WCH is 50! Calling all past and present WCH members!

Walton Chasers will be 50 years old in 2019.  The plans to celebrate this milestone are coming together now, and we’d like to include as many past and present club members as we can.  Two events are currently being planned.  On March 2nd, we’ll be having a club dinner at Brocton Golf Club, the day before a colour coded race on Badgerslade.  Then in the summer, on July 13th, we plan to have an urban race in Tamworth, followed by a BBQ.

Places for the club dinner are booking up fast, so if you are a current or past member, please get in touch with Sarah to book your place – see the attached flyer for contact details.  We have a limit on numbers, so don’t miss out!

Mungo Bone Handicap Race

Saturday 22nd December will see the annual ‘Mungo Bone’ Handicap Race.  The adult course is 4km while the junior course is 2km  – both a straight path run, no navigation required!  The assembly is at at Brocton Village Hall, which is open from 10am.  The first start is at 11am with a mass start for juniors at about 11.10am.  The start is a 10 minute walk from the village hall.
Send your entries to Ray at captain@walton-chasers.co.uk  before 6pm on Friday Decenber 21st.  There will be non-competitive entry on the day for adults if you forget to enter in advance.  Juniors just need to turn up on the day.

Mince pies and mulled wine provided along with other nibbles and drinks.  All members are welcome to come along for a pre-Christmas social event, even if you don’t want to run.

Colour coded race and WM League – Sunday 2nd December

Sunday 2nd December is the next Chasers colour coded race.  It will be held on Brereton Spurs, near Rugeley, last used at Easter for the middle race of the JK festival.  Courses for all abilities will be available and beginners are welcome.  Full set of colour coded courses, plus a string course. Entry on the day for all.  Full details here (26/11 update, including course lengths): Brereton Spurs Dec 18 Final Details
NB:  There are roadworks on the A460 near Cannock – if you are coming that way, be aware there may be delays.

Chasers at the WM Champs & WM Relays

Today was the West Midland Champs, held in a sunny Telford Town Park.  Chasers had multiple successes, with wins from Jonah Hearn (M10), Dan Findlay-Robinson (M35), Simon Webb (M40), Mark Stodgell (M45), Andy Yeates (M55), Georgia Cave (W12), Holly Stodgell (W16), Cath Williams (W45), Carol Dredge (W60), Hazel Waters (W65), together with Oscar Barnby (Orange) and Joni Weir (Yellow).  Well done everyone!

The prizegiving was also held for the West Midland Relays that took place a fortnight ago at Sutton Park – the results have finally been sorted, and our team of Mark, Dan, and Andy won the Senior Men’s class.

Mountain Bike Orienteering

MTBO returns to Cannock Chase after a long break

4th November brings the Cannock Rocket – 3 hour Score event on OS style mapping



24th November WCH are organising a Long MTBO event (like foot orienteering but on a bike) on Abrahams Valley


Nov 18 MTBO – Final details notes v1



Compass Sport Cup & Trophy Thanks

Yesterday was the Compass Sport Cup and Trophy Finals, held at Haywood Warren – congratulations to SYO who won the Cup, and to Interlopers who won the Trophy.  Huge thanks to all those involved in the organisation of the day, from those with major roles (Kristian Roberts, Organiser; Sarah & Andy Hind, Planners; and Roger Edwards, Controller), to those runners from adjacent clubs who helped hang controls for us, and to the army of Chasers who worked fantastically well to set up to day before, run the day itself, collect controls, and pack everything away.  Thank you everyone!!!

Compass Sport Cup & Trophy Final Details

The Compass Sport Cup and Trophy comes to Cannock Chase on 21st October, hosted by WCH and we look forwarding to welcoming teams from 26 clubs.  The latest version of the final details is now available (any further changes will be advised on the day unless they are significant): CSC Final_Details_V2 091018

Final Start lists (Saturday 20th Oct 11am)  by course     by club

Chasers at the British Sprint and Middle Champs

Chasers were in Somerset over the weekend, competing in the British Sprint Champs on Saturday and the British Middle Champs on Sunday.
The Sprints on Saturday were held at Bath University, based at the fantastic sports village.  We had lots of top 10 performances.  In the morning, Jonathan won his M65 heat, and Bob was unlucky not to get to the A final, only 43 seconds down on Jon, but in 8th place – it’s tight at the top!  Ray finished a solid 4th in his M60 heat.  In the afternoon, the finals took place, with Jon continuing his good day, finishing on the podium in 2nd on M65, one better that last year – well done Jon!  Bob won his M65B final, Holly got 6th in the W16A final, Cath 4th in the W45A final, and Stodge won the M45B final.
On Sunday, we were at Stockhill near Wells for the Middle Champs.  Just the one top ten place today, but a great one.  Bob had an excellent run to get 2nd place on M65 – just 2 seconds off 1st place.  Well done Bob!
Next year’s Sprints and Middle’s are being organised by our next door club, DVO, so hopefully we’ll see lots more Chasers next September.