On a very cold, but sunny day, a few brave souls ventured out to take part in the annual Mungo Bone Handicap race in Old Acre Valley. First past the post was Sue Findlay-Robinson with a clear lead over Andy Yeates and Adam Bushnell; Andy just pipping Adam. The fastest run of the day was done by Rhys Findlay-Robinson with a very respectable time of 13.37.
|14/11/09||Walton Chasers Annual Club Dinner
The Moat House, Acton Trussell
Friday 22nd January 2010, 7:00pm
£25.00 per head
Menu and booking form in Attackpoint
|03/09/09||Hednesford Camp Score Event 12th September
Due to unforseen circumstances, this event has been cancelled. To mitigate this loss, we have decided to make the 3rd and 4th October a double event- firstly with the Maize Maze Challenge on 3rd, then the Birches Valley local event on 4th. See the event fliers for details.
|07/09/09||West Midlands Relays
Sunday 6th September saw the annual West Midland Relays held on a windy but thankfully dry Long Mynd in Shropshire.
Out of the 6 teams entered, 2 came in 1st place. These were:
Senior Women – Beth Clayton, Claire Bushnell and Christine Collins
The Senior Men came within a couple of seconds of retaining their trophy, but despite a valiant sprint finish by Ian Turner, he just couldn’t quite catch WRE.
|19/08/09||Scottish 6-day event – Tay 2009
20 Chasers competed in the Scottish 6-day event this year, based in Perth. A thoroughly enjoyable week, with just one day of rain (just to remind us we were in Scotland)! The remainder was warm and sunny, with contrasting areas from forest to moorland and sand dunes.
Of the 20 running, a fantastic 5 finished in the top 10 of their classes:
2nd – Jane Christopher W65L
Others, with individual days in the top 10 were:
Well done to everyone and it was great to have such a social gathering each day at the Chasers tent. The event is based in Oban in 2 years time – see you all there!!!
P.S. Picture shows Peter and his tent carrying creation (designed for a double bass)……! If anyone has any photos they’d like putting in the gallery, send them to the webmaster and I’ll load them up.
|19/08/09||World Mountain Bike Orienteering Champs
Israel, August 2009
From the reports on the BOF website, Stodge and Helen had a succesful week at the MTBO World Champs.
In the Middle distance event, Helen was a creditable 41st in her 1st W21 race, and Stodge 55th in the mens race.
In the Sprint event, Helen was 38th, her best position to date, and Stodge was 44th, proving himself to be the top British man at the event, and his best international place to date.
In the Long race, Helen was again 41st, while Stodge raced in the B final, coming in in 3rd place.
Great stuff from both – no doubt we’ll see more tales of their trip in Attack Point later in the year.
|18/08/09||Anna-Marie Son-Rise Challenge
Dear Friends from Walton Chasers Orienteering Club,
I NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE AN EVENT HAPPEN
I am writing to you regarding a fundraising event called
The Anna-Marie Son-Rise Challenge (cross country)
at Birchenwood Country Park – KIDSGROVE on Saturday 19th September 2009. The event will include a series of different races and courses for all ages and abilities. These events will be staggered and the start times will be different. The more able runners will take on the challenge of a four or five mile run which will be started first. This will then be followed by a shorter route for those who would prefer to jog or walk. This will also be a good event for school children to take part in as I intend to contact the coaches at Northwood Stadium, POTOC Potteries Orienteering Club and Walton Chasers Orienteering Club. For younger children and the disabled, a string course will be set where they will be able follow a string around the route finding pictures of animals.
For the public I shall invite an ice cream van and a few extra stalls. A fun fair is also a possibility. All of these will be set up on the car park next to the children’s playground and the changing rooms.
Money raised from the event will go to the Anna-Marie Son-Rise Fund, Caudwell Children’s Charity and the Kidsgrove Fire Brigade. Should the event be a success, I hope to make it an annual event, including more people and growing it to be a much bigger occasion.
I would like to ask you to help me with organising and running the event before and on the day. I need people for the Start, Finish, and Marshals on the courses including the String course. I would like to try using E-dent for the Challenging Event, but I have to have the support of the WCH club to do the downloading. I have to borrow more dibbers, as I understand that the club doesn’t have enough to do a running event.
If you think that you can be of any assistance with ideas or participation on the event, please call on 01782 788341 or 07752915958.
Kind Regards, Ianka Evans
|22/07/09||WMOA Development Days 2009
The following courses will be run at the John O’Leary Educational Centre at Marquis Drive.
Saturday October 10th – UKCC1 (day 1) and Controller Level 3
UKCC1 is the new basic certificated national orienteering coaching course and it along with the further levels 2, 3, 4 and 5 over the next few years will be gradually replacing the existing structure. Details on the course and bridging courses if you already have an old BOF level 1 qualification are available on the BO website. (old BOF level 2 = UKCC 1).
Bursuries for the UKCC1 are available as everyone is desperate for more coaches!
Names to Tony Callow by the end of August at the latest (places limited to 10).
|15/07/09||Summer handicap run
The handicap took place during the rain, which held off until the race started, then fell until the race finished. The first home was Cathy Garside, closely followed by Anne Jones and Alison Yeates.
The first junior was Sam Musters, and the fastest run of the night was set by Adam Bushnell with a time of 16:43.
