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Event Safety Workshop

2nd May Leeds University

Wed 3 Apr

The Event Safety Workshop for 2nd May is now full. If you had been thinking of attending please let David Williams know so we can coordinate interest to arrange a future course

Long Leg Madness

Compass Cup Heat - Bampton Common

Long leg madness...

Mon 18 Mar

Well done to all Airienteers who represented the club on Sunday. Great effort particularly from the Juniors to travel all that way and help the club. We were blessed with amazing conditions, compared with the forecast 24hrs before. Many thanks to Border Liners for a well run enjoyable event. Great new area and hopefully we will get a chance to race there again in the future.

Results Winsplits Routegadget

It was very close, unratified results are WCOC 2450 AIRE 2418 MDOC 1836 LOC 1435; unfortunately too many Airienteers lost the plot on the long leg (3 out 3 in our car) . I'm sure this will be fully dissected and analysed in the next Aire Affairs. We live and learn, next topic for AIRE training: How to survive and conquer 'long legs'?

Runs of the day go to: Tony Thonley (1st VSG) who used all his nous to beat the gorse bushes and younger whipets; Evie Conway (1st SG) who won by exactly 1 minute over WCOC and Alasdair McLeod (1st Br) who won by 1 second!

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Northern Championships Weekend

Mon 11 Mar

This weekend saw SYO host a double header terrain and urban events for the Northern Championship.

Wharncliffe North, a steep mixed woodland and moor with lots of rock features and old quarrying areas provided a true physical and navigational test in wet and wintry weather. Congratulations to Tony Thornley who won M70. Other notable Aire performances came from Sue Stevens 2nd in W65, David Alcock 2nd in M40, Tim Patterson 3rd in M35 and Jack Beavers 3rd in M12B.

The Urban event was held at Ponderosa in Sheffield with the best Aire results being Anne Maguire 2nd on the Women's Open course and Sue Stevens 3rd on WUV.

Alrienteers Proof

50th Anniversary Club Giraffes

Must have club accessory has arrived

Tue 5 Mar

To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the club it was decided that a free specially designed limited edition Giraffe would be available to all current club members. Hopefully most of you who attended on Sunday will have picked up your head/neck wear. Alice and Sarah are pictured at the event wearing theirs and many others can be seen sporting them in Wendy's event photos.

For anybody who wasn't at Ilkley on Sunday (or who didn't manage to pick one up) don't fret I will be taking them to Northern Champs weekend events in Sheffield, Compass Sport Cup and to the Spring Sprint League evenings. Hopefully this will enable everybody to get their Giraffe.

David Williams

Ilkley Night Event

AIRE Winter Night Score League 2019

Fri 1 Mar

The Wednesday night series for Winter is over.

Congratulations to the following winners:

- Leon Foster

- David Williams

- Amicia Lee

- Joyce Marshall


Saltaire Results

Final League Standings 2019:

Winter Night League 2019

Archive League Results:

Winter Night League 2018

Lindsey King

AIRE Junior Coaching

Spring 2019

Thu 28 Feb

Once a month from next week:

Sunday 10th February 10am to 11.30am Chevin Forest Park, Otley LS21 3DD

Sunday 3rd March 9.30am to 10.45am Ilkley Moor start at Craiglands Road LS29 8RH

Saturday 13th April 2pm to 4.30am Bodington Sports Ground Lawnswood Leeds LS16 8NA

This coaching is for junior 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

Parents are encouraged to stay and join in with younger children.

Lindsey King - Coach

AIRE Club League 2018/2019 updated

standings after 6 events

Sun 20 Jan

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!

AIRE Club League 2018/2019


January Aire Affairs Out Now!

Thu 17 Jan

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.

January 2019

Compass Sport Cup

Please sign up ASAP!

Wed 16 Jan

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.

Winter Night Score League Commences

Fri 11 Jan

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.

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