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

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Club Weekend, Gower 15th-17th June (Update)

Chris Kelsey has updated his original news item about the Club Weekend - please click on Captains' Message in the Hot Links section to see the update.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Mountain Bike Orienteering - Saturday 23rd June, Ringwood

Wimbourne Orienteers (WIM) are staging a mountain bike orienteering event on Saturday 23rd June 2007 at Moors Valley Country Park, near Ringwood. Entry is free, but there is a charge for car parking. Full details on the WIM website.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Leigh Woods Summer Informal - Wednesday 23rd May

Pete Maliphant writes:
"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!"

Cotswold Way Relay - Saturday 30th June

Ashley Cooper writes:
"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

Gare Hill (BOKTrot) - More Photos

A new album, Gare Hill (ASO Championships), is now available in the gallery. Thanks to John Lewis for the photos and for arranging parental permission to publish.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

SWOA News - Committee Meeting Minutes

The minutes of the SWOA committee meeting held on 18th April 2007 are now available on the SWOA website.

Summer Informal Events - Coaching

Jackie Hallett writes:
"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

Gare Hill (BOKTrot) - Provisonal BOF Ranking List Scores

Provisional BOF ranking list scores, courtesy of Christophe Mutricy, are now available on the BOF ranking list website. Please note that a small number of competitors have not been considered in the calculation of badge times or ranking list scores because they are not recognised as being BOF national members - see the results page for details. Queries about the badge times or ranking list scores should be sent to the e-mail address shown on the event webpage.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Gare Hill (BOKTrot) - Provisional Badge Times

Provisional badge times, courtesy of Peter Foster, can be accessed from the results page.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Blaise Battleships - Sunday 15th July 2007

Fancy trying something different? This "Mental Racing" event is a 7+ mile run around the Blaise Castle estate, during which competitors have to solve puzzles in order to gain time bonuses. Organised by EventHead.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Gare Hill (BOKTrot) - Comments

Officials' comments are now available.

Dorset Coast Path Relay - Sat 7th July

It's time to get another BOK team together for this year's outing. For those unfamiliar with the event, it's a relay race from Lyme Regis to Studland Head. Teams may have as many or as few runners as desired and changeover points can be anywhere on the course. It is suitable for runners of all ages and standards as there are numerous opportunities for both long and short legs and the race is normally won by means of tactical 'sprint' teams helping out on the hills. Last year the race included an age-related handicap class and BOK finished joint 1st in this with the South West Junior Squad. In previous years BOK has also been overall winner. The event is held to raise funds for the South West Junior Squad and normally attracts between 5 and 8 teams from local orienteering clubs. It's always a fun and sociable day out, with magnificent Dorset coastal scenery. If interested, please contact Chris or Helen Kelsey. Further details can be found here or via the Wimborne orienteering website.

Weekend Roundup - 28th-29th April

Yet another sunny weekend - how long can this last? Good, varied and physical orienteering was enjoyed at BOK's Regional event at Gare Hill. Matt Jeffery won JM2, John Grenfell-Shaw, George Hurford and Luke Grenfell-Shaw took the top 3 places in JM3, Ben Maliphant won JM4 and David Maliphant finished 2nd in JM5M. For the girls, Jess Benjamin and Jessica Milne won JW3 and JW4 respectively, with Rosemary Hurford 3rd in JW5S. In the senior classes, Pete Maliphant was 5th on a fairly competitive M50L, Trevor Griffiths finished 2nd in M55L and Jenny Grenfell-Shaw was 3rd in W40L. The event ran very smoothly thanks to the organising team and the usual efficient squads of helpers. Full results are available elsewhere on this website.

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

Website News - Holiday Events 2008

We now have a Holiday Events 2008 page, where you can share your plans for orienteering holidays next year. Please contact the Webmaster if you would like to have an event added. First up is Jonathan Hurford who is offering to coordinate accommodation for O-Ringen 2008. The Holiday Event pages for 2007 and 2008 are accessible from the Hot Links section near the top of the homepage.