standings after 6 events
Congratulations to Anne Maguire the only person to have completed 6 out of 6 events with an amazing 471 points from best 5 to count!
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.
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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!
Great turnout on Sunday, thanks to all the helpers for making the event run smoothly on a beautiful Winter day, Results, routegadget etc.
Well done juniors for these great results!
Douglas Tiffany 2nd on light green
Tom Threlfall 1st on Orange
Jack Beevers 1st on yellow
Charlie Alcock 5th on yellow
Louise Parkinson 12th on yellow
Kate Parkinson and Mum 3rd on white
Clara Griffiths 15th on white
Send me your articles/photos/event reports/holiday fun for the next issue of Aire Affairs by Friday, 11th January please! Wendy Carlyle (Editor)
AIRE's urban maestro Leon Foster has won the Men's Open category in the 2018 UK Urban League which concluded in Derby on Sunday. He was able to retain his title with 4 first place and 3 second place finishes in his seven counting races.
Congratulations also to Charlotte Willis who was 3rd overall in the Womens Open.
AIRE's Fat Rascal event on 8th September in Leeds City Centre is one of the 20 events on the 2019 UKUL schedule.
Picture of some of the AIRE members who attended a recent club weekend in Coniston. After practising contours and simplification at Dale Park on Saturday we braved the torrential rain to put skills into practice at Holme Fell on Sunday. A challenging photo 'O' game c/o the Parkers kept us occupied during the evening. Thanks Dave Alcock for organising a great weekend!