At our Haughley Park event on Sunday the club made a presentation to John & June Webb in recognition of their outstanding contribution to orienteering in Suffolk. The committee had spent some time discussing the ideal gift for two dedicated orienteers & decided that a large-scale map of Ickworth Park, together with a purpose-made 2000 piece jigsaw puzzle based on the map, would be perfect.
John & June have been involved with the club for well over 40 years: planning, mapping, acting as committee members & volunteering at events, in addition to competing (which they still do as an M80 & W85). Martin Hore introduced the presentation - you can read his text here & find further reminiscences on our "Looking Back" webpage.
Have you tried any of our MapRun courses? We now have a variety of courses, situated in many parts of the county - enough for us to be able to set up a Club League for these courses, in addition to our regular league for official events. Sarah has set up a pilot league for the remaining months in 2020 & this will be scaled up for next year.
If you haven't tried MapRun yet - they're great fun, & this page will help you to get started. It might be worth practising on a course which isn't on our league list to enable you to sort out the technical bits first - all our courses are listed here.
We've done "Lockdown Orienteering" & "Virtual Bury St Edmunds" - now that we're allowed a little more freedom, albeit very carefully, why not try running a real orienteering course? We can't offer mass events with physical SI controls but we have been working on courses which you can follow on your own, or with your family group, using the GPS on your smartphone together with an app, MapRunF.
We've a handful of courses already waiting for you - mainly Street-Os at the moment, similar to some of our Summer Series events, as we need to choose areas with easy public access. There's a whole new section on the website explaining what to do, starting from here, so why not give it a go & share your results with us?
With World Orienteering Day originally scheduled for next week Lockdown Orienteering has put together a series of virtual challenges - anyone can take part, but you do need to register before 13:00 on Tuesday 12th May.
More locally, we've designed an armchair challenge for you for the following week as unfortunately all our annual Simon Peck Summer Series events have had to be cancelled, or at least postponed for some time. You can view the details here & the map & questions will be available from 29th May, with the answers published on Monday 1st June.
Could you plan virtual orienteering courses? Courses which people could try on their own while maintaining physical distancing, for when things ease a little? British Orienteering is putting on 3 webinars (free to members) during the next three weeks:
Routegadget: With Simon Errington, Happy Herts Orienteering Club (HH) on Thursday 7 May at 7.30pm
MapRun: With Pat MacLeod, North Gloucestershire Orienteering Club (NGOC) on Tuesday 12 May at 7.30pm