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Compasssport Cup & Trophy 1st Round

12th March Cwm Lickey (Pontypool)


We need to get as many runners in the Compass Sport trophy as possible to have any chance of progressing to the final but you need to be a current British Orienteering member. However if you are not a member  it is still possible to run  non competitively and there are beginners courses available as well. 


Will all SWOC members please note that the previously advised route for entering the Compass Sport Trophy event at Cwm Lickey on 12th March by sending your entry via Jane Bush (Club Captain) has now been superseded in that you are now required to enter yourselves via Fabian (

Although this now means you pay the full price initially unless entering as a helper (whence Peter Ribbans will issue you with a helpers code to use), you will be able to reclaim half of senior fees paid and all junior fees on the day via Adrian Moir (he is taking cash for this to the event). Please ensure that you enter your correct class on Fabian (the relevant dropdown includes a description so that you select the correct class to be competitive).

JK RELAY 17th April  Pippinford Park Surrey
BRITISH CHAMPS RELAY 7th May Newby Bridge lake district

If you would like to run in either of these relays please email Jane with your BOF NO. SI no. and age class.
As usual SWOC will pay the full price for juniors and half for seniors . You still need to do your own individual entry.
( up to the first cut off date for entries, after that entrants will be
asked to fund the differance in price).

New Coaching Sessions

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

Lagganlia 2016

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

Winter Street League Results 2015/16

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.

2015/6 Winter Street League Results

British Orienteering Championships
British Orienteering Championship Medalists
Alice Bedwell 1st W55L
Gill Manning 1st W65L
Clare Dallimore 3rd W21E
Cerys Manning 1st W21L
David May 1st M70
Colin Powell 1st M75S

Sorry if I have missed anyone.