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  Chasers League 2003 – final results  
  Up & Running Discount for Chasers
Up & Running is a new running shop at 7 Wolverhampton Road, Stafford. The club has arranged for a 10% discount off all full priced stock. This is available from Up and Running in Stafford and from their website www.runningshoes.co.uk.
A further 5% is available if members join the scheme individually.
To claim the club discount members must quote the code C-3-1-11-2003.
  Teachers Coaching Courses available this Easter
Local Level 1and 2 Orienteering courses included in the Coaching for Teachers Easter Coaching Weeks leaflet are:
24 March (level 1 and day 1 of level 2) and 25 March (level 2) Sutton Coldfield
5 April (level1) Cheltenham
These courses are likely to be oversubscribed, priority booking given to qualified teachers.
See the following link for full details
  Chasers selected for Interland competition
Interland International England v. Belgium v. Holland Ist February, 2004.
Following three succesful selection races in the Autumn, Catherine Bushnell has gained her first Junior International selection to the England team in the Interland International in the early Spring.This is a three cornered match taking place near Guildford at both Junior and Senior levels. Catherine is competing a year early in the three strong W 14 age group, but having been first and second amongst the year older girls she is certainly hoping to be competing well for the team.
Emily Garside has been chosen as reserve. News of senior / vets selections to follow.
Ex Chaser Jon Duncan (M21) has been selected (now competing for GRAMP)
  Mungo Bone Results
Here are the results of the Mungo Bone Christmas Handicap Race held on the TocH Trail, Brindley on Saturday 20th December. A surprisingly good turnout considering the wet and cold conditions!

Mungo Bone – 4km              
Handicap positon Name Start Time Finish time   Actual time Actual position Min/K
1 Carol Lawford 10:50 11:22:31   32:31 23 08:08
2 Carol Dredge 11:04 11:26:41   22:41 20 05:40
3 Stuart Clayton 11:07 11:26:43   19:43 13 04:56
4 Heather Shilling 11:00 11:27:02   27:02 22 06:45
5 Adam Bushnell 11:10 11:27:07   17:07 7 04:17
6 Gareth Little 11:11 11:27:15   16:15 3 04:04
7 Andy Yeates 11:11 11:27:28   16:28 5 04:07
8 Mike Thompson 11:09 11:27:43   18:43 9 04:41
9 Robert Little 11:14 11:27:44   13:44 1 03:26
10 Helen Clayton 11:09 11:27:45   18:45 10 04:41
11 Neil Lawford 11:08 11:27:53   19:53 14 04:58
12 Ian Turner 11:12 11:27:55   15:55 2 03:59
13 Chris Boycott 11:07 11:28:08   21:08 17 05:17
14 Mark Garside 11:10 11:28:15   18:15 8 04:34
15 Steve Clayton 11:12 11:28:17   16:17 4 04:04
16 Chris Horwill 11:07 11:28:51   21:51 19 05:28
17 Bob Dredge 11:12 11:28:53   16:53 6 04:13
18 Amy Thompson 11:09 11:28:57   19:57 15 04:59
19 Sarah Dredge 11:06 11:29:11   23:11 21 05:48
20 Peter Quine 11:09 11:29:19   20:19 16 05:05
21 Phil Green 11:11 11:29:52   18:52 11 04:43
22 Allan Williams 11:11 11:30:25   19:25 12 04:51
23 Sarah Reynolds 11:09 11:30:30   21:30 18 05:22
DNF Christine Collins            
Junior Mungo Bone 2km              
Position Name Time          
1 Michael Collins 13:30          
2 Claire Garside 14:08          
3 Hannah Garside 17:13          
4 Andrew Collins 21.30
  WM League Results
Chasers came 3rd in this year’s West Midlands League – well done to those that ran throughout the year. Harlequins won by 200 points, for the first time in their history, after some astute tactics at Wyrley Common. OD couldn’t capitalise on home advantage and came in 2nd.

