February 2017 was the winningest month seen in Norfolk for a long time........
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February 2017 was the winningest month seen in Norfolk for a long time........
What a month we've had. I must have been club captain for about 10 years now, and in that time the number of team competitions we have won has been precisely zero. But now in one month we've won two out of two. Firstly the Icenian Trophy. This is a biannual competition put on by Cambridge University. All age groups contribute, and the best 8 scores count. Two years ago we came last. But this time we won! Our scorers were 4 men and 4 women, with ages from 18 to 65. More details are on the website. Well done to all concerned.
Then last weekend our juniors took on the rest of East Anglia in the Yvette Baker Trophy. Nobody can remember us ever winning this before, but 2017 proved to be our year in this competition too. In most previous years, just getting the minimum 9 scorers has proved an insurmountable hurdle, but this year we had 12 entries who came back with 4 wins, 4 second places and a third place. All of which was enough to beat SOS by 4 points. The team now progress to the national final in Northumberland in July.

It's worth noting that the 8 people who scored in the Icenian were entirely different from the 9 who scored in the YBT, showing that we are such a strong club that we can rotate our squad for different competitions. Just like Arsenal. 

Our run of success won't carry on with the Compasssport Cup as only 6 people have entered that. But I think there should be a heat closer to home next year, so we can target that instead.

If you do feel inspired by all this team success, there is still time to enter relay teams for the JK and British Champs, but the deadlines are approaching. We do have people who would willingly make up ad-hoc teams, so if you are going to these events and fancy a relay run, please let me know in the next week. 

Finally, both of our individual regional championships are coming up this month. The East Anglian champs are at Rushmere (Northants) on the 18th, followed by the Midland Champs in Warwickshire on the 25th. I look forward to seeing some of these trophies making their way back up the A11. Read on for more information.

Good luck in all your endeavours,


Newsletter Articles - keep 'em coming 
We are always interested in getting reports about events, or any other articles for that matter and would love to pass them to club members via this newsletter.  Get your creative cap on, get writing and send them to us here. Likewise if you come across anything that you think may interest us NOR folk.

Welcome to our new member Joe Welham from Norwich who joined the club in January

Directions & Parking: Travelling from Norwich take A140 for Cromer, pass airport, take B1147 for Holt. Locate O signs 1 mile south Holt (top of Edgefield Hill). Parking in field as directed. From A148/B1147 Holt bypass roundabout continue on the B1147 Norwich Road past Country Park entrance, in 1⁄4 mile turn left to park.

Map Ref TG 083 372 Post Code NR25 6SP 

Karen would still welcome some help, particularly with collecting controls. Please click here to let her know if you can assist with this.

Club Night in Norwich

The days are getting longer and hopefully the weather will start getting warmer soon so what's stopping you from coming along on a Tuesday evening at 7pm to Whitlingham Ski Centre in Norwich and make good on that New Year's Resolution to get out and run a bit more.  
This level C event will be held at Rushmere Country Park, about 2.5km North of Leighton Buzzard, and easily accessible from the A5 via Heath and Reach. Rushmere and the adjoining Stockgrove Country Parks provide undulating woodland, with longer courses likely to include some areas of more open heathland. A full range of colour coded courses (white to brown) will be provided, with EAOA members able to compete by age band. Please can all 2016 champions ensure that their trophies are engraved and either brought along on 19th March or given to someone who will be going.
Enter here - first deadline 12th March
Results from the first two league events are available here. Its great to see some of our newer members leading their age groups. Tom and Katharine Bartrum are leading the M16 and W45 age groups, and Andy Gayford the M35's. Lawrence Ball is at the top of the M21 age group and Jonathan Gilbert the M55's.  Barbara George is perching prominently in the W80's and looking for some challenge. It would be good to see some more club members feature next time. the league takes your best four events and with four still to go there's time to make your debut and rise up the leaderboard.
Our own event on March 26th may be cancelled  - watch the web site for an update soon so here's an alternative.  Pre Entry on Fabian 4 up to midnight on Sunday 19th March 2017.  Entry on the day will be available subject to map availability

10 Reasons Why Orienteering is the Best Sport Ever

When you see the word orienteering, what springs to mind? Funny red and white flags? Getting lost in damp forests? Strange people dressed like they’ve just emerged from a 1980s psychedelic pajama party? ............

Read the full text by Alison Ingleby here

  • Orienteering is a sport for life

  • It’s not all about running

  • Every event is different

  • Orienteering is the friendly sport

  • There’s always room to improve

  • Orienteering takes you to places you’d never otherwise go

  • It’s a full body workout

  • But it’s not all about getting muddy

  • You can compete all over the world (without being an elite athlete)

  • It gives you skills for life


Now is a really good time to think about venturing out of East Anglia and entering some events further afield. Although they are all billed as Championship events, anyone can enter. There are usually a good few club members travelling to these events and they can be quite a social occasion especially the big multi day events such as the Scottish 6 day.  The terrain is generally more interesting than we can muster in Norfolk and often quite challenging and fun.  If you would like to enter one and want to lift share or be put in touch with some other competitors click here to send an e-mail and we'll help you get there. 

The 21st Scottish 6-day event is being held in Royal Deeside between the 30th July and 5th August 2017.

This will be the 4th time the 6-Days has come to Deeside (1983, 1993, 2005) and the event will use some of their best areas with a variety of terrain, superb arenas and car parking and stunning views to the hills and mountains around Deeside. Entry closes on 30th June but there is a progressively increasing scale of entry fees - next deadline is 30th April.

Enter events on Fabian 4
Here's an article by Clive Allen on the  history of the sport in the UK. Find out which well known drinks brand sponsored the first British Championships (Clue: "It's good for you") and how Chris Brasher and his running mates were instrumental in forming the sport's  governing bodies. NOR was formed a bit later in 1972 so we are only 45 years old this year - another five to go before we celebrate our half century.

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Norwich, Norfolk NR12 8SH
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