Thu 15 Nov 18 Thursday Evenings Weekly Training run – St Albans every Thursday evening
Tue 20 Nov 18 Tuesday Evenings Weekly Training run – WGC every Tuesday evening
Sat 1 Dec 18 Club Training – Verulamium Pre-event training for HH members

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

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

HH Summer Training and Social

Down in the woods -HH club training and picnic

Down in the woods at Burnham on Saturday, there was plenty of activity.  The hot weather had brought out wood ants in their millions, (more ants that people, said one junior) and also encouraged a group of about 20 keen HH runners, there to try Kevin and Laura’s training courses.

Well done to the really energetic, who tried all four activities and the afternoon relay.  Welcome to those who had not been to a club training event before. And thanks to the coaches for all the preparation and hard work.

The meeting point, in the shade of some trees, meant that courses set off downhill into the thick of the woods.  Using the map with no paths shown, I was able to appreciate just how contoured the woods are, and how important it is to read those contours well.  Beginners were shadowed to keep them on track, and the more experienced debriefed when they finished each exercise.  Eating ice cream at the cafe, participants were recognising just how useful attack points were, and how essential the compass was once you graduate past yellow courses.

Everyone enjoyed the day, and went off with some inspiration for next season.


An Introduction to Orienteering

What is a GLOSS event?
When do I use ‘aiming off’?
What is the difference between a Regional Event and a Level C?
What should I buy – a thumb compass or a protractor?

These – and many others – are some of the questions that we hope to answer in our new session ‘An Introduction to Orienteering’ that the club is planning to organise.

Originally, we had planned it as a session for newcomers to orienteering but it is clear from discussions round the club that many of you, some with years of experience, have questions that have never been fully answered so now is that opportunity to ask those questions – and in so doing help to inform all those who attend.

So far we have set aside two Saturday afternoons, 23rd June and 8th September as possible dates so please let Keith know which one you would prefer and do come along and ask those questions that you have – ‘but never dared to ask’.

Helen Errington will lead the session supported by a number of experienced orienteers all eager to help you to further understand the sport of orienteering.

For further details, or better still, to put your name down for one of the session please contact

Now what is ISOM2017 again?? And S6D?

HH Juniors pipped in Yvette Baker Trophy heat

Despite excellent performances from many of our juniors, Happy Herts were pipped by one point in the Yvette Baker Trophy heat held in Danbury Country Park on 13th May.

27 of our juniors made their way to Danbury, just outside Chelmsford, to compete against teams from West Anglia (WAOC), Suffolk (SUFFOC) and SOS (Essex Orienteers).

The weather was warm and clear and the area was a typical mix of park and wood land.  With good wins from Andrew and Francesca and good support from Robin and Hannah, Josh, Laura and Dom, and from Izzy and Rory we were hopeful of a good win but it was not to be with SUFFOC winning ahead of HH by a single point.

However, we were delighted that so many turned out for their first competitive run for the club which bodes so well for future years

Thanks to all the parents and club mates who supported the team and made it into an enjoyable day despite the final result.

Thanks to all
Keith Marsden

For more information, please contact Keith Marsden.