Junior Training Camp, Walesby & Clumber


14 juniors (aged 7-18) spent a fun 2 days in Robin Hood country improving their skills, with an emphasis on compass & distance work & speed in terrain for the majority. A good time was had by all, including all the coaches & supervising adults. Many thanks to Cath for organising everything (including the weather!!).

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Fifty Shades of Mud Photos

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Peter Palmer Junior Relays

dsc_0082Well done to the team of Sam “Orange Souffle” Musters, Hannah “Jiu Jitsu” Garside, Gemma “Elvis” Cairns-Smith, Hannah “Huggies” Smith, Jasper “Mountain Rescue” Williams & Matt “Heartbreaker” Hartland who made up the Chasers team for this years Peter Palmer Relays that took place in Sutton Park last night. Get well/running soon to Heather Craig & Alex Smith who were unable to join us 🙁

For those who don’t know, the PPJRs are an annual, junior-only relay for teams of 6 that starts in the dark at 5am. Accommodation is provided the night before, & the relay legs are made up of 2 red courses, a light green course, an orange, a yellow &, finally, a green course.

Final results are yet to be confirmed, but it is confirmed that no-one retired or mispunched, & we didn’t finish last, & no-one disgraced themselves, either!!

Many thanks to COBOC with support from OD & HOC for putting the event on and not forgetting WCH for supplying the official albeit hopeless referee (Kelvin) for the 5 a side football – a good time was had by all!!

Next year, the relays will be in the South Lakes, but Hannah G will be too old to run 🙁

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Croeso 2012

croeso-2012-100A dozen Chasers flew the flag for the club at Croeso 2012, the Welsh 6-day event, held last week around Aberystwyth.  What  a fantastic week of sunshine and good competition.  We had 4 days of classic distance ‘O’ on open moorland, 1 Middle Race in forest, and 1 Urban around Aberystwyth University campus.

Best overall perfomances of the week came from Norman Hall, who won M75L in a nail-biting final day and Judith Hughes, who finished 3rd overall in W45S with a fantastic final day run to pull up into the medals.

Everyone seemed to have a good week – Ian Hughes surprised himself with a 6th place overall on M45S, comprising 4th, 6th (twice) and 7th.  Also performing well were Ricardo Fernandes, 4th in M21V, Andy Yeates, 28th in M50L, Richard Rogers, 19th in M50S, Ray Collins, 34th in M55L, John Robinson, 31st in M60L, Alison Yeates, 19th in W45S and Christine Collins, 12th in W50S.  Roll on next year’s 6 -day event in Moray, Scotland – start planning your holiday now!

More pictures now added….

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West Midlands Relays Results *Results posted update*

[singlepic id=1542 w=320 h=240 float=left]Official Results are now live on the OD site here and some better than originally posted first leg runs have appeared. Amongst which I notice I owe Matt an apology as he is officially “unchicked”.  On the bright side my  team still won though! (and by my team I mean Jill and Dave carried me to victory)

Hopefully everyone had a great fun day though at Pooleys Fields. It was once again fantastic to see so many juniors running. The sausages were delicious and thanks to the various fire starters and to all who had a go at cooking them.

The club cow bell was particularly impressively donged by all and sundry and attracted a number of envious comments from other clubs. Next year we may have to find an even bigger one to drown out all the copy cats!

Results wise despite a couple of juniors running up in the older age categories to make sure we had teams there we still managed a brilliant 2nd place in the mini adhoc relays by 3 seconds.

Hannah Smith, Holly Craig and Gemma Cairns-Smith won the Junior Women.

Matt Hartland, Finn Hargrave and Adam Mardling had a great run on the Junior Men.

John Robinson, Ray Collins and Andy Yeates won the Senior Men

Jill Dickinson, Kelvin Dawson and Dave Brown  won the Adhoc by 27 seconds from another Chasers team

Thanks for OD for putting on the event, to Marky G for controlling and to BUFF for the prizes. Ive always wanted one of them and have finally won one….obviously I picked a nice sensible grown up looking one as the pictures will show.

