March 2020:

WCOC 'Improvers' coached training session 

Date and Time: Sunday 1st March 10.00 - 12.00 - new rearranged date

Location: Buttermere, National Trust Carpark NY173172 (same location as the recent night event)

Focus: Basic Skill and Techniques

This looks to be one of the only dates available to re-run this cancelled coaching.  The session is focused on basic skills that we all can use to help our orienteering and, depending on how we progress, may include:

Symbols and control descriptions
Compass / following a bearing
Attack points
Aiming off
Traffic Lights

Who for: Juniors and seniors - Knowing and being able to use these skills will help those relatively new to orienteering (not just using line features), Improvers and more the experienced, and would be expected to be known by any aspiring to gain entry to the NWJS.

What to bring - Water proofs, plenty of warm clothing (February/March weather could be anything), good footwear (for moving off paths), a compass, plus drink and a snack.

Please email me to let me know if you intend to come so I know numbers ( Feel free to ask any questions.
Simon Hunter
WCOC Lead Coach


Summer 2019:

WCOC Summer Coaching TD1-4. Short (30 mins max) sessions before Thursday night events to help you learn some new skills or practice old ones. Starts from registration 5.45-6.15pm.  Just turn up and join in:

2 May  Lodore  "Orientation"

9 May  High Rigg  "Map interpretation + symbols"

16 May  Sale Fell  "Distance"

6 June  Wasdale  (National Coaching Week)  "Catching and collecting features"

20 June  Holme Wood  "Route Choice1 Attack points"

4 July  Mosser Fell  "Compass work"

18 July  Godworth  "Simplification + Map Memory"

25 July  Dalegarth  "Contours"

15 Aug  Setmurthy  "Route Choice2  Terrain or path"

29 Aug  Whinlatter  "Relocation"


2018 dates for your diaries:

Contact Head Coach Lynne Thomas to book any of the following coach-led sessions:




Sunday 14th October

Derwent Hill,Portinscale, Nr Keswick

TD1-3 Beginners to Progressers

Saturday 10th November

Orienteering Foundation coaching

Dale Park, Nr Grizedale

TD5 Advanced

Saturday  15th December

Christmas fun



WCOC  Training - Jan-Feb 2019

The training suggested below is intended to support members of WCOC, especially the juniors, in following a progressive training programme in order to improve their speed and strength endurance for orienteering.
The next six weeks  have been set out below.  These may vary a little depending on attendance, location, weather or coaches whim!  It is intended that an individual or the group could manage the session whithout the need for a coach to lead but we hope to have a coach present at least once a month to support these activities.  These will be indicated on the programe below which will be updated on the WCOC website as the programme develops.
This is not intended to be definitive; discussion and feedback welcome.  Please make any suggestions to ask any club coach for assistance.

Click here to link to the latest suggested training plan.



The following coaching articles by Geoff Ellis (written to be read in order) may also be of interest to you:

Goal Setting

Race Preparation

Post-Race Analysis

Expectation Management