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.
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.
The second of the Mapping webinars is on Tuesday 4th May - this is the one which Martin is helping to present. For further details & links to the registration page see this news item. If you weren't able to take part in the first one you can still watch a recording from the British Orienteering Webinar page.
The previous evening we have our own online club session. Clive is running this session, with help from Sally & Simon. The session will include an initial presentation, trying out selected courses on Running Wild, small group discussions &, if you're lucky, even a fun quiz! All members should have received information about this - there's still time to apply, just email Clive.
The next two British Orienteering webinars cover the vital (to us!) topic of Mapping - and SuffOC's Martin Hore is helping to present the second one! For further details & links to the registration pages see this news item.
Fingers crossed our Summer Series will be able to take place - &, prior to that, Simon & Clive are holding a virtual training session on Monday 8th March. It will be via Zoom, open to all present & past members of SuffOC, & will feature a mix of ideas to help you prepare, including fitness, virtual 'O' & technical skills. The session will be suitable for both experienced & newer members - it'll be lovely to see people again, even though we can't meet in the forest or park at the moment.
So - put the event on your calendar:
Monday 8th March, 19.30
SuffOC Zoom meeting
& let Simon know that you're planning to attend so that he can send you an invitation to join the meeting.
From 5th January all organised orienteering events, leagues, coaching etc have been suspended - you can read the full statement from British Orienteering here.
Individuals are encouraged to continue to exercise locally & you probably have your own preferred routes close to home. If you happen to live near one of our Virtual Courses you may like to try it to practise your "O" skills - there's no limit to the number of times you can repeat any of the courses so trying to improve your route choices, along with your fitness level, could take you higher up the MapRun leaderboard!