Walton Chasers 50th anniversary dinner

Last night over 100 past and current members of the club came together to celebrate the club’s 50th year. With ages ranging from 9 to 90, and from as far as Switzerland, we enjoyed many memories, both in photos and newspaper cuttings, and with recollections from Marlene Palmer and Doug Peel. Huge thanks to Sarah Dredge for organising and to Brocton Hall Golf Club for being our hosts. Here’s to the next 50 years!

Badgerslade Colour Coded Race & WM League #5 Sunday 3rd March

Sunday 3rd March is Chasers’ next open race, which will be held on Badgerslade on the west side of Cannock Chase. Courses for all abilities will be on offer, from total beginners to experienced orienteers. The final details are available here: Badgerslade 2019 Final Details

Colour coded & WM League Race – Beaudesert 13th Jan

Sunday 13th January is the next Chasers colour coded race.  It will be held at Beaudesert, on the area last used for both the long race and relays at the JK Festival of Orienteering over Easter 2018.  Courses will be available for all abilities and beginners are welcome.  Please see the flyer for more details: Beaudesert 20190113

WCH is 50! Calling all past and present WCH members!

Walton Chasers will be 50 years old in 2019.  The plans to celebrate this milestone are coming together now, and we’d like to include as many past and present club members as we can.  Two events are currently being planned.  On March 2nd, we’ll be having a club dinner at Brocton Golf Club, the day before a colour coded race on Badgerslade.  Then in the summer, on July 13th, we plan to have an urban race in Tamworth, followed by a BBQ.

Places for the club dinner are booking up fast, so if you are a current or past member, please get in touch with Sarah to book your place – see the attached flyer for contact details.  We have a limit on numbers, so don’t miss out!

Mungo Bone Handicap Race

Saturday 22nd December will see the annual ‘Mungo Bone’ Handicap Race.  The adult course is 4km while the junior course is 2km  – both a straight path run, no navigation required!  The assembly is at at Brocton Village Hall, which is open from 10am.  The first start is at 11am with a mass start for juniors at about 11.10am.  The start is a 10 minute walk from the village hall.
Send your entries to Ray at captain@walton-chasers.co.uk  before 6pm on Friday Decenber 21st.  There will be non-competitive entry on the day for adults if you forget to enter in advance.  Juniors just need to turn up on the day.

Mince pies and mulled wine provided along with other nibbles and drinks.  All members are welcome to come along for a pre-Christmas social event, even if you don’t want to run.

Colour coded race and WM League – Sunday 2nd December

Sunday 2nd December is the next Chasers colour coded race.  It will be held on Brereton Spurs, near Rugeley, last used at Easter for the middle race of the JK festival.  Courses for all abilities will be available and beginners are welcome.  Full set of colour coded courses, plus a string course. Entry on the day for all.  Full details here (26/11 update, including course lengths): Brereton Spurs Dec 18 Final Details
NB:  There are roadworks on the A460 near Cannock – if you are coming that way, be aware there may be delays.

Chasers at the WM Champs & WM Relays

Today was the West Midland Champs, held in a sunny Telford Town Park.  Chasers had multiple successes, with wins from Jonah Hearn (M10), Dan Findlay-Robinson (M35), Simon Webb (M40), Mark Stodgell (M45), Andy Yeates (M55), Georgia Cave (W12), Holly Stodgell (W16), Cath Williams (W45), Carol Dredge (W60), Hazel Waters (W65), together with Oscar Barnby (Orange) and Joni Weir (Yellow).  Well done everyone!

The prizegiving was also held for the West Midland Relays that took place a fortnight ago at Sutton Park – the results have finally been sorted, and our team of Mark, Dan, and Andy won the Senior Men’s class.

Mountain Bike Orienteering

MTBO returns to Cannock Chase after a long break

4th November brings the Cannock Rocket – 3 hour Score event on OS style mapping



24th November WCH are organising a Long MTBO event (like foot orienteering but on a bike) on Abrahams Valley


Nov 18 MTBO – Final details notes v1