HOC 6888
OD 6688
WCH 6532
WRE 6008
COBOC 5612
POTOC 3178
  Hilary Duncan
It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Hilary Duncan died on Sunday 7th December. Hilary had been battling cancer this year and we will all miss her enthusiasm and courage.
  WCH take 2nd place in Yvette Baker Trophy
In a very close finish, WCH were pipped at the post by AIRE who won the trophy, but managed to hold off NOC to third place. The scores couldn’t have been closer at:
AIRE 881
WCH 880
NOC 879
Message from Mark Garside:
“Many thanks to all those who turned out for both the 1st round at Croft Castle and the final. It was an excellent team performance. Orienteering is about doing your best, and you are all a great credit to the club. I have attached a link to the final results for those who haven’t yet seen them. Next year we have the opportunity of competing on home terrain, so perhaps we will finally go one better and win in 2004.” Full results
  WCH Juniors acheive Gold awards in new ageless categories
The following juniors acheived Gold awards this year in the new categories that are based on technical ability rather than age:
JM3 Stuart Clayton
JM4 Adam Bushnell
JM5 James Bennett, Gareth Little, Robert Little
JW3 Amy Thompson
JW4 Catherine Bushnell, Emily Garside, Amy Langston
JW5 Joanna Thompson
The link to see all awards is here
  WCH Juniors Selected for World Schools Champs
The ISF World Schools Championships 2004 are to be held in Butgenbach, Belgium in April
WCH Juniors selected to represent the British Schools teams have been announced following the performances at the British Schools Champs.
Junior Girls
Emily Garside – Walton High School
Reserve – Amy Thompson – Walton High School
Senior Girls
Jo Thompson – Walton High School
Junior Boys
Adam Bushnell – Adams Grammar School
  Walton High School & WCH Juniors Success at Britsh Schools Champs
Walton High School achieved an outstanding 2nd place at Sunday’s British Schools Champs held at Delamere, beaten only by UVHS. Together with other WCH juniors they won a total of 8 medals: 3 gold medals (2 individual and Year 9 girls), 2 silver(1 individual and overall school team) and 3 bronze medals.
Emily Garside (Year 9 girls)
Adam Bushnell (Year 9 boys) (competing for Adams’ Grammar School, Newport)
Year 9 girls team: Emily Garside, Catherine Bushnell, Sophie Thomas
Sarah Dredge (Year 13 girls) (competing for Stafford Grammar School )
Overall Team:
Team counters:
Emily Garside (1st -Year 9 girls), Catherine Bushnell (3rd -Year 9 girls), Amy Thompson (3rd -Year 10 girls), Jo Thompson (3rd -Year 12 girls), Clare Garside (9th -Year 7 girls), Henry Howell (11th -Year 9 boys), Nia Nokes (12th -Year 11 girls), Sophie Thomas (15th -Year 9 girls), Tim Dredge (17th -Year 11 boys)
Catherine Bushnell (Year 9 girls)
Amy Thompson (Year 10 girls)
Jo Thompson (Year 12 girls)
Other positions:
Amy Langston (9th -Year 9 girls)(competing for Fair Oak School, Rugeley), Gareth Little (23rd-Year 12 boys), Becky James (31st -Year 10 girls), Carys Jones (38th -Year 9 girls), Michael Collins (65th -Year 8 boys), Lewis Bowmer (84th -Year 8 boys)
Adam Bushnell’s first place also helped his team from Adams’ Grammar School in Newport to win the Year 9 Boys competition.
  Membership Renewal Time
BOF members should receive their renewal forms soon and return them directly to BOF for 2004 membership.
Club only members should receive their forms with the next Attack Point and return them with cheques directly to the club secretary.
Upgrades from Club only to full BOF membership should make cheques payable to BOF and send them with their club renewal form to the Secretary. He will complete the necessary paperwork for you.
  Peter Palmer
