Club News:

Training..

The training session in Bridge Wood (Orwell Country Park) which had to be postponed because of the weather forecast and potential road closures before Xmas has been rescheduled for Saturday 29th January - see the events section, but all queries/registrations to Clive, please.

The Zoom meeting on preparing MapRun courses is on Wednesday 5th January at 7pm. All welcome, especially members who haven't dared to dip their toes into the "planning" area yet! Please email Sarah for the link to join the meeting.

Club Champs 2021

Just a quick reminder that the SuffOC Championships will be held at NOR's Lynford event on 12th December. Entries are via SIEntries & close tomorrow, 5th December.

BSOC 2021

Our congratulations to Barnardiston Hall School for winning the Middle School Trophy at the British Schools Orienteering Championships at Stowe Park, Buckinghamshire on Sunday 21st November. There were two SuffOC Juniors competing at the Championships: James contributed to Barnardiston's First place in both the "Middle Schools" and the "Y7 Boys" categories, while Ben helped The Perse Upper School to gain fourth position against other "Large Secondaries".

Congratulations..

Congratulations to Barney Steventon-Barnes who has been selected to join the GB Talent Squad South.  The performance pathway for junior orienteers has been improved this year by having three squads across the country (South, North and Scotland) and this will lower the amount of travelling for squad members and coaches.  Barney was selected through his performances at a number of selection races in 2021.  These squads are a natural progression from the regional squads for talented juniors.

Barney was also selected to take part in the 2021 training camp, held this year in Scotland instead of Sweden (because of travel restrictions). His account of the training, both in the dune areas of the Moray coast and in the beautiful Glen Affric, will feature in a future edition of the club "Punch" magazine.

EAOA Presentations 2021

Two smiling family - and SuffOC - members were photographed at the EAOA presentations during our Bury St Edmunds Urban event today. Sarah Mansel is pictured holding the Bill Stevens Trophy while her daughter Bronwen has the 2021 East Anglian Championship Women's Open Trophy, the latter won at the Regional Championships held at HAVOC's Epping Forest SW event on 26th September.

The Bill Stevens Trophy was created in memory of the SOS member who died in 1987; it is awarded annually for "for people who have contributed greatly to orienteering in the region at any level, often working in the background, and irrespective of competitive ability".

Our congratulations go to both Sarah and Bronwen!