Podium’s for South Wales Orienteering Club Members on a very successful final individual day of the JK Orienteering Festival at Pwll Du near Blaenavon. Alice Bedwell won the overall Women’s 60’s and Rhys Manning was third in Mens 40+, well done!
The outstanding result of the day was the effort from the SWOC team who planned fantastic courses and organised the logistics of today’s event, along with all the volunteers without whom this event could not have taken place.
Thank you Anne, Lawrence, Andy, Kevin, Jane and Pete.
Finally for the use of Pwll Du our thanks go to:The Duke of Beaufort Estate, Walters Mining and their tenants, Blaenavon World Heritage Site Commons Management Group, Blorenge Commoners, Garn-Er-Erw Welfare Hall AssociationFor parking:Walters Mining, Mr Alan Llewellen, Coity Farm, Blaenavon & Pontypool Heritage Railway Centre @pbrailway , @rhymneybrewery , Torfaen Council
JK O Festival Day 1 Round Up – Swansea Uni Sprint
A beautiful sunny day in Swansea was enjoyed by the SWOC members who ventured west for the first day of competition at #jk2022 Fast running and no mistakes were needed to get near the top of the results with the best orienteers from the UK and abroad competing this weekend.
Tomorrow we move north to the edge of the Brecon Beacons for a middle distance race on the disused spoil tips of Clydach Terrace.SWOC Results – well done everyone!
W21 elite – Clare Dallimore 13thW open – Saskia Jones , 8thW open- Keira Hinshelwood, 28thW55 – Annemike Silk, 46thM16 – Andrew Raven, 32ndM18 elite – Christopher Raven, 31stM21 elite – Quinn Silk, 80thM open – William Parkinson, 24thM35 – Mark Ponsford, 8thM35 – John Seaward, 16thM50 – Anthony Raven, 80thM60 – James Clemence, 10thM60- Adrian Moir 56th
Thank you for organising @orienteeringswanseabay
South Wales Orienteering Club are delighted to announce that our summer Park Series is returning on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer months.
There is no set route, you will need to find your way between a series of checkpoints shown on the map. With three course distances to choose from there is something for everyone. You can walk or run, on your own or as a team/family. No experience required, help is available for beginners.
The short and medium courses are always traffic free within the parks suitable for under 16’s. The long option (~6km) ventures into surrounding streets, how far you run/walk depends on the route you choose – the fastest runner doesn’t always ‘win’!
Entries are open via Fabian4.
11/05/2022 SWOC Park Series (1) – Llandaff Fields
25/05/2022 SWOC Park Series (2) – Llanishen Park
08/06/2022 SWOC Park Series (3) – Cosmeston
22/06/2022 SWOC Park Series (4) – Heath Park
06/07/2022 SWOC Park Series (5) – Forest Farm
20/07/2022 SWOC Park Series (6) – Cefn Onn
This event has been rescheduled to run on 2nd April.
All entries have been carried over to the new date.
If you can’t make the new date we are offering full refunds until midnight on Sunday 6th March to anyone who thinks they will be unable to attend on the new (provisional) date. To cancel and receive a refund:
1/ Click the link here to view your entry details.
2/ Select the event on 2nd April, Scroll down to the cancellation section at the bottom and press the “Confirm Cancellation with Refund = XX” button.
If we find we have to move the date again, then a further full refund period will be offered.
Best 4 results
|Pos||Name||Cardiff Bay||Rhiwbina||Newport||Crickhowell||Heath||Llandaf North||Whitchurch||Best 4|
|5||Dafydd Trystan Davies||340||330||0||0||440||310||440||1550|
Over 70 participants joined us at Bryngarw Country Park on a blustery Saturday morning for a “one hour challenge”. Checkpoints were scattered throughout the park with lots on the paths and a few tricky ones in the woods to test your skills.
It was great to see so many happy faces and some very impressive results from many people who were trying Orienteering for the first time!
Marcus Pinker was first overall and visited all checkpoints in just under 25 minutes! Eleven competitors visited all the controls, special mention to juniors Rhys Potts and Tomos O’Connor who were trying Orienteering for the first time.
Another special mention to John Seaward who decided to compete pushing a buggy and was spotted lifting it over fallen trees to reach number 22!
