Tue 25 Sep 18 Tuesday Evenings Weekly Training run every Tuesday evening
Sat 6 Oct 18 Club Training – Fairlands Pre-event training for HH members
Sat 3 Nov 18 Club Training – Haberdashers Pre-event training for HH members
Sat 1 Dec 18 Club Training – Verulamium Pre-event training for HH members
Sat 5 Jan 19 Club Training – Mardley 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 Tuesday evening training again !

What are you going to do now that the Tuesday evening Street O series has ended?  For the past two years, HH members in Welwyn Garden City (and sometimes a few from further afield) have met at 7pm every Tuesday (outside the Street O season) at Campus West in WGC for a training run with a choice of 5km (not very fast) and 6-7km (faster) routes (often followed by a drink and chat in the café there).

These runs will continue this year, but for the first date (11th September) we intend to come to St Albans where we hope to be joined by other HH members (and any non-HH friends) for a similar run. This could continue in subsequent weeks if at least a few people from St Albans want it.

To provide a well recognised rendezvous point for the first run, we will meet at the entrance to Highfield Park Centre Car Park, off Russet Drive (AL4 0DB).  Please aim to come in good time because we will start the run at 7pm sharp.

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

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 (

For more information, please contact Keith Marsden.