It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Peter Palmer passed away earlier this afternoon (28th Oct) after a long illness. Peter was a founder member of Walton Chasers and was still keen to be involved by contributing to the AGM a couple of weeks ago. He had a great passion for orienteering and particularly coaching, resulting in international success for many past Chasers juniors . He will be sorely missed.
  WMOA Event Standards Conference
WMOA Event Standards Conference on Risk Assessment/Event Checklists and Relationships with Landowners will be held on 22 November at Sandwell Valley. Details will be in the October West Midlander and on the WMOA website soon. This is open to everyone and costs £6 per person including refreshments and a buffet lunch.
  BOF Instructor Course
BOF are running a 2 day course for people who want to introduce groups to orienteering (this is required if you want to gain the BOF Instructor Award). Each candidate will learn how to teach the basic skills of orienteering. The course will be on 29th & 30th November at Malvern Outdoor Centre. If you would like further deatils, please contact Keith Ellery. Closing date for applications is 16th November.
  Chasers wins at Stafford Sports Awards 2003
Of the eight categories, Chasers had nominations in four. Congratulations go to:
WCH U14 girls – 3rd in Team Performance
Catherine Bushnell – 2nd in U18 Sports Performer
Jane Christopher – 2nd in Special Contribution to Sport
Matt Crane – 3rd in Sports Performer of the Year
For WCH to continue to get nominations (and wins), it is vital that results get submitted to the newspapers each week. This is the only way that WCH will get noticed by the judges. If you have anything that you feel should be reported at any time, contact Seonaid Dudley.
  Chasers Juniors success at YBT
The Yvette Baker Trophy took place at Croft Castle and turned out to be a closely fought match. The unexpected entrance of Deeside to the competition could have caused an upset but Chasers juniors managed to triumph. There were some excellent performances including 4 class winners in Sophie, Tim, Catherine and Emily. The first team scores were:
WCH – 891
DEE – 887
OD – 883
HOC – 870
  Chasers Juniors acheive Colour Awards
Well done to the following who have achieved their colour awards:
Brown – James Bennett (M18) & Rob Little (M18)
Blue – James Bennett (M18) & Jo Thompson (W16)
Green – Emily Garside (W14) & Gareth Little (M16)
Light Green – Helen Clayton (W14), Amy Thompson
Orange – Michael Collins (M12) & Clare Garside
Yellow – Michael Collins (M12), John Peatfield (M10) & Carys Jones
White – Hannah Webb (W7)
  Chasers Selected to Represent England !!
Congratulations to Matt Crane (M21), Rob Little (M20) and Beth Clayton (W21 and a bit…) who have been chosen to represent Engalnd in the Senior Home International. The fact that three Chasers are representing their country marks us out as equalling the highest contribution by a single club (LOC is the other) – an impressive showing. Ex-Chaser Ben Chesters is also running in M21. We wish them all luck in the races on 18-19 October.
  Jo Thompson wins British Schools Score Champs
Jo competed in, and won, the girls Y12 & 13 class at the event held at Gilling Wood, North Yorshire. In the 60min score event, Jo, running for Walton High School, got all 25 controls and was only 23 seconds late. Despite 5 time penalities, she was still able to beat 2nd placed Jess Halliday (OD/ Bluecoats) by 10 points (3 mins late). 3rd place went to ex -Chaser Victoria Smith (King Henry VIII)
  Chasers Selected to Represent England
Congratulations to Jane Christopher, Beth Clayton and Tony Duncan who have been chosen to represent Engalnd in the Veteran Home International. The event is taking place on 28th September at Dumyat near Stirling.
