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Monday, December 31, 2007
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We need as many BOK members as possible to enter the qualifying round to ensure we get through to the final, which will be held on 19th October at Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield. So please put 13th January in your diaries now and get your entries in as soon as possible but no later than 28th December.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
NGOC's Saturday event at Painswick Beacon is the third round in their Mini League competition and BOK's Duncann Innes, Kelvin Davies and Christine Farr will be hoping to consolidate their positions near the top of the Blue division. This year's NGOC Mini League events boast SI punching and pre-printed maps. The senior entry fee is a bargain £3 for members of SWOA clubs (£4 for non-members). Last month's event at Mallard's Pike attracted an entry of nearly 120 and results and split times were available next day on the NGOC website. Highly recommended.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
The Southern Championships 2007 were held at West Woods, near Marlborough last weekend the 11th November 2007. The event was hosted by North Wilts Orienteers which has a link to the full results. The terrain was a mixture of mainly fast runnable terrain, with courses giving opportunity for both direct and some complex route choice.
85 members of BOK attended with 73 competing on championship courses, of these 17 were junior members. Notable winners were, Abigail Jeffery W10 (closely followed by her sister Jessica), David Maliphant M16 (27 seconds ahead of the field), Jackie Hallett W50L, Katy Dyer W55L, Sally Thomas W60L, Anne Donnell W75L, Clive Hallett M40L, Christine King W55S, and Clare Fletcher W65S. One other performance of note was David Palmer 2nd on M60L.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Friday, November 09, 2007
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Sunday, November 04, 2007
The Lowther Hills provided a pleasant change from some of the more physical areas typically used for the OMM, offering excellent runnability on mostly short grass, though with some steep slopes. The midcamp, used for all courses, was unusually close to the start/finish, which enabled plenty of route choice for the Score classes as well as an easy way back for those struggling after the first day. Indeed the Score classes were excellently planned, with a variety of competing options available from the start, plenty of on-the-fly route refinement needed and the all-important temptations for those extra few points. Reports seem to suggest that the B and C classes were quite tough this year, particularly as they took in some fairly high ground in the poor weather on Saturday. In fact there were 45% drop-out rates on A and B, with 30% on C.
A number of BOK members competed across most classes, although unfortunately Ifor Powell wasn't able to defend his Elite title this year. Mark Saunders and John Darby finished an excellent 6th in the A class, having been in 3rd place overnight. Alice and Tom Bedwell were 34th out of 224 starters on B and Chris Johnson and Dave Palmer were 109th out of 289 on C. In the Medium Score class, David Hunt and Chris Kelsey had an excellent second day to finish 5th overall after lying 41st overnight; Charles Daniel and Dave Kingham also had a good second day but could only rise to 32nd after incurring big penalties on Saturday; Pat and Louise Benjamin came in 85th out of 265 starters; and Martin Longhurst and Jonathan Hurford (not fully recovered from a pre-weekend cold) were 90th. On the Short Score, Alan Honey and Vince Grealy finished 14th out of 187 teams; Ashley Cooper and Steve Darling were 38th; and Helen and Ben Kelsey (following in his parents' footsteps in his first OMM) finished a very respectable 86th, despite Helen's shoe falling apart early on Day 1.
After a perfect day's weather on the hills on Sunday, the weather broke again just as most people were leaving the event - the rain was torrential by the time we'd reached the M74 and continued as far south as Kendal. All in all an excellent weekend in a fine area. Many thanks are due to Jen Longbottom and her teams for the usual efficient organisation and to the planners (including our own Andy Creber) for some excellent courses. Full results here.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Regardless of the result, the BOK team enjoyed a fine social weekend, with 20 people travelling by coach (driven by Trevor Griffiths) and 25 staying overnight at Eyam Youth Hostel. The food was excellent and everyone (except Christophe) thoroughly enjoyed the rugby. The travel arrangements on Sunday left a little to be desired as the coach broke down and had to be replaced for the return journey, but hopefully the push-start out of the garage on the way to the event and the slightly delayed departure after the event won't put people off doing this again! Many thanks are due to Trevor for not only volunteering to drive, but also for sorting out the problems efficiently with the minimal loss of time (while also managing to turn in a fine score on his course).
