Coaching Activity Saturday 14th March, Rufus Stone

Rufus Stone Sat 14th Mar 2020 10:30-12:00

Parking at Rufus Stone. Nat Grid: SU270125. Nearest Postcode: SO43 7HN. Lat/Long: 50.911474,-1.617046.

There will be something suitable for all standards including juniors/beginners of yellow standard and up.

SOC Coaching is free to SOC members. Cost £1 for non-SOC members.

If you plan to attend please contact Kevin Bracher (

Why not come along to hone and practice your O Skills?! 

For the experienced among you do come and try some loops on a blue/brown only map.
This concentrates the mind on recognising the shape of the land and the water features, besides improving compass and pacing skills. Why do this? Firstly the shape of the land and the more prominent water features stay the same. Secondly being only blue and brown it stops total reliance on using the vegetation and path/track network, which do change over time, thus adding another useful skill to your "toolbox of techniques" Colin H.

Anyone who can offer help supporting these activities putting out kites and or shadowing participants, please let Kevin know at the email address above.



Kevin Bracher


Colin Hicks, Helen Wheelwright, Kevin Bracher

Report : Millyford Bridge Coaching Activity Sat 7th March

Twenty keen Orienteers, ranging in experience from one or two events right through  to some of the best in the club, came along to the training activity. The array of loops prepared by Helen provided something for everyone to try and most people completed at least two loops.

Orientating the map, Cutting corners, aiming off, recognising vegetation boundaries, identifying handrails and running on bearings are just a few of the techniques that were covered.

A big thank you to Helen and Colin for putting on this series of coaching activities.

A chance to try out different techniques and talk through how it went is an important part of improving your orienteering skills.

Our final Coaching Activity in the Forest is next Saturday the 14th of March. A last chance to hone your skills before the Compass Sport Trophy and the British Championships.

Hope to see you there,


Helpers needed

Helpers needed for the Acres Down level C event on Sunday 29th March, 2020.

Usual 1/2 price run for those who are willing to help.

Please contact Steve Pullen.  email - steve.pullen [at]  Mobile - 07478 800272.  Home, before 7.30pm - 01962 717345.  Please say if you have any job preferences.

Many thanks.