Pictures from today are on the club facebook page.
Thank you to the fantastic club members who gave up their Saturday’s to help out; Christine, Duncan, Kevin, Jane, Clem, Marcus, Anthony, Christopher and Mark.
This was the first time we have used the park for Orienteering and we hope to return soon. Many thanks to The Awen Trust for permission and The Outdoors Partnership who helped us secure the funds to enable free entries for under 25’s.
Our next WOW event is at Caerphilly Mountain on February 20th followed by Llantrisant Forest on March 12th. Entries for both events are now open on Fabian4.
Thank you all for coming
|One Hour Challenge||60 min||26 Controls|
|1||8428248||Marcus Pinker||FVO Senior||260 p (24:58)|
|2||2049784||Duncan Innes||SWOC Senior||260 p (38:58)|
|3||7401200||Nick Ashby||SWOC Senior||260 p (39:37)|
|4||342253||Christine Farr||SWOC Senior||260 p (39:51)|
|5||8680544||Christopher Raven||SWOC Junior||260 p (42:32)|
|6||8667906||Anthony Raven||SWOC Senior||260 p (43:17)|
|7||8641854||Peter Ribbans||SWOC Senior||260 p (47:57)|
|8||439064||Jana Purklava||SWOC Senior||260 p (48:33)|
|9||200306||Ainis Pirtnieks||SWOC Senior||260 p (48:39)|
|10||439066||Rhys Potts||Junior||260 p (53:28)|
|11||2097497||Tomos O’Connor||Junior||260 p (54:13)|
|12||8190649||John van Rooyen||Senior||250 p (46:41)|
|13||2097485||Ian Standen||Senior||250 p (52:45)|
|14||2097484||Lucy Hammond||Senior||250 p (52:47)|
|=||9200894||Rachel Flint||Senior||250 p (52:47)|
|16||2097486||Caroline Tinsley||Senior||250 p (52:49)|
|17||2097499||Megan Dale||Senior||250 p (54:27)|
|18||439065||Gwen Potts||Junior||230 p (56:45)|
|19||2097500||Rosa &Seren||Junior||220 p (53:26)|
|20||2097498||Jasmine Pilbeam||Senior||214 p (60:44)|
|21||401394||Donnal Halloran||Junior||200 p (54:22)|
|22||401395||Vijay Mahavar-Snow||Junior||200 p (55:11)|
|23||439059||Nathan Lewis||Junior||190 p (55:59)|
|24||2097488||Benjamin Jenkins||Junior||190 p (57:34)|
|25||2097483||Daniel Jenkins||Junior||190 p (57:39)|
|26||2097495||Laura & Matthew Parkes||Senior||180 p (57:41)|
|27||439056||Lydia Orchard||Junior||170 p (55:24)|
|28||439057||Sioned Orchard||Junior||170 p (56:03)|
|29||439053||Iolo Harvey||Junior||170 p (56:23)|
|30||401403||Evyn Roberts||Junior||170 p (56:30)|
|31||439058||Lucy Orchard||Junior||170 p (57:30)|
|32||401409||John Seaward||SWOC Senior||170 p (57:38)|
|33||235542||Laura Young||Junior||164 p (60:14)|
|34||439055||Angharad Orchard||Junior||160 p (56:00)|
|35||33074||Aaditya Udiawar||Junior||160 p (58:01)|
|36||401401||Lathika Udiawar||Junior||160 p (58:38)|
|37||401399||Jack||Junior||156 p (68:50)|
|38||401396||Dylan||Junior||156 p (68:57)|
|39||401405||Kat Angell||Junior||152 p (62:03)|
|40||401404||Choi James||Junior||152 p (62:10)|
|=||439051||Katie Watson||Junior||152 p (62:10)|
|42||401408||Henry Angell||Junior||152 p (62:40)|
|43||401407||Kallie Watson||Junior||152 p (62:49)|
|44||439060||Iolo Morris||Junior||150 p (51:43)|
|45||401391||Arthur Bannister||Junior||150 p (55:11)|
|46||401392||Maisie Bannister||Junior||150 p (55:16)|
|47||401397||Ellis||Junior||150 p (69:04)|
|48||401410||Noah Moore||Junior||140 p (56:25)|
|49||439061||Ava Greenslade||Junior||130 p (50:00)|
|50||2097487||Gabriel Bates||Junior||120 p (50:27)|
|51||401411||Euan Moore||Junior||120 p (53:40)|
|52||401413||Oliver Jones||Junior||120 p (57:44)|
|53||401412||Cayden Jones||Junior||120 p (57:49)|
|54||439063||Isabel Burley||Junior||100 p (57:27)|
|55||439070||Caitlin Lewis||Junior||90 p (45:23)|
|56||203394||Jacob Best||Junior||90 p (58:21)|
|57||401398||Brandon||Junior||90 p (59:58)|
|58||9102792||Braydon||Junior||90 p (59:59)|
|59||401390||Will Lawless||Junior||68 p (66:08)|
|60||401389||Sam Lawless||Junior||62 p (67:20)|
The day was bright and crisp and a lovely day to get out, and if you went looking, you could still find frozen puddles to crunch. Well done to everyone who came and took part in our Orienteering event at Parc Penallta. We had 81 entries plus accompanying adults enjoying the scenery of one of Caerphilly County Boroughs County parks.
