Category Archives: NavNight

IOF Control Descriptions

There is a nice A4 version of the IOF Control Description available here.

This is on the http://www.maprunner.co.uk/ website run by Simon Errington. Read more

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Indoor orienteering

Indoor orienteering can sometimes seem a bit of an odd occupation.  I think it gives the opportunity to practise skills in decent conditions under extreme time pressure.

Clearly I am not the only one to think this.  Here is Tove Alexandersson, WOC 2012 Silver medallist completing an indoor course in a big sports hall. Read more

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NavNight 2/5/2012

I had to cancel today’s NavNight as the area, Graythwaite, was not suitable for the type of course I wanted to put on.  On paper it looked perfectly feasible, but in practice their were fallen trees, thick undergrowth and indistinct and extra paths that would have made navigation at a Yellow level very difficult.  Read more

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NavNight 25/4/2012

This week we had two Yellow courses in Summerhouse Knot, in conjunction with the LOC Technical event.  The distances were slightly shorter than the previous week, but starting on a path, which helped a lot.

Everyone got round successfully, except for one girl, who was trying to cut corners, and not always succeeding.  Read more

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Energy systems and running

This post is a follow on from my post prompted by an England Athletics Endurance day.

I am interested in this area, but am not a sport scientist.  I favour sports scientists who will say, I think this is right, but there is still work to do to prove it.  Read more

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NavNight 18/4/2012

I put on two Yellow courses in the same area as the LOC Technical Event, Stockbird Head.  They were 1.1Km and 2.0Km, the longer simply an extension of the shorter.

Each runner was given a map and told to go away and think themselves around the course, planning exactly what route they would take.  Read more

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NavNight 28/3/2012

We repeated the session where I laid out a set of cones and other objects in a grid and had them map the area.  There were also SI Units in the area.  Once they had mapped the area, they planned courses.  Read more

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NavNight 21/3/2012

This week we started to look at contours.  I gave out a number of 1:25000 OS maps, from the OS Getamap subscription service, that showed the Coniston Fell Race route.  We started by talking about what a contour line was, then how they described the shape of the land.  Read more

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NavNight 14/3/2012

We went back to the compass rose exercise again this week.  This allowed everyone to have another go at practising taking bearings.  Most are really getting the hang of it.

After a break we did a map jigsaw relay using the “through cones” maps to get to the maps. Read more

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NavNight 7/3/2012

This week I tried a new way of introducing compass work, and specifically bearings.

I made up a number of map cards, each showing a Start, control, connecting line and North lines.  They were designed to have bearings that were spaced 30 degrees apart around the compass. Read more

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