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December 2016

Last edited: Thu 9 Feb 2017

Information on relays and club competitions that members should be aware of.

It’s been a disrupted autumn programme with the various issues surrounding land access permissions and fees, and hastily rearranged venues. By the time you read this we will have held the annual Club Championships at our December Saturday Series event, but only thanks to the generosity of SLOW who were able to get access to Esher Commons for us. The Club Handicap was squeezed into GO’s event at Norbury Park during November after being postponed from the summer. Let’s hope things run smoother during 2017.

You should be receiving this newsletter at or around the time of the annual Christmas dinner and prizegiving evening, and the missing names on this year’s club roll of honour will be filled once the SN League scores are finalised. It has been a reasonable year in team competitions, with the most notable success being our three titles at the British Relay championships back in May. We are not the largest club in the country, and in terms of our average competitor ranking we are somewhere in mid-table nationally, but we have quality in many different age classes and have been able to make it count on big occasions in recent years. Let’s hope for more of the same next year.

The New Year is approaching, and soon will come the early entry deadlines for some of next year’s major events. The dates and locations for the major relay events and Compass Sport Cup qualifier are listed below, and generally I need to know names 6-8 weeks ahead of the event itself in order to get the best entry fees. Look out for the usual messages nearer the time asking for runners in the club teams at each specific event. We will be continuing the policy of subsidising runs in official SN teams by 50%, up to a maximum of £5 per run.

JK 2017 is in the south-east, and will be using contactless SportIdent punching at all events (as well as accommodating old style dibbers). If you’ve been good all year and Santa brings you a new SIAC card for Christmas, please remember to register it on the British Orienteering database so I don’t have to keep asking you for the new number J.

Major team event dates for 2017

Compass Sport Cup regional heat (SCOA) Sunday 12th March, Cold Ash (nr Newbury)

JK Relays (SEOA) Monday 17th April, Pippingford (Forest Row)

British Relays (NWOA) Sunday 7th May, Summerhouse Knott (Cumbria)

Scottish Relays Sunday 21st May, Binning Wood (Dunbar)

South East Relays Sun 18th June (Capite Woods, nr Horsham)

Harvester Trophy Sat/Sun 24th/25th June (NW England?)

Peter Palmer Junior Relays Sunday 10th September, Birmingham

Compass Sport Cup final (if we qualify) Sunday 22nd October, Yelverton (Devon)

Thank you for supporting the club throughout 2016 and for making my captain’s job worthwhile. Thanks also to those who deputised for me at the events where I was unable to be present. Merry Christmas everyone, and when you see me next month I’ll be an M55 L.

Paul Fox
Team Captain

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