All in all it was a good weekend and it was pleasing to see a new M21 (Tom Cochrane) running for the club. Hopefully we can recruit a few more and look forward to making the final again next year. Many thanks to all who took part. Full results are here.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Friday, October 05, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
This is an active practical course for teachers and others who want to teach orienteering within the confines of private 'safe' enclosed areas, such as school grounds. It covers progression of teaching exercises starting on the desktop and moving on to the classroom, school hall and school grounds. It will also include delivery of the English National Competition framework for Key stage 2 & 3. At the end of the course the candidate will understand and be able to teach the basic skills of orienteering and be able to identify ways in which orienteering may be used to assist delivery of the curriculum. NB Priority will be given to qualified teachers if the course is oversubscribed. For more information, contact Celia.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Saturday, September 08, 2007
As well as trying to win the cup, we’re planning to make this a club weekend by taking a coach and booking places in the Youth Hostel at Eyam in Derbyshire on the Saturday night. A form for entering the event and for reserving places on the coach and in the Youth Hostel is available here and under the Hot Links section of the website. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis – there are 48 places available at the Youth Hostel in a variety of multi-bedded rooms (2, 4, 6 or 10). The Youth Hostel offers a full catering service, so places can be booked with or without dinner and breakfast. We don’t yet know whether any orienteering-related activities will be available on the Saturday, but Eyam is in the heart of the Peak District with plenty of opportunities in the immediate area – whether it be walking or just a bit of sight-seeing. We hope to be able to leave on Saturday morning to allow some free time there in the afternoon.
But even if you don’t want to join us on the coach and at the Youth Hostel, we need as many of you as possible to represent the club at this event.
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Saturday, September 01, 2007
BOK has now purchased the Condes software for use when planning all events. Condes is a tool that is used in conjunction with a map file, be that OCAD or a jpeg/bmp file. The courses are planned with the map on screen giving more flexibility than can currently be found in OCAD alone. Future planners will be asked to use Condes for all BOK events and will be contacted by me in the next few weeks with more information. Details of Condes can be viewed on the following site, http://www.condes.net/ , where a limited version can be downloaded for trial purposes. The full version requires an activation key that will be forwarded to planners as required. The software is supported by a comprehensive user guide which can also be downloaded from the web site in PDF format.
Friday, August 31, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Three hardy BOK members braved the sandstone pillars and humid conditions last week at this biannual event held at Melnik, a picturesque town 20 miles north of Prague. Duncan Innes, Chris Farr and Gwen Tanner spent a couple of days chilling in Prague before making the journey to Melnik. Our first event was the Sprint through the old town centre. It is safe to say that Duncan's pre-race beer may have slowed down his brain somewhat! It was a fun evening rounded off with a meal of local meat and potatoes and a few of the delicious local beverages!
The first day proper was quite a shock to the system – the maps were at a 1:7500 scale to enable competitors to try and make sense of the complex system of rocks and crags. Needless to say we were out for quite some time! The 30 degree temperatures didn't help either!
After a couple of days we got into our stride and started putting in some more impressive times. Unlike a number of other competitors we didn't go any incorrect controls!
Chris ended up 25th out of 31 finishers on D21A, Duncan came 20th out of 29 on H45A and Gwen (in her first competition outside the UK) came 15th on D45A.
A fantastic time had by all. Nothing like it in Britain. We must have improved during the 5 days – so watch out for some great performances from us this Autumn!! Full report and photos to appear in BOK News at some point (once we get back from our next holiday!)
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
The weather started wet but improved to include some fine sunny days in the later part of the week, unfortunately finishing damp again on the final day. Various post-orienteering social events took place, including afternoon tea parties at the Hurfords and Hanstocks, cricket on the beach at Findhorn, swimming in Inverness and tours of the Glenlivet distillery (for those fortunate enough to be staying in the magnificent Glenlivet House). The rest day also saw a range of activities including hill walking, mountain biking, the Cairngorm mountain railway and sprint-O for those who couldn’t face a day without orienteering.
