2004

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08.12.04 Thanks for all help at YBT Final – mesage from Keith Ellery
Well folks what a great day!,
I cannot pass on enough thanks to everyone involved in any way today for the great team effort in producing today’s YBT Final and district event.
Apologies to all who did not get a mention in the presentations, but I was conscious of time and that we were running late ( and I had been up since 6.15 a.am.)
A few special thanks …..
Stodge thanks for the fantastic IT stuff today, keeping pushing the envelope and trying different things. Thanks for having time to answer my queries, however busy you seemed to be.
Chris Poole for bringing music and more life to an orienteering event with a great commentary.
Heather for making the trip from the North East and being our guest presenter. (Have you had so many photos taken on the same day before?)
Tom and the start team…can you do improvised clock timing on all our events .. one less thing to carry to the start it seems. Thanks for being unflappable.
David and Rod sorry you had to work with me and my brave ideas at being different to the norm! Thanks to both of you for being so patient and all your hard work before and on the day with the registrations and entries. (Promise not to ring you till Monday David)
David B, Peter C and Graham and the other parkers – Thanks for squeezing over 600 competitor’s vehicles into the available space and still having room for more!
To all of the others who helped putting and bringing in controls, bagging maps etc. controls….. we should really be sponsored by Nike ‘cos we ‘Just do it’ ! No fuss and it gets done.
17.11.04 Stafford Borough Council Sports Awards
Congratulations to Emily Garside who won the U18 Sports performer of the year. Chasers were runner’s up in the Team Performance category.
24.09.04 Dates for Your Diary
On Friday November 19th, WCH will be having a skittles evening at Walton Village Hall. Start time is 7pm, bring your own refreshments. All welcome.
Saturday December 18th marks the annual Mungo Bone handicap race. This year, there will be a new course from Brocton Village Hall (ie warm and dry!). First start time will be 11am and the details of the course will be advised nearer the time for you to reccie the route. Entries and enquiries to Ray Collins.
DVO Mid Week Event – Wednesday 13th October
DVO are holding a ‘pilot’ event which will be the forerunner of a series of events held in daytime mid-week in the East Midlands. It has been organised at short notice and is aimed at experienced orienteers who may wish to compete in mid-week. Retired members (early retirees included), shift workers, part-time workers being the potential market.
Venue: Drum Hill – Parking at Scout Camp signed from B6179 north end of Little Eaton village (Morley Lane). Grid Reference 373422
Start Times: 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.
Entry: Fees £2 Senior £1 Junior
Courses: Two technical courses: Light Green and Green/Blue
Punching: S I will be used , limited dibbers available for hire.
Terrain: Mixed Woodland.
Organiser: Dave Walker – phone 01332 574003 (before 9.00 pm please)
08.09.04 Home Internationals
Congratulations to Emily Garside for her selection for England for the Junior Home International at Hampsfell & Cartmel last weekend. She came a creditable 3rd place and in the relay was part of the 4th placed English team.
Also, well done to Beth Clayton and Jane Christopher for being selected for the Senior Home International that takes place at Carlingford, County Louth, Ireland on October 2nd/3rd.
08.09.04 World Class Start Programme
Congratulations to Emily Garside and Adam Bushnell who have both been selected to be part of te Start Squad 2004/5. Emily was selected for the W14 group after performances in the summer tours and Adam was selected for the M15 group.
20.07.04 Summer Handicap Race
A lower turnout than usual this year, thanks to an unseasonably wet July. Although it drizzled on and off during the evening, a dozen or so runners came along to run the Summer Handicap race and partake in the annual club barbeque. The winners this year were:
Junior winner: Sophie Thomas
Fastest runner (13:50): Mike Barmby
Handicap winner: Chris Boycott
05.07.04 Race For Life
This year on 27th June, Chasers put in a small team to the Race for Life, a three mile run for women in aid of Cancer Research. We did this in particular this year in memory of Hilary Duncan. The runners were Sue, Cathy, Christine and Alison, all finishing before some of the walkers had even cleared the start line! There were over 3000 running/walking so it was quite a spectacle. Next year we’ll aim to put in an official Chasers team and nab some more places early – they were snapped up so fast this year, that quite a few who wanted to run found it fully booked.
05.07.04 Shugborough Relays
The Shugborough Relays took place on the Wednesday 23rd June with Chasers having 6 teams running, For those that missed the delights, this is a four man, 2 mile lap relay. Sadly the weather was somewhat unpleasant but we still had one prize winning performance – the Clayton family retained their family trophy. Chasers results are to be found here
21.06.04 John Ward
We were sorry to hear that John Ward had a serious heart attack just over a week ago. After about a week in hospital he is now at home but will probably need heart bypass surgery. We wish John all the best for a speedy recovery.
21.06.04 Chasers 5th in Peak District Footpath Relay
Well done to all those who competed in the Footpath Relay which this year was based around Chatsworth and was organised by NOC. We were just pipped into 5th spot by DVO. 

