O EVENTS CALENDAR introduction
The Events Calendar is a page of links to fixture information, collected from various sources ranging from official to gossip. Events listed, especially those in the more distant future, may be nothing more than a provisional proposal, and the landowner of the venue may not yet have given permission, or even been approached. Don't believe anything unless you can confirm it, possibly by following the link to the organising club's website. Even if you have confirmed it once, check again for last-minute changes before travelling. I'd appreciate an e-mail if you spot one of the errors.
Details on the organising club's website can usually be found under ¨fixtures¨ or ¨events¨, but some smaller events may be under ¨training¨ or even ¨schools league¨.
This is a personal selection made by Ian Ditchfield. I may not be entirely consistent, but will normally include all events within an hour or so's drive of any part of Mole Valley, higher status events over a wider area, all of Britain's highest-level events, and even a few overseas events. The general idea is to include any open domestic event which an orienteer based in Mole Valley would be likely to attend, and a selection of foreign events. Some of the smaller and more local events may be training exercises with no formal timing.
Most events are open to all, but some clubs expect regular attendees at their smallest events to join them; any such restriction should be clear from the event details on the club web site. Closed events are usually excluded unless Mole Valley are involved. The exclusion of closed events even extends to important events for which you have to be selected to take part, for example the British Elite Championship or the Home Internationals. I assume that those eligible will know about them without looking here!
This is not an official fixtures list. If you are looking for such a document, try the Mole Valley home page for our own events, the South-East Association (SEOA) for other south-eastern events, or the British Orienteering Federation fixture list. A wider range of overseas events may be found on the ¨World of O¨ web site.
This list is also restricted to foot and
trail orienteering events. If you are after mountain bike
events, try the BMBO web site.
For most entries, clicking on the event
level will take you to the entry in the British
Orienteering fixtures list, clicking on the organising
club's name will take you to their web site and clicking
on the location name will take you to a location map. This
map will be provided by Bing if you click at the left end
of the location name, or Google if you click at the right
For domestic events, I try to make the
map links point to the car park, but they may just
indicate the general competition area. In any case, car
parks are likely to change and there is no reason for
event organisers to tell me when they do. Occasionally the
map links are for a parking area (which may or may not be
the right one) some distance from the competition area.
For overseas events, the map links are normally the centre
of the nearest town.
The distance quoted is the approximate
road mileage from the River Mole at Leatherhead, except
for events outside Europe for which it will be the
approximate air mileage from a London airport.
Clicking on a closing date entry will
take you to the main event entry. ¨Closing dates¨ vary in
importance. They may be a date by which you must have paid
the entry fee if you are to be allowed a run. At the other
extreme, they may simply indicate that the organiser has
asked people to e-mail their intention to turn up so that
the map print run can be estimated. Usually you are still
welcome to turn up unannounced on the day, see the
organising club's web site to find out. Closing dates are
shown for UK events if I happen to spot them in the event
details, and for only a few overseas events (usually the
ones I'm seriously considering going to myself). I
list the online closing dates, deadlines for postal
entries may be earlier.
The following icons are used to help you pick out events:
Mole Valley Orienteering Club