The general standard of competition was high, with Scandinavian and other European clubs featuring prominently in many of the classes, but BOK members nevertheless managed to achieve some good results. Notable amongst these were:
Anne Donnell and Pat Grenfell - 1st and 2nd in W75L (Anne won 5 of the 6 days); Denis Hamment – 2nd in M80; Laura Daniel – 8th in W21E; Alice Bedwell – 3rd in W45L; Jackie Hallett, Alison Simmons and Jo Foster – 4th, 16th and 17th in W50L; Clive Hallett – 5th in M40L; Mark Saunders – 7th in M45L (despite bruised ribs from a fall on Day 1); Michael Hallett – 7th in M10A; Matt Lyle – 9th in M20L; David Palmer – 22nd in M60L; Ann Monro – 4th in W65S; Jack Kelsey – 5th in M14B; Jamie Hayward – 7th in M16B. Full results, reports and photos can be found here.
Looking forward to Tayside in 2009.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
"I am sorry to tell you that we have had to cancel our Galoppen due to permissions being unexpectedly refused by a landowner. We have considered alternative venues but we are unable to find somewhere suitable at short notice. We will reschedule our Galoppen for sometime next year. Another event will have to be found to be the Yvette Baker Qualifier."
Friday, July 27, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
"The Mendip Hills Hash House Harriers are dis-organising a 16 mile run on the Mendip Way for 19th August. Just the thing for a warm-down after Scotland, perhaps. Details here."
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Monday, July 09, 2007
Organisers' comments (The Ronsons & The Robinsons)
As the weather had been atrocious our hopes for a fine evening were not high – but in the event the skies were clear as we arrived at Ashton Court and we only had to contend with the wind. Eventually we managed to erect the tent to provide shelter for the registration table and prevent the maps and control descriptions blowing away.
There was a good turn out of runners (and walkers) tackling each of the three courses – including some children who had enjoyed the event at Blaise the previous week and were keen to try another yellow course. The light green course was the most popular, especially with the newcomers, some of whom had seen the notice in Venue and Anne Donnell's excellent tuition and advice was much appreciated. The Blue course appeared to provide sufficient distance for the experienced orienteers who had turned out for their midweek evening run.
The pre printed maps were welcomed by all runners and some were recycled for the late comers. No-one got lost or reported any missing controls – maybe the rain kept the vandals away. The last few participants finished their courses in the rain but the helpers managed to cook sausages on the BBQ before the downpour. The arrival of 6 limousines and two fire engines ferrying people to a Ball in the Mansion House provided some additional entertainment.
Although some runners had competed in the Adams Avery Relays at the same venue just 3 days before there appeared to be enough variety to keep everyone happy. Overall another successful event but many of the newcomers were disappointed this was the last informal of the season and they would have to wait until September for the next local orienteering event.
A huge thank you to Katy Dyer for organising the whole summer of informals – one event was quite enough for us!
Friday, July 06, 2007
Monday, July 02, 2007
Sunday, July 01, 2007
Fortunately the weather stayed fine and the turnout was excellent, with some forty runners. This was our first attempt at planning. We provided three courses, Yellow, Green and Blue. Our aim was to make the longer courses as technical as we could given the constraints of Blaise. Judging by the feedback we received, this was achieved.
In retrospect we would have done better to have an Orange/Light Green rather than Green, as we had a good number of newcomers to the sport. Although the course lengths had seemed appropriate by BOF planning guidelines, we had not sufficiently accounted for the technical and physical challenges of the area and the amount of undergrowth in late June. Hence the finish times were rather long, particularly for a summer informal event. Apologies for those who were adversely affected this and by the poor siting of one of the controls (a gully).
Thank you to all those who helped at the event, particularly Pat and John Grenfell for their help setting up the courses, Christine Farr, Anne Donnell and Katy Dyer for their help at Registration, and to Alan Kempton and Chistophe Mutricy for their help collecting in controls afterwards.
