My Ten Favourite UK Areas

[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

Varsity Match History

This is a table of the individual and team winners of the annual Oxford vs Cambridge Varsity orienteering match. The earlier races are compiled from the VM archive page on the CUOC website. See also OUOC‘s website. This table originally appeared here in early 2003. It is regularly updated to include results from subsequent years.… Continue reading Varsity Match History

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Event: Swinley Forest, Bracknell

15th February at Swinley Forest, Bracknell (BKO) – The Concorde Chase. This was off the back of a large hangover from the Valentines’ Night bop at Oxford. Fresh off the train, I was feeling a bit rough. The area was, despite being very flat, rather uninspirational, and dare I say it even, boring. Indeed, I… Continue reading Event: Swinley Forest, Bracknell

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Event: Wimbledon Common, London

7th February at Wimbledon Common (JOK) – The Varsity Match 2004. After last year’s triumph with the Oxford team, and a half blue later, this year I was running for the ex-Oxford club, JOK. Despite Wimbledon being down the road from where I live, I still managed to start late. The area is very nice,… Continue reading Event: Wimbledon Common, London

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January Training Log

A very lazy month for orienteering, characterised by either not bothering to get out of bed for events, missing crucial trains, or turning up on the wrong day for the event… I also lay low to nurse a minor injury – my chest muscle, believe it or not, got strained in the Yellowcraigs event in… Continue reading January Training Log

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Event: Yellowcraigs, East Lothian

28th December 2003 at Yellowcraigs (ELO) – The Festive Frolic. I’ve probably orienteering at Yellowcraigs the most of any map – perhaps 10 times (The Frolic’s an annual event, always on this map, and I’ve been orienteering for very nearly a decade now.) This year the event was a one hour score, but you had… Continue reading Event: Yellowcraigs, East Lothian

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Event: Westerham Chart, Sussex

Westerham Chart Regional Event (DFOK) on Sunday 7th December 2003 Last weekend I was at a district event near Westerham – a very attractive village in the North Downs just south of London. Just south of Westerham is Chartwell, Winston Churchill’s country estate. A prominent statue of the leader lies on Westerham village green. The… Continue reading Event: Westerham Chart, Sussex

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Event: Ambersham Common, Midhurst

OO Trophy at Ambersham Common (GO), 30th November 2003 The doom and gloom and hail and rain, predicted by the weather forecasters, failed to materialise for today’s colour-coded (or “district” to use the new terminology) event near Midhurst in the South Downs. There were several hundred competitors for the Occasional Orienteers trophy, named after a… Continue reading Event: Ambersham Common, Midhurst

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Event: Long Valley South, Aldershot

SN Trophy, Long Valley South I competed in my first orienteering event of the season this morning: the Southern Navigators Trophy at Long Valley South, a typical forest-and-heathland military area just west of Aldershot. I entered the M21S course (8.34km, 260m) – I should really be running Long but this was my first race, in… Continue reading Event: Long Valley South, Aldershot

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