Chillington Hall – WM Champs & League Race coming up!

Chillington_HallDon’t forget, next Sunday 30th November, is the West Midland Champs and League Race 10 on a new area to orienteering.  Entry on the day, all welcome, from beginners to experienced orienteers.
See the flyer for full details here (updated 25/11/14): Chillington_Final details_301114

Rowley Park Night-O Results

nightocompThursday night saw the 11th night-O of the 2014 season, organised by Kelvin at Rowley Park, Stafford.  Just 2 races to go and Simon has an unassailable lead, with an impressive full house of scores.  Next race in Brocton on 4th December and then the finale in Rugeley on 18th December.  Scores on the doors are….Winter Race 11 2014

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