Wed 20 Feb
Adel Village - Winter Night Score League
Near: Leeds more details...
Wed 27 Feb
Saltaire - Winter Night Score League
Near: Saltaire more details...
Sun 3 Mar
Aire 50th Anniversary Event - Ilkley Moor
Near: Ilkley more details...
Every Tuesday evening, 7pm
Join us for a run, a jog, a walk or just for the food afterwards! more details...
Thanks to everyone who turned out on a lovely evening, with some moonlight to help guide you, for the Baildon Moor event. It was good to see some new faces from Baildon Runners, Leeds University and Menston Scouts; hope you enjoyed the varied running on the moor. Definitely easier to stick to the paths where possible to avoid the tussocks and rough grass; and particularly so in the dark. For the several pit + depression controls I placed the flags at the top of the feature rather than hiding them at the bottom, which hopefully helped. Apologies if I have got any names/clubs or age classes wrong - in a few cases was quite hard to decipher... cont.
Regional Event - Historic course + modern courses. Yorkshire Superleague based on modern courses.
1969 mankind landed on the moon, James Bond was On Her Majesty's Secret Service and Airienteers was born.... Special event to celebrate 50 years of orienteering in Aire and Wharfedale. Can you tackle the historic challenge? A chance to run on O-maps from the 60s, 70s and 80s - see map right - with historic markers and punches (and planning?). Then have a rest before trying a modern course of your choice (or you can just do this if you prefer). Modern courses will be slightly shorter than usual (Brown WT 50 mins?) to allow for historic course exertions.
Once a month from next week:
This coaching is for junior (ages 5-12) members of Airienteers’ or members families and pupils who have tried orienteering at school with our junior development officer. Claro members and friends of Airienteers are welcome if places are available.
When you reserve a place further details will be sent to you by email including what to wear, what to bring where to meet etc.
Free of charge (unless a café mentioned!) but booking ideal so I can arrange enough maps and coaches. Please email email@example.com
Parents are encouraged to stay and join in with younger children.
Lindsey King - Coach
The Wednesday night series for Winter.
Mass start at 7pm. Find as many controls as you can in whatever order you like. Either a 45 minute or 60 minute course. Lose points if you're late back!
See the flyer here:
League so far:
Next event is: Baildon Moor, Weds 13th February
Thank you to all the contributors to this issue which includes interviews with new Chair David Williams, and long term Airienteer Sue Stevens; Liz Davies' account of her cycle ride uphill from Lands End to John O Groats and Joe Woodley's report of last year's WUOC in 2018 amongst others.
Please sign up ASAP!
The draw for the Compass Sport Cup has been made. We will compete on March 17th at the Border Liners event at Bampton Common near Penrith. This is a new area for orienteering described by BL as open fell with several deep valleys , generally good runability with sections of rock and contour detail. WCOC, LOC and MDOC will provide our competition. Club captain Steve Webb will email members the spreadsheet sign-up link, it is via tinyurl aire2019
All entries should be made via the club and junior entries will be paid for by Aire. Preferred payment method is in advance direct to the AIRE account.
Wednesday evening saw the first of the eight Winter Night Score League races held around the Streets of Farsley, Rodley and Stanningley. Andy Hobson planned an intriguing course with 30 controls available 25 worth 10 points but with 5 controls worth 30 and a bonus 30 points if you picked up all 5 of those controls. The bait was taken by a lot of the competitors with 23 out of 41 entries late back incurring time penalties - many trying to get that last 30 pointer and bonus. The event is posted on Routegadget
So if you were there why not draw your route and if you weren't at the event have a look and see how you would have picked up the bonus controls 41-45.
If you haven't used Routegadget before there is a video of how to draw your route under useful links on the home page.
Next weeks event is at Horsforth Hall Park.
North Pole alignment for GPS (last updated in 2015) is close to exceeding acceptable limit for navigational errors according to the journal Nature.
How the North Pole is shifting (Image: World Data Centre for Geomagnetism/Kyoto Univ.)
North is moving at about 50 km per year!