Friday, June 29, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
After 2 years of planning sprint courses at Chew Valley School, I decided to have a score event this year. A short visit to the school in Half Term was enough to refresh my memory of the grounds, which are extensive and varied. Set in the middle of the Somerset countryside this school is so lucky to have 3 playing fields, trees and footpaths. The weather was fine as the school children arrived at 4pm. The Yellow course was a starter for several but the Score course soon gained popularity. By 5.30 the Guides started coming and they kept coming till the school grounds were full of runners. They were still running at event closure!! We also had a selection of other people from very little beginners to experienced older orienteers. It was good to see them all.
I think the score format has lots to commend it and I would probably use it with variations again at this venue. I had great support from the school and I could not have managed without the help from Nick Adjerian and Anne Donnell.
A moderate 22 people ran a course on a gorgeous albeit very windy evening. Perhaps the cloudburst of the day before put people off, but it was still double the attendance of my last go at planning (11 at Ashton Plantation in 1999 when the heavens opened). There were Blue, Light Green and Yellow courses on offer plus putting them all together for a score course. I just had the one taker for the latter – a Joe Taunton of NGOC who managed to get round all 29 controls in an impressive 48 minutes. He reported that No 8 on the LG was vandalised but the flag was found later (but not the pole and stapler). He or a later runner kindly positioned the flag on the crag foot so it didn’t cause much disruption . Oldbury of course is known for vandalism, but that control I thought was fairly safe. Anticipating trouble with vandalism on the yellow course, I had asked a friend, Jules Smailes from Nailsea RC to patrol the most vulnerable sites. In spite of that precaution we still lost No 6 for a while. Unfortunately that badly affected the only taker of the Yellow course – complete newcomers. It could have been worse however, and Jo Foster managed to find the complete control later. The Blue was fairly challenging but Duncan Innes got round it in about 40minutes. At 4.7km and 100m of climb it is about as long as one can make Oldbury without having a 2nd master map The Light Green proved a little tough perhaps with most people taking an hour or longer – perhaps some of it was of Green standard.
Thanks to Katy, Jo (even after re-injuring her cut hand from Stock Hill), Gwen and Jules for control collection, and Anne for helping. Those of you who didn’t like my No.6 on the Blue, E side of crag, up a steep bank may be pleased to know I slipped back down the mud after collecting that one in and needed a quick wash in the river as result!
I was just staring to think about planning the courses for this event, when it was suggested that I could use the maps that were used for the JK Training day at Purdown on Good Friday. I discovered that Dudley Budden had a lot of maps left over, so it seemed a good idea not to have to reinvent the wheel. The maps had 20 controls on them, so I did wonder whether that would be sufficient. However, there were 3 suggested courses which were roughly equivalent to a Yellow, Light Green and Blue so I thought why not. This did mean that there were quite a lot of controls which were common to all courses but as this was an informal event it didn’t matter particularly. Having planned a couple of previous events at Purdown before it was interesting to see that there were quite a few new control sites.
It became apparent when doing the recce the previous Saturday just how much undergrowth and brambles there is on Purdown in the Summer, with some of the paths being almost impenetrable. So I hope those wearing shorts didn’t suffer too much! I did have a bit of a problem when putting out the controls with some of the punches getting tangled up (its so much easier with electronic punching!) and also a tree which must have blown over in the heavy rain the previous Sunday and was completely blocking one of the laths, so had to do a bit of gardening. As a result, I hadn’t quite got all the controls out by the 11.00 am start time, so apologies to Tony Noott who was, as far as I am aware, the only competitor who was affected by this. We had about 40 competitors and glorious weather and no complaints that I heard of. Finally thanks to Katy and Mark Dyer for their help both at Registration and also in collecting in some of the controls, and also to Dave and Denise Mullins of SARUM (I think) who also offered to collect some of the controls. As a result I didn’t have too much to do afterwards.
Friday, June 22, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
This event forms parts of the SWOA Chairman's Relay Series, which comprises the following events:
- Sunday 24th June, Coate Water Country Park (NWO)
- Sunday 1st July, Ashton Court (BOK)
- Sunday 15th July, Cull-Peppers Dish (WSX)
- Sunday 22nd July, Whitchurch Common (DEVON)
- Sunday 29th July, Somerley Park (WIM)
Pre-entry is mandatory for the BOK and WIM events and preferred for the WSX event.
