Captains Weekly 18th September 2016


Another week another downpour.  With that in mind a massive “”pat on the back” to Holly and Sally Hughes who put the training controls out in Tuesday’s monsoon and still smiled afterwards.  Heroine is an understatement.

With the O season picking up again last weekend saw a number of Chasers in London taking part in one or more of the three races.   In Saturdays race around South East London while there were several good runs no one made the top 20.  On Sunday in the race around Soho Cath nearly made it into the top 20 finishing in 25th place among very strong competition.

While all this was happening three of us were near Kingussie in Scotland running around fabulous forests.  I managed my top “ranking point” score of the year in the middle distance race and finished 11th in the Sprint race.  Christine went one better and finished 10th in the sprint race.

Meanwhile in Leicestershire our very young team of Heather C, Holly H, Adam M, Alfie S, Holly S and Henry W finished in a very good 16th position against older and more experienced orienteers in the Peter Palmer relays..  Well done all.  In fact Alfie came 9th on his leg and Holly S was a great 5th best on her leg.

At the Army event at Clent on wednesday I came 9th on the Blue, closely followed by Neil Pollitt in 10th place while John Robinson won the Green course and Christine finished 6th.  Alas, it was not all glory as Alison ended up in plaster after damaging her ankle.  Get well soon.

Tuesday training recommences this week in Walton School gym at 7pm.  I have been trying to radically change the training by getting us a Pilates teacher to take us through our stretches and bending but as of yet I have not been able to book anyone.  If you know a possible teacher ask them if they would like a bit more work.  Please note that due to very low numbers we will not have the swimming pool any more.

The only event next week is a DVO event at Chinley Churn neay Whaley Bridge.  This has pre-entry at or entry on the day.

Details can be found at


Junior Inter Regional Championships 2016

fovieCongratulations to

Alfie Spencer, Holly Stodgell, Holly Craig,  Megan Colclough, Holly Hugghes and Heather Craig who have been selected to represent the West Midlands in Aberdeen next week at the Junior Inter Regional Championships.

One of the races will be on Forvie – spectacular terrain!

More details here 


Peter Palmer Relays 2016

img_0568Well done to our Junior Team of Holly, Holly, Holly, Heather, Alfie, Adam and Henry last weekend competing in the Peter Palmer Relays in Leicester.

The race is a junior relay named after WCH and British Junior Coach, Peter Palmer.  With the first two legs being at night and starting at 4am its always a challenging and fun experience for all involved.

Thanks to Tracy, Matt and Stodge for chaperoning duties and thanks to LEIOC for organising.

Results available here 


Club AGM 2016

agm2016The Club AGM will be held on Tuesday 18th October 2016 at 7.30pm at Brocton Village Hall – more details, including agenda etc. to follow

Every club member is invited and Cheese, Wine and Chocolate Biscuits will follow the proceedings.

Please, Please, Please make the effort to come along, the club is run for its membership and this is your chance to show your support.

If you are interested in volunteer roles please see  and other tabs under the club admin tab above.

If you would like to stand for a committee post or have any queries please contact Ray Collins or Jonathan Howell via  the club ahead of the night if possible.

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,