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This blog is used to populate the news section on the BOK Website.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

JK Sprint in Bristol - Publicity Opportunity

With nearly 1000 runners expected, including some of the top athletes from the UK and abroad, the JK Sprint at the University of The West of England on Friday 6th April represents a good opportunity for BOK to get some publicity in the local media. Plans are afoot to approach BBC Points West, BBC Radio Bristol, The Western Daily Press, The Bristol Evening Post, The Bristol Observer and Venue magazine. If you can think of any other outlets we should be considering, or would like to help in any way, please contact the Webmaster.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

OCAD Course - Saturday 31st March

This Saturday's OCAD Drawing and Planning Course is well subscribed but there is sufficient room to take at least four more people. Contact Dudley Budden if you're interested.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Forest of Dean Trails Half Marathon

Peter Foster writes:
"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

Forest of Avon - Community Forest Path 24-Hour Challenge

Chris Bloor of Town and Country Harriers is trying to interest the Forest of Avon team in producing a 24-hour challenge, similar to the Lyke Wake Walk in Yorkshire, based on the Community Forest Path around Bristol. The two challenges are very similar in length (40 miles for the LWW and 45 miles for the CFP). If you have already completed a circuit or are interested in the idea, please contact Chris on 0117-962-4088 or via the BOK webmaster.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Walcombe (CS Cup) - Comments and Photos

Officials' comments are now available. A set of photos has been added to the gallery.

JK2007 Entry Deadline - Friday 23rd March

The third and final deadline for entries to the JK2007 International Festival of Orienteering falls on Friday 23rd March. This year the event takes place in Bristol (at the University of the West of England), the Forest of Dean and near Chepstow. Enter via the JK2007 website.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Interland 2007 - Belgium

Congratulations to our BOK representatives who helped England to victory in this year's Interland competition in Belgium on 18th March. Jackie Hallett won the D50 class and Clive Hallett and Dale Paget were 3rd and 8th respectively in the H40 class.

Compass Sport Cup - BOK Through To Final

BOK are safely through to the Compass Sport Cup final, scoring 2444 points against DEVON's 1458. However, DEVON also qualify as 2nd place club due to the fact that BOK finished in the top 3 in last year's final. The qualifying round was very unbalanced this year, with only 2 clubs competing in the Cup at BOK's Walcombe event, while other events had up to 8 clubs competing - the fairness of this has to be questioned. The rules meant that DEVON only had to turn up to qualify and they fielded a team of less than the permitted maximum number of scorers, giving BOK an easy ride. Congratulations also to SBOC as winner of the Trophy competition at Walcombe and to SWOC who qualify on account of SBOC's result in the final last year. Full results for the Walcombe event are available elsewhere on the BOK website.

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

Walcombe (CS Cup) - Updated Results

The CS Cup/Trophy individual and team scores posted within the last hour have been corrected. If you have previously viewed them, please use your browser's refresh function to be sure you are looking at the most recent version.

Walcombe (CS Cup) - Provisional Results

Provisional results (including SplitsBrowser and WinSplits) are now available. Any queries about the results should be sent to the e-mail address shown on the event webpage. Photos and comments to follow.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Website News - Send us your Photos!

The website is slowly but surely building up its photo gallery section. It would be nice though to have a few more people contributing. The main gallery page now includes some notes about how to submit your photos. If you need help, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Klub Kit - Tops Now Available

Jackie Hallett writes:
"The new order of tops is in. I am afraid we are not at the compass sport cup match as we are on the England trip but we shall be at the SARUM event next Sunday or people can contact us at home."

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Mike Nelson - Funeral Arrangements

Mark Selley writes:
"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."

Walcombe (CS Cup) - Updated Start List

An updated start list for the CompassSport Cup 1st Round event at Walcombe, Wells on Sunday 18th March 2007 is now available on the event webpage. Katy Dyer writes: "Even late entries have now closed so this should be final."

Warmley Forest Park - Comments

Comments from the Organiser, Controller and Planner are now available.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Mike Nelson - Sad News

Dave Urch writes:
"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."

Warmley Forest Park - Results

Provisional results (including string course results, SplitsBrowser and WinSplits) are now available. Comments to follow.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Walcombe (CS Cup) - Start List

The start list for the CompassSport Cup 1st Round event at Walcombe, Wells on Sunday 18th March 2007 is now available on the event webpage.

Website News - Headlines from British Orienteering

A new feature on the website is the "Headlines from British Orienteering" section on the front page. This is updated automatically from the web feed published by the British Orienteering Federation (BOF). Clicking on a headline shows the full text of the news item on the BOF website. A consequence of this innovation is that we will generally not include BOF news/appeals in the BOK news section, so please get into the habit of checking the BOF headlines as well.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Weekend Roundup 18th Feb-4th Mar

A belated roundup of BOK activity over the last few weekends. Several members travelled to the Wimborne Winter Warmer Regional event at Ibsley on 18th Feb. Notable results included double 1st places on M21L and W21L for Clive and Jackie Hallett and 1st places also for Matt Lyle (JM5L), Katy Dyer (W55L) and Anne Donnell (W75L). Jo Foster finished 2nd on W50L and John Parker was 2nd on M70L. Full results here.

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.

Walcombe (CS Cup) - Final Details

Final Details for the CompassSport Cup 1st Round event at Walcombe, Wells on Sunday 18th March 2007 are now available on the event webpage.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Holiday Events 2007 - Where are you Going?

Take at look at the Holiday Events page to see where BOK members will be competing this summer. If you would like to share your plans, please contact the Webmaster.