The rules and scoring system of the series (unchanged from 2006) are available here.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
"Many thanks to Mark Dyer who was manning the First Aid on Sunday at Stockhill - he patched me up after I lost my footing climbing over the wall between Control 13 and 14 on the Blue course. Unfortunately the barbed wire above the wall gashed the palm of my hand as I fell and I have to admit I nearly blew my whistle until I realised that there wasn't much anyone could do. I had to climb back over the wall as I had dropped the map and then took the shortest route back to the car park, dripping blood all the way. I drove back to Bristol (Pete was at the Twin Peaks) and took myself to the MIU at Southmead and luckily was seen straightaway. I needed 5 stitches, but it's healing well and we're off to the Gower this weekend where I am going to avoid barbed wire at any cost! A few people said that they hoped I finished the course, but I agree with the planner (and many others) - even without the excuse of being injured the controls in the field were not appealing in the heat."
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Thursday, June 07, 2007
- Missing BOF membership numbers have been uploaded to the BOF ranking list system.
- Colour standard times have been added.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Friday, June 01, 2007
WARMLEY FOREST PARK WEDNESDAY 30 MAY 07
Approximately 32 people (lots of pairs, parents and grandparents) attended on what turned out to be a reasonable evening for the weather. Early starters managed to get round even the Blue course without getting rained upon. I was surprised at how far some people had travelled (Wells and Warminster of particular note (maybe the affiliation with ‘W’). It was also great to see at least seven people had cycled to the event. Competitors were fairly evenly split between the three courses; yellow, light green and blue. I innovated with the blue and included a run to another small area (Rodway Hill) to get the length and avoid having to circumnavigate WFP and Siston twice. P.S. SW433245 is in fact the ‘Merry maidens’ stone circle near Boskenna (you had to be there to know!!)
Thanks to Katy (control setting and collection), Anne and Gill for helping on the night.
More than fifty people enjoyed a warm summer evening in Leigh Woods. Whether this high turnout was due to the weather or the promise of no steep hills, I’m not sure. The forest was generally runnable still, though the undergrowth grew rapidly in the previous fortnight.
Our aim was to provide some enjoyable courses with plenty of route choice and some fun elements. A ‘draw your route on’ exercise at the finish revealed a pleasing diversity of routes on Blue 4-5 and 8-9. Quite a few people found the flat forest with a dense path network more difficult than expected. The number of unmarked and often changing mountain bike paths do cause problems, but if you use pacing and some rough compass, everything on the map is in the right place!
David and I had added the unorthodox option of a Spectating control, with a two minute pause to sketch the view of the Suspension Bridge (pen and paper provided). This worked brilliantly with 15 BOK artists leaving a sketch for us to collect afterwards. (See picture). We didn’t realise that Rolf Harris was a club member and Rachel can claim her prize next time she sees us.
Many runners commented that they had never seen this view, so it was good to find a less-known corner of the woods. Several deer were also spotted.
The junior turnout was low, suggesting Neil Cameron’s words at the Annual Dinner were right and the club does have to do something more, or perhaps different, to get more juniors to join in.
It was great to see a good turnout from the recently reformed University (UBOC) club. Clubs like SYO have benefited significantly for many years from having a strong university club and as an ex-UBOC, ex-SHUOC and ex-SYO member, I hope that BOK can benefit from, as well as help, a resurgent student orienteering scene.
Thanks to everyone for turning up, to Katy and Anne Donnell for their help on the day, and to younger son Ben for helping plan and tape control sites beforehand.
Pete and David Maliphant
THE DOWNS WEDNESDAY 16 MAY 2007
As usual, it was a pleasure to organise and plan one of the BOK evening informals. I now find it more fun to plan events like this where some flexibility is allowed, provided the courses are of an acceptable standard. It is no secret that I always aim to put on something a bit different (remember the BOK LONG-O in 1997 which included Purple and Black courses?). This year, I opted for Yellow, Red and two "Street Score" courses; sorry, no Blue or Green but I feel there are not enough safe, technical bits on the Downs for such courses. Red courses tend to be treated as a joke because they are much less technical, and are always disregarded when results are analysed, but I think most people who did my course (5.0k) had a good challenging run and enjoyed themselves - that's the important thing for me. I was particularly pleased to see so many University students taking part, it being so near to their halls of residence. The Red course enabled them to get a feel of simple orienteering prior to trying the more usual technical courses in weeks to come. My only regret was that, as I was collecting in controls, I wasn't around when people doing the Street Score finished as I was keen to know how they got on; it certainly took me some hours when I checked it all but I am not a fast runner!
