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Netherclay JOG

Football's loss is our gain

Electronic download station, Netherclay

Electronic download station, Netherclay

Last edited: Sun 22 Jan 2017

Footy matches were getting postponed locally due to frozen pitches and our numbers were bolstered by some of those younger footballers! No such problems with our "playing field", just nice crisp conditions for a Saturday afternoon run. Not that you'd think it was icy judging by those collecting their JOG awards in short sleeves.

A sly Fox course

A chilly, overcast afternoon saw five runners tackling the Fox course at Netherclay. This took the form of a multiple-choice question at each control: you chose your answer to get directed to a control on the all controls map. If you were right the next question awaited, but if you were wrong you were directed back to the last control to try again.

For Eleanor and I all was going well: we had correctly identified various map features, symbols and terminology, worked out photo O and trail O clues and pounded along frozen ground feeling smug. Then our downfall, namely the IOF symbol for runnable in one direction. This foxed several competitors and generated much discussion at the finish. After visiting all possible options for this control we were back on track. A quick question on scale led to the welcome instruction to navigate to the finish.

This fox course was great fun to complete, running in a small area that otherwise can be hard for the planner to build in enough of a challenge at fox level. Instead we were made aware of all sources of information, both on the map and in the environment, that runners can use to help themselves be more successful orienteers.

Sarah Hasler

Not the sort of "midfield" battle these footballers were planning!

Not the sort of "midfield" battle these footballers were planning!

Planner's notes

If you didn’t know the answer when you were out on the course, you could follow Dave Willmot’s strategy, which is “You get a control, you don’t know the answer, so you look at the three controls, you plan a route and go to that one, then that one, then that one...”

Tom Hasler

Just as well Dave's got the speed to be able to do that, Tom!

The Quiz

The rest of this term's fixtures

Downloadable programme/ flier

Sat 28th Jan

Culm Davy + QOAD

Blackdowns

Sat 4th Feb

SCAT/Castle

Taunton

Sat 11th Feb

Queens College

Taunton

Sun 19th Feb

Lydeard Hill (QOFL5)

Quantocks

Sun 25th Feb

Cothelstone Hill + QOAD

Quantocks

Sat 4th March

Fyne Court

Quantocks

Sat 11th March

Ash Priors Common

nr Bishops Lydeard

Sat 18th March

Crowcombe Heathfield

off A358 Minehead Rd from Taunton

Sat 25th March

Henlade Hill

SE of Taunton

Awards

Tom Hasler who planned the courses also handed out certificates to last season's award winners (see the pictures below).

Archived under: Juniors

Photo Gallery

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Form filling

Form filling

Amy - a Fox award

Amy - a Fox award

Adam - best on Badger

Adam - best on Badger

Joe - Squirrel certificate

Joe - Squirrel certificate

Martha - Hare winner

Martha - Hare winner