Place TeamNo Team Total Finish Elapsed
1 8 HolmePierrepontA 10:00:21 Clock 14:24:17 04:54:17
Anti 14:36:04 05:06:04
2 7 SYO A 10:18:57 Clock 14:37:27 05:07:27
Anti 14:41:30 05:11:30
3 1 Noc 10:40:51 Clock 14:46:53 05:16:53
Anti 14:53:58 05:23:58
4 3 DVO 11:11:30 Clock 14:58:34 05:28:34
Anti 15:12:56 05:42:56
5 6 Walton Chasers 11:12:59 Clock 15:04:51 05:34:51
Anti 15:08:08 05:38:08
6 5 Sandhurst 11:37:50 Clock 15:14:53 05:44:53
Anti 15:22:57 05:52:57
7 4 MDOC 11:47:50 Clock 15:22:01 05:52:01
Anti 15:25:49 05:55:49
8 10 SYO B 12:00:34 Clock 15:48:49 06:18:49
Anti 15:11:45 05:41:45
9 9 HolmePierrepontB 12:31:58 Clock 15:26:48 05:56:48
Anti 16:05:10 06:35:10
10 2 Ashbourne 12:39:09 Clock 15:48:03 06:18:03
Anti 15:51:06 06:21:06
15.05.04 Chasers Junior Selections
The GB Start Squad and Tour selections have just been announced. Chasers in the frame are:
GB Start Squad Selections 2004/2005
M/W 15 Adam Bushnell
M/W 14 To be announced following the Lagganlia summer tour
Tour Selections
Uppsala Tour – M/W 17 (and 18) James Bennett
Glenmore Tour – M/W 15 Adam Bushnell
Lagganlia Tour – M/W 14 (and 15) Emily Garside and Amy Langston
09.05.04 Compass Sport Cup Final
Well done to all those who competed in the Compass Sport Cup Final at Pillar Woods near Caistor in Lincolnshire. Most Chasers travelled on the coach for a very sociable day out, and a very fast area resulted in some very speedy times. Chasers came a creditable 3rd behind winners AIRE and 2nd placed NOC.
11.05.04 Midland Championships 2004
The Midland Champs were held on 18th April at Breakneck Bank and Sturt Common
Chasers who became Midland Champions were:
W14 Catherine Bushnell
W16 Amy Thompson
W45 Carol Dredge
W65 Seonaid Dudley
W70 Marlene Palmer
M18 James Bennett
M60 Chris Boycott
05.05.04 Geoff Frank 1938-2004
I have had the following sad news of a former member of Chasers:
Although Geoff spent the last 10 years in Australia he was a keen member of Walton Chasers in the 80′s.
Geoff died suddenly of a heart attack. He had moved to Australia and there bushwalking had taken over from orienteering as his main activity. Geoff’s organisation and leadership skills were excellent and he will be remembered for coordinating the JK in 1981 on his beloved Cannock Chase.
There will be a memorial service on 28 May at St James, Acton Trussell @ 4 pm. If any friends would like to attend you are welcome to join the family for lunch at the Moat House, Acton Trussell @1.30 pm. For further details contact Laura Jones ( daughter ) on 01527 570 528.
05.05.04 Race for Life at Shugborough – a tribute to Hilary Duncan
The Race for Life takes place every year around the country in aid of Cancer Research UK. It is a 5km run / jog / walk for women (sorry boys, but you can come along to support us!). This year, one of the venues is Shugborough Hall on Sunday 27th June. Barb Heathcote has suggested that we get a team of Chasers together to run as a tribute to Hilary Duncan. Full details are available from www.raceforlife.org or give Barb a call.
05.05.04 Matt Crane selected for World University Champs
Matt Crane has been selected to run for Great Britain in the World University Championships. These take place in the Czech Republic 21st – 27th June 2004.
03.05.04 UK Cup and British Relay Championships – Forest of Dean
Saturday 1st May saw the UK Cup medium race held as day 1 of the Triple ‘O’ Severn event in the Forest of Dean. Chasers had an excellent result with 1st and 2nd place in the Men’s Open. Stephen Palmer just pipped Matt Crane in to 2nd position by 3 seconds.
Sunday was a National Event and well done to those who acheived 1st place – Amy Thompson (W16B), Sarah Dredge (W20L) and Anna Nordanbro (W21S). Other top 10 performances were had by:
Adam Bushnell (10th M16A), Stephen Palmer (3rd M21E), Matt Crane (10th M21E), Mike Thompson (5th M45S), Alison Yeates (7th W35S), Carol Dredge (9th W45L), Jane Christopher (4th W60L) and Marlene Palmer (2nd W70L).
Monday brought the British Relay Champs, with a smaller Chaser turnout than normal, but with great success. 1st place to both the W35 team of Beth Clayton, Carol Dredge and Ianka Evans, and the M/W60 team of Pat Murray, Jane Christopher and Tony Duncan.
22.04.04 World Schools Championships – Belgium
Well done to Emily, Adam and Jo for excellent runs – the results so far are:
Classic Race 21/04
Junior Women
Emily Garside 1st (by 3 seconds!)
Junior Men
Adam Bushnell 6th
Senior Women
Jo Thompson 11th
Short Race 23/04
Junior Women
Emily Garside 1st (again!)
Junior Men
Adam Bushnell 15th
Senior Women
Jo Thompson 11th
Full details available on: www.wssmo2004.dyns.be/
17.04.04 Chasers leading West Midlands League
After 4 events, Walton Chasers are leading the West Midlands League – lets keep it up! The scores so far are: 