Thanks to everyone for coming and to Anne Donnell for her help on the day.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Sunday, May 20, 2007
"Wednesday's informal at Leigh Woods has, as well as a Yellow course, slightly short, fast Green and Blue courses. A large OOB area in the north has given the rare chance to provide courses on Leigh Woods without the usual grotty undergrowth and near vertical climb somewhere. The vegetation is growing fast but courses should be runnable with route choice decisions. We're also laying on some short sprint exercises which can be done solo, or more entertaining, in pairs with each person going in opposite directions. Brunel fans should also watch out for the Spectating (rather than Spectator) control!"
"The Cotswold Way relay is on Saturday 30th June. As usual I will enter some (hopefully at least one!) BOK team. For those of you who haven't done the event before it is an excellent day out and a chance to explore the Cotswold Way. Briefly, the event covers the whole of the Cotswold Way in a series of 10 races, each stage starting with a mass start (a team is thus 10 people running one leg each). The race starts at Chipping Camden in the early moring and arrives at Bath abbey 12 hours or so later. Each stage is a different length and amount of climb - details can be found at: http://www.cotswoldwayrelay.co.uk/"
"Could you let me know as soon as possible if you would like to run, and if you have a preference for a stage. Note there is usually an unseemly rush for the shorter stages! If you definitely don't want to run can you also let me know to prevent arm twisting/pestering."
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Sunday, May 13, 2007
"There will be a coaching clinic at the following events: May 23rd, 20th June, 4th July. Advice will be offered to anyone who wants it to improve their technique."
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Saturday, May 05, 2007
Friday, May 04, 2007
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
On the Saturday, Mark Saunders and Chris Kelsey enjoyed fine conditions for the Sugar Loaf fell race, where Mark finished 1st vet 40. This is an excellent race, with a meandering route up the hill from Abergavenny followed by a delightful direct descent, mostly on grassy paths.
Looking forward to next weekend, good luck to everyone who has entered the British Championships at Pwll Du. BOK relay teams are now on the website and Clive Hallett has kindly volunteered to coordinate registrations and late team changes on the day as the Kelseys won't be there.
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Monday, April 30, 2007
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
On the RouteGadget page, you can trace you route on the map, compare you course with others or replay the race as a mass start.
At the moment, there is a test event where you can practice the route tracing and the district event of February at Worlebury Woods.
You'll be able to trace your route at the BOKTrot soon after the event.
Monday, April 23, 2007
The Sprint day at UWE was probably a novelty for some and proved very popular with those taking part. The elite runners showed the rest of us how it should be done and the finish 'arena' provided an exciting finale for spectators, with ex-BOK Oli Johnson finishing 2nd in the Open class. Ifor Powell was the highest placed current BOK member in the Open. Other notable performances included David Hunt (16th in the Mens Vet), Keith Jones (9th in the Mens Super Vet), Rowena Johnson (15th in the Junior Women) and the trio of Jamie Hayward, Lee Turner and Ben Kelsey (29th, 31st and 34th respectively in the Junior Men).
The individual days in the Forest of Dean were also very enjoyable, with the planners giving us excellent and varied courses in good, runnable terrain. Congratulations to our podium finishers - Luke Grenfell-Shaw 1st on M14B (winning by nearly 20 minutes); Jessie Benjamin 2nd on W14B; Clive Hallett 1st on M40 (despite nursing an achilles injury that prevented him from running in the relays!); Andy Creber 2nd on M45S; Denis Hamment 2nd on M80; and both Pat Grenfell (1st) and Anne Donnell (3rd) on W75. Jackie Hallett just missed out despite a good run on Day 3, finishing 4th overall on W50L.
