Chasers at the Showground Relays 2019

Two teams from Chasers ran at the Showground Relays on Wednesday evening.  The race this year was notable by the torrential rain and mud, which we dealt with better than many in our off-road shoes!  The results have yet to appear, but both teams (Henry, Claire, Dan, Iain, and John, Andy, Neil, Bob) got under the hour.  Henry was first out of the field (no mean feat), and finished in a superb 13th place (we think) in a smidgen over 10 minutes for the 2 mile loop.  This post will be updated with times / positions when they are published….

Tamworth Urban Race 13th July – entries open!

2019 is Walton Chasers 50th anniversary, and we’re celebrating with (amongst other things), an urban race based in the grounds of Tamworth Castle, with the added bonus of cake for all finishers!  Pre-entries are now open on SiEntries, here and are due to close on 3rd July.   There will be limited entry on the day whilst map stocks last.  Full details can be found in the flyer:

WCH Anniversary Event 2019 Flyer v2

Chasers at the Midland Champs and SINS’19

Plenty of Chasers competed at Springtime in Shropshire this weekend, which comprised an urban race in Shrewsbury (around the busy town centre), a long race at Brown Clee (fantastic technically challenging terrain which incorporated the Midland Championships), and a middle race on the Wrekin (which was just plain steep!).  We now have 4 Midland Champions – Oscar Barnby (M12), Iain Stamp (M35), Carol Dredge (W60) and Bob Dredge (M65).  In the combined 3 days, we had 3 podium finishes – Bob Dregde overall M65 champion (winning all 3 days), Vicky McCreadie (W35 champion), and Carol Dredge (2nd W60).  Well done all!

Come and try orienteering!

Walton Chasers will be running a series of beginner events based at Birches Valley Forestry Centre near Rugeley.  These will take place on 18th May, 1st June 8th June and 20th July. Instruction and coaching will be available.  Suitable for all ages and abilities.  Come along and give it a try!

Chasers at the British Champs

16 Chasers headed north to Yorkshire at the weekend for the British Championships.
A Sprint race took place at Bradford University on Saturday where just Holly, Stodge and Cath competed, coming 5th, 12th and 13th respectively.
On Sunday, the main event, the British Champs, were held on Arncliffe and Kilnsey North, an open moorland area, which was challenging, but very runnable.  Top 20 places went to Cath (4th), Jonah and Bob (both 5th), Holly (10th), Alison (14th) and Stuart and Stodge (both 17th).  Well done everybody.
The British Relays on Monday were held at Middleton Park with the race arena at the South Leeds Stadium (pictured).  Our Women Short team of Holly, Mel and Cath finished in 10th place; our Men’s Short team of Stodge, Stuart and Andy came in in 11th position; our Ad Hoc team of Alison, Jonah and John finished 24th; while our M60 team of Dave, Ray and Jon sadly mispunched.
A great weekend of racing and well worth the trip up north.

Chasers at the JK

The JK was held in Hampshire over the Easter weekend, in glorious sunshine. An excellent event with good terrain, arenas, and atmosphere only let down by major issues with the results and little information for the poor commentators. The results have now finally been published and Chasers put in some good top ten performances over the weekend:
In the Sprint race at Aldershot Garrison,  Iain was 7th with Dan close behind in 8th on M35.
At the Middle race, on Windmill Hill, Cath won W45S, Olivia Stamp and Hollie Hughes were 2nd, and Bob, Claire & Iain were 7th.
At the Long race, at Cold Ash, Iain and Olivia Stamp both finished 4th, Cath came in in 5th place and Alison ran into 6th.  Claire finished in 8th.
Overall results (combined Day 2 & 3):  Cath finished 2nd on W45S, Iain and Olivia Stamp both came 4th on M35L and W12B, Alison Yeates finished 6th on W50S, Bob came in 7th on M65L and Claire Stamp ran into 8th place on W35S. 
At the Relays at Minley, we had 5 teams running – although no stand out performances, we all had a great day in the sunshine. Well done everybody on a great weekend of racing (and socialising).

West Midlands Schools Championships 11th May 2019

The West Midland Schools Championships are being hosted by Walton Chasers on Shoal Hill, near Cannock on Saturday 11th May.  The event is a closed event for WM schools only, and pupils wishing to run need to be entered by 3rd May.  For full details and entry forms, please contact the Organiser, Vicky McCreadie at vickyroissetter@yahoo.co.uk

Holly Stodgell – BOF Young Volunteer of the Year


Congratulations to Holly Stodgell who was presented with the BOF Young Volunteer of the Year Award at the BOF AGM held after the JK Sprints in Farnborough. This recognises Holly’s significant dedication to develop junior participation in the club during the last year. Well done Holly!