Hertfordshire Orienteering Club

informally known as Happy Herts (HH)


Our next Saturday Series event

Our next Saturday Series and Youth League event will be held at Stanbrough Lakes, Welwyn Garden City on November 12th.   Event details…

There will also be pre-event training on offer, this time focusing on compass work. This will take place at 9:30, before the courses open.

Why not save time & form-filling at registration by pre-entering through our map reservation facility  ?

Verulamium results..

CompassSport Cup Final

HH placed 8th in the CompassSport Cup Final at Tankersley Wood near Sheffield on Sunday 16th October 2016. The event was won by Forth Valley Orienteers ahead of hosts South Yorkshire Orienteers. HH were narrowly edged by local rivals Southdown Orienteers.

in terms of points scored, there were particularly strong performances by Kevin Harding, Alan Rosen, Simon Errington, Janet Rosen, Sam Fielding, Alex Fielding and Hannah Freeman. But thank you to all of the 39 Club members who made the trek north on a very wet Sunday morning. Unfortunately, we could not stop the competition at 12.15pm at which point, after some good early runs, HH were leading!

Don’t Forget – next training session

Our one hour orienteering training sessions continue at Stanborough on 12th November.
The session will begin at 9.30 am, just before the Saturday Series event.

This month we will plan to learn about. or brush up on, Map Orientation using the map and compass.

As usual we will aim to provide something of interest for all ranges of abilities and experience.

There is no charge for HH club members. £2 for non members.

Assembly and car parking can be found in the details for the Saturday event.

Juniors at Haberdashers 01/11/13

HH Junior Training – October Half term

The next Junior training event will take place on October 28th at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, nr Elstree.


Parents are always welcome to attend and help out.

Please email Frances Goldingay (hgoldingay@aol.com) to confirm attendance at this event

Youth League 2016-17

The 2016-2017 Youth League started with a new set of rules at Verulamium Park on the 1st October .

The weather did not prevent a good turn out and hopefully participation will grow through the season. Beechwood Park School carried on from where they left off last year and took leads in both the main competition and the Maureen Webster Memorial Trophy, but with the Hadrian Academy chasing them hard.   League Tables..

The next event is on the 12th November at Stanborough Lakes, Welwyn Garden City.


First Aid Training Opportunities

We have two new training opportunities:

  •  a course suitable for event officials has been arranged on the afternoon of Saturday 3rd Dec. 2016 in St Albans  – details..
  • SEOA are intending to organise a 2 day course aimed at orienteers who coach and/or compete in areas which are not in easy access of emergency services eg. Lake District – details..

Full details are on the Training page..


Event Safety Workshop

Happy Herts will be hosting an Event Safety Workshop on the afternoon of Saturday 26th November in St Albans.

The Event Safety Workshop is due to become a requirement for Event Officials but even if you are not planning to volunteer to be a planner or organiser of an event the workshop is great way to understand the risks inherent in the sport. more..

Forthcoming events..
Fri 28 Oct 16 Junior Training
Sat 12 Nov 16 Stanborough Newcomers, Saturday & Youth Leagues
Sat 3 Dec 16 Cassiobury Newcomers, Saturday & Youth Leagues
Sat 7 Jan 17 Heartwood * CHANGED VENUE * Newcomers, Saturday Series
Sat 4 Feb 17 Fairlands Valley, Stevenage Newcomers, Saturday & Youth Leagues
Latest Results..
Verulamium, 1st October 2016 Results
WGC East Street-O, 27th September 2016 Results
WGC East Street-O, 20th September 2016 Results

Peter Palmer Team Relay

Congratulations to our Junior Team of Sam Fielding, Alex Fielding, Josh M’Caw, Hannah Freeman, Laura Bayne, Francesca Bayne and Evan Bowers, who finished 7th out of 22 teams at the Peter Palmer Team Relay at Ratby Woods on Sunday 11th September 2016.

The Peter Palmer trophy is a national event.  It is a relay race for Junior Teams of 6-9 members starting in the middle of the night (usually around 4 – 4.30) and has 2 or 3 legs in the dark, one at dawn and then two in the light of the early morning.


The HH team with apologies to Hannah who had already left when the photo was taken.

At the start... At the start…