Date: Sun 12-02-2017 Type: Local
Closest town: Abergavenny
Date: Wed 15-02-2017 Type: Evening Street Score
Closest town: Cardiff
Date: Sun 12-03-2017 Type: Compassport Cup & Welsh League
Closest town: Pontypool
Date: Wed 15-03-2017 Type: Evening Street Score
Closest town: Cardiff
Date: Sun 23-04-2017 Type: Local
Closest town: Monmouth
Are you looking to do something different for the whole family while simultaneously improving your fitness and exploring the great outdoors?
Orienteering is a sport for all the family, for all ages and you don't have to be super-fit to compete. Be as competitive or as relaxed as you want, the idea is to have fun.
Orienteering events tend to be every Sunday and you will explore the great outdoors in a way you never thought possible.
From a string course for toddlers to courses for aged 75 and over and everything in between, there will be a course to suit your age and ability.
Come and try one of our local events today! Click here for a beginners guide to orienteering.
For information on how to Join SWOC click here. The South Wales Orienteering Club (SWOC) is an active friendly orienteering club covering the former counties of Gwent, South Glamorgan, eastern Mid Glamorgan and southern Powys. This is from Bridgend in the West, to Chepstow in the East and Brecon in the North taking in Cardiff and Newport.
SWOC are putting on a series of 4 coaching mornings during the Autumn in the woods around Cardiff.
For those of you who attended the Cardiff Park Series, these sessions will enable to enjoy running along the paths and terrain of our local forests. For the more experienced orienteers they will be a chance to improve your skills.
We will put details of each session on the website a week or so before each date.
Session 1 - Saturday 1st October - Castle Coch
Session 2 - Saturday 22nd October - Caerphilly mountain
Session 3 - Saturday 5 November - Gwaelod y Garth (in conjunction with local event)
Session 4 - Sunday 11 December - The Wenallt (in conjunction with local event)
The sessions will be suitable for all ages, although any under 10s will need to be with an adult during the exercises. There will be exercises both on paths for the less experienced and in the forest for the more experienced.
All coaching sessions are free and will start at about 10.00 a.m. and will last for about an hour to an hour and a half. At sessions 3 and 4 you will then be able to do one of the courses at the local event.
At sessions 1 and 2 there will also be a course put out that will be suitable for the more experienced orienteer aimed a anyone who just wants a run. It will probably be light greenish in difficulty and 4km ish in length
Jasmine Silk attended the BOF junior training camp at Lagganlia this summer, this is her account of the week.
My fellow welsh representative, Oscar, and I started our journey in Bristol. We woke up at 6:30 and, feeling extremely excited, started our journey. We got to Lancaster untroubled but then our next train to Edinburgh was delayed by half an hour which meant that we would miss our connection to Lagganlia. Fortunately we caught the next train from Edinburgh to Lagganlia and arrived just in time for dinner. After dinner, we played some fun games to get to know everyone’s names.
The next day was our first full day of training so straight after breakfast we had a briefing in order to let us know what we would be doing throughout the week. Then we set off for the first area of the week – Uath Lochans. We finished the morning’s training with a fun clock relay but unfortunately half way through Oscar fell over and dislocated and broke his elbow. He was taken off to hospital and we found out what happened to him after dinner and the next day he came back with his arm in a cast.
We carried on the week’s training in some brilliant areas such as Grantown-on-Spey, the Moor of Alvie, Badaguish and Intriarch. My favourite area of the whole week was called Roseisle. It was a beautiful sandy woodland right on the coast of Scotland that was brilliantly ‘run-able’. At each area we did a series of different orienteering exercises such as bearings, simplifying and aiming off and finished off with relay.
I made lots of new friends who I am very much looking forward to seeing again at future events. The coaches were extremely helpful and in our coaching groups each evening we went over the exercises we had done that day and occasionally went over maps from previous events, talking about what had gone well and what could have gone better.
My favourite part of the week was the fun relay on the last day when the coaches dressed up and we had to carry a balloon around our courses! I think that any orienteer my age with the ability to qualify and the opportunity to go, should definitely try to qualify as it was a brilliant experience! I learnt new orienteering techniques, improved not only my fitness but my overall skill in orienteering and made lots of new friends for life
At long last and thanks to Alan's nagging I have got round to collating the Street League Results. 42 people took part with 17 doing 3 or more races. Congratulations to the top 3 - Alice Bedwell, Mark Saunders and James Clemence.
Congratulations to our JK winners this year
Alice Bedwell W55
Gill Manning W65
Judith Powel W75
Marcus Pinker M40
David May M70