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Tuesday 14-Jul-2020


British Orienteering has issued its Operational Guidance for Re-Starting Orienteering in England.  We're still in the process of digesting the details, but it's clear that we're going to need to review our template risk assessment and make some changes to the new CLOK entry system.

The good news is that we haven't seen anything that's going to stop us from going ahead with the MapRun event in South Park, Darlington, on Sunday 2‑Aug‑2020 and the double header of a Middle Distance event on Standing Stone Rigg and a Classic Distance event on Graystone Moor over the weekend of 8/9‑Aug‑2020.

The aim is to have the new entry system and the flyers for those first three events available on the CLOK web site by about Wednesday 22‑Jul‑2020.  Please check back then and/or keep an eye out for announcements in Tchimes.

Friday 10-Jul-2020


British Orienteering has announced that orienteering in England will re-start on 1st August 2020.  Follow this link to see the announcement.  Once British Orienteering has issued its Return to Orienteering guidelines – which should happen by Monday 13‑Jul‑2020   we'll update our template risk assessment and make any necessary adjustments to how we're going to run our events.

Anyway, we're really looking forward to getting back to organising orienteering events for CLOK members and friends again.  Our first event will be a MapRun event – no kites or SI boxes, but your visits to controls being verified by either an app on your smartphone or the track from your GPS watch – in South Park, Darlington on Sunday 2‑Aug‑2020.  (A big "thank you" to Darlington Borough Council for giving us permission to run this event.)  Phill Batts has extended the South Park to include some of the residential estates south of the park, so the event will offer full length urban courses as well as the shorter courses in South Park itself.  More information will be available during the week commencing 13‑Jul‑2020 once we've had a chance to review the British Orienteering guidance.  And if you haven't already used the MapRunF app on one of the existing Virtual Orienteering Courses, we'll be very happy to guide you through how use either the MapRunF app or your GPS watch.

Then, over the weekend of 8th / 9th August, we're organising a double header consisting of a traditional Middle Distance event – planned by Chris Wright – on Standing Stone Rigg on the Saturday, followed by a Classic Distance event on Paul Taylor's new map of Graystone Moor on the Sunday the 9th – with Paul also planning the courses.  Both areas are just south of Whitby, so it's a great excuse for a weekend away.  Access permission has been granted for both of these events.

Looking further ahead, we're working on getting access permission to run events in areas such as Coatham Wood, Hardwick Park, and South Burdon Wood.  Keep checking the CLOK web site for further information as it becomes available.

Important  All these events will be pre-entry only using the new CLOK entry system.  Please sign up for a username and password in good time.

Thursday 2-Jul-2020


Unfortunately, we still haven't been given the go-ahead to re-start orienteering events, so we've had to postpone the MapRun events that we were planning to organise in South Park on Sunday 5‑Jul‑2020 and Hardwick Park on Sunday 12‑Jul‑2020.

We're also finding it hard to get permissions from landowners.

We've had to postpone the evening event that we were planning to organise at Kiplin Hall on Tuesday 4‑Aug‑2020.  The Hall management will be very happy to host the event, but not for the next couple of months.  At the moment they're focussed on building up their day visitor numbers and they're only undertaking events where they can be absolutely sure of enforcing social distancing.

There's also doubt about the event in Coatham Wood on Sunday 26‑Jul‑2020.  Not only is is unclear whether we'll have the go-ahead to re-start orienteering events by then, but Forestry England are going to have to review / rewrite their guidelines before they can consider requests for access, and that's going to take a little time.  So, watch this space .... but don't get your hopes up.

By the way, a big 'thank you' to Darlington Borough Council, which has agreed to give us permission to hold an event in South Park.

The problem with getting the go-ahead to re-start orienteering events stems from the Government restriction on gatherings.  As you'll be aware, outdoor gatherings are currently restricted to either any number of people from up to two households or up to six people from any number of households.  The Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 define a "gathering" as occurring "when two or more people are present together in the same place in order to engage in any form of social interaction with each other, or to undertake any other activity with each other" and, as things stand, the interpretation is that all the competitors in an orienteering event are present together in the same place in order to undertake an activity with each other.  British Orienteering is working with Sport England to try to persuade the Government to grant a dispensation for orienteering events on the basis that in an orienteering event the competitors are not "present together in the same place" – particularly if the starts have been spread out over an extended period of time – but so far they've been unable to secure a dispensation.

Please note, by the way, that once we're allowed to hold events again it's going to be really important that participants don't hang around and socialise in the car parking area after their runs, as that would definitely count as people being present together in the same place in order to engage in social interaction with each other!

Monday 29-Jun-2020

Message from the Chair

I hope you are all safe, healthy and, of course, fighting fit from all the exercise sessions you've been doing during the coronavirus lockdown.  According to Strava some of you have been doing loads!

We've been doing a fair bit of work to prepare to resume organising orienteering events as soon as the Government and British Orienteering give us the go-ahead.  We were hoping to have heard something by now, but it looks as if it may take a little longer.

Caroline Mackenzie

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