Sat 2 Jun 18 Club Training – Cassiobury Before the Sat Series event

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Mardley Training

The one hour training sessions continue in Cassiobury Park on 3rd December.

We’re aiming to get the basics right so this month is all about orientating with and without a compass. And then moving on to fine compass work and aiming off.

We start at 9.30 and aim to finish at 10.30 so that there is plenty of time for you to have a run at the monthly Saturday event.

Assembly and car parking can be found in the details of the Saturday event and as there is a walk to the park please allow plenty of time to arrive by 9.30.

To ensure that we have sufficient maps prepared please let me know if you plan to join us.

Or if you have any questions let me know.

Keith Marsden (

Junior Training – in the sunshine

Junior training in the spring half term can always be a bit of a worry – will it rain all day or perhaps even snow? But once again Mardley Heath served up a beautifully sunny day.

18 juniors turned up at the Mardley scout hut for a day spent amongst the lumps and bumps of the area. For many it was their first time using an area with so much contour detail and so it was no surprise that after a brief introduction from Frances we divided into three groups, depending on orienteering experience, to consider the detail of map symbols, control descriptions with a great deal of focus, for the older ones at least, on contour interpretation.
Frances’s and Susan’s groups started the day by spending an hour in the hut recapping and extending their general orienteering knowledge by playing a number of orienteering related games and considering relevant work sheets.

Meanwhile Kevin and his group had already ventured into the sunshine and were busy interpreting the contours of Mardley on maps where the path network had been removed. A further complication arose when it was realised that someone had also removed (cut down) the thickets so that the group were having to rely solely on their contour interpretation in order to navigate their way round the area.

By mid morning all three groups were happily squelching their way around the area – with no noticeable side effect, before first Kevin’s group retired to the hut to review maps of the areas that will be used for this year’s JK International festival on Cannock Chase.

Soon everyone was back indoors to enjoy a rest and lunch before the afternoon session.

Thanks to Frances for the photos

After lunch we moved to north of the road for a hotly contested ‘Odds and Evens relay’ in which all the juniors took part. With five teams vying for first place there was much effort put into minimising the mistakes.

Congratulations then to Tegan, Rory and Evan for coming out on top!

Thanks to all the coaches Janet, Gill, Frances, Kevin and Susan; to the junior coaches, Evan, Alex, Josh and Dominic and to Roger for arranging the use of the hut and the area.  And if next time we can have the same weather again that would be just fine!

Verulamium Training

Reminder for HH members:  there will be training available before this week’s Saturday Series event.  Please advise Keith if you’re intending to take part.


Training and Christmas Social

Once again Happy Herts will be holding a Christmas training and Social for members between Christmas and New Year – gosh is it really 12 months since the session at Mardley (!?)

This year’s winter training session will be held at Northaw Great Wood on Thursday 28th December followed by a social at Northaw and Cuffley Youth Centre.   Event details…

We will aim to put on a range of training exercises that will suit everyone making use of the updated map used for this year’s South East League event.

If you have specific things you want to try out please let us know and we’ll see if we can accommodate your needs.

We will aim to train from 10.30 to around midday and the centre is available from 11.00 to mid afternoon.

More details of both the training and social will follow but in the meantime put the date in your diary.

And if you have any questions please ask


For more information, please contact Keith Marsden.