Happy Christmas from Quantock Orienteers. Hope you got all sorts of nice orienteering-related presents.
Some families have been sending in photos of children wearing club snoods...
As we are now in Lockdown, we are unable to arrange events. However, we are able to provide additional permanent orienteering courses. We'll be providing them in the normal JOG courses - Hare, Squirrel, Badger, and Fox. As they become available, they will appear on our POC page.
The recent Longrun JOG threw up a point about uncrossable boundaries. As so many were caught out by this, and earned a time penalty as a result, I thought it would be sensible to highlight this. In a more serious competition, disqualification would be the likely result of an infringment.
Although these tips are aimed at young athletes in training programmes, many parts of the advice apply to us all.
Orienteering during Lockdown 2.0
As of writing this on the morning of 7 November, the government is allowing people to travel a short distance to do outdoor exercise. In fact, outdoor exercise is actively encouraged as long as you do it solo, with members of your household/support bubble, or as two individuals from different households.
British Orienteering has confirmed that in line with this, clubs can still put on events as long as they do not involve needing to meet up, are virtual (e.g. MapRun), and are open for at least 7 days (to reduce risk of crowding).
Instead of trick or treating this evening, the Shaws and MacAlisters went night orienteering. It was a score course with a difference - each control site had a bag of goodies (the harder the control to find, the better the selection of chocolates and sweets). The first pair to reach each control got to collect the bag!
Its great that so many families are managing to get out and go orienteering, despite the recent weather.
We have plenty of urban events planned in Taunton for November 2020, from JOGs to a Southern England league event.