  Chasers Summer Relays completed
Congratulations to Carol and Sarah Dredge who won the Summer Relay series this year, closely follwed by Jonathan and Ollie Howell. There have been 5 events in the series and most have been well attended over the summer months. We have used areas new to Chasers, including Stone Common and Rowley Park giving a new challenge to all. Thanks to Stodge and Cath for their hard work in putting these events on.
  Chasers tackle the White Rose
An ever diminishing group of Chasers competed at the White Rose near Scarborough over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Previously a very popluar event with Chasers, this sociable, end of summer event now sees only a few of us attending. This year’s areas were Barns Cliff and Langdale and no, they weren’t all horrible – some parts were actually very runnable! It was a bag of mixed fortunes, with Rob and Gareth Little enjoying the party atmosphere more than the orienteering; Andy Yeates having a day 1 nightmare and Kerry Lake (nee Stamp) being a SPAM Award nominee for forgetting about control 1 until control 2 – a very long way away! The 2 successes came in the form of Iain Stamp, 3rd in M21S and Alison Yeates 1st place in W35S.
  Rob Little selected to run in Alaska!
Rob Little has been selected to run for England Juniors in the World Mountain Running Trophy (fell running world champs) to be held in Alaska in September
  37 Chasers run in Scottish 6 day
The 6 day this year was based in Forres in Morayshire. It proved to be a very enjoyable event for the large group of Chasers who made the journey for the week long event. We were blessed with good weather and generally very runnable terrain – the intricate sand dunes could challenge even the best. The many wasps seemed to enjoy the week too……
Those finishing in the top 10 of their classes were as follows (hope I’ve not missed anyone):
M14A 4th Adam Bushnell
M20L 7th Rob Little
W14B 2nd Amy Thompson
W16A 10th Jo Thompson
W40L 4th Beth Clayton
W60L 4th Jane Christopher
W60S 1st Seonaid Dudley
W75L 2nd Pam Emberton
Matt Crane & Peter Palmer compete in the World Champs
  Congratulations to Matt Crane who was selected to run for Britain in the Short Race at the World Champs in Switzerland. Matt just missed out on qualification for the final of the World Champs Middle distance. He finished 21st in his heat , just over 4 minutes down on the winner, and only 31 seconds away from a place in the final. “Obviously I was disappointed that I didn’t qualify – thought I was a bit unlucky, but I had a fantastic week as part of such a successful team, and learnt a hell of a lot” said MattPeter Palmer also competed in Switzerland in the Trail-O World Champs.  
  Chasers juniors selected to run for England
Congratulations to Emily Garside, Adam Bushnell and Jo Thompson who have all been selected to run for England in the Junior Home Internationals to be held in Northern Ireland in October. Their selection followed consistently good performances at all 6 selction races, including the Interland competition in March and the recent Junior Inter Regionals
  Chasers Juniors Do Well in Inter Regionals – 28/29 JuneThe 9 selected WCH juniors who represented the West Midlands in this years Junior Inter-Regional Champs all put in excellent performances on both the individual and relay days. Of particular note on the individual day were Jo Thompson (W16) and Adam Bushnell (M14) who were class winners. On the relay day, there was a West Midlands winning girls team of Emily Garside, Jo Thompson, who ran up on W18 managing to hold off a closing pack of top W18’s and Jess Halliday (OD).

