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Newsletter - November 2016

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Next up is THE BIG EVENT of the year - It's Double Dumpling time

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help out during the two days, duty information will be sent to you on Monday, along with final details to all who have pre-entered.

Pre-entries on Fabian 4 for both days closes on Sunday at midnight. There will be limited pre-entry on the day, especially for the City event as all the courses except juniors and newcomers are printed on A3 sheets which cannot easily be photocopied on the day if we run out of maps. Please, please help the organisers and pre-enter if you are intending to go to either event. If you do miss the deadline then drop Alan an e-mail to see if he can magic up a reserved map for you.

A word on the junior courses - in many urban events the juniors end up running around the local park but in Norwich they will be out in the City centre thanks to our labyrinth of small alleys and pedestrianised roads. All main roads that they cross are manned. This should provide a truly authentic urban experience so do encourage any offspring to enter. Unfortunately the event clashes with the British Schools Champs so our junior entries are currently a bit lower than we would normally expect. 

We have some local interest in the men's open event with Glen Richardson and Nick Pullen currently in 2nd and 3rd positions in the UK league, so don't get in their way or ask for directions if you see them out on the course  - you may be mown down with their speed and agility as they race around our fine city. Do try and stay on for the prize giving.  

There is also a Christmas Craft market taking place at the Forum which may be of interest to some of you - combine our event with a spot of Christmas shopping!
Click here to enter on Fabian 4
King's Forest - Sunday 13th November - SUFFOC
Unlike other recent events in the King’s Forest, this one is on the western side of the B1106 Brandon to Bury St Edmunds road, with parking at Grid Ref TL 821 760.

The terrain is typical East Anglian coniferous forest, with deciduous windbreaks and scattered pits & depressions for added interest. As this Level C event is included in both the EA League & the Essex & Suffolk Schools Orienteering League calendars, there is the full range of courses from White to Brown. Beginners are most welcome, and there will be help & advice on hand near the registration tent.

Final Details are now available 
Membership Renewals
Thank you to everyone who has renewed their membership so far, my in box is filling up rapidly with notifications from BOF. You should have received a renewal e-mail from BOF by now and can easily renew on line.  I do find that a number of people don't update their e-mail addresses or provide telephone numbers. The information that you provide to BOF is automatically forwarded onto me and enables us to connect with our members easily and quickly. Whilst we don't often need phone numbers they are very useful and can save a lot of time and effort if we need to establish whether you are still out in the forest or safely by the fire at home having forgotten to download at the finish!! 

Don't forget that British Orienteering members can access a range of Membership Benefits and discounts including:  15% at Cotswold Outdoor, YHA membership, AA, Go Ape and others. Click on the link above to see the full list.

Nicky Nicholls - Membership Secretary
Shouldham Warren Results
Thanks to our planner Jonathan Gilbert for some excellent courses on what turned out to be a rather gorgeous autumn day. Read his planners report here. I can only attribute my very slow time to the fact that I was enjoying being out in the woods so much to bother running. However a number of you fared rather better and the following NOR members took the top spots by a wide margin. Congratulations to:
Yellow - Poppy Liston
Light Green - James Price
Short Green - Mark Fowler
Brown - Glen Richardson
And in Other News….
Not to be outdone by brother Kieran completing the Marathon do Medoc earlier in the year, Laurence Ball has just run the New York marathon in a stunning time of 2:57:08 - setting a  new family record for the Ball family, and an inspiration to our younger members. I am wondering if this is also a NOR marathon record.  Well done Laurence

Sandringham Event - Sunday 11th December

We are returning to one of my favourite venues next month for our Club Championships.  Glen will be doing some fiendishly technical calculations to ensure that the competition is fair to everyone irrespective of the course you enter - more on that next time, so put the date in your diary and if you can spare some time to help (before heading for the cafe), Leanne our event organiser would be very please to hear from you. Call her (before 8pm) on 01553 771961 or drop her an e-mail.
Please let me help Leanne
Ella Gilbert writes about her Gothenburg Training Camp
In August of this year, I was lucky enough to get to attend a training camp held in Gothenburg. The camp is for 18 and 19 year olds, and is a week long. This year for the last few days we travelled to Stromstad to take in the World Championships, and do the spectator races.I arrived on Saturday morning, and we spent the day getting settled in and organising our training for the week. The Gothenburg camp aims to help prepare juniors for organising their own training, so is more of a ‘self-help’ camp than a coaching one

While Mark and Alice (the organisers) were happy to give advice and guidance, we were expected to know what we were doing on each day, and decide for ourselves what we actually used the training for.

