Captains Corner 22nd May 2016

WCHFlag“Pats on the back” go for runs at the Whitchurch Urban race.  New member Sam Naylor won course 3.  Great stuff Sam, the first of many victories.  On course 2 Jon Howell came a brilliant second while I came in in 6th place.  On the long course 1 Kristian Roberts came 14th, Allan Williams 21st and new member Amy Ward finished 26th.  Well done all.

The only event next weekend is the Tamar Triple in and around Plymouth.  Entries have closed but there is limited entry on the day.  Local clubs have some training events in mid week see their web sites for details.

Entries for the British Sprints and Middles close ot midnight tonight so if you want to run around the Olympic Park and/ or Leith Hill then enter NOW.

Training this Tuesday is at Shoal Hill, parking at the pub.  Starts are across the road.  The following Tuesday (31st) there is a one-man-relay from Seven Springs car park.  Bring your SI card to both evenings.

If you would like to run at the Shugborough Relays (Wednesday June 15th) I need to know by next Sunday night so that I can enter teams.  Two miles around the grounds circling the house.

Susan Findlay-Robinson 1953-2016

John Robinson and family would like to  thank all members of Walton Chasers for their many cards and condolences, generous contributions to the cause of cancer research (a cheque for £600 will be on its way soon in Susan’s name) and to those who were able to attend the commemoration service for their support and kind words.

Captains Weekly May 15th 2016


“Pats on the back” this week go to the pupils of Walton High School and Oakridge Primary School for winning the team prizes in the West Midland Schools Championships last Saturday.  Well done all of you.

Other “Pats” are numerous after the event at Mansty Wood last Sunday so I will stick to the juniors, sorry “oldies”.  On the White Course Olivia and Fraser Stamp came 3rd while on the Yellow course Rebecca Hind came 4th closely followed, again, by brother Rory in 7th and Adam and Joshua Brown in 8th and 9th places.  On the Orange Course George Howell ran into 3rd place while after a great run Joe Holland WON the Light Green under a new spelling of his name, with newcomer Amy Ward finishing 8th.  On the Green course Adam Mardling ran into a fantastic 7th position beating many good orienteers in the process.

Events next week are thin on the ground.  There are midweek Level D events from OD, WRE and LEI while next Saturday POTOC have an event at Festival Park, Stoke.  Details of all POTOC events at:

Entries close for the Tamar Triple over the May Bank Holiday weekend in and around Plymouth close in about 6 hours while entries for the British Sprints in Olympic Park and the British Middles at Leith Hill in Surrey close next Sunday the 22nd.

Tuesday training this week is from Seven Springs Car park.  The following week is on Shoal Hill on the 24th.  Their wil be no Tuesday training on the 31st unless we have a volunteer.  You can do any event you like from a car park of your choice.  Just contact me.

If you want to run in the Shugborough relays let me know by May 31st


Mansty Wood access concern

BluebellWoodFollowing the race at Mansty on Sunday, the organising team heard from the gamekeeper that an individual was found on the area on Friday. On questioning, he said he was coming to the event on Sunday and was just having a look around.  This raises 2 concerns for us:
1 – it is against the spirit of competition to go on to the area before an event, and
2 – this woodland is privately owned.  The person crossed both a barbed wire fence and walked directly past a sign saying ‘Private Woodland – Keep Out’, and these actions could have jeopardised our future use of the area.
If the person concerned reads these comments, please be conscious of the impact your actions could have for our sport, respect private property, and be more considerate in the future.

Whitchurch Urban Race

Whitchurch details

The details of the Whitchurch Urban event are here on the Wrekin orienteers website

Captains Weekly May 8th 2016

Doug after finishing today at Mansty Wood

Doug after finishing today at Mansty Wood

What a lovely warm and sunny day at Mansty Wood today and a large turnout of Chasers too. All there.of course, for Doug Peel who is 80 years young today.  Happy birthday Doug.

“Pats on the back” this week goes to Iain Stamp, Mark Stodgell and Mike Barnby for making it onto the podium at the British Relays last Sunday.  Other good results were on the Junior Ad Hoc where Holly H, Esther M and Megan C came 6th;  our M60 team of Ray, Jon H and Bob D came 8th;  the ladies W50 of Mary A, Christine C and Carol D came 7th.

Other good results in the individual races at the British last  week were:

Mark Stodgell winning M40S, Neil Adams came 11th on the M55S, Maddy Batchelor came 3rd on W12B, Claire Stamp was 4th on W35S.  On the W45S Alison Yeates came 2nd and Sally Hughes finished just behind in 5th place, and on the  W55S Christine Collins finished in 4th place.

Events next week are limited to the usual round of local club training nights are the region.  Look at the relevant web site if you want to run.  Next Sunday there is an Urban race in Whitchurch, the second race in the WMOA Urban League.  Alas, I can find no details and the link at BoF fixtures does not work.

Tuesday training this week is a middle race parking in Satnall Hill Quarry opposite the Punch Bowl.  Next week the 17th is at Seven Springs.


West Midland Relays – Postponed!!

Regretfully, we have had to postpone the West Midlands Relays originally scheduled for 22nd May due to issues with the parking arrangements.

We are working to find a suitable new spot in the fixtures diary and will inform all clubs as soon as a new date is selected.

Mansty Woods – 8th May 2016

mansty woodOur re-arranged Orienteering Event is to be held this coming weekend at Mansty Woods on the West slopes of Cannock Chase.

The Bluebells are now in bloom and the area, although small is very run-able with the complex ditch network bringing a challenge of fine navigation on the longer courses.

****6th May update.  Yesterday, we understood there would be sheep in the car parking field.  Today, we have agreed to help round them up!  So, dogs will be allowed on a lead in the car park after all.****

Link to event final details is here:
Mansty 2016 Final details

Original event page here