Club News:


On Sunday morning a group of us met up at the Ipswich Cornhill to be issued with maps & instructions for our Elm-O - basically a fun score event trying to visit as many of the 55 elephant sculptures as we could in 90 minutes. There were no SI units or gripples to be seen; we had to collect a certain letter from the sponsorship information from each statue (a way of ensuring that we didn't just sit in the pub & fill in our control cards from one of the official glossy brochures!). Urban 'O' planners could take note that the prominent placement of the statues meant that we visited some of the best parts of the town - shopping centres, railway station, waterfront (the latter two linked by a delightful path along the Gipping, depending on your route choice) - there was even a statue inside the library - no poking about in the back of car parks or under stairs to find hidden controls!

There were approximately 37 participants, a mixture of experienced orienteers, local runners & family groups, some aiming to visit all 55, some just wanting to explore the town centre & spend a bit more time enjoying the patterns on the different elephants. A total of £60 was raised for the St Elizabeth Hospice. Our thanks go to Clive & Sally for devising & organising the event. The Elmers will be on display until 7th September & if you weren't able to join us on Sunday you can still obtain a copy of the O map from Clive & Sally - perhaps at Hardwick Heath on Saturday? - if you'd like to try the run on your own.

Suffolk Schools Orienteering Championships 2019

This year's Suffolk Schools Orienteering Championships were held on Thursday 23rd May. There had previously been regional heats in Eye, Beyton & Mildenhall & nine teams from seven schools had qualified for the final, held for the third year running at the Thorpe Woodlands Adventure Centre in Thetford Forest.

Congratulations to all who took part, particularly to the teams from Debenham who achieved 1st place in the individual pairs event and who also won the team competition and to the Roughham & Charsfield teams who were placed 2nd & 3rd respectively. The complete report and results list can be downloaded from our website.

Our Next Events:

Park-O: Nowton Park

7th September 2019

This is the fourth in our series of Saturday afternoon events aimed at newcomers & "improver juniors" - & the second event at the popular Nowton Park. There will be a choice of 3 courses ranging from 1 to 3 Km approximately - we'll lend you a map & a timing chip & explain what to do. One of our young friends recorded a video as she ran her course & found each checkpoint at the first Park-O event & you might like to watch it before you come! Further details about the event from the link below & on Facebook..

07/09/2019 - 13:00

West Harling

5th October 2019

Day 1 of our October orienteering weekend, "Autumn in Anglia" is set in the forest at West Harling. The area contains mixed woodland and, although contours are not a feature, there are various tracks, paths, chalk pits, tumuli & distinctive trees to aid navigation. There will be a range of courses to suit everyone, from experienced orienteers to complete newcomers & from juniors to those of more advanced years. The event is included in the EA league for members of local orienteering clubs but beginners are welcome - we'll explain the basics & help you to get started. The preliminary information can be downloaded from the link below:

05/10/2019 - 10:00
Regional, EA League