WCH MapRunF Summer Series 4 – Brindley

A new MapRun is now live on Brindley, in the centre of Cannock Chase.  This time we have a 45 minute score event – just get as many controls as you can in the 45 minute time limit.  Our permissions at this time of year mean that you are limited to paths, so please don’t go across the terrain. The MapRun will be available until Sunday 23rd August.  Enjoy!
Instructions are here: WCH Summer 4 Brindley Event details (including how to ‘claim’ controls that didn’t register).
PDF map here: WCH 4 Brindley Path Only ScoreN45

WCH MapRunF Summer Series 3 – Stafford Castle

The 3rd Chasers MapRun is now live.   This time we visit Stafford, and it’s (ruined) castle.  There are 3 courses this time – a short, long and a 45 minute score  All are within the grounds of the castle.  Run any (or all) of the courses whenever suits you – there is nothing out there to mark the controls so it really is a virtual course.  Simply print the course you’d like to run, download the MapRunF app (Google Play or AppStore), and follow the instructions in the attached sheet.  Enjoy!
Instructions: WCH Summer 3 Stafford Castle
Short: WCH MaprunF Summer 3 Castle Short PXAC Results here
Long: WCH MaprunF Summer 3 Castle Long PXAC Results here
Score: WCH MaprunF Summer 3 Castle ScoreV45 Results here
NB: The visitor centre and toilets are currently closed.

MapRunF Summer Series 1 – results

Our first MapRun completed it’s 2 week run last weekend, and we had over 40 people come and run the 2 courses – thanks to all who took part, we hope you enjoyed getting back out into the forest.  The results are here:
WCH Maprunf Summer 1 – Shoal Hill Green
WCH Maprunf Summer 1 – Shoal Hill Blue

WCH MapRunF Summer Series 2 – Lichfield

The 2nd in Chasers 2020 MapRun series is now live.   This time, there are 3 courses on offer in central Lichfield.  There are 2 linear courses which are especially suitable for beginners – a very short course wholly within Beacon Park, and a short course that includes some road crossings.  There is also a 60 minute score event around the streets of Lichfield.  Run any of the courses whenever suits you – there is nothing out there to mark the controls so it really is a virtual course.  Simply print the course you’d like to run, download the MapRunF app (Google Play or AppStore), and follow the instructions in the attached sheet.  If you don’t want to use the app, you can just print the map out and run the course.
MapRunF – Lichfield Instructions
Lichfield MR Very Short Course PDF
Lichfield MR Short Course PDF
Lichfield 60Score PDF (NB: start and finish are in the same place for the score course)

WCH MapRunF Summer Series 1 – we’re back!

As we make small steps back to orienteering, we are now launching our MapRunF series.  MapRunF is a smartphone app that allows you to run an orienteering course at a time of your choosing.  There is nothing out there to mark the controls so it really is a virtual course.  Simply print the course you’d like to run, download the app (Google Play or AppStore), and follow the instructions in the attached sheet. Each course will be available for 2 weeks for you to run when convenient to you.  If you don’t want to use the app, you can just print the map out and run the course.
Summer Series Event 1 is on Shoal Hill, near Cannock. Available now until 12th July.
NB: We’ve geo-referenced the map as best we can – just be aware that MapRun uses GPS signal to identify control sites – so is prone to the vagaries of the GPS and your phone!!

WCH Orienteering and COVID-19

Following the British Orienteering statement yesterday, we are sad to say that all orienteering activities, including training events and coaching is now suspended.  We hope to get back out in the forest as soon as we can but will follow the official advice.  See below for the BOF statement:

Suspension of all orienteering activities
It is with great sadness that we are now in a position where all orienteering activities in the UK have to be suspended with immediate effect.
We are aware that the Coronavirus outbreak is a very fluid and rapidly changing situation. We will, therefore, continue to follow advice from Public Health England, World Health Organisation and both local and national governments on this matter and will keep the orienteering family updated as appropriate.
We know how great the sport is at supporting each other and we ask that you continue to pull together (albeit virtually) during this difficult time. We will do our best to get you back in the forests as soon as it is safe to do so.
UPDATE 5th June – as the lockdown eases, and in accordance to BOF guidance, we are now looking at options to start individual runs as step 1 in our return.  As soon as this is setup, we’ll post details here and on our Facebook page.

Chasers club coaching day #1

Over 20 Chasers took part in today’s coaching session held on Brereton Spurs, which was the first of a series of 5 over the spring and summer months.  Led by Mike B, we focused on simplification techniques, and then finished the morning with a clock relay.  A really great morning, with thanks to everyone that helped out during the day.  The next in the series is on 21st April on Shoal Hill – all club members welcome.




Club Coaching Series – Spring & Summer 2020

This spring and summer, we’re planning a series of formal orienteering coaching events for 2020, to continue on from the successful winter technique training offered at Walton High School over the winter.
There are 5 events, open to all members and for all abilities.
Please email Mike Barnby (as per email to members) if you plan to attend any sessions so we have enough maps and plan suitable exercises.
Dates are shown in the calendar, starting on 15th March.