World Orienteering Day 2017 – Lichfield, Beacon Park

Come at try orienteering for free in Beacon Park Lichfield on Wednesday 24 May – 6 to 7 pm
Starts from the pay and display Bunkers Hill car park off Lower Sandford Street, nearest postcode WS13 6RA

Ideal for families and beginners

Urban Orienteering – Heath Hayes

We have a new map and will be using Sportident Air – touch free punching on 4th June at Heath Hayes.
Hire SIAC cards will be very limited – contact the organiser ahead of the event to enquire.


For more details see flyer here Heath Hayes Urban 040617(v2)

Relay teams declared for the British Champs

Hi all,

Relay teams have been declared for the British Champs on Sunday on Summer House Knot as follows:

 

 

 

Holly Craig Women’s short – Chasing Destiny
Carol Dredge (TBC)
Claire Stamp
Mary Adams Women’s short – Chasing Fame
Christine Collins
Alison Yeates
Henry Webb Men’s short – Chasing Kudos
Tom O’Boyle
Neil Adams
Mark Stodgell Men’s short – Chasing Glory
Simon Webb
Iain Stamp
Andy Yeates M50 – Chasing Notoriety
Dougie Craig
Ray Collins
John Robinson M60 – Chasing  Honour
Jonathan Howell
Bob Dredge

Carol is not sure she will be available to run, so if anyone is able to step in to take her place it may be appreciated.

Good luck to all runners!

Chasers on tour – Easter 4 ‘ in sLOVEnia 2017

This Easter Neil and I joined Cath, Mark and Holly at the ‘ Easter 4 ‘ in sLOVEnia. It was our first time running abroad, and we were very grateful for the many hints, tips and words of encouragement from those of you who feared we might never return from wandering hopelessly in some sLOVEnian forest.

The four days of orienteering were in the south west of the country, a distinctive area of limestone karst. The first evening was in Koper, a coastal walled town, and I ran my first sprint race. Anything with the word ‘sprint’ in it is not my cup of tea, and I was lazily feeling more enthusiastic about later events that said the terrain would make running pretty difficult. Nevertheless the atmosphere in the square and the enthusiasm of our fellow Chasers swept me along, and I shot off into the town. I was pleasantly surprised to find kites just about where I expected, and soon realised I wasn’t supposed to be hanging around and should infact be ‘sprinting’. Results were streamed live on TV and the festive and international atmosphere (including a hen party) continued.

  

Next day we woke to Torrential rain, thunder and lightning and we based ourselves in our chasers yellow, black and white car. Cath accurately described the map as being made of ‘spaghetti hoops’ and recommended compass work and keeping very close contact with the map. The deep sink holes and piles of rock initially seemed to make sense with the good map, but when I started to steam up and lost concentration, it was impossible to work out which was what and where. Once finished, we drove straight home and turned our apartment into a sauna in an attempt to dry our kit.

Next day we returned to the same place transformed in bright Easter sunshine. It was ‘spaghetti hoops’ again, amongst pretty beech trees, and again careful checking off and concentration was essential. The atmosphere was fun again with lots of international groups and we were served pancakes and real coffee. Just as the last of us finished, The heavens suddenly opened and we were treated to another torrential Thunderstorm. Our plan of a relaxed coffee in a sunny square was hurriedly changed to coffee and strudel by a roaring fire. Later we all met up for a fun pub meal debrief.

The Last day was further north on a pretty limestone plateau where we ran through carpets of orchids. I found this more confusing, and when I lost myself only feet from my control I was unable to work out why I was surrounded by rocky features when my map was only marked in brown features. Mark explained later that on some foreign maps only vertical rocks greater than 1m are marked black. We’ll never mind, I made it back and it turns out surprisingly that all the chasers were top Brits in their age class!
It was a great new experience – challenging but relaxed orienteering in a lovely area and great company. We also had an opportunity to sightsee for e.g spectacular limestone caves and pretty medieval and Venetian villages.
Thanks to Cath and Mark for looking after us and Holly for keeping me cheerful with her enthusiasm and helpful tips.
Where next ??!!

Mary

Stodge has a number of blog posts which show the maps – see here for day1,  day2,   day 3,   day4

 

Chasers at JK 2017

Chasers have been well represented at the annual JK festival, this year in the South East.  We had one podium place, Iain Stamp 2nd on M35 at the Sprint Race.  Attached is a full report of the weekend including all top ten placed Chasers, our dual controller roles, and the battle for the SPAM award….. JK2017 report

Chasers Success at Staffordshire Schools Champs 2017

Chasers Juniors from Oakridge, Walton High and Weston Road Schools competed in the Staffordshire Schools Championships last week in Stoke on Trent.

Congratulations to all who took part, particularly the Walton Year 9 and 10 students who won the POTOC High School Shield and Oakridge who won the Standon Bowers OEC Junior Shield.

Caitlin Saunders & Rebecca Miles,
Poppy Whitehouse & Olivia Newbold ,Holly Stodgell, Amy Mitchell and Henry Webb also won their classes. Full results available here

Chasers at the Midland Champs 2017

Chasers have 2 Midland Champions after today’s excellent race at Bentley Woods near Atherstone.  Tough courses in wonderful spring sunshine saw some great performances, with wins by both Claire Bushnell (W55) and Hazel Waters (W65).  Congratulations both!

Spring Summer Training 2017


Our long running spring and summer series of runs, training and events including the coveted domination series competition kicks off on Tuesday 28th March and runs right through to September.

We are having a few land permissions challenges this summer however the club captain and permissions secretary are working hard to bring you a high quality series as normal. Check the website regularly for the latest updates.(perhaps put a link to the club diary in your outlook, apple or google calendar)

  On Tuesdays there will be coaching and instruction available if you want it, just courses if you want to walk or run around in the summer sunshine enjoying Cannock Chase at its best.

  Thursdays brings mixed ability trail running (or just a walk) on Cannock Chase in groups. We then meet at the Stags Leap in Rugeley for a meal and social (from 8pm)

If you have any questions or just want to know more please email admin@walton-chasers.co.uk or  phone 01785 663888