Sat 14 Jul 18 Summer Training and Social Training and picnic

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

HH Summer Training and Social – July 14th

Don’t forget that this year’s summer training and picnic will be held on Saturday 14th July.  The venue will be Burnham Beeches, thanks to the owners, The Corporation of London.

Training will be organised to suit all, so do come along.

We will aim to start at 10.30 with a picnic (bring your own) at lunch time.

For those with more energy we will organise a fun relay in the afternoon.

Car parking is on East Burnham public car park (also known as Lord Mayor’s Drive car park, post code SL2 3LB.  Note that there is a small parking charge at weekends.

If you are planning to join us, please let me know so we can make the necessary arrangements.

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 (

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!

For more information, please contact Keith Marsden.