WCH 4585
HOC 4377
OD 4293
WRE 3508
COBOC 3066
POTOC 1892
0-12.04.04 JK 2004 – Graythwaite, Cumbria
A challenging weekend of orienteering on the Graythwaite Estate near Windermere was enjoyed by a large contingent of Chasers. We were blessed with excellent running (and spectating) weather and the slick organisation made for a memorable JK.
Congratulations to Emily Garside who was 1st in W14A and also to Tim Dredge who was 1st in M16B.
Also, well done to Amy Thompson (W16B), Seonaid Dudley (W65L) and Kevin Waters (M21V) who were all 2nd.
Other top ten placings were:
Ross Barton (7th M16B), James Bennett (6th M18L), Norman Hall (5th M70L), Bob Strophair (10th M70L), Clare Garside (10th W12B), Catherine Bushnell (9th W14A), Christine Collins (7th W40S), Beth Clayton (5th W40L), Barbara Heathcote (5th W50S), Jane Christopher (5tth W60L), Dorothy Wilson (9th W60L), Duncan Ireland (8th M21V) and although not strictly in the top ten, it’s worth reporting a creditable placing of 14th in M21E for Matt Crane.
In the Relays Chasers had mixed fortunes in the fast area, with the following teams coming in the top ten:
2nd place in Womens 120+ (Beth Clayton, Carol Dredge, Ianka Evans)
4th place in Women 48- (Jo Thompson, Amy Thompson, Emily Garside)
5th place Mens Short (James Bennet, Iain Stamp, Gareth Little)
7th place in Women 165+ (Jane Christopher, Dorothy Wilson, Hazel Waters)
7th place M/W 40- (Stuart Clayton, Michael Collins, Helen Clayton)
21.03.04 British Champs 2004 – Rothbury
Congratulations to Emily Garside who was 1st in W14A. 

Also to Jane Christopher (W60L), Amy Thompson (W16B), and Sarah Dredge (W20L) who were all 3rd.

There were many other good performances, including 3 just squeezed into 4th place. The full list (I think) being:
Amy Langston (12th W14A), Jo Thompson (6th W18A), James Bennettt (15th M18A), Gareth Little (28th M18A), Iain Stamp (4th M21S), Beth Clayton (5th W40L), Mark Garside (35th M45L), Mike Thompson (4th M45S), Carol Dredge (21st W45L), Helen Thompson (7th W50S), Fran Stone (5th W55S), Tony Duncan (12th M60L), Chris Boycott (16th M60L), Doug Peel (34th M65L), Bob Strophair (7th M70L), Pam Emberton (4th W75L).
Let me know if I’ve missed anyone…..

17.03.04 Matt Crane10th in Park World Tour race
Matt Crane was 10th place in Race 1 and 21st in Race 2, leading to an overall position so far of 15th. These are the first 2 races (both held in Italy) of a 5 race series. More news as we get it……In the meantime, have a look on www.pwt.org
15.03.04 Chasers through to Compass Sport Cup Final
Well done to all those that competed at the event at Brereton on Sunday. We had a clear win over our nearest compettiors BOK and are now through to the final. This will be held near Caistor (Lincolnshire) on Sun 9th May – put it in your diaries now! Mark Garside will be contacting everyone with details of the event
The final scores were:
1st WCH 721
2nd BOK 643
3rd OD 630
4th DVO 449
5th HOC 449
Matt Crane leads the UK Cup
Matt Crane is currently leading the UK Cup standings. This is after his 2nd place in the JOC Chasing Sprint and 3rd place in the British Night Champs. Well done Matt – keep it up!
Compass Sport Cup 1st round draw made – your club needs you!
The Compass Sport Cup draw has been made, and the following clubs will contest the WM round on 14th March at Rawnsley:
Walton Chasers
Harlequins OC
Octavian Droobers
Bristol OK
Derwent Valley O
We will need our best possible team to get through to the final.
West Midland League 2004 – events announced
Having let HOC win in 2003 for the first time in their history, let’s make sure it’s only a one off.
The first 5 events of the 2004 league are as follows:
18th January Sandwell Valley BUOC
8th February Fairoak WCH
29th February Ragley OD
28th March Tittensor Chase POTOC
9th May Croft Castle HOC
The Ragley event will be the first event in the WM to use EMIT, as OD trial electronic punching. The ‘brick’ will be loaned as part of the entry fee.