Penallta was a Club local league event, but also part of our Winter of Wellbeing Series, encouraging winter activities for Children and Young people.
And we had quite a turnout of Young People, almost all new to the sport and keen to find out how much fun it can be.
We had 27 young people on the Yellow course, the majority under the age of 10 years and 21 young people on the Orange course under the age of 18 years. Special Congratulations to those that got all the controls, that is quite an achievement! For those that didn’t, don’t worry, it’s all about the challenge and we hope you had fun finding the ones you did.
Well done to Florian French who topped the Yellow course and Rosa Watts who lead on the Orange course.
For most this will be the first time they have done a colour coded course and they should take encouragement that they could manage that level of course at other locations. Our next colour coded course event is at Caerphilly Mountain Woods – look out for details.
The Green and the Blue courses involve some greater distance and higher technical difficulty and normally run by those with a bit of experience.
Well done to Hayden Griffiths who lead the Green course by a clear 10 minutes and Marcus Pinker who set the defining time on the Blue.
Thank you to Marcus, Duncan and Christine for their expert guidance and coaching to all our newcomers.
We greatly appreciate the permission of Caerphilly Parks services for permission to use the park.
We hope everyone who attended enjoyed themselves and particularly if this was your first experience, that you are encouraged to join us again where we look forward to welcoming you.
South Wales Orienteering Club are delighted to have teamed up with the Outdoors Partnership to be able to offer free Orienteering events for under 25’s thanks to Winter of Wellbeing funding.
Hopefully we can get more people out exploring the great outdoors and discovering the fantastic benefits of orienteering.
The events are spread across south Wales between now and March 2022. Details for each event can be found in the events page.
You can expect a welcoming and beginner friendly event, suitable for families/kids of all ages. The beginner option (approx 2km) is always traffic free on surfaced paths. For anyone wanting more of a challenge, there are intermediate and expert courses which are further and venture off the path.
Winter of Wellbeing dates
Wednesday 29th December – Cosmeston Lakes Country Park, Vale of Glamorgan
Sunday 9th January – Cyfarthfa Park, Merthyr Tydfil
Saturday 22nd January – Parc Penallta, Ystrad Mynach
Saturday 5th February – Bryngarw Country Park, Bridgend
Sat 12th March – Llantrisant Forest
Sat 2nd April Caerphilly Mountain (rescheduled from Feb)
All events are risk assessed and organised in accordance with British Orienteering guidelines.
60 competitors took part in our SWOC league event on Saturday 23rd October, and it was great to see some new faces as well as many familiar faces.
Blessed with dry weather and a pleasant temperature for running everyone could enjoy the glorious mature beech forest, although the fall of autumn leaves had covered many of the footpaths !
Thanks to Ben for creating the map, Annemieke for planning and setting out some challenging courses, to Graham Tough for doing the timing, Nick Dallimore and Adrian Moir for their results and entries support and Mark, Alice and Charles for collecting controls.
We hope to see you all again at Gwaelod-Y-Garth, near Taff’s Well, in November.