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16.12.05 Chasers Junior Coaching Session -Tues 27th December
Calling all Chasers juniors who run White, Yellow or Orange courses to come along and improve your skills.
When: Tuesday 27th December. 10:30am – 12.30pm.
Where : Tackeroo (park at Penkridge Bank).
Contact: Cath Williams on 01785 663888 or cath@stodgell.co.uk
03.12.05 British Schools successes for Adam, Mikey, Catherine, Ross & Emily
The British Schools Championships were held recently and Chasers juniors ran well.
Adam Bushnell – 1st place in Year 11 Boys (4th win in 5 years)
Mikey Hopkins – 2nd place in Year 11 Boys
Catherine Bushnell – 2nd place in Year 10 Girls
Adam, Mikey and Ross Barton won Year 11 Boys team
Also, selections have now been made for the World Schools Champs which will be held in Slovakia next year and include Catherine Bushnell with Emily Garside as reserve.
29.11.05 Mungo Bone – Saturday 24th December
This year’s Mungo Bone handicap race is on Saturday December 24th. Gathering at Brocton Village Hall, there’s a 10-15 min uphill walk to the start. Senior Race 4km (first start 11am), Junior Race 2km (mass start 11.20am). Straight run round a marked course, no navigation required. Bring a wrapped pressie (£1-£2) and your SI dibber if you have one. Entries to Ray Collins by 20th December so he can work out the handicaps. See route here
23.11.05 Congratulations!
Well done to Matt Crane and Cath Williams who have both won awards in the Sport Stafford Borough Sports Awards. Matt won Sports Performer of the Year following his excellent 2nd place in the Sprint World Cup. Cath won the Coaching Award for all the work she has done for Chasers, particularly in leading the work towards Clubmark recognition. These awards are sponsored by the Staffordshire Newsletter and Chasers got several column inches of press coverage and pictures of both Cath and Matt in this week’s edition.
06.10.05 Matt Crane wins Silver Medal in World Cup
Well done to Matt Crane who not only achieved a 9th place in the World Cup Middle distance final this week in Italy, but followed on with a fantastic 2nd position in the Sprint Final. Well done Craney!
24.09.05 Congratulations!
Well done to Beth Clayton who has been selected to run for England at the Veteran Home International on 12-13th November on the Kyloe Hills, near Berwick upon Tweed. Also, to Jane Christopher and Pat Murray who have been selected as reserves.
24.09.05 Congratulations!
Well done to Emily Garside who has been selected to run for England at the Junior Home International on the Gower this weekend. Also, Mikey Hopkins and Jo Thompson were selected as reserves. Also well done to James Bennett who has been selected for the first time to run for England at the Senior Home International to be held in Northern Ireland next weekend. An excellent show for Chasers.
13.09.05 Development Conference and BOF EGM – Sat 24th Sept
BOF are encouraging as many orienteers as possible to attend the conference and EGM. This is essentailly to discuss the changes proposed to the membership system. Chasers committee want to get a good represntation at the event to ensure that we do not lose out by any of the proposals. The event is to be held at Great Barr Hotel, Birmingham on Sat 24th Sept. The conference itself starts with registration at 10:30, the EGM at 2pm and closing at 5pm. And you get a free lunch! If you’d like to go, let Jane Christopher know so that we can co-ordinate transport. Full details were sent out to all BOF members, but the event is open to all. See BOF website for full details here.
13.09.05 Planner & Organiser Courses 24th & 25th September
HOC are holding Level 3 courses for those who wish to learn how to organise or plan district or training events. These have been arranged for 24th (Planner) and 25th (Organiser) September. Details can be found on the WMOA website here.
20.07.05 Congratulations!
Well done to Heather Butterfield who won the Peel Pursuit handicap race held on Tues 19th July. The fastest time was put in by Rob Little, followed by Mike Barmby and Ian Turner. We’ll try and order some warmer waether for next year’s barbeque!!
12.07.05 Congratulations!
Julie Phelan has been selected for the world mountain bike O champs in Slovakia Sept 5-11th
30.05.05 OD Round the Park Run – Sutton Park 29th June 2005
For many years this event was put on jointly by OD and Chasers – at that time it was held in March. Recently it has clashed with the Shugborough Relays, but this year it doesn’t and perhaps Chasers could give it some support. Full details are on the OD website at www.octavian-droobers.org. The bascis are:
“This event has been held annually since 1967 and is completed by runners, orienteers, joggers and walkers of all ages and levels of fitness. Starting at Sutton Park’s Town Gate you have to visit each of the other six gates in the Park and return to Town Gate. The distance is about 8 miles and involves a mixture of Park road and footpath running. It is not a head-to-head race, so you can start at any time between 5.30 and 7.30, but you will be timed. Seniors £2, juniors £1.”
If you want to run with Chasers, then we propose to meet at Town Gate at 6:45pm.
25.05.05 West Midlands Relays / Shugborough Relays 2005
If you wish to run in the West Midlands Relays (June 12th) or the Shugborough Relays (June 22nd) it is ESSENTIAL that you let Carol Dredge know by Sunday 29th May and send her a cheque to cover the entries. Tel 01785 611778. WM Relays – Seniors £2.50 Juniors £1.50. Shugborough £1. Currently we have only 1 entry for Shugborough and 4 for the West Midland Relays.
Come on Chasers and get those entries in by Sunday so that Carol can sort out the teams.
