Shoal Hill Race postponed

Unfortunately, we have decided that we should postpone the Shoal Hill race that was due to take place on 13th December.  This is due to the area currently being in a level 3 tier area and today’s British Orienteering guidance which states that “People are advised not to travel into or out of tier 3 areas (very high alert) in order to participate or volunteer in an orienteering activity or event”.  We have pencilled in 7th February as a new date for the event, by which time we hope that restrictions will be lifted.
In the meantime, we still have MapRuns (including a new one in The Haywoods near Rugeley) and Permanent Courses that you can take part in individually.  All details are here.

Wendy Billing

Photo Credit: Nick Barrable, CompassSport

It is with sadness that we report the death of ex Walton Chaser Wendy Billing (nee Lightfoot) at the far too young age of 57.  Wendy started orienteering with Chasers as a junior, and continued at a high national and international level in the sport throughout her life with her local club, South Yorkshire Orienteers.  Condolences to her family from all at Walton Chasers.  Her brother, Nick, has written a obituary published on the SYO website here.

Haywoods Maprun

We have launched a new Maprun challenge around the villages of Great, Little Haywood and Colton and the surrounding countryside which includes canals and the open access National trust areas. The map has been carefully updated and a 60 min challenge planned for families to enjoy together but also to test the fastest orienteering athletes. Maprun enables socially distanced orienteering at a time to suit you.

The challenge uses the ‘Maprun F’ app available for IOS and Android. Once installed, find the challenge in Maprun under ‘Select an event’ – ‘UK’ – ‘Staffordshire’. – ‘Haywoods’ You can either use the map on the app or print off the map below and just use the app to track your progress (make sure to give the app full permissions to access the GPS on your phone to keep it ‘awake’ and tracking you).

The start and finish are the postbox on trent lane, Great Haywood (marked on the map with a pink triangle). There are plenty of places to park in and around the village, please respect local residents and park carefully. From the start you have 60 mins to find as many checkpoints (each worth 20 points) as you can of the 31 available. Don’t be late as you lose points (10 points per minute)! Your result will be displayed on the app when you finish. Note: avoid running through the finish until you intend to complete your run as the app will assume you are finishing!

Saftey – Please take care crossing the roads, particularly the main road through the villages and the two crossings of the A51 (marked). Many of the footpaths pass through open fields that may contain cattle, please follow the countryside code.

Footwear – Although lots of lanes and streets there are significant stretches of potentially slippery footpaths and fields, a shoe with some grip is reccomended.

Please support the local businesses while in the area which include the Canalside Farm Shop and Cafe and Spar in Great Haywood and the 3 pubs in the villages (when restrictions allow).

Please note as will most maprun challenges these events are not formally organised or insured via British Orienteering. Therfore you take part at your own risk, including any 3rd party liabilities.

MapRun and Permanent O courses

Despite the new lockdown measures, orienteering is still very much open for everyone to enjoy!  Even though we can’t run the organised events, you can still use MapRun and Permanent Orienteering courses. Obviously, we recommend you follow government guidance on travelling for exercise.

We have Virtual Orienteering Courses available using the MapRunF app, and will add more soon.
Lichfield Short and Very Short – 2 linear courses
MapRunF – Lichfield Instructions
Lichfield MR Short Course PDF
Lichfield MR Very Short Course PDF
Royal Oak, Rising Brook, Stafford – Score course
WCH Winter 2 – Rising Brook Instructions
Rising Brook Oct2020
Hednesford – Score course
WCH Winter 1 – Hednesford Instructions
Hednesford Sep2020
Wildwood, Stafford– Score course
WCH Winter 3 – Wildwood Instructions
Wildwood Map Oct20
The Haywoods, (Great Haywood, Little Haywood and Colwich, near Rugeley)– Score course

Forestry England run Permanent Orienteering Courses from Birches Valley Visitor Centre on Cannock Chase (there are currently White, Yellow and Orange courses available – Light Green closed at the moment for forestry operations) – details here:

Website Contact Form

We have been made aware that some messages sent via the contact form haven’t been getting through – we can see the message, but not your email address.  If you’ve sent us a message and not got a response – apologies!  If this has affected you, please either resend the contact form with your email address in the ‘Your Message’ section, or send us a message via the Facebook page.   Thank you!

WCH MapRun Winter Series 2 – Rising Brook, South Stafford

The second MapRun of the winter series is available now in the Rising Brook area of  Stafford.  It is a score event – you have 45 minutes to get as many controls as you can.  Please take care crossing roads and follow usual social distance protocols.
Details here: WCH Winter 2 – Rising Brook
Map PDF here: Rising Brook Oct2020.  Car park postcode is: ST17 9LU
Results here.

WCH MapRun Winter Series 1 – Hednesford

This winter, we’re running our usual night-O series in a slightly different way.  We’ll be holding the normal  night-O on a Thursday night for club members only using the MapRunF app.  Once the race is over, we’ll remove the PIN code and open the course up to anyone who’d like to run it in their own time.  So, the first MapRun is available now around Hednesford, near Cannock.  It is a score event – you have 45 minutes to get as many controls as you can.  Please take care crossing roads and follow usual social distance protocols.
Details here: WCH Winter 1 – Hednesford
Map PDF here: Hednesford Sep2020.  Car park /start postcode is: WS12 1AS
Results here.

WCH Race 11th October – cancelled

Sadly we have been unable to secure permission to run this event on the the Chase due to continuing COVID-19 restrictions.  We’re hoping that the Shoal Hill event in December will be able to go ahead – keep everything crossed!