1. BASOC club champion 2019
First of all congratulations to the BASOC club champion for 2019 – Morven Bayton! Well done Morven, enjoy planning the 2020 club champs. There is an article on the website about the way it was won.
After the Club Champs there was the AGM.
The minutes will be on the BASOC website soon.
2. Northern Night Cup
BASOC are running the first one on 4th December based at the Community Hall in Kincraig. More details will go up on the website when we have them.
3. Guidance for orienteering in the dark
Ade Chapman (MOR) has written some guidance for Night O – here is the link. Thank you Ade for permission to let BASOC have this knowledge as well.
This continues with some DarkO sessions wrestling with contours in November; for two Tuesdays in December we head inside to chat about a few topics – all details are on the website.
At the last committee meeting, it was decided to start up monthly(ish) socials, some based around orienteering and others not. December's social is on the 17th and will be organised by the Coxes. Details will go up on the website.
5. 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.
6. STAG event
An event with a difference! In celebration of it being the 21st Year of The Glasgow Parks Champs / 3 Parks In 1 Day, STAG are introducing a New Event the day before on the Saturday afternoon which is named DU'O'.
This is a Team Sprint Relay which is run in the Order ' Me - You - Me - You' and consists of 2 legs each. The expected leading time per leg for an M21E is around 8 minutes & for an W70 12/13 minutes but that is only half the story!
* For this event to go ahead we require a minimum of 15 Teams to have sent me an email no later than Monday 18th November 2019 indicating their intention to compete & once this level of entry is reached entries shall go live on SI Entries. If not it is likely that the event shall be deferred to a later date.
More information about the event here.
And further details about the Glasgow Parks 3-in-1 event here.
7. Events 2020 planning calendar
The 2020 spreadsheet is now available for you to download! Quite a few events have been inserted, there is plenty of space to tailor it for yourself. Remember to add in the events you regard as training and those you are targeting where you will be ‘the best you can be’. The calendar is on the BASOC website here.
Please ask Lynne if you have any questions about this – how to use it, what to do etc.
Purple Jane has already looked at events for 2020 and is heading for the JK over Easter weekend; this is in NE England so not really too far for us!
8. Orienteering events
Winter is a great time to work on your own O skills. Use local events as training for your technical skills, trying things you normally would not (because if you continue to do ‘same old, same old’ you will always perform at ‘same old, same old’). New skills take a while to embed, there will be several learning opportunities along the way(!) but in the end you should be a better orienteer if you work at it.
Check out the orienteering calendar on the Scottish Orienteering website as well as Moravian and INVOC websites.
9. BASOC clothing
Many thanks to Purple Jane for getting the orders together – looking forward to seeing BASOC in the summer O tops, gilets etc.