The Relay day at Caerwent army camp provided a different but equally enjoyable challenge, although the courses used less of the fast and potentially confusing central camp area area than expected. But there was plenty of opportunity for mistakes as some of us found to our cost, even at the final controls in view of the spectators! A last minute re-shuffle of the teams to replace Clive reduced our winning potential, but the BOK Bullets (Ifor Powell, Charles Daniel and Mark Saunders) still managed 3rd place in the M120+ class. Other strong performances from our 19 teams included BOK Bongos (Jenny Grenfell-Shaw, Pat Grenfell and Alison Simmons) and BOK Beetles (Helen Kelsey, Anne Donnell and Rachel Dennis) - 9th and 10th respectively in W165+.
A great weekend of orienteering. Full results for all four days are here.
Friday, April 20, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Whilst the rest of the country basked in sunshine and unseasonally high temperatures, Cornwall was cool and foggy initially for the final Galoppen of the season. Heavy rain on Friday and more rain overnight Saturday meant there were some puddles in the dunes and water in the "lakes" in the centre of the map - the first time I've seen this.
After the JK the previous weekend few orienteers made the long trip west, but those that did enjoyed the usual high quality orienteering and challenging navigation that Penhale and KERNO provide, centred on the holiday camp. Everyone made mistakes (even Clive), the trick was keeping them small...........! BOK featured strongly in the results, with top performances from:
Brown: Clive Hallett, finishing second to Ben Chesters and so just missing out on the Brown Galoppen title
Blue: Pete Maliphant (1st) getting the better, this time, of Andy Creber (2nd) Jackie Hallett (3rd) and David Maliphant (7th)
Green: Ben Maliphant (2nd) on his first ever Green course, with Rachel Dennis 4th and Robin Walker 9th
Yellow: Michael Hallett (3rd)
The shorter courses only had a handful of competitors on them, which was a shame, especially as they were planned almost entirely within the holiday camp area rather than on the empty dunes, and well-suited to younger runners and the less-experienced. The appearance early on Sunday morning of numerous controls all over the camp site, certainly puzzled some of the many holidaymakers staying at Penhale.
Finally special mention should be made of Kate Maliphant, who has allegedly spent longer finding (and not finding) Penhale's controls over the years than most of us. Having been disqualified for missing a control on Light Green, she went back out to successfully complete the Green course as well just for fun!
Full results here.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Kind regards, Mary Nelson.
Friday, April 13, 2007
"Bristol Orienteering Klub is pleased to announce that it has been awarded Clubmark accreditation in recognition of its excellent work with young people. Clubmark is awarded to clubs who ensure that they provide a quality, safe and enjoyable activity for young people. The club has met minimum operating standards in four key areas:
- Duty of Care & Child Protection
- Coaching & Competition
- Sports Equity & Ethics
- Club Management
Monday, April 09, 2007
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Monday, April 02, 2007
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Sunday, March 25, 2007
"The Forest of Dean Trails Half Marathon saw several BOK runners partaking in good running conditions. The majority of BOK runners finished in under 1 Hour 50 minutes. In addition to the trio pictured (David Palmer, Phil Warry & Jo Foster), there was also Colin Welch, Nick Dennis, Anne Palmer, Dave Andrews and there may have been others - apologies to any I have missed."
Friday, March 23, 2007
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
Many thanks to all of you (more than 70, including 22 juniors) who turned out to run on what was forecast to be a very cold day indeed. In fact, although the wind was strong and bracing (particularly for the start and parking squads), the previous weekend's mud had disappeared and the sun shone until the end of the event - it was only the control collectors who had to brave the hail, snow and thunder at the end.
The final (organised by NOC) will be held near Mansfield on 14th October and we can expect somewhat stiffer competition! It would be good to arrange a club weekend away for this if we can find suitable accommodation - and we'll need as many of you as possible to try to improve on our 3rd place last year. So please put this date in your diaries now.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
"The funeral will take place on Monday 19th March at 12.30, at Bristol South Crematorium. The family have requested no flowers and any donations to be kindly made to either St Peter's Hospice or Marie Curie Cancer Care."
