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First event back in the New Forest since last December. A pity that more people didn't take advantage of the beautiful weather. 60 out of a possible 100 entry is disappointing, especially for the organising team and the planner.

World Orienteering Day at a Retirement Village

Did you realise Wednesday 8th September 2021 was World Orienteering Day? Helen Wheelright and I celebrated this fact by giving an orienteering talk and "O" exercises at the Stanbridge Earls Retirement Village at Awbridge, Romsey. With the help of Mark Light I produced an "O" map of the grounds. Helen did a Powerpoint presentation and outside we did a grid cone exercise to introduce the importance of orientation, distance and direction. Then a star exercise using the map of the grounds, where the participants visited two or three controls at a time until they had completed the 12 or had done sufficient! Two of the participants didn't make it to the photo.

Participants and coaches at Stanbridge Earls

Shown in the photo is the form for the event registration for World Orienteering Day and and the grounds map. 
We are hoping to see these newcomers at the upcoming SOC Saturdays. 

Shawford MapRun and Social

Things are hotting up in the summer MapRun League! BAOC's Andy Snell is currently topping the league table and with just today and tomorrow left to play, he's also winning at Helen's Kings Worthy event. With only three out of five events to count, it's all still to play for though! Today sees the release of the final event of the league and Rachel Robertson has set a tough one around Shawford Down and Compton. Thursday 9th September will be the social with a 6:30pm meet up at the car park at the bottom of Shawford Down and retiring to the Bridge Inn afterwards.

Thought I’d get out early for my attempt at the Shawford MapRun to beat the late summer heat. I know the area fairly well so chose my course as I started. Big mistake - I overestimated the distance that I could run over the hilly part of the course. I’ll sit down and plan another route to see if I can improve my score by running a shorter distance. Great fun though - discovered some very posh houses.