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Summer Pursuit and BBQ

[singlepic id=1457 w=320 h=240 float=right]Firstly many thanks to Tracy for stepping in late in the day and organising a fabulous Summer Pursuit.  Also thanks to the Hughes’s for helping put out the tapes and Ray for helping to collect them in. Finally thanks to Jon for allowing us to use his garden for the BBQ

The Junior Race was hotly contested and Adam Mardling  won by a few yards from Howisho. Finn actually posted the fastest time of the day but a hastily convened official panel ruled that the race is first over the line. So the results and times were

1st Adam Mardling 13:53
2nd Howisha Charlely 14:04
3rd Henry Webb 14:24
4th Holly Craig 14:31
5th Holly Stodgell 14:36
6th Finn Hargrave 13:48
7th Ethan Wells 17:42
8th Amy Mitchell 18:06
9th Alex Walton 19:27
10th Dylan Hargrave 21:32

In the Seniors Race (due to the excellent handicapping meaning most times were within 2 minutes of each other) the pursuit ended with an exciting sprint finish for the appreciative crowd.

1st Andy Soltysik
2nd Ian Hughes
3rd Judith Hughes
4th Bob Dredge
5th Matt Hartland

A storming run by Ian Hughes meant he was fastest on the day by 12 seconds. Also noteworthy were Matt Hartland and Gemma Cairns-Smith who were running up on the adults course for the first time. Matt finished an excellent 8th to avoid being chicked and Gemma ran well despite being hampered by starting late and running most of the way on her own.

1st Ian Hughes 19:09
2nd Andy Soltysik 19:21
3rd Bob Dredge 20:16
4th Simon Webb 20:21
5th Andy Yeates 21:09
6th Steve Cope 21:56
7th Jon Howell 22:00
8th Matt Hartland 22:07
9th Jo Thompson 22:40
10th Mike Musters 22:44
11th Dave Brown 22:52
12th Neil Adams 23:10
13th Judith Hughes 23:16
14th Allan Williams 24:02
15th Cath Williams 27:24
16th Gemma Cairns-Smith 29:06
17th Christine Collins 29:22
18th Stuart Walton 35:58

Simon Hargrave and Mike Smith also went for a run, just not strictly where the official route went 🙂

Finally there was also a further prize on the night, where Jon Howell was presented with his trophy for winning the winter night series 2011


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Jubilee Tour Weekend!

The rain is not dampening the spirits of Staffordshire Walton Chasers Orienteering Club who are currently ‘on tour’ at the London Jubilee Orienteering Festival based in the Surrey Hills where the Olympic road cycling events will be held in July.

The venue for the sprint event on Saturday was the Guildford campus of Surrey University, a world class sprint venue used a few years back for the World Cup qualifiers.

The results were decided from the total time of two races so consistency was key in the intricate campus. Iain Stamp excelled by winning the Mens Open course but there were many other good performances too.  The run-in split time was hotly contested between parents and offspring, bringing some impressive sprint finishes out of the cupboard for many.

After an evening of quick cricket, mountain biking and general junior tearing around the hostel grounds the second day was held at Old House Warren where the juniors particularly enjoyed being positively encouraged to get wet and muddy.

Sunday evening brought curry night to Holmbury St Mary Youth Hostel with Chasers mums and dads mass catering for 45, all on a single domestic cooker!

The final 2 days of the tour saw a very technical middle race on the world class terrain of Leith Hill, with Chasers juniors taking the 1-2-3 on the yellow course (Henry, Adam & Holly C), followed by a very sociable score event in the grounds of Balcombe Estate.

It was a great weekend, and Chasers are back in action!

Results can be found here for the sprint event, classic race, middle race & score event and photos from the weekend below.

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BOC 2012

dsc_0508Fine, dry weather made for a good British Champs weekend in the Lake District.
While there were no shining performances, there were solid runs, and a number of Chasers can be proud of their performances.
Best result of the weekend went to John, Jonathan & Bob, who finished in 4th in the M60 relay, only seconds off a podium place.
BOC 2013 will be in the South East, in terrain very similar to the Jubilee Weekend next month.

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