The Chasers juniors representing their region were:
W14 Emily Garside, Amy Langston, Catherine Bushnell, Helen Clayton (reserve)
W16 Jo Thompson
W18 Sarah Dredge
M14 Adam Bushnell
M16 Gareth Little
M18 James Bennett

  Peel Pursuit – Tuesday 24th JuneThis year’s handicap run took place in Brindley Heath on a warm evening that was rounded off by the annual barbeque at Marquis Drive. 5 juniors and 16 seniors took part. Unfortunately, the event was marred by some of the route marking tapes being tampered with which affected over half of the adult runners. Happily, the juniors were unaffected and had a very close finish. Their results are as follows:
1 Amy Thompson…….9:25
2 Sophie Thomas…….9:30
3 Henry Howell………….9:35

The difficult decision was made that the senior awards should go to those who ran the correct course, and the 2 prizes were awarded as follows:
Fastest runner (correct course) – Mark Garside…………18:01
Fastest on handicap (correct course) – Phil Green………18:06

  Shugborough success for Chasers
Chasers yet again had a good turn out for the annual Shugborough Relays on 18th June, with 5 teams of runners partaking in the 4 x 2-mile relay.The Clayton family of Beth, Stuart, Helen and Steve ran well to claim the family prize (pictured), beating off opposition from the Dredge family.
Others Chaser’s teams were:
the Dredge family (3 of 7 in the family class); Open Men’s team (Gareth, James, Ray and (sub!) Collette)(30 of 48); Vet Men (Lloyd, Andy, Peter & Ian T (12 of 25); and Girls (Sophie, Amy T, Amy L, and Emily)(5 of 13).
Well done to all who ran.
  Peak District Footpath Relay Saturday 21st JuneProvisonal results for the 20 leg relay based at Pindale near Hope are as follows:
1 Holmepierpoint A…………….. 7:41:23
2 Hallamshire Harriers A ……..7:51:12
3 NOC …………………………………8:02:56
4 DVO …………………………………8:19:21
5 Hallamshire Harriers B ……..8:21:34
6 WCH ………………………………..8:23:56
7 Sandhurst Joggers …………..8:30:31
8 Southwolds ………………………8:53:32
9 Ashbourne ……………………….8:57:42
10 Holmepierpoint B …………..9:19:15
These results are likely to change – MDOC’s result is yet to be included and points weightings may change things too. More info as soon as it is available!
  Mammoth comes to Milford
Some of you may be aware of Mammoth – who have taken over the farm shop in Milford
The shop now consists of a running/ performance outdoor gear and bike sales/ hire, including RonHill equipment and fell shoes. They also have a small coffee bar as well as the old farm shop
Walton Chasers have negotiated a 10% discount (at the owner’s discretion).
Have a look at their website at www.mammothlifestyle.co.uk/home.htm
  British Champs Successes for Walton Chasers
Wharncliffe and Greno, Sheffield 17th & 18th May
Individual Performances in the top 10:
W12A 1st Catherine Bushnell …………………………..M12A 5th Stuart Clayton
W12B 2nd Clare Garside ………………………………..M14A 5th Adam Bushnell
W14A 5th Amy Langston ………………………………..M14B 2nd Henry Howell
W14A 6th Emily Garside …………………………………M18A 6th James Bennett
W14A 8th Helen Clayton ………………………………..M21S 8th Iain Stamp
W14B 2nd Amy Thompson …………………………….M40L 8th Ian Tuner
W16A 9th Jo Thompson ………………………………..M45S 3rd Mike Thompson
W35L 7th Ianka Petrova-Evans ………………………M50L 8th Bob Dredge
W35S 10th Alison Yeates ………………………………M60L 9th Tony Duncan
W40L 2nd Beth Clayton ………………………………..M70L 2nd Bob Strophair
W60L 2nd Jane Christopher
W70S 1st Barbara Bradley
W75L 1st Pam EmbertonRelay Performances in the top 10:
2nd WhiCH way up? (Catherine Bushnell, Helen Clayton, Emily Garside)
3rd WhiCH way down? (Amy Langston, Sophie Thomas, Amy Thompson)
2nd beWhiCHted (Ianka Petrova-Evans, Carol Dredge, Beth Clayton)
6th WhiCH way now (Steve Clayton, Andy Yeates, Ian Turner)
  West Midland Schools ChampsWalton High School were 2nd at the annual WM School Champs held on 10th May at Hay Wood. Senior School Results:
1st King Henry XIII, Coventry (10 Points)
2nd Walton High School (18 points)
3rd King Edward VI, Aston (19 points)

Walton’s 6 counters were: Emily Garside, Jo Thompson, Gaerth Little, Sophie Thomas, Amy Thompson, Sarah Dredge / Alex Fellows & Abi Bagshaw

Individual results were as follws:

Years 7 & 8 Girls……………………………………………Year 7 & 8 Boys
1st Emily Garside……………………………………………..13th Ryan Nokes
3rd Sophie Thomas…………………………………………..17th Michael Collins
6th Alex Fellows………………………………………………21st Henry Bennett
8th Kelly Smith & Lucy Lee
10th Rhiannon Jones
11th Carys Jones
17th Becky Chadwick & Hannah Thompson

Years 9 & 10 Girls
4th Amy Thompson
15th Becky James

Years 11+ Girls…………………………………………….Years 11+ Boys
2nd Jo Thompson……………………………………………2nd Gareth Little
6th Sarah Dredge

  Junior Tour Selections
Gareth Little has been picked to join the British Junior training squad tour to Halden in Norway this summer.
“I’m really pleased about being selected, i had been competing hard at the selection races” said GarethJo Thompson was asked to go on the Halden tour, but was unable to go and so has been selected to go to the Glenmore Lodge junior summer training tour in Scotland.

