|Dorset Schools Orienteering League Season 2008-2009|
Latest News ( 08 July )
Provisional dates for the Autumn Term, 2008, including some other important dates on the fixture list. The schools league events are mixed between Saturday and Sunday events this term
Wed Aug 13 - Moors Valley Informal training courses from 12.30 or longer courses using SI punching plus permanent course markers 17.30- 19.00
Sun Sept 14 - WIM Galoppen -
Turfhill,New Forest (This event is also the Yvette Bake Trophy Qualifying round)
Dorset Schools League 1
After the final league event of the season, the League tables have been updated. Congratulations to the individual age group winners and to Swanage Middle School, this year's league winner, ahead of South Wilts GS and last year's champions, Burgate. The trophy and medals were presented at the Score Championships at Moors Valley.
The annual Schools Score Championships were held on Friday May 16th at Moors Valley. Many thanks to Chris Turner (Planner) and John Warren (Organiser) and all the volunteer officials from Wimborne Orienteers who made the event such a success.
With just over 100 children competing either singly or in pairs the attendance was slightly up on recent years and we welcome one or two new schools to the competitions. Only four competitors found all 24 controls and got back within the hour. Congratulations to our individual prizewinners and to Burgate School and Swanage Middle School, who won the team competitions.
Swanage Middle Schools' winning team photo Chris Branford
British Schools Championships, Bovington Dorset November 17 2007
Congratulations to all those athletes who took part in the British Schools Championships despite the horrendous weather conditions on the Sunday.
In particular, congratulations should go to Tom Butt (BWS), Lucy Butt (SWilts), & Jack Benham (Burgate), whose performances over the weekend, not just at the Championships but on the Saturday at the Gore Heath Selection Race, have gained them selection for the English team taking part in the World Schools Championships, to be held in Scotland in April. Also selected was Julia Blomquist, who used to run in the Dorset Schools League. Sam Giles (BWS) has also been nominated as a reserve. Jack & Julia are both British Schools Champions.
Another notable performances at Bovington came from Alice Butt (S Wilts), who won Girls 13 by a huge margin. Alice's performance at this summer's European Youth Championships earned her special congratulations at the recent British Squad's awards ceremony.
The League also had a winning school team. Clayesmore School retained their title in the small schools class at the Schools Champs, the 7th time in the last 10 years that they have won this award.
All events offer colour coded courses from White to at least Light Green + something for local adult club orienteers (either a Green, Blue or a Score course). Some events such as Galoppens offer the full range of colour coded courses, but schools competitors only use White to Green. Most events will offer SI punching, bagged & pre-marked maps (late-comers may find they have to use master maps if stocks of overprinted maps run short).
2007 - 08
There are normally eight events over the school year, with only one event, plus the score championships, in the summer term. As there may be a number of schools trying to train up novice orienteers before the British Schools at Bovington, I listed all suitable events here, with Dorset Schools League fixtures in bold
Feb 02 (Sat) Sarum event, Vernditch. More details on Sarum website
Mar 03 - Godshill, New Forest. Details here
Mar 16 - SOC event, New Forest (see SOC website for details)
Mar 30 - WSX Gallopen
May16 (Friday) - Dorset Schools Score Championships - Moors Valley. Details, entry forms etc will be available for download at the beginning of the Summer Term.
The Dorset Schools Orienteering League is run by Wimborne Orienteers in close co-operation with all the other local orienteering clubs (WSX, SARUM, SOC). It is open to anyone attending schools in Dorset, S Wilts, & W. Hants ( & indeed schools from the Isle of Wight & the Channel Islands may occasionally attend.)
There are usually about 8 league events during the season (some years we manage nine) and we count the best 5 performances for each runner & each school. Points are awarded on a time basis: the winner in each school year group gets 100 points, subsequent runners get points according to the formula
points = 100 x winners time/your time
Pairs share the points. If you run down a course, you get half points. Younger runners on White shadowed by parents also get half points.
Courses (amended this year to fall in with British School standards)
White - Year 6 and below Girls & Boys
Yellow - Year 7 & 8 Girls & Boys
Orange - Year 9 & 10 Boys & Girls
Light Green - Year 11 Boys, Year 11 Girls
Green - Year 12+ Boys & Girls. If there is no Green course (perhaps because the area is too small or simple to support it), these year groups also run Light Green
Blue - Where these are available, older runners may also run this course and qualify for schools points
If you run up a course, your scores are calculated from the performance of the course winners. If you are the leading runner on the course, points are calculated from your time ( eg at Shillingstone 2007,Peter Taylor (Swan 8B) was the first boy on Orange, rather than the Yellow course he could have run, so he got the 100 points and any Year 9 & 10 Boys scores were calculated from his time. Emma Spring (S Wilts 11G) ran down on Orange so got half points because her age group should be scored on the Light Green course.
School teams acquire points by taking the best 4 performances per League event.
We try to notify all interested schools and mail them at regular intervals, but details don't always get through to the right people. If you want to enter yourself or your school in the league, please e-mail the league administrator, Dick Keighley
With the help of a grant from Sport England, WIM purchased a set of SI equipment for electronic punching together with notebook computers etc. At the moment we have about 50 punching stations which means that we can use the equipment for small events and borrow extra boxes for major events like Regional & Galoppen events. WSX have bought a similar set with their grant which means that working together we can cater for big events as well. SARUM events use their new EMIT kit. SOC have their own EMIT equipment.
(WIM also also three SI Schools kits which are available for schools to use. Orienteering is not only on the National Curriculum for PE but the SI equipment allows cross-curricular links to IT etc.)
Where possible, we use electronic punching at most schools league events. We can't use it for all events - some areas like Bryanston are very public and with the control stations costing £60 each we can't afford to lose any, so areas where we have had control vandalism in the past may still use control cards and pin punching.
E-cards for punching cost £22 or so to buy. WIM have got 200 cards for hire and we allow schools to use them for free at league events and we are considering fitting extra wrist straps on them to make them difficult to mislay in the forest. However schools should be aware that any lost cards must be paid for. At events using EMIT there is usually a small hire charge for the e-card
Congratulations to Burgate School on their victory in the league. South Wilts GS were again second, with the small but consistent team from Colfox, Bridport coming third and pushing last year's champions, Blandford School, into fourth position.
All trophies and age group medals were presented at the Schools Championships at Moors Valley on May 11th
There were some excellent performances at the 2007 score championships - there were initially over 100 entries, well up on the last couple of years, but unfortunately two schools were unable to come because staff illness on the day meant they had no one to drive their minibus! The first six home scored maximum points with Tom Butt being the fastest runner overall.
In the team competition, where we take the best four performances from a schools team, Hale were the winners, with Swanage Middle School fairly close behind them, whilst the Secondary Schools competition resulted in a tie for first place, with Burgate and South Wilts GS level on points. With their star runner Emily Benham missing, unable to compete because of an ankle injury sustained at the British Championships the previous week, this was a strong team showing by Burgate, whilst for South Wilts, Alice Butt, who has missed most of the season through injury, was their strongest performer and the leading girl overall.
Afterwards, the prizes and medals were again presented by our junior internationals, Alice and Emily,
Team winners from Hale Primary, South Wilts GS and Burgate School at the prizegiving
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