Sunday, March 11, 2007
"Mike Nelson passed away peacefully on Saturday morning after a long illness. Mike has been the backbone of the Klub for many years and we all owe him a huge debt of gratitude for all he's done for us. Most importantly however he was a tremendous human being and he's left a bank of fond memories. Our deepest sympathies go to his wife Mary and daughters Jenny and Julie and son Robert. We will let you know details of the funeral arrangements in due course."
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Sunday, March 04, 2007
A few members made the journey to Surrey for the National Event at Whitedowns on 25th Feb. Clive and Jackie again won their classes, but this time M40L and W50L. Ifor Powell was 3rd on M35L. Full results here. Closer to home, DEVON's Long-O at Woodbury was unfortunately cancelled due to insufficient entries, but John Higgins was able to enjoy the Short course. Even closer, Chris Kelsey was BOK's representative in the Quantocks fell race, organised by Tom Gibbs. On Saturday 24th, there was the usual good turnout from BOK at the Western Night League event at Minchinhampton Common near Stroud. Results here.
The wet and windy weather on 4th March did not put everyone off, with a few stalwarts even doing the SOC Long-O (though not the longest course). David Hunt finished 6th on the 15.4K Dark Brown, with Dave Palmer 10th and only 10 minutes slower. Chris Johnson finished not much later in 16th place. The Kelsey family chose something a bit shorter and more local with the Butleigh multi-terrain race. Runners at the Western Night League event at Ashdown Park near Swindon on the Saturday evening will hopefully have enjoyed much better conditions, finishing a few hours before the spectacular lunar eclipse.
Saturday, March 03, 2007
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Monday, February 26, 2007
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Monday, February 19, 2007
"Speaking to Ashley Cooper it seems that of the original SIX 'control stake foot levers' that were produced to help push the aluminium stakes into the ground, only ONE now remains with the equipment. Would anyone who has inadvertently retained one please return it or contact Ashley a.s.a.p."
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Looking ahead to next weekend, there's the Wimborne Winter Warmer Regional event at Ibsley Common on Sunday 18th. There's also BOK junior training at Cannop Ponds on Saturday 17th - please contact Jackie Hallett if you want to go but haven't already told her.
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
A few others travelled to the Chiltern Challenge regional event. The Milne family had some excellent results, with Ella and Jessica 2nd on JW2 and JW4 and Duncan 6th on M40S. Tim Britton (still running for Wimborne!) finished 7th on M21L and Peter Stagg was 2nd on M35S. Full results here.
Meanwhile I enjoyed beautiful scenery and sunshine at the Long Mynd Valleys fell race - an excellent 11 mile course starting and finishing at Church Stretton and taking in all the hills as well as the valleys.
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Thursday, February 01, 2007
- Download to be combined with Registration at all events.
- BOF cards to be shown, or a photocopy provided, in order to qualify for discount.
- No receipts to be issued but non-BOF members should be encouraged to join by the provision of an appropriate form.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
On Sunday 28th January, several BOK members travelled to the Concorde Chase Regional event at Hawley near Camberley. Clive Hallett had an outstanding result to win M21L, beating Nick Barrable by 21 seconds. Jackie and Michael finished 2nd on W35L and JM2. The Maliphant juniors again performed well, David and Ben finishing 3rd on JM5M and JM4 respectively. Other notable performances included Anne Donnell and Pat Grenfell (1st and 2nd on W75L) and Dudley Budden (4th on M60L). Full results here.
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Monday, January 22, 2007
Monday, January 15, 2007
On Saturday, 16 juniors aged from 8 to 15 braved the not so fine weather at Ashton Court to take part in a junior coaching session organised by Jackie Hallett, Helen Kelsey and Jim Hayward. Many different exercises were involved, from setting the map to bearings and pacing. The day finished with a clock relay involving all ages. Everyone went home quite tired, but looking forward to the Sunday ASO event. The next coaching session is on Saturday 17th February, in the Forest of Dean – excellent preparation for the JK. Adults are welcome to come to this session, as well as juniors. Please contact Jackie Hallett as soon as possible if you would like to come.
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Monday, January 08, 2007
If you have any good ideas and would like to be involved please contact Christine Farr, Active for Life scheme, South Glos Council on 01454 868169.