Adam Bushnell has been selected to go to Lagganlia

  Walton Chasers JK Success.
Well done to all those who ran well at the JK this year, but particular congratulations go to.Individual Results
1st positions
Catherine Bushnell W12A
Bob Strophair M70L
(Jon Duncan M21E)2nd positions
Beth Clayton W40L
Jane Christopher W60L
Pam Emberton W75L
Tony Duncan M60L

3rd positions
Stuart Clayton M12A

1st positions
M/W40 – WhiCH way round? – (Catherine Bushnell, Helen Clayton, Emily Garside)
2nd positions
M48 – WhiCH way out? – (Gareth Little, Adam Bushnell, James Bennett)
3rd positions
W48 – WhiCHever – (Jo Thompson, Amy Thompson, Sarah Dredge)
W120 + beWitCHed – (Beth Clayton, Carol Dredge, Claire Bushnell)
W165 + WitCHcraft – (Hazel Waters, Dorothy Wilson, Jane Christopher)

  Walton Chasers gain 10 1st places is the Midland ChampionshipsWalton Chasers had won a bumper crop of trophys at the Midland Championships, held at Chatsworth . New Midlands Champions are as follows.

W12 Catherine Bushnell
W14 Emily Garside
W16 Jo Thompson
W40 Beth Clayton
W50 Hazel Waters
W75 Pam Emberton

M14 Adam Bushnell
M50 Bob Dredge
M60 Tony Duncan
M70 Bob Strophair

  Walton Chasers West Midlands Relay SuccessJUNIOR GIRLS 1st – Carys Jones Sophie Thomas Amy Langston

OPEN WOMEN 1st – Carol Dredge Christine Collins Ianka Evans

SENIOR MEN 1st – Keith Ellery Dave Thomas Chris Earnshaw

  Walton Chasers England Internationals returned victorious in a match against Germany, Holland, and Belgium, which took place near Utrecht and Arnhem.Seasoned International Beth Clayton a D40, who was also acting as joint team manager, gained 4th place, as second England scorer, ten minutes down from the winner. Her course was over 6.52K with 19 controls.
Jo Thompson, D17, in her first England selection, was leading superbly in times throughout her course up to the 16th control, though with a 4 minute loss at the 17th, and then making up again. The last three controls took her to a brilliant 3rd position, as second England scorer, in 59:32, behind a winner’s time of 54:25 over a 6.8K course with 20 controls.

It was an International debut in H14 for Adam Bushnell, who ran confidently just 5 or so seconds off the leading times up to the 9th control, and then pushed harder through the last four controls, bringing him a tremendous 21 second outright win, over 4.86K with 11 controls.

Team Scores: England 181; Belgium 151; Germany 114; and Holland 81.

Although they were seriously missed by WCH in the Compass Sport Cup, we offer our congratulations to all three on their excellent performances abroad.

  New Junior Badge Classes to be implemented from Autumn 2003It is expected that the new BOF Badge Event Guideline with ageless junior classes will be issued in time to implement it at the Autumn Badge Events. Some juniors will then be running shorter courses than those in the current 1997 Guideline. For the West Midlands Badge Events in May, which are using the usual age classes, M/W20 L/S, M/W18 A/B and M/W16A will be allocated to shorter courses, similar in length to those that they will eventually run under the new Guideline.
John Bennison
West Midlands Orienteering Association Controllers Co-ordinator
  Chase Challenge.The Chase Challenge weekend was a huge sucess with over 1200 competitors on the Sunday Badge event. and over 200 on the night events and Mountain Bike O. The fine weather of the Sunday made up for the wet conditions of the Saturdays Mountain Bike O.
See results and comments in the Chase Challenge area of the website
  WCH out of the Compass Sport Cup.Walton Chasers have bombed out of the Compass Sport Cup in the first round by 3 points. There were however some outstanding individual performances, including Emilty Garside and Ianka Evans who won their classes and scored maximum points.  
  Skills Days Launched.A training programme for Summer 2003 has been put together for both Seniors and Juniors.
A series of skills days on Cannock Chase have been organised, with each day concentrating on a different skill set. This will be followed by a training weekend in the summer in the Lake District. Watch this space and the training pages for more details.
  West Midlands Champions.Congratulations to Stuart Clayton M10A, James Bennett M16A, Rob Little M20L, Steve Clayton M35L, Chris Boycott M60L, Jo Thompson W16A, Beth Clayton W21L, Carol Dredge W45L, Jane Christopher W55L, Pam Emberton W75L who are all West Midlands Champions.
Well done to all those who ran in very wet conditions on Titterstone Clee.
  British Schools Score Championships.Congratulations to Emily Garside, Jo Thompson and Rob Little who all won their age classes at the British Schools Score Championships.

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