British Schools Orienteering Champs – updated!

British SchoolsBSOC 2014 took place over the weekend on Temple Newsam Park, near Leeds with almost 700 competitors.  Over 20 Chasers juniors attended, representing their individual schools.

Temple Newsam was fast & furious, with mistakes being costly. There was also a long uphill drag to the finish that claimed a number of casualties.

There were some great performances, with 2 podium places, both representing Walton High School; Megan Colclough (2nd in Year 8 girls) and Matt Hartland (3rd in Year 11 boys).

Other top 10 performances came from Henry Webb (4th), Gemma Cairns-Smith and Holly Hughes (6th) and Heather and Holly Craig (8th). A special mention to Joe Holland who was heading comfortably for a top 10 finish at the last control, but was a little “unwell” on the run-in, coming in to finish 11th.

Henry Webb, Adam Mardling and Ethan Evans took silver in the Year 7 boys, while Holly Stodgell and the pairs of Rebecca Fitzjohn & Amelie Rutter-Bitton and Maia Till & Holly Rhodes took 3rd in the Year 7 girls.

The full results are on the BSOA website. Photos courtesy of Wendles, Ray Barnes, Mary Robertson.

The previous day was the World Schools Qualification Race with Meg Colclough, Holly Hughes, Heather Craig, Gemma Cairns-Smith and Matt Hartland all competing for a place in the England team to travel to Turkey next year. Matt had the best performance of the group on the day, finishing in 2nd place and (fingers crossed, subject to confirmation) sealing his place in the team.

Wildwood Night-O Results

nightocompLast night saw the 10th night-o of the 2014 season on Wildwood, Stafford organised by Ray.  Jon is still just holding on to the lead in the men’s race, and Cath has now just overtaken Christine in the women’s race.  Just 2 events to go – next one on Rowley Park on 20th November.  Full results table so far here…Winter Race 10 2014

Midlands Champions for Chasers

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The Midland Championships were held today on the Longshaw Estate north of Bakewell.  Chasers had some great runs, topped by 4 Chasers becoming Midland Champions.  They were Matt Hartland on M16A, Bob Dredge on M60L, Claire Bushnell on W50L and Carol Dredge on W55L.  Well done to all four, and also to Judith Hughes who just missed out being champion by 22 seconds on the W45L course.
(Photos of Claire, Carol and Bob courtesy of DVO)

Barton Night-O Results

nightocompThe 9th night-O of the 2014 series took place on Thursday night around Barton-under-Needwood organised by Neil Lawford.  Jon still has a good lead in the men’s race with Christine holding on to the top spot in the women’s race – with just 3 races to go.  Next one on 6th November at Ray’s.  Results so far are here…Winter Race 9 2014

Penkridge Night-O Results

Last Thursday saw the first night-O of the winter season.  Jon organised the race from Penkridge and a good turnout of 15 made for a good race to get the 2nd half of the annual series under way.

Results and series scores so far can be found on the link here: Winter Race 8 2014

Dinky t-shirt

DSC_0007Following a call for ideas made to the juniors by their rep, Holly, the concept of a “yellow jersey” t-shirt was formed to be awarded for an impressive performance at a nominated event. The first event was the Stafford urban race on Sunday, and the (more of a green jersey) t-shirt was awarded to George H at training tonight for managing to complete his course without mispunching or retiring, even though he had (somehow) ended up with a longer, harder course than his age group were running, and he didn’t come last :) He even managed to model the t-shirt for the second half of training.

The next nominated event will be the British Schools Champs on 16th November

Stafford Urban – Results

Course AThanks to Bob, Carol and Sarah Dredge for planning and organising today’s Urban event in Stafford town centre and to Mark Garside for controlling.

Results and Splits can be found here.
Winsplits can be found here.
Splitsbrowser can be found here.
Routegadget can be found here.

Chasers next event is at Chillington Hall on 30th November.

British Schools Score Champs Success

DSC_0006~2Well done to all the Chasers juniors who took part today in the British Schools Score Champs – Chasers were a very visible club in terms of the results, and there were plenty of familiar faces on the podium.

Holly Stodgell (Year 7 girls) and Meg Colclough (Year 8 girls) are now both British Schools Champions for Walton High. Meg was joined on the podium by Holly Craig in 2nd (for Weston Road) and Amy Mitchell in 3rd, with Charlotte Cairns-Smith (Abbotts Bromley School for Girls) just missing out in 4th.

Carolyn Codling-Loidi won a fantastic silver medal on the Year 6 girls running for Oakridge.

The boys did well, too, with Joe Holland finishing in 3rd place for the Year 8 boys, while the trio of Ethan Evans, Henry Webb and Adam Mardling were 4th, 5th and 6th for the Year 7’s (all from Walton High).

Other top 10 finishes came from Beth Colclough (10th in Year 5 girls), Will Downing (7th in Year 5 boys), Laura Shermer finished 9th running with Megan Dale in the Year 8 girls, and Alfie Spencer was 9th in the Year 8 boys. Sastin Codling-Loidi finished in 10th in Year 9 boys running for Adams Grammar School, and in the Year 10/11 girls, Heather Craig finished 6th (Weston Road) with Gemma Cairns-Smith 10th. For Matt Hartland in the Year 10/11 boys, it was a 5th place finish with a score that would have seen him in 2nd place in the Year 12/13 boys competition!

There were other Chasers out running, too, but 17 club members finishing in the top 10 on the day is a fantastic achievement! Well done everyone :) Also, many thanks to HOC for staging the event, results can be found here.