Chasers at WMOC 2016


Bob at Croeso (credit Altitude Design)

Congratulations to Bob Dredge, on a fantastic 13th place in the M65 Sprint A Final at the World Masters Orienteering Champs. In what looks to have been a very busy Tallinn in Estonia, Bob was just 1 minute 33 seconds off the pace in a field of around 330.  WMOC consists of a sprint qualification race and final, followed later in the week by the long qualification races and final.  Well done Bob!

Chasers at Croeso 2016

Day 3 Margam Forest - IainLast week saw around 30 Chasers in South Wales for Croeso 2016, the 5-day orienteering festival held every 4 years. This year had 4 races close to Bridgend (2 in the sand dunes of Kenfig and 2 in the woods of Margam) and one on the moorlands above Tredegar.  We had a great week, which even 2 days of rain couldn’t dampen, with good orienteering challenges, pretty good underfoot conditions and good organisation from an army of volunteers.  There were a lot of great performances, with an overall podium position for Iain Stamp who came 2nd on M35L – well done Iain!  Other overall top ten’s were:
3rd – M45S Neil Pollitt
4th – W35S Claire Stamp, W45S Tracy Craig, W55S Christine Collins
6th – M14B George Hughes, M18L Matt Hartland, M65L Bob Dredge, W45S Alison Yeates, W60L Carol Dredge
9th – W18L Gemma Cairns-Smith
10th – W18L Holly Hughes
Special mention should also go to the 3 Chasers who won individual days – Iain Stamp on day 2, Bob Dredge on day 3 and Tracy Craig on day 1.
See you all in Scotland for next year’s 6-day…..

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.