On Sunday we jogged from the club hut we were staying in and did some training on a nice (if overgrown!) area that was very similar to lake district terrain. After going on the Stockholm tour the year before, I was used to associating Sweden with vague, small contours. But the areas around Gothenburg were more obvious and less confusing. While I wasn’t overly happy with my navigation, I felt it was a solid start to the day. After eating lunch we returned to the hut. The afternoon’s exercise actually had the start triangle on the cub hut, and went around the lake we were next too. It was pretty long (I think I did 11km in all!) but I really enjoyed it. To avoid having to hang controls, we did the exercise in groups of three, and people were used as controls. It was pretty complicated, but worked very well – despite the downpour in the middle! I very much enjoyed it, and was pleased with my navigation, especially in navigating to control sites without controls there.

After a hard day I was in charge of cooking dinner, which I think was a success, despite the power going out halfway, and then working only if we didn’t use the oven, meaning the apple crumble had to be microwaved in bits!

The next day we went to a fairly green area. I was helping with control hanging that day. I can’t say things started that well, since we managed to forget the controls! Using bits of shoe tape as controls didn’t work that well, and after spending well over an hour trying to locate control sites (and failing on a good few) I wasn’t feeling too pleased with myself. I went round an area that was again very lake district-ish, and managed to perk myself up a bit, though the time spent control hanging meant it was a fairly short session!

Instead of doing training in the afternoon the girls decided to do some night-o, so we spent the afternoon relaxing, and then once it began to turn dark, we headed out into the dark (and wet!) regretting our decision quite a bit. We did it in a trains format, with everybody meeting up every few controls and then starting at short start intervals. It was good to have the security of the train, and meant we navigated faster than normal. I have very mixed feelings about night-o, but I really enjoyed this session and felt it was really useful. The area was nice (vaguer than previous days, which made the night-o even harder!) and despite overestimating our abilities a bit when planning the course, and having a very old version of the map, we got round.

The next day I didn’t feel so great. My chest was really tight, running was quite painful, and I had the beginnings of a sore throat. However I decided to do that day’s training. Despite not being able to do much, I think Tuesday’s area was my favourite. It wasn’t super obvious, but I could understand the contours, and my visualization worked really well. I found I couldn’t run, so I mainly walked. When I got back I decided not to do anything else (I had taken quite a while at my slow pace!)

That evening the club whose hut we were staying in were holding an event, so we did that. I was on the same area as Sunday’s round the lake, and afterwards everybody had a meal together. I wasn’t feeling any better, so did about half the course before heading back. After a delicious tea, I went to bed, feeling really awful. That was the beginning of the end for my week. What I thought was a common cold never went away, and for the rest of the week I struggled to walk anywhere, and couldn’t even imagine running. When I got back home, it was diagnosed as pneumonia, so at least I had a good excuse!

On Wednesday everybody went and did a course from the junior world championships a few years ago. I wasn’t feeling up to running, but I went along and hung a couple of controls, and then once everybody had finished we spent the afternoon shopping. On Thursday I wasn’t up to even getting out of bed, and spend the day dozing and feeling miserable. From what I’ve heard the training that day was great, and it was beautiful day, but sadly I couldn’t take part. It was very frustrating to be in one of the best countries for orienteering and not be able to do
anything, but even trying to run through it on the first day probably made things a lot worse, so I’m glad I didn’t push it any more.

On Friday we travelled to Stromstad. Throughout the previous week the world champs had been taking place, and we arrived in time for the last two spectator races (Saturday and Sunday) and the relay (Saturday). I had really, desperately hoped I would be well enough to do the races, because I had been looking forward to them for months, but I just couldn’t face even walking around a few controls. I did go to watch the relay, and as I found last year in Scotland, it was a great experience (made better by watching GB men get a great 4th!).

On Sunday I spend the day in the car, and then finally on Monday morning I flew back home. By that time I was grateful to be back in a comfortable bed and be able to relax. I really enjoyed the few days of Gothenburg I got do, and found very useful. I’m still disappointed I didn’t get to do the whole week, but there was nothing I could do.

Many thanks to Mark and Alice for organising the camp and helping us all out throughout the week!

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Norwich, Norfolk NR12 8SH
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