Compass Sport Trophy Final:Update

The Compass Sport Cup and Trophy Committee have decided that the Finals cannot, unfortunately, be staged in 2020. However, they are exploring possible options for holding the finals in 2021.

We will keep you informed

Best Wishes


Results - Hincheslea and Yewtree Bottom

Organisers comments

Today's collaboration with Wimborne Orienteers worked really well, enabling 60 orienteers to get back to orienteering in the New Forest. We were privileged to be able to use the Setthorns campsite to practice social distance parking, and use of the Emit touchscreen punching system meant no dibbing required in the control units, and the unlikely chance of cross contamination. Thanks to all who volunteered to help from both clubs. Particularly to Pete Davis doing all the computing and Allan Farrington (Emit UK) for the loan of the kit. Particular mention to Mark Light our SOC novice planner on an excellent job, well done. Thanks also to Kevin Bracher SOC for controlling the event, and keeping Mark and myself on the right lines, with constructive comment and help. 
Colin Hicks

Planners comments

The combination of excellent weather and what was for many a return to orienteering in the forest seemed to put people in high spirits - no doubt helping to smooth over any wrinkles my novice course planning may have resulted in!
People were very complimentary about their courses, with bracken height in some areas being the only occasional negative. 

We only ran a Light Green and Blue course, having dropped the Yellow as there were no takers for that level.  In hindsight, the removal of the Yellow course may have opened up opportunities for a better finish on the remaining courses, but we were coming up to the deadline for map production at that point.

The other improvement that I could have made was more dissimilar numbering of the first control on the two courses.  Even though the controls were on different features, and on different faces of the spur, that change may have reduced the number of people who were disqualified for punching the wrong one.  Thank you Pete Davis for that feedback.

I would like to thank both Kevin and Colin for their oversight and mentoring during the planning process.  They helped me avoid dogs-legs and a couple of poor control sites (which I quite liked) whilst the courses and underlying map were in flux. 

All-in-all, it was an interesting experience that led to a very enjoyable day.
Mark Light




Thanks everybody. Much as I like woods, it was a nice change to have a fairly open, unboggy area -  took me back to my childhood on Ilkley Moor.

November Classic 2020 cancelled

It is with a heavy heart that we cancel this year's November Classic. The club committee and event officials took the decision after considering all factors, the limit on participant numbers imposed by Forestry England being the major one. British Orienteering are making representations and we may see the restriction eased in the coming weeks. Even so the likelihood is that numbers allowed will not support a decent November Classic.

Discussions are continuing on a replacement event.