Captain’s Weekly 18th July 2016


Good morning all,

I hope everyone made the most of the glorious weekend weather!

Provisional results from COBOC’s Park Championships are out, and Allan Williams was the top Chaser on the long course so he gets a pat on the back.  On the Medium course Carol Dredge came third, narrowly leading Christine and Ray Collins. Pats on the back to all three.

This week’s Tuesday training is the final score event of the season, and it’s the Domination race! All should take part. It takes place at “Fives” at 7pm. More useful information can (and should) be found on our website.

As per last week, local events are thin on the ground for the coming week, however I have been reminded that the White Rose Weekend is taking place in the last weekend of August. Details are here and I am assured it is a weekend of  frolicking gaily in beautiful, runnable forest. If anyone fancies it and also wants to take part in the relay then please get in touch with Kelvin.

Good luck to all those taking part in Croeso this weekend and next week, I have many pats on the back just waiting to be distributed.

Have a fantastic week,

Captain’s Weekly 12th July 2016

TomCabinBoyThe Captain is still AWOL, so Cabin Boy Tom’s news again this week……
Apologies once again for a slightly delayed weekly update!

This week!

  • The Shugborough Relays took place!
  • Not much else happened!

There were many spectacular performances from our Chasers contingent at Shugborough, and there are far too many individuals to mention. All those who attended should form a large back-patting circle. There are some special mentions however. Our fastest, and also third fastest times belonged to Phillipe Gonzalez, who appears to have been flown in just for this purpose. He earns himself an unusual double pat on the back. Gareth Little also put in an extremely good effort and earns a pat on the back for himself.

Top lady Amy Thompson also wins a pat on the back for her efforts, as do fastest juniors Henry Webb and Holly Stodgell. Special mention also to Alfie Spencer for equalling the time of Matt Hartland, who I sincerely hope was saving himself for his second run. Finally, Bob Dredge approaches the record for most consecutive weekly pats on the back for his excellent run.

The only event I can find this weekend is the West Midlands Park Championship on Sunday. This is near Birmingham and appears to be a sort of novice/walker friendly event, so experienced orienteers looking for an easy win are encouraged to enter. Details here –
Ed [NOC  have the Nottingham Urban Race on Sunday:]

Due to the dearth of other events in near future I have been searching for larger events in the more distant future; and a sprinkling of these are:

Have a truly wonderful week,

Shugborough Relays 2016

AndyJonShugboroughOn Wednesday night, Chasers had 6 teams running in the annual Shugborough Relays – now in it’s 28th year.  Best position was an excellent 2nd place in the ‘Ultra Super Vets’ category for Bob, Andy, John R and Mark G – great runs (and hamstring pulled hobble for Andy!).  All team results were:
‘Boys’ team of Matt H, Henry, Adam and Alfie were 6th
‘Mixed Open’ team of Amy T, Holly H, Sally, Charlie were 15th
‘Girls’ team of Holly S, Esther, Jessie and Georgia were 19th
‘Men’s Open’ team of Gareth, Philipe, Sam and Henry were 23rd
‘Men’s Open’ team of Dougie, Matt M, Matt H and Philipe were 27th
and an incognito team in 8th on the ‘Women’s Open’ of Pam, Amy M, Holly C and Tracy.

Captain’s Weekly 3rd July 2016

TomCabinBoyActually not Captain, but ‘Cabin Boy Tom’s’ Weekly news:
Welcome everybody to the second half of 2016; I hope you have all made the most of the last six months.

This Tuesday will see another score event based this time at Chase Vista, details as always are on the website. Afterwards, Jon Howell has been kind enough to offer showers and a fish and chip run at his house to celebrate his retirement. I can scarcely believe he’s old enough.

There are in fact score events for the next three Tuesdays, culminating with the next domination race on the 19th. Anyone wanting to improve their decision making and timekeeping skills is encouraged to attend.

Yesterday saw POTOC’s urban event in beautiful Leek. Kristian Roberts will be extremely pleased to be the recipient of this week’s first pat on the back. He came home just in front of James Bennett on course 1, with Sam Naylor not far behind. John Robinson and Sarah Dredge put in great performances to take silver medals on courses 4 and 5 respectively, and more importantly earn solid pats on the back. On course 2, Bob Dredge put in a strong performance to finish 4th amongst runners nearly half his age. Jon Howell claimed 4th on course 3, with Andy Yeates in 6th, and Ricardo Fernandes a strong 22nd.

Don’t forget that this Wednesday sees the rescheduled Shugborough Relays. Entries are now officially closed, but unofficially open, so if you fancy a nice two mile jog around beautiful Shugborough, please let Sarah Dredge know. Otherwise come down and watch, it’s always a fun evening. The race starts at 7.30 but arrive well before that.

I can’t see any nearby races this coming weekend, so if you have anything planned please come down on Tuesday and let me know.


Tuesday training & retirement celebration

Fish&ChipsCarol is organising Tuesday’s training event – a score event from Chase Vista.  As the training is close to Jon H’s house and the weather ‘will’ be sunny in the garden all Chasers are free to come back, have a shower and we’ll organise a fish and chips order (don’t forget to bring some money).  Jon will have retired on Monday, so it’ll be a celebration too!

Captain’s weekly 27th June 2016

Captains WeeklySuper-sub Tom take’s over…..
Since our esteemed captain is away this weekend (dancing to Adele at Glastonbury), and sporadically until September, I am taking over the Sunday emails to ensure everyone receives the “pats on the back” to which they are entitled. Apologies that this inaugural edition is a day late.

