Okansas is doing a Top 10. Here’s my Top 10 Areas I ran on in 2006: 10. Hindleap Warren (enjoyable, felt good.) 9. South Ashdown Forest (satisfying battle against the weather.) 8. Hatfield Forest (a breakthrough race for me.) 7. Ilkley Moor – JK Day 1 (moorland but intricate.) 6. Druskininkai – JWOC Spectator Races… Continue reading Top 10
Mat Dickinson has now posted a couple of short podcasts at OS Now, which I guess makes him the world’s first second orienteer podcasting about the sport. Nice one! Now all he needs is a decent jingle at the beginning 😉 [Update – Sero mentions in the comments that Orienteering Orange has been podcasting for… Continue reading First (Real) Orienteering Podcast?
The results for the Micro-O section of the Esher Commons orienteering event finally provide a definitive, unbiased answer to the age old question. Out of the 91 men completing the MicroO course, 24 (26%) made no mistakes. But out of the 28 women competing, only 2 (7%) had a clean sheet. The statistics speak for… Continue reading Official: Men are the Better Map Readers
Here is the summary of the previous season. One of my fellow orienteers in JOK advanced the theory that the stress of work affects my results adversely. Case in point – after a week’s holiday, I got my best results of the season during the Scottish 6 Day. On the other hand, I generally perform… Continue reading Stress and Orienteering
[Updated] Aargh, what’s happened to the Nopesport website? Not linking to it here, as it looks like it’s been namejacked in the last few days by a dodgy domain registry peddling ads, or possibly someone forgot to pay domain registry fees? The forums on Nopesport really invigorated discussion within the British and wider orienteering scene,… Continue reading Nopesport? Nope Yep
B*ll*cks. Another orienteering event missed. I was out until 4 this morning, I got to sleep at 5, I like my sleep, so getting up at 9 to get a 10am train for the Maidstone event today was never really going to happen. I’ve noticed a pattern since I’ve left university: Monday to Thursday –… Continue reading Orienteering Events and Sunday mornings
Most number of paths leading from a junction: Binning Wood. There’s 12, count-em… In fact, you can see in the extract below I chose the wrong exit: If you are a glutton for punishment, there’s two other similar junctions in the wood.
Loopiest/most inefficiently designed track: Bagshot Heath. After a great deal of up-and-down, you get to… almost where you started again. If ever there was an excuse to go off-road in a leg, it’s the leg shown:
[This article originally appeared on my main weblog, but has been updated several times since.] I’ve been meaning to make this list for a while, as I’ve now run in around 150 areas around the country, in the last 8 or so years. Here are the top 10 UK areas I’ve run on, and the… Continue reading My Ten Favourite UK Areas