Keep your fingers, toes and compasses crossed – the first four events in the Midlands have made it into the diary. First up are Potteries Orienteering Club, with a local event planned for Ladderedge on the 24th April. Walton Chasers have just secured permission to run an event at Shoal Hills the following day. And for the late May Bank Holiday the Springtime in Shropshire team (Wrekin and Harlequins) have permission for back-to-back events on the Saturday and Sunday. These are on the neighbouring areas of Corndon Hill and Rorrington & Stapley.
As always, these are all subect to the rules and guidance at the time of the event.
Walton Chasers have been declared the winners of the 2020 West Midlands League, ending an unbroken series of wins for OD stretching all the way back to 2007. Well done Chasers!
It’s back! A chance to explore the Long Mynd in winter and be rewarded by chocolate. Here’s a link to the details on the club website. As always at present, remember to consider Covid restrictions and precautions.
The arrangements for the 2021 competition are outlined on the British Orienteering website, with the 2020 qualifying teams invited to a final that will hopefully be hosted by the East Midlands. However, the Sutton Park embargo remains in place until the situation is clearer.
Unfortunately the event is now in a level 3 tier area. British Orienteering guidance states that “People are advised not to travel into or out of tier 3 areas (very high alert) in order to participate or volunteer in an orienteering activity or event”. More details are on the Walton Chaser’s website.
Walton Chasers are hoping to put an event on at Shoal Hill on the 13th of December. This is subject to confirmation and Covid19 restrictions at the time; more details on the Walton Chasers website.
Due to the second lockdown in England to combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), all orienteering events until at least 2 December 2020 are cancelled or postponed. There is more information available via our home page or the British Orienteering web site.
The next scheduled event in the region is on 6 December, organised by Octavian Droobers, but is dependent on clarity that the present suspension will be lifted in time. If it goes ahead, pre-entry will be mandatory: please do not travel expecting to enter on the day. More information will be available via the Octavian Droobers web site.
The latest edition of the West Midlander magazine can be downloaded here.
The Better Orienteering web site is being constantly developed and expanded and is well worth a look, perhaps especially now that we’ve all had an enforced lay-off and may benefit from re-visiting and refreshing our skills. One of the latest additions is a YouTube playlist of orienteering videos, with something for all skill levels.
Unfortunately Walton Chasers have been unable to secure permission for their scheduled League event on the 11th October.