So without further ado, overdue “pats on the back” go to all those who ran well at Sandwell last week, particularly Ray Collins who won the Green, and Henry Webb who came 5th; Simon Webb for a close 3rd on the Brown, narrowly beating guest member Alistair Ross into 4th; Jonathan Howell and Andrew Yeates for 3rd and 5th respectively on Blue; and Amy Ward for a strong 4th on the Light Green.

At LEI’s urban race in Ashby de la Zouch there was also a strong Chasers showing, particularly in the Dredge household: Carol was victorious on her course, Sarah produced an excellent 2nd, and Bob finished 8th, just behind young James Bennett. Andrew Yeates won his class; the two Jo(h)ns- Robinson and Howell came 2nd and 3rd amongst the ultra vets; and Amy Ward took 5th on the Women’s Open. Hearty “pats on the back” all round.

Please be sure to share your good results at other races.

Tuesday training for the next couple of weeks is score events. At the Rifle Ranges tomorrow, and Chase Vista the following week. Details on the website.

The only nearby upcoming race appears to be this Sunday – POTOC are organising an urban race in Leek, which is part of this year’s WM urban league.

Finally, don’t forget to tell Ray if you’d like to run in the rescheduled Shugborough Relays on the 6th July. Deadline is the 1st of July.


Peel Pursuit

A new Peel Pursuit course saw a new name on the trophy – well done Dave Brown who was first over the line, from Iain Stamp and Alfie Spencer.?????????????


Finishing position & time Name Run time
1 – 00:25:10 Dave Brown 00:20:10
2 – 00:25:40 Iain Stamp 00:17:40
3 – 00:26:04 Alfie Spencer 00:19:04
4 – 00:26:18 John Robinson 00:23:18
5 – 00:26:20 Neil Adams 00:20:20
6 – 00:26:31 Simon Webb 00:17:31
7 – 00:26:47 Cath Williams 00:23:47
8 – 00:26:50 Mark Stodgell 00:18:50
9 – 00:27:08 Andy Yeates 00:20:08
10 – 00:27:16 Mike Musters 00:21:16
11 – 00:27:47 Henry Webb 00:17:47
12 – 00:28:32 Christine Collins 00:27:32
13 – 00:29:25 Matt Hartland 00:20:25
14 – 00:32:42 Holly Hughes 00:27:42
15 – 00:32:43 Holly Stodgell 00:28:43

Many thanks to Jon Howell for organising the evening, and hosting the barbecue, & to Karen for organising the dry weather.

The final event in the Domination Series is on Tuesday, 19th July, with a Score Event from Fives car park on Hednesford Camp.

Current Domination Scores:

Name Classic Middle Sprint Pursuit Total (Best 3)
Iain Stamp 100 100 99 299
Mark Stodgell 91 76 89 93 273
Henry Webb 79 47 94 98 271
Andy Yeates 80 71 94 87 261
Simon Webb 83 66 100 249
Ray Collins 71 79 87 237
Dave Brown 60 78 87 225
John Robinson 65 84 75 224
Cath Williams 62 80 74 216
Neil Adams 62 40 60 86 208
Holly Stodgell 56 0 69 61 186
Matt Hartland 86 86 172
Tom O’Boyle 63 100 163
Mary Adams 49.5 41 58 148.5
Mike Musters 61 82 143
Bob Dredge 45 97 142
Holly Hughes 76 63 139
Alfie Spencer 44 92 136
Claire Bushnell 62 62 124
Ian Jones 56 66 122
Jonathan Howell 58 58 116
Christine Collins 43 64 107
Sam Naylor 93 93
Mark Garside 0 87 87
Neil Pollitt 82 82
Ian Hughes 78 78
Carol Dredge 74 74
Gemma Cairns-Smith 72 72
Allan Williams 68 68
Kelvin Dawson 66 66
Judith Hughes 63 63
Chris Boycott 59 59
Dougie Craig 54 0 54
Jim Knight 53 0 53
Alison Yeates 46 46
Hazel Waters 37 37
Holly Craig 33 33
Dan Wright 32 32
Andy Waters 0 0
Cat Bushnell

Captain’s Weekly 19th June 2016


“Pats on the back” this week go to Mark Stodgell, Cath Williams, Hazel Waters and Holly Stodgell for reaching the A final at the British Sprint Championships last Saturday at the Olympic Park.  At yesterdays DVO event at Carsington Pastures Alison Yeates came 5th on the Short Green and I came 8th on the Blue.  At todays WMOA league event at Sandwell Valley, there are no results yet but, near the end of the event, Simon Webb was 3rd on the Brown, Jon Howell was also 3rd, this time on the Blue and  I was winning the Green course.  Alas, I do not know any more than this.

Tuesday training this week is the Peel Pursuit Summer Handicap and BBQ while next Tuesday, 28th it is a 45 minute score event from the Rifle Range Car Park.

I am collecting names for the second try of running the Shugborough Relays on Wednesday July 6th.  Sarah Dredge  has kindly offered to step in as team manager but let me know if you want to run by Friday July 1st please.

As the summer close season slips in with very few events in the calender this email will go away now and return in September.  There are a few local events plus Croeso taking place over the next two months.  Look at the BOF events page if you get the urge to orienteer somewhere.

Have a lovely summer and keep your eyes on the Chasers web site for Training sessions and events.