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May 2021 edition now available
The latest edition is now available online - MDOC News May 2021 - contains reports on the John O'Goats event, Swedish Forest Cup, the GMOA Chairman's report for 2020/21, Fallibroome Orienteering and our own nominee for the Young Volunteer of the Year award, plus Reminiscences from a winter walk and two competitions.
Taking account of the latest government guidelines and following England moving to Step 3 of the government roadmap, British Orienteering has amended the operational guidance on start rates for orienteering events in England as follows:
a. At Step 3 from 17 May, a maximum of six starters per minute will be permitted from each start location, regardless of whether start times or start windows are allocated.
b. At Step 4 (from no earlier than 21 June), British Orienteering do not currently expect to retain any restrictions on start rates. We will provide further guidance on orienteering at Step 4 once the government guidance and any remaining legal restrictions are clearer.
The organiser may choose whether to allocate specific start times or start windows. In making this choice, the organiser must have regard to the need to maintain social distancing and for participants waiting to enter the start system to adhere to the legal maximum gathering size of thirty people.
Please familiarise yourself with the new guidance:
John Kewley reports ...
The most recent TORUS event saw the TrailO community commemorating (commiserating?) the lack of the European Trail Orienteering Championships (which moved from May 2020 to August 2020 to May 2021 and will now not be until May 2022. We therefore had 5 days (corresponding at least nominally, to the Model, TempO, PreO1, PreO2 and Relay days that we’d have had at ETOC and on their respective days). The best 3 from 5 results counted for individual, club and country.
Terrain was Finnish forest (in contrast to most of the TORUS days so far which have been park or urban). This was expected to suit the more experienced Orienteers and Trail Orienteers who had experienced this terrain more and so it proved.
Going into the final event JK had the narrowest of margins over Ben to be top Brit, but both Mike Greenwood and Tom Dobra (BOK) had lower scores to drop and Tom ended out on top.
The third of MDOC's Spring MapRun series will be available from Saturday 1st May.
Planned by Dave Mawdsley, the three scatter score courses will offer plenty of opportunity to test your legs and navigation skills in and around this picturesque and hilly village near Macclesfield. In addition to steep streets and scenic footpaths, runners may choose to run past Bollington's most famous high landmark, White Nancy, or cross the valley using the old Macclesfield-Marple railway line, now the Middlewood Way.
The second of MDOC's Spring MapRun series will be available from Saturday 17th April. It will be a 45 or 60 minute Score course using the MapRun6 app.
The courses will be available to run until Sunday May 16th.
The Final Details will be available on the Navvies site from Thursday 15th April.
And the courses will be available there from Friday evening, ready for those wanting to run the courses on Saturday.
Also, don't forget the first event in the Series is still available until Sunday May 2nd.