Hertfordshire Orienteering Club

informally known as Happy Herts (HH)

Nomansland 2016

Our next Saturday Series event

Our next Saturday Series event will take place on May 7th on Nomansland Common, between Wheathampstead and Sandridge.

Event details are here…

You can now reserve your map and/or hire dibber at http://sat.maptypes.org – this will save you completing an entry form at registration!

There is a full Fixture List and more details about the Saturday Series here..

Junior World Orienteering Championships Selection

Congratulations to Beth Hanson who has been selected as a reserve for the Great Britain team at the 2016 Junior World Orienteering Championships which are being held in Scuol, Switzerland 9th – 15th July 2016.

British Orienteering Championships

The British Long Distance Orienteering Championships took place on 30th April at Brown Clee Hill in Shropshire. Notable Club performances came from Kevin Harding, 2nd on M55L, Helen Marsden, 2nd on W40L, James Errington, 1st on M20L, Alison Saunders, 2nd on W55S, Jane Breed, 2nd on W60S with Sue Hooper 3rd on the same course and Susan Marsden 2nd on W70S.

The British Relay Championships took place on 1st May on the same area. The Club’s best performances came in M14 (Alex Fielding/Ben Gostick/Dominic Bowers) and W14 (Kate Frampton/Tegan Frampton/Hannah Freeman) with both teams finishing 4th. We were also 5th in Women’s Short (Helen Marsden/Gillian Hanson/Sian Mitchell) and 6th in Men’s Short (Kevin Fielding/James Errington/Ian Marsden).

Harvester Trophy

The Harvester Trophy is a Level B overnight relay competition for teams of seven or five runners. It is modelled on similar events in Scandinavia, such as the Tio Mila and the Jukola. There are 7 classes dependent upon team composition, i.e. male/female/mixed and age etc.

This year the Harvester takes place on Cleeve Common, the highest point of the Cotswolds, starting at midnight on Saturday 25 June 2016, and finishing on Sunday morning, 26 June. Cleeve consists of fast open grassland with large areas of scattered gorse, a steep and complex Western escarpment, and other areas of old quarry workings with intricate contours.

Entries cost £13 per person (£8 for juniors but only for complete junior teams (M/W20-)). Entries will need to be paid by individuals.

Leading teams would expect 2/3rds of the event to be run in darkness. Leg lengths are normally approximately 7-5-9-7-9-5-12km for the A course and 5-7-4-5-7km on the B course. The shortest leg on the B course is TD3 (orange standard) with remaining legs being TD5/4.

Please let me know by 18th May whether you would like to participate and if there are sufficient numbers we will enter Club team(s). An indication of preferences for day/night legs and leg length would be helpful.

I will also need a volunteer to co-ordinate our team(s) on the day as I will be abroad and so not attending.

Further details can be found at: http://www.ngocweb.com/harvester2016/

Richard Freeman



juniors 2016-06

Junior Training – 3rd June at Chipperfield

The next training day for Juniors will be during half-term on Friday 3rd June. The venue is Blackwell’s cafe in Chipperfield.

The flyer is here and the 2016 consent form (for parents to sign) is  here.

If you want to come, please email Frances in advance (juniors@herts-orienteering.club) .

The Club Dinner

The Club Dinner was held on 26 April at The Stables restaurant at Oaklands College.

The Marsden Trophy for support of the Junior Squad was presented to Evan Bowers, the Harding Trophy for services to the Club to Frances Goldingay, and the Farmer Trophy for best newcomer to Daniel Gardner.

Failing to assemble the new Street-O banner

Failing to assemble the new Street-O banner

Working on the quiz

Working on the quiz

More photos can be found on our Facebook page.

CompassSport Cup Qualifier – Sunday 8th May

Entry details for the CompassSport Cup qualifier at Hatfield Forest on 8th May have now been published. Entries can be made by individuals rather than through clubs. The Club does not pay for entries for the qualifier; therefore, could individuals who are able to run enter the event as soon as possible (the closing date is Monday 25th April). Entries need to be made for the correct class (rather than course) as shown in the table below which is from the SOS website:

1 Brown Men Open
2 Short Brown M20- M40+
3 Blue Women Women Open
4 Blue Men M50+
5 Green Women W20- W45+
6 Green Men M60+
7 Short Green Veterans M70+ W60+
8A Green Men M18-
8B Short Green Women W18-
9A Orange Men M14-
9B Orange Women W14-

Note: Classes 8A/8B are currently shown on the SOS website as Light Green: however, it is expected that these will be Green/Short Green as shown on Fabian4 and in the competition rules.

Everyone who runs receives points based upon position with the top four in each class being eligible as ‘counters’ for the Clubs final score (for 7A/7B and 8A/8B this is four counters across each pair of courses). The top 25 scores count towards the Clubs final total; however, those who don’t actually count will potentially reduce the scores of other clubs so the more entrants the better.

Once I can see the number of entrants by class I may ask some people to amend their entry so that we have a good balance across the classes; however, this will be done on an individual basis.


Forthcoming events..
Sat 7 May 16 Nomansland Saturday League
Tue 10 May 16 South Hatfield Street-O
Tue 17 May 16 Stevenage Street-O
Tue 24 May 16 Stevenage Street-O
Tue 31 May 16 Westminster Lodge Street-O for all
Latest Results..
Chipperfield 2016-04-02

Chipperfield results are now available…

We hope that you enjoyed today’s event.
The results are now published…

South Hatfield Street-O , 3rd May 2016 Results
Chipperfield, 2nd April 2016 Results
Frithsden, 19th March 2016 Results