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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Weekend Roundups 21st & 28th Jan

BOK members had some good results at Cranham Wood on Sunday 21st January, the third of three consecutive Galoppen fixtures. Clive Hallett and Alan Honey won Brown and Blue respectively. The Maliphants continued their good form with David winning Green and Pete and Ben finishing 3rd on Blue and Light Green. The Helfer and Grenfell Shaw juniors also performed well - Tom Helfer was 5th on Green with Rachel and James 3rd on Orange and White; John and Luke Grenfell Shaw were 4th and 2nd on Light Green and Orange. Full results here.

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

Orienteering Features in the Western Daily Press

Read Radio Bristol presenter John Turner's amusing account of his recent encounter with orienteers in the Forest of Dean, as published in the Western Daily Press on Thursday 25th January 2007.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Website News - How to get Update Notifications by E-mail

See here for detailed instructions on how to get the Yahoo! Alert service to send you an e-mail whenever the BOK website is updated.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Weekend Roundup 13th-14th Jan

Sunshine and good courses made for a very pleasant Galoppen and ASO event at Mallard's Pike on Sunday, with a good turnout. James Robinson took 1st place on White while Cameron Davies, Edward Wheatcroft, Michael Hallett and Emily Ronson finished 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th on Yellow. On Orange, Luke Grenfell-Shaw and Rachel Helfer were 2nd and 3rd; Ralph Eliot, Isla Simmons and Ben Maliphant 2nd, 3rd and 4th on Light Green. David Maliphant repeated last week's success by winning Green and Alan Honey and Peter Stagg were 5th and 6th on Blue. Clive Hallett this week turned the tables on Ben Chesters to win Brown, with Mark Saunders a very close 3rd. Full results here.

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

BOK News Copy Date

Alan Honey is producing another edition of BOK News prior to Dave Urch taking over as the permanent Editor on 1 March 2007. Time is short due to Alan's availability. Please let him have copy by 7pm Monday 15 January or over the week-end if possible. It is intended to post out the January edition with SINS on 22 January.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Weekend Preview 13th-14th Jan

There's another SW Galoppen this Sunday, this time at Mallards Pike in the Forest of Dean. If that's not enough, you can also get out on Saturday evening at the Devon & Cornwall night league event at Burrator. For juniors, don't forget the BOK junior training at Ashton Court on Saturday, 1000-1230 for under 11s, 1000-1530 for others. If you want to go but haven't already arranged it with Jackie Hallett, please contact her by Friday to check whether she can take more.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Weekend Roundup 6th-7th Jan

BOK members had some good results at the DEVON Galoppen at Buller's Hill on Sunday, in particular the Hallett, Maliphant and Hurford families. Michael Hallett won Yellow, David and Ben Maliphant won Green and Light Green respectively while Clive and Jackie Hallett finished 2nd and 3rd on Brown and Blue. Jackie was just 90 seconds down on Blue winner Jonathan Hurford. Other notable results were Charles Daniel and Duncan Innes (7th and 8th on Brown), Pete Maliphant and Dudley Budden (4th and 6th on Blue) and Rosemary Hurford (10th on Light Green). The courses were enjoyable in fairly physical terrain and most of us will have managed to escape before the wind and heavier rain arrived in the afternoon. Full results here. At the night event at Leigh Woods on Saturday, Andy Creber gained most points, with Pete James, Charles Daniel and Mark Blackstone finishing 3rd, 7th and 8th respectively.

BOK Member Entry Form for Compass Sport Cup & JK Relays

A BOK member entry form for the Compass Sport Cup Qualifier (Walcombe, Wells - Sun 18th March) and the JK relays (Caerwent, Chepstow - Mon 9th April) is now available. For those who haven't participated before, the Compass Sport Cup is an inter-club competition with a qualifying round and a final. In 2006 BOK finished 3rd overall and we need a good turnout in the 2007 qualifier to secure a place in this year's final, which will be held in October. The JK relay offers an excellent finish to the Easter weekend and an opportunity to participate in a different style of competition, with teams competing in various categories over 3 or 4 legs. Both of these events are fun and sociable, and are suitable for orienteers of all standards. These events are pre-entry only and forms need to be returned to your club captains by 16th February at the latest. Please tell others that the form is available on the website - we will also have copies available at forthcoming events.

Do you know of any good off-road running routes in South Gloucestershire?

South Glos Council’s Community Sports Department in conjunction with the Wild Roots project are looking to create a series of running route leaflets that take in some of our Local Nature Reserves (specifically beginning with Wick Golden Valley, Avon Valley Woodlands, Emersons Green open space, Wapley Bushes and the 3 Brooks Area). We are looking for routes that would be suitable for beginners, intermediates and advanced runners.

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.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Leigh Woods WNL - Provisional Results

Provisional results are now available.

Event Registration Process - Meeting

A meeting on Friday, 19 January at 19.30hrs will be held in Bristol to discuss the event registration process in light of the new BOF membership structure. It is particularly for members of the Registration Squad but anyone is welcome to come. Details from Tricia Walker tel: 01275 462879 or the BOK Webmaster via the Contact Page on the website.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Christmas Roundup & Weekend Preview - 6th-7th Jan

The Christmas and New Year period saw BOK members participating in various festive events, including the Christmas Pud race in South Wales, BOK's own Christmas event at Penpole, Wimborne's Boxing Day Canter, DEVON's novelty event at Dartmeet and the SARUM and NGOC New Years Day score events. Doubtless other members were suitably active elsewhere (the Kelseys and Fosters enjoyed a week of sunshine and reasonable snow in Val d'Isere).

Looking ahead to the first weekend of the new year, there's a DEVON Galoppen at Bullers Hill near Exeter on Sunday 7th January. Also the opportunity to warm up at BOK's Western Night League event at Leigh Woods on Saturday 6th. Happy orienteering for 2007.