Club News:

Social MapRuns

We've now established permissions for our Simon Peck Summer Series & we also have a new venture, a series of Social MapRuns, as informal meets, open to all.

The SPSS events will have the normal format, i.e. a choice from 3 or 4  linear courses with SI timing, while the Social MapRuns will be score courses using GPS tracking.  The Social MapRuns are unashamedly based on the successful format used by local running clubs - meet near a pub, run, return to said pub for refreshment and chat.

The Social MapRuns will each involve a 60 minute "Street-O" score course where you will need to use the MapRun6 (or its predecessor, MapRunF) app on your smartphone.  In addition, carrying a printed map is an option which makes route planning easier - and is a necessity if you run with the MapRunG app on your Garmin sports watch.

The Social MapRuns planned so far are:

8th June       Moreton Hall
22nd June    Kesgrave
13th July      Great Cornard
27th July      Woodbridge
10th August  Combs Ford, Stowmarket
31st August   TBC

If you haven't used the MapRun app before you can find details on our MapRun pages. All will be welcome, whatever their level of experience, so please encourage your friends to have a go!

Simon Peck Summer Series 2021

Now that restrictions are beginning to be lifted we have two events to look forward to in June. The first is on Sunday 6th in the Bridge Wood section of Orwell Country Park - an area well known for its contours and, though we've held events there previously, never fails to challenge! A newly-mapped area - the West Suffolk town of Clare - will be the venue for our second event on June 20th. The event will be centred on the Clare Castle Country Park, enabling the younger Juniors to have traffic-free courses while adults can explore the interesting mix of ancient and modern in the rest of the town. The third Summer Series event will be on July 18th, again on a newly mapped area - the grounds of the Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, alongside the River Stour.

If you're wondering how best to train for these events - or would just like to do some additional orienteering without travelling too far - all our virtual courses are still available, & have, in fact, been increasing in number! The newest version of the app is MapRun6 & you can find our course locations summarised on this page. If you haven't tried any yet you'll find the background information here.

Our Next Events:

Simon Peck Summer Series

2: Clare

20th June 2021

Our second Summer event will be held in the small town of Clare, which lies between Haverhill & Sudbury & which has been newly mapped for the occasion. The event will be based at Clare Castle Country Park and the adult courses will include the parkland, the Augustinian Priory, the mediaeval town square and the ancient common with its earthworks, together with the more modern residential areas. Junior courses will be based in the parkland & adjacent quiet roads.

The British Orienteering guidelines for a Covid-safe event indicate that all participants need to pre-register: details of the entry process are given in the Preliminary Details (see below).

20/06/2021 - 10:30
Local, Summer Series

Grange Farm Social MapRun

22nd June 2021

Following on from the Clare event we have a Street-O in Kesgrave, a 60 minute Score Course using GPS tracking, timing and recording with the MapRun app (see details on the link below). It's intended as a social activity, so we hope you'll join us for a chat afterwards. Simon Hooton is hosting the activity - there's no entry fee, but please email him if you plan to join us.

22/06/2021 - 19:00
Activity