Sun 20 Jan 19 Introduction to Orienteering – Training Course Training course
Tue 22 Jan 19 Tuesday Evenings Weekly Training run – WGC every Tuesday evening
Sat 2 Feb 19 Club Training – Chipperfield Pre-event training (members only)
Fri 22 Feb 19 February Half –Term Junior Training Junior Training
Sat 2 Mar 19 Club Training – Sherrards Pre-event training (members only)

For more details on any of the above, contact Keith Marsden (

Juniors trained in warm sunshine – yet again!

Phasel’s Wood Activity Centre, near Hemel Hempstead, was the venue for this year’s autumn half-term training for club juniors.

Because of some curious scheduling of half-term dates numbers were a bit down but we were lucky that being half term and, incidentally, the beginning of the winter season for camping we had the activity centre pretty much to ourselves. The weather was also kind to us and therefore the use of the Jubilee Hut was limited – although it did get used for refreshment breaks and a number of very interesting indoor training discussions.

A total of 9 juniors had been able to make it and so we split them into two groups, the older group being coached by Kevin and the younger ones by Susan and Gillian with support from Claire.

For the seniors, much of the day was focussed on identifying good attack points and clearly understanding the use of CARS (Control, Attack point, Route and Start)

After a brief discussion the athletes completed two short loops in the wooded area and were then back to the hut for a discussion on the various choice of attack points. This led on to a lively discussion about the choice of attack points on upcoming selection races, in the autumn, and into 2019 using maps. Kevin had provided maps of all the selection races, including JK2019 and the British Championships and the juniors were asked to identify suitable attack points for the controls on those maps.

Meanwhile the younger members of the group had been doing a recap, firstly on map symbols by the use of flash cards and then by doing a map walk around the centre and relating features to the map.

The pace moved up a bit by using the map symbol relay, which soon became a bit competitive.

After a short break we spent some time creating our own maps using a variety of line and point features before moving on to relating map features to pictorial Control Descriptions.

After more exercises outside ensuring that athletes were able to keep their map orientated, we retired for lunch and various games of Hide and seek.

After lunch the coaches had planned a number of courses to bring together the things that had been covered in the morning. The older ones being asked to do a longer course through the woods with younger ones staying mainly in the open areas in front of the hut. All the courses featured use of ‘butterfly’ planning in order to make sure that good map orientation was maintained. With a little time to spare two of the younger ones were able to successfully complete the more complicated course.

It was soon time to depart, so many thanks to all the athletes who took part and to the coaches who worked with them.

The sun was still shining as we departed after what had been a very enjoyable and successful day’s training.

We hope to see everyone again at the next HH training on 28th December in Northaw Great Wood.

Introduction to Orienteering – Training Course

We are planning to an ’Introduction to Orienteering’ course on Sunday 20th January in St Albans. It will cover terminology, courses, classes, events and competitions and all the basics that you need to know about how the sport is organised and how to start to get the best out of it.  Details…

British Orienteering to launch live on-line training

An exciting new program of online training is launching this month. As originally announced in the BOF August member newsletter, the pilot sees three different live training sessions delivered online and free. The confirmed dates and subjects are:

  • Thursday 27th September – Coaching for mixed abilities
  • Thursday 4th October – Planning
  • Thursday 18th October – Developing your club

More details are available on the BOF website – click here…

It’s time for evening training again!

We’ve now got two weekly training sessions on the go!  The format is to start at 7pm sharp with a choice of 5km (not very fast) and 6-7km (faster) routes.  These are often followed by a  drink and chat.

They are on:

Tuesdays at Campus West in Welwyn Garden City

Thursdays at the entrance to Highfield Park Centre Car Park, off Russet Drive St Albans (AL4 0DB).

Please aim to come in good time because we will start the run at 7pm sharp.

Run history, routes and times available here.

Hedley Calderbank

For more information, please contact Keith Marsden.