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Friday, July 27, 2007

Club Championships - Splits

Now on Splitsbrowser, courtesy of Christophe Mutricy.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

West Mendip Way Super Challenge - Sunday 19th August

Nick Ajderian writes:
"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

New Photos

Photos of the SBOC 2x2 Relay, the Cotswold Way Relay and the Dorset Coast Path Relay have been added to the gallery in the last few days.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Dorset Coast Path Relay - Sat 7th July

BOK fielded a team of 14 for this year's event from Lyme Regis to the Sandbanks ferry, with a number of regulars (Halletts, Kelseys, Fosters, Ifor Powell, Phil Warry, Mark Selley, David Hunt) and a few newcomers (Duncan Innes, Christine Farr, Alison Simmons). Although we got off to a good start, we soon lost touch with the leading teams (Kerno, Wessex and the SW Junior Squad) through not breaking up the early legs sufficiently - a lesson for next year. But we were fortunate to enjoy an isolated day of sunshine in between the days of rain and the event lived up to its usual expectations with spectacular scenery and enjoyable running. BOK finished 5th overall in a time of 9 hours 10 minutes, 17 minutes faster than last year, but the increased number of runners added more to our handicap time than we were able to gain, so we were only able to finish 4th in that category. The Junior Squad were head to head with Kerno and Wessex for most of the day, but a navigational error in Swanage resulted in 3rd place overall for them but in an excellent time of 8 hours 11 minutes. We arrived at the finish just in time to accept an invitation to join their beach barbecue, which rounded the day off very well. Full results and photos are here, plus a few photos from the BOK team outing. The event is a fund-raiser for the SW Junior Squad and we were able to donate £60.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Website News - Share your BOK Photos on Flickr!

There is now a new way to share your photos of BOK events with other members. If you have an account with the Flickr! photo-sharing website and mark your BOK photos with a BOK-specific 'tag', the BOK website can detect when you have uploaded new BOK photos to Flickr! and display an alert message in the Hot Links section. Basic membership of Flickr! is free. Please let the BOK Webmaster know the address of your Flickr! account and the tag you use for BOK photos.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

ASO & Adams Avery Relays, Ashton Court - Final Results

The results have now been declared 'final' by the organising team.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

ASO & Adams Avery Relays, Ashton Court - Photos

A set of photos, courtesy of Christophe Mutricy, has been added to the gallery.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Report on Summer Informal At Ashton Court - 4th July

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

ASO & Adams Avery Relays, Ashton Court - Comments

Comments from the organiser, controller and planner are now available. The results have been uploaded to WinSplits; note however that the server is running very slowly at the present time. It has not been possible to upload to Splitsbrowser as the relay format is not supported by that site.

Monday, July 02, 2007

SWOA News - Committee Meeting Minutes

The minutes of the SWOA committee meeting held on 16th May 2007 are now available on the SWOA website.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

ASO & Adams Avery Relays, Ashton Court - Provisional Results

Provisional results are now available. Splitsbrowser, WinSplits and officials' comments to follow.

Report on Summer Informal at Blaise Castle - 27th June

Organiser's comments (Jenny Grenfell-Shaw)

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.

Stock Hill - Final Results

Colour standard times have been added and the results declared final.