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Movement of the North Pole

Fri 11 Jan

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!

Adel & Meanwood Magic!

Tue 8 Jan

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

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Aire Affairs Copy Date

Sat 29 Dec

Send me your articles/photos/event reports/holiday fun for the next issue of Aire Affairs by Friday, 11th January please! Wendy Carlyle (Editor)


Leon retains National Urban League Title

Wed 12 Dec

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.

Club Coniston

Club weekend in Coniston

Mon 3 Dec

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!

UK Orienteering League 2018

AIRE finish 8th in National Club League

Thu 29 Nov

Last weekend’s Southern Championships was the final event of the 2018 UK Orienteering League which covers performances on a national basis in the highest quality events across the UK throughout the year. In the Individual Leagues 4 AIRE members achieved outstanding 2nd place finishes in their age groups Ben Stevens (M21) Tony Thornley (M70) Anne Maguire (W35) and Natasha Conway (W45)

In the Club League, which was won by Bristol OK, AIRE finished 8th. The club league is based on the best 15 scores from each club our other counting performances were from;

Shirley Wood (W60), David Williams (M55), Sue Stevens (W65), , Carey Martin (W55), Joyce Marshall (W55), Julie Mair (W35), , Alice Leake (W21), Laura King (W20), Peter Haines (M60), Neil Conway (M50) and Evie Conway (W16).

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BOF Awards

Mon 26 Nov

The following awards have been made by British Orienteering:

8th July 2018 - Brent Hill - Racing Challenge Award: Silver 5 stars

18th July 2018 - Charlotte Willis - Racing Challenge Award: Bronze 5 stars and Navigation Challenge 5 stars

30th August 2018 - Jack Beavers - Racing Challenge Award: Bronze 2 stars and Silver 2 stars

19th November 2018 - Sarah Rowell - Racing Challenge Award: Silver 5 stars

19th November 2018 - Liz Davies - Racing Challenge Award: Bronze 4 stars and Navigation Challenge 4 stars

19th November 2018 - Louise Parkinson - Navigation Challenge Award 2 stars


Navigation Challenge - Catriona Purdy - 5 stars
Racing Challenge - Jack Beavers - Gold Award: 2 stars
Navigation Challenge - Pamela Stuart - 4 stars

Well done to all

Ian Marshall


45 year old knowledge pays off

Mon 26 Nov

Ilkley’s Tony Thornley and Peter Haines rolled back the years on Saturday. At the Southern Night Orienteering Champs near Guildford Tony won his age class by a clear 8 minutes whilst Peter came third in his class. The terrain was soft and brackeny southern common, very different from the tough hills and heather in Yorkshire.

The Southern Championships the following day were held at the beautiful Devil’s Punchbowl near Hindhead. Tony last ran here in an international 45 years ago! He improved on his twelfth place in 1973 to win his class by a minute. His course was tricky and challenging, with some steep climbs and, in places, some unforgiving undergrowth.

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The puzzle of Plumpton Rocks

Sun 25 Nov

Soggy, slippery, craggy fun at Plumpton rocks. Congratulations to all Airenteers who managed to crack the crags. Results here. Thanks to CLARO for organising a fun event to brighten up a damp November morning. These results will count towards the Aire Club League.

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