WCH Colour Coded Race – Brindley Heath 5th Jan 2020

Chasers first race of the year is on Sunday 5th January on Brindley Heath right in the heart of Cannock Chase.  A full set of courses is available, from beginners to experienced.  Help will be available for newcomers – come along and give it a try!  Please see the flyer for all the details:  Brindley Heath 5th Jan 2020 v3 (now including course lengths).

WCH colour coded & WM Champs – Sunday 8th December

Next Sunday – December 8th – is Chasers final colour coded race of the year.  This will incorporate the West Midland Champs, but is open to everyone and beginners are welcome.  The event will also be the last event for Ian from Ultrasport before he retires, so come along, get a bargain and say farewell.
See the flyer for more details: Sherbrook 20191208 Flyer (v2)

Elaine Dunn

It is with sadness that we report that Elaine Dunn has passed away.  Elaine was one of the very early members of Walton Chasers, and was an active member for many years, and still made regular appearances at the Club Dinner, even when confined to a wheelchair.  Elaine’s funeral is on Tuesday 26th at Stafford Crematorium at 3.30.  Condolences from all Chasers to Elaine’s family.
Marlene Palmer has written some words on her memories of Elaine on the following link: Elaine Dunn

Mountain Bike Orienteering 2019

MTBO is back on the chase again this year with an event this month – 24th November – Badger and Great Horsenail Slade.

Online Entry advised as a limit of 50 riders – https://www.bmbo.org.uk/calendar/details.php?event_id=1147

Final details available (version1)

Oldacre Colour Coded Race Sun 6th October

Next Sunday (6th October) is Chasers next open race and will be held on Oldacre, to the west side of Cannock Chase.  A full set of courses is available, from beginners to experienced.  Help will be available for newcomers – come along and give it a try!  Full details can be found here: Oldacre 2019 v3
UPDATE 5th October – despite the weather forecast the event will be on.  Just come prepared to get a bit wet!!

Chasers at the British Middle Champs

Another day another podium!  Today was the British Middle Champs on Chinley Churn, near New Mills in Derbyshire.  The stand-out performance for Chasers was Oscar, who was 3rd on M12, just pipping 4th place by 3 seconds.  Great result Oscar!

Chasers at the British Sprint Championships

Today was the British Sprint Champs held on Loughborough University campus.  It was a lovely sunny and warm day, perfect for running and ideal for socialising between the heats and finals too.  We had 6 runners who got to the ‘A’ finals for their class – Vicky (W35), Cath (W45), Carol (W60), Dan (M35), Jonathan (M65) and John (M65).
In the finals, Vicky had a fantastic run and made it on to the podium in 3rd place.  Well done Vicky!

Chasers at the Scottish 6 Days 2019

17 Chasers raced in the bi-annual Scottish 6 Days, this year held in Strathearn in mid Scotland.  The weather was incredibly kind and it was warm, dry and sunny which made the event a great holiday festival of orienteering.  The areas were good, with some real technical challenges, and pretty good underfoot conditions.  Even the infamous Craig a Barns, last used for JK2012,  was a pleasant surprise this time around!
We had some great performances, with 3 Chasers in the top 10 overall positions:
Dan Findlay-Robinson came =1st on M35S (pictured – credit Andy Johnson), Rhys Findlay-Robinson was an impressive 4th on M21E, and Sally Hughes was 9th on W45S.
We had plenty of other top 10 positions on individual days:
M21E – Rhys picking up a 3rd and 2nd – no mean feet in a strong international field.  M35S – Dan won Days 1, 3 and 4.  M55S – Andy got a 4th and 8th, M65S – John 2nd and 6th, W16A – Holly S and 8th, 9th, and 10th, W20S – Holly H a 5th, 8th and 8th, W45S – Sally 5th, 8th, and 6th, and in W50S – Alison a 6th place.
For the first time, the events were live streamed on the internet, so if you want to see what you missed, head to the Scottish 6 Days website and catch up.
We’ll all reconvene at the next Scottish 6 days in Lochaber (Fort William) in summer 2021!