Well done to everyone who took part and a big thank you to the organisers and helpers without whom it would not have happened.
|06/07/09||Stafford and Stone School Sports Partnership Awards
At the Stafford & Stone School Sports Partnership annual awards on Friday, 3rd july, WCH members won 5 awards:-
Sarah Bedford – Primary Female Sports Person of the year (joint=).
Oakridge School Girls Orienteering Team – Primary School Sports Team of the year.
Dorothy Wilson – Volunteer in School Sport (joint=).
Seonaid Dudley – Services to School Sport (joint=).
Barbara Bradley – Services to School Sport (joint=).Well done to all the winners!
|28/06/09||European Senior & World Junior MTBO Champs
Mark Stodgell & Helen Clayton represented Great Britain in their respective championships, held alongside each other during the week near Copenhagen in Denmark. They each had 3 individual races – sprint, middle, long followed by a relay. The full results can be found here
More details of how they fared will follow shortly when we hope to have reports and photos from Stodge and Helen
|17/06/09||Shugborough Relays 2009
Chasers had just one team running at the Shugborough Relays this year. The rainclouds cleared in the nick of time to make way for a sunny, calm evening with a great team effort.
Ray Collins 14.09
Andy is still keeping up his record of running every Shugborough Relay since it started in 1988 – and only a little slower than 21 years ago (which is fair enough…..!)
Let’s see if we can get more teams out next year and show some of these running clubs what we are made of!
|13/06/09||Footpath Relay 2009
Chasers enjoyed a sunny day in the Peak District and ran to a creditable 4th position in this annual race along footpaths. A full team of 20 ran in 2 loops starting and finishing at the Grouse Inn near Calver. Thanks to Ray for organising and happily everyone arrived for their runs on time and only a few got slightly mislaid on route! Great to see so many staying until the final runnners were in – but then the sunshine and a pub serving cold drinks and chocolate fudge cake helped……
|3/06/09||European & Junior World Mountain Bike Orienteering Champs
Following a winter of solid training and some excellent early season & selection race results, Stodge has been selected for senior GB team for European Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships to be held in Denmark 23 – 28th June, with the event centre in Hillerod.
Running alongside the senior European Champs will be the Junior World Mountain Bike Orienteering Champs, and congratulations to Chasers’ Helen Clayton who will make her GB MTBO debut at the event.
Well done & good luck to both!
14th June Update Both Stodge and Helen competed in the British MTBO Champs this weekend. The Long Championships were held in Wareham Forest twith Stodge coming 5th in the A class (only 3 minutes down on the leader), and Helen coming in 6th in the B class. On Sunday, the Middle Distance Race was held, with Stodge getting 4th place, and Helen 6th place. Great preparation for the European / World Champs in 2 weeks time.
20th June Update Both Stodge and Helen have now been selected to represent GB at the World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships. This will be held in Israel from 10th – 15th August. Good luck both!
|14/04/09||JK 2009 – Northumberland
The JK Festival of Orienteering was held this year in the North East of England. The Sprint Race was in Newcastle, the 2 Individuals near Holy Island, and the Relays near Hexham. A fantastic weekend of orienteering, helped by the sun shining down on us and no need for the packed waterproofs and thermals.
Top tens in the Sprint were:
Chasers had 3 podium finishers on the JK Individual competition:
Other top tens were:
Chasers had 2 podium finishers on the JK Relays:
Other notable great relay runs came from Stuart Clayton (just 17 seconds down on Stodge) in the Men’s Short and Kiaran Ratcliffe who gave a creditable performance in the Ad Hoc.
|05/04/09||British Age Class Sprint Champs
Congratulations to Jonathan Howell who became M55 Champion over the weekend – well worth the trip up to Scotland! This was the inaugural event and was held at Striling university, and in a close race, Jonathan flew round the 2 courses to win by overall by 15seconds.
Congratulations to the following Chasers who have recently been awarded their Colour Standards:
Sarah Bedford – Yellow
Martin Sherlaw – Orange
Sam Musters – Light Green
|29/03/09||Compass Sport Cup Round – Weston Heath & Bury Walls
Sadly Chasers didn’t make it through to the final this year, as we were soundly beaten by both OD and HOC. Some good runs on a tricky and very physical area. Maybe next time we can get more runners out – remember, everyone counts, however long you take……..!
|09/03/09||Sport Stafford Borough Awards 2008
Chasers featured large in the Awards presented last weekend for sports performers based in Stafford Borough. They were:
Sports Performer – Female – 1st place Jane Christopher
Well done to all of you. More pictures on the Gallery
|02/03/09||British Champs 2009
The British Champs was held in the New Forest this year, on a pleasant, sunny spring weekend. A mere 17 Chasers made it to the individual day – where were you all! Not the most technical of areas, but nice runnning and a sociable and well organised event. Our big success came in the form of Jane Christopher becoming W65L British Champion – a great result. Other top tens were:
M55L 10th Jonathan Howell
Just 3 teams stayed to fly the flag for Chasers at the Relays, which were held on a new area on the Beaulieu Estate.
|19/02/09||Chasers’ US outpost!
Ana and Blas, who were ‘adopted’ by Chasers at the last Scottish 6 day event, have now moved from Spain to America. They are in touch with the Thomas’s and have sent us some photos of themselves flying th flag for Chasers at the San Diego desert-o