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Christmas 2011

Christmas Mungo Bone Pursuit Race  and Thursday Night Score event

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YBT Qualifier, Lickey Hills

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Unfortunately, the junior team was missing a few key runners, so the young team of juniors (16 of the 20 who ran were aged 13 or under!) did the club proud pushing OD & HOC in the scoring, but couldn’t quite get the results on the day to see us through to the final.
Everyone had fun, finished with a smile, & it was brilliant to see how well the juniors had remembered the techniques they learned at the Forest of Dean training camp.

Junior Training Camp, Forest of Dean

[nggallery id=14]14 juniors enjoyed a training camp in the Forest of Dean during October half term. With a day in the sun at Speech House, a night in Bracelands Adventure Centre (with lovely, warm showers!!), and a wet day on High Meadow based at the bunk house. Technique & confidence have come on in leaps & bounds, cameraderie was brilliant, and the only question as the juniors left was “When is the next one?”. Many thanks to the coaches and supporting parents who made the camp happen!

Scottish 6 Days – Oban 2011

obanday6-1This year, the event was held around the Oban area and 17 Chasers headed north to partake of the superb Scottish terrain and pit themselves against the expert course planners. The areas used were varied, including open hillsides and moorlands, oak and birch woodland, flat shoreline terrain and areas of intricate contour detail.  Some areas rose to 300m above sea level, while others stayed by the shore and day one even had on start on the beach!

We had a good run of weather – only one day of warm rain (plus one evening, which of course coincided with the club BBQ!).  The new pop-up club tent seemed a great hit and attracted lots of interest from other clubs – look out for it at an event soon…..

The best result of the week was from Norman Hall on M75L, an impressive 5th out of 25 with 2 2nd places, a 5th, and a 6th. Barbara Heathcote had a great week on W55S with 8th place overall out of 41 with a 6th place, 2 7th places and a 9th. Also having a great week was Holly Craig, 9th out of 26 on W10B with a 5th place, a 9th, and 2 11th places – the 5th place on day 6 just shows what the promise of doughnuts can do for motivation!  Another commendable performance was by Bob Dredge who came 29th out of 127 in the very competitive M60L class.

The Chairman’s Choice award (a bottle of wine) went to Sue Lynch – for pure perseverence.  Sue had some epic leg times, but never gave up and always kept smiling.  Well done Sue!

Below are some photos of the week.  A few taken by myself (Alison), but most taken by the official photographer (Chris Spencer, ActivNorth) which should give you the flavour of the week in such a wonderful part of the country.  I trawled through over 2000 photos trying to spot people, so if I missed you, let me know and I’ll add you in. 

Next time (2013), the 6-day returns to Moray, with some of the best terrain in the UK – we’ll be there!

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BOC 2011 – photos

Report will follow, but lots of photos (mostly from the relay) are here:

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South Wales Training Weekend

results http://www.splitsbrowser.org.uk/splitsgraph.php?eventId=4623

The sun shone, the food was good, & the training contour-tastic as 20 or so Chasers had a fun weekend in South Wales, running on Merthyr Mawr (including the obligatory race down the Big Dipper) & Pwll Du.

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Night at the dogs

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A “successful” and fun night at Monmore Green Greyhound Stadium saw a small group of Chasers take on the dogs, and had a great time. Lots of different techniques to pick the winners were used, not always with huge success! Most people had at least one winner on the night, and some showed a hidden talent in being lucky! Thanks to Carley for organising the night, which will be repeated.

27th Feb – MTBO – MOD Stafford

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