Gentleshaw Common Middle Race – Sun 30th October

gentleshawThis Sunday, Chasers are holding a Middle Race on Gentleshaw Common.  Please see the final details for all the information you’ll need:  gentleshaw-2016-final-details.  All abilities welcome – just ask at enquiries if you need some advice.
***Don’t forget, the clocks go back 1 hour on Saturday night***

Captains Weekly October 16th 2016


A big “pat on the back” this week to Carol Dredge for finishing The Isle of Wight Marathon in just over five hours last Sunday on her 60th birthday, finish as second W60.  Well done Carol.

Other “POTB” this week go to our runners in the West Midland Urban race in Warwick where Tom O’Boyle finished a brilliant 3rd on the Mens Open closely followed by Kristian Roberts in 10th and Sam Naylor in 16th place.  On the Womens Open Catherine Bushnell came in a great 6th place and in the M55 race Jon Howell came 11th.  Well done everybody.

Events over the next week include:

On Wednesday LEI have a day event at Watermead in the north of Leicester.  Details at:

On Saturday there is a choice of events.  POTOC have an event at Biddulph Grange, a very nice, runnable area.  Details at:

while HOC have an WM League urban race in Malvern.  Details at

HOC also host a West Midland League event on Sunday at Castle Morton Common.  Details at;

This coming Tuesday training switches to Brocton Village Hall for the AGM followed by Cheese and Wine, starting at 7.30 sharp.  Please make a big effort to attend if you can.


Mountain Bike Orienteering – Cannock Chase – 6th Nov 2016

c0630e3d0ebf5dc54387246406cf6bf4Midlands MBO are holding a 3 hour score event from Rugeley on 6th November – more details here

 Cannock Chase – The Chase Rocket    or


JIRC’s and JHI’s

jircsWell done to our juniors Alfie, Holly C, Holly S, Holly H, Meg and Heather who ran in the Junior Inter-Regional Championships (JIRCs) near Aberdeen at the end of last monthe – tough technical & physical terrain was certainly testing, and everyone made it back in one piece! Overall, the West Midlands Juniors finished 4th overall behind the consistently strong Scotland, Northwest and Yorkshire & Humberside junior squads. Photos courtesy of Wendy Carlyle.




Good luck to Holly S who is off to the North East this weekend to make her debut and do battle on behalf of the Welsh team in the Junior Home Internationals (JHIs) – the annual battle between England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Captains Weekly 2nd October 2016


“Pats on the back” this week go to Andy Yeates for 15th place on the Blue course and to Catherine Bushnell for 18th place and 6th woman on the Short Blue at the DVO event at Chinley Churn.  What a great name for an area.

Over on the Mountain Marathon scene at the RAB in Northern England Jon Howell was 1st Male Solo Vet in the short score ( 6 hours on day one and 5 hours on day 2) pipping me by just 1 point into 2nd place.  Just for good measure Bob Dredge was 3rd MSV with John Robinson not far behind.

The only event over the next week is next Sunday when OD are hosting a West Midland Urban League event in Warwick Town Centre.  A link to the final details can be found at:

Tuesday training continues with more Pilates in Walton School Gym from 7 until 8.10.  This is followed by a run with Cath if you still have energy.

Two dates for your diaries:

Monday October 10th is the AGM of the West Midland Orienteering Association.  Contact me if you would like to attend.

Tuesday October 18th is th AGM of Walton Chasers at Brocton Village Hall starting at 7.30pm anf followed by a wine and cheese social.


West Midlands Relays – Results

wm-relays1Thanks to all who came and ran today, we hope you enjoyed the good weather and the pizza!  The WM Junior Squad would like to thank everyone who bought cakes – they raised £60.60.

Full results are available here.

Winsplits is here.

Routegadget is here.

Well done to all the trophy winners 🙂

A big thank you to the little group of todays hard workers – James, Mike & Riccardo on car parking and road crossing, Alison on map issue, Rod on map collection, Sue on download Liz on enquiries and Sally for being dogs body and working everywhere. Much appreciated!

West Midlands Relays: 2nd October, Shoal Hill

The postponed West Midlands Relays will take place on Shoal Hill this weekend (Sunday, 2nd October).

Final details are available here: final-details

Course lengths follow the standard defined by the WMOA and are:


Relay Class Class Title BOF Age Classes Combined Ages Technical Difficulty Approximate Course Length Approximate Course Climb
A Mini-Relay M/W12 – 1 1.4km 30m
B Junior Women W42- 3 2.0km 45m
C Intermediate Women W54- 5 3.0km 55m
D Open Women Any W 5 4.0km 100m
E Senior Women W130+ 5 3.6km 75m
F Veteran Women W165+ 5 3.0km 55m
G Super Veteran Women W200+ 5 2.5km 50m
H Junior Men M42- 3 2.0km 45m
I Intermediate Men M54- 5 3.6km 75m
J Open Men Any 5 5.0km 140m
K Senior Men M130+ 5 4.0km 100m
L Veteran Men M165+ 5 3.6km 75m
M Super Veteran Men M200+ 5 3.0km 55m
N Mixed Ad Hoc 3, 5, 5 2.0km/3.0km/4.0km 45m/55m/100m

Captains Weekly 25th September 2016


“Pats on the back” this week go to three of our younger members following the POTOC event in Stone where on the Easy course Fraser Stamp came home in first place closely followed by his sister, Olivia, while in 3rd place was Charlotte Dawson.  All we need now is a junior coach for these three and our other juniors.  Could you help out?

On the Short Hard course Cath Williams came in in 3rd place while on the Long Hard Course Sam Naylor ran into 4th place, Catherine Bushnell came 6th and I came 8th.  Other good runs were had by Claire Bushnell (12th), Christine Collins (13th) and Carol Dredge (14th).

Over at the OD Charity Event Andy Yeates ran into 14th place and Dougie Craig came 32nd.

The only event next weekend is the West Midland Relay Championships at Shoal Hill.  Our teams are entered now but the organiser, Sue Williams, would love to hear from you with your offer to help.