19.04.05 British Champs Weekend 2005
Congratulations to Beth Clayton who won the W40 class in the British Champs. This year’s Championships took place on Penhale Sands near Newquay in Cornwall. A complex area of sand dunes that offer a challenge to even the best orienteers. The individual day on the Saturday was blessed with glorious sunshine and we saw the area at it’s best. The relay championships held on the Sunday morning had the misfortune to be in the midst of strong winds and heavy rain. The club tent (ably held down by Emily and Helen to prevent it blowing away!) was eventually put up and provided much appreciated shelter from the elements. Still, most who ran reckoned that once you were running it was actually quite pleasant…..!
Well done to Amy, Jo and Emily for coming 2nd in the W18 class.
Results for those who achieved placings in the top ten of their classes are as follows: 

Individual Top 10 Performances
M16A 8th Mikey Hopkins
M40S 5th Steve Clayton
W12B 3rd Hannah Garside
W14B 4th Clare Garside
W16A 7th Emily Garside
W18L 6th Jo Thompson
W35S 5th Alison Yeates
W40L 1st Beth Clayton
W50S 8th Barb Heathcote
W50S 9th Helen Thompson
W65L 6th Seonaid Dudley
W65L 10th Dorothy Wilson
W70L 7th Barbara Bradley
W75L 3rd Pam Emberton
Relay Top 10 Performances
M40 4th Steve Clayton, Andy Yeates, Mark Garside
W45 6th Jane Christopher, Christine Collins, Barbara Heathcote
W18 2nd Amy Thompson, Jo Thompson, Emily Garside
Junior Ad Hoc 5th Andrew Collins, Stuart Clayton, Michael Collins
04.04.05 Chasers awarded Sport Council Clubmark
Walton Chasers were awarded the Sports Council Clubmark certificate at the BOF AGM. This ‘signifies our commitment to being a safe, effective child friendly sport’. Well done to Cath Williams for all her efforts in gaining this recognition for the club.
29.03.05 JK Successes for Chasers
Easter weekend saw some excellent individual and relay performances from Chasers.
A special mention must go to the ‘Dream Team’ – 20 years ago, a Chasers Team of Andy Kitchen, Dave Peel, Stephen Palmer and Dave Smith won the JK Open Relays. This year, they decided to give it another go. Dave Smith no longer orienteers, so Bruce Duncan came in to join the team. To everyone’s delight, they came back in an excellent 3rd place – pretty impresssive after 20 years!! The run was dedicated to Peter Palmer and Hilary Duncan.
First places went to Sarah Dredge in W20S and to Jo, Catherine & Emily in the relays. Here are those that made it in to the top 10 in their classes. If I’ve missed anyone, let me know….. 

JK Individual
M14A 8th Stuart Clayton
M16A 4th Mikey Hopkins
M20E 5th James Bennett (running for EUOC)
M21E 2nd Jonathan Duncan (running for GRAMP)
M21E 3rd Matt Crane
M21E 11th Stephen Palmer
M21V 2nd Kevin Waters
M60L 3rd Pat Murray
M60L 8th Tony Duncan
W12B 8th Hannah Garside
W14A 5th Catherine Bushnell
W14B 9th Clare Garside
W16A 6th Emily Garside
W16B 3rd Sophie Thomas
W18L 7th Jo Thompson
W20S 1st Sarah Dredge
W21N 4th Claire Aldridge
W35L 8th Ianka Petrova Evans
W40L 3rd Beth Clayton
W40L 5th Claire Bushnell
W50L 10th Hazel Waters
W60L 5th Jane Christopher
W65L 4th Seoniad Dudley
W75 4th Pam Emberton
JK Relay
JK Trophy 3rd TheDream Team Andy Kitchen, Dave Peel, Bruce Duncan, Stephen Palmer
Mens Short 10th Which Way Now Gareth Little, Iain Stamp, Allan Williams
Womens Total Age 120+ 2nd Bewitched Beth Clayton, Carol Dredge, Ianka Petrova Evans
Men Total Age 48- 6th Which Way Back Adam Bushnell, Ross Barton, Mikey Hopkins
Women Total Age 48- 1st Which Tarts Jo Thompson, Catherine Bushnell, Emily Garside
09.03.05 JK Map Baggers required
Would you be free for some map bagging on Saturday 19th March? We have around 3000 JK maps to bag and seal, together with relabelling of our control stakes. If you can spare any time on Saturday starting at 10am, please make your way to the Peel residence in Stafford where your help will be much appreciated. Contact Doug on 01785 661087 to let him know if you can make it.
24.02.05 Interland win for Catherine Bushnell
Well done to Catherine Bushnell for winning her class at Interland. Other results were: Jo Thompson 4th, Jane Christopher 7th (2nd W60) and Beth Clayton (reserve runner) 4th. Adam Bushnell injured himself on the training day so was unable to compete on the day. Overall Engalnd won the match.
29.01.05 Interland selections for Jane, Adam, Catherine & Jo
Jane Christopher (W60), Jo Thompson (W18), Adam Bushnell (M16) and Catherine Bushnell (W14) have been selected to represent England at Interland on Feb 20th this year. The event is being held in Belgium 25 km north of Antwerp at a place called Ossendrech near the Belgium/Dutch border. It is a five cornered match against 2 Belgium teams (Flemish & French speaking, the Dutch and NW Germany. England has competed since 1995. It is truly a team effort spanning age groups from M/W 14 through to M/W 60 + with 42 team members in all.
It’s excellent news that Jane, Adam, Catherine and Jo are all selected – not bad to have 4 from one club!
08.12.04 Annual Presentation Evening and Dinner
January 22nd – 7.00 pm for a 7.30 pm start at the Chase Gold Club – Pottal Pool Road, Huntington.
£16 per head for a 4 course meal. Cheques to Paul by the club champs.
Details from Paul Averis