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!

Beginners orienteering – Saturday 20th July

An extra date has been added to our spring beginner series at Birches Valley.  This Saturday (20th July), come along and give orienteering a go.  Everyone welcome – no experience is required, and help and equipment will be available.  Start between 10 and 11.30am.  £1 children, £3 adults.  Look out for the flags near the start of Go Ape.

Tamworth Urban Race – Saturday 13th July

The final details for Tamworth Urban Race on Saturday 13th July are now available.  Please follow the link for all you need to know.  And don’t forget, this is Walton Chasers 50th anniversary event, so there is cake for all competitors! WCH Anniversary Event Tamworth 130719 (2)

WCH Annual Summer Handicap Race and BBQ

Next Tuesday (25th June) is Chasers’ annual Peel Pursuit Race followed by the summer BBQ.

The run is a handicap race, so the fastest goes off last and first across the line wins the handicap trophy.  There’s also a trophy for the fastest runner.  Once you’ve checked out the route, let Jonathan know what your expected time is so he can put the handicap list together.
Details here: Peel Pursuit 2019 details.  Route map here Peel Pursuit route 2019.  Please reccie the route beforehand!!
Bring your BBQ food for after the run, or just come for the social.

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!