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Swiss O

Swiss O week Alpine pastures, the sound of cow bells, Apollo butterflies dancing in between the pre-alpine glades, the rattle of the chairlift, and the distant whistle of a marmotte. Anyone who has spent a summer in the mountain paradise of the alps will be familiar with this. Combine all that with a big orienteering […]

Rushmore planning

Over the last year I have increasingly heard that great woodlands and heathlands previously used for orienteering in our region are no longer accessible, either because of inappropriate nature conservation constraints, change of ownership or being over-run with brambles. Rushmore on the other hand, with the support from the estate, has proven an exception. That’s […]

Lakes 5 days

Day One: Silver How After weeks of drought, hosepipe bans in the Northwest, and endless sunshine, we all braced ourselves for a Caribbean-like “Lakes 5 days”. Upon arrival at the M6 assembly area near Kendal, the bracing winds and drenching showers were at odds with our shorts, shades and flip flops that had accompanied one […]

BOC Balmoral

This year the British Orienteering Long Distance Championships were held on the Queen’s private estate at Balmoral. Not a dash around her ornamented gardens of course, but let loose on her private hills and woodlands of Royal Deeside – a terrain many will be familiar with from the Scottish 6 days. Sadly I didn’t attend […]

Scottish Spring

As a precursor to the BOC at Balmoral in May, I thought I would treat Lyra to a belated 11th birthday present, by attending the Scottish Spring weekend around Stirling. I also thought it would help with fitness for me ahead of the JK, which given a month of snowed off events now seems justified. […]
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