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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

JK2008 First Entry Deadline

The first closing date for entries to JK2008 is on Thursday 31st January.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Mountain Bike Orienteering - Sunday 2nd March

Chris Porter has contacted us about a mountain bike orienteering (Trailquest) event he is organising on Sunday 2nd March: "We will be using Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 maps, with punches, and it will be a 3 hour score event. It is based at Hawkesbury Upton parish hall. All profits will be donated to the County Air Ambulance." [more...]

BOK News collection available at Devon Galloppen

BOK News and SINS can be collected at the Devon Galloppen event this Sunday.
Boxes with the enveloped magazines will be available near registration for collection by Klub Members.

Please take your own copies and any of your near neighbours that may not be there. Not only do you get to read them quicker than others, but you also save the Klub significant sums in postage.
If the weather is foul, then please try to keep the remaining copies as dry as possible.

Mark Blackstone HON Editor BOK News.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Overpayments for Compass Sport Cup Qualifier

Due to a further misunderstanding of the fees for the Compass Sport Cup qualifying round at Sallowvallets, BOK senior members have unfortunately overpaid by £2 (in addition to some of you also paying £1 too much due to the initial price change). This second misunderstanding has arisen because of the £2 discount normally given to BOF members. We had earlier been advised that the discount would not apply to this event as all competitors would have to be BOF members to be eligible. However NGOC has since advised us that the advertised £7 fee was intended for non-BOF, non-competitive runners only – so the fee for competitive runners should have been £5. Thank you British Orienteering for making our lives so simple!
To avoid the complications of paying everyone back individually, the BOK Committee has proposed that the surplus funds now held by BOK should be used to subsidise our entries (or possibly a coach) to the Compass Sport Cup Final to be held on October 19th at Sutton Park. If anyone objects to this proposal, please let your club captains know and we will arrange a refund. If anyone has views on whether a coach would be a good idea (assuming it doesn’t break down next time), please also let us know.
We apologise for what’s happened – but perhaps you can now think of it as a little extra incentive to support the club in the final!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

JK and British Relays

This year’s Jan Kjellstrom Festival of Orienteering will be held over the Easter weekend (21st-24th March) in the South East region. The format will be as last year, with a Sprint race at the University of Guildford on the Friday, two Individual competition days on Saturday (Leith Hill) and Sunday (Ashdown Forest) followed by a team relay event on the Monday at Eridge Old Park near Tunbridge Wells.

The British Orienteering Championships will be held on 19th-20th April at Culbin Forest on the Moray coast. This excellent area is similar to that used for Day 4 of the Scottish 6 Days, offering technical forested sand dunes. The Individual day on the Saturday is followed by the relay event on the Sunday. Although this is a long way to travel, a number of BOK members have already indicated their intention to go.

Both the JK Relays and British Relays must be entered via your Club Captains. Entry forms need to be submitted to Chris and Helen Kelsey by 8th February for the JK Relays and by 14th March for the British Relays – but the sooner the better. Both of these events are fun and sociable, and are suitable for orienteers of all standards.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

One Day in History - Sunday 27th April

Following its inaugural 'Blaise Battleships' event in July 2007 at Blaise Castle (won by David Hunt of BOK), EventHead has announced that its next 'mental racing' event, 'One Day in History', will take place at the same venue on Sunday 27th April 2008. Further details on the EventHead website.

BOK Organiser's Manual

Updated in January 2008, this now links to a new Bristol Orienteering Klub (BOK) Event Flyer proforma which appears on the BOK website under 'The Klub'. If all BOK organisers now use this proforma, we will present a consistent club image.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Compass Sport Cup - Results

BOK is through to the Compass Sport Cup final, scoring 2367 points to secure a winning margin of 36 points over HOC. In the Trophy competition, SWOC beat SBOC by an even closer margin of just 10 points.

Thank you to everyone who turned out to run for the club - we needed strength in numbers and just managed to pull through as a result of your support, so well done to all. We can now look forward to strong competition in the Final, which will be held on Sunday October 19th at Sutton Park in the West Midlands. So please put the date in your diaries now.

A longer report will be in the next BOK News due to be circulated shortly. Full results here.

Another Galoppen Reminder

I've just spoken to someone who said 'See you at the NWO Galoppen at Everleigh on Sunday'. No you won't I said, there isn't going to be one, it's been cancelled. So just in case you're in the same situation, this is a final reminder - don't go to Everleigh next Sunday, the 20th, there's no event there.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

CompassSport Cup Qualifying Round - Photos

Photos of this event have been added to the gallery.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Compass Sport Cup - Latest From NGOC

NGOC intend to use the original parking field as in the final details, not forest tracks as suggested yesterday. Cagoules will be compulsory for juniors and may also be for seniors. There will be a clothing transfer from the Start back to Assembly.

There have been so many late entries that most of the EOD surplus maps have already been allocated. If anyone is not intending to run, please let Paul Taunton (NGOC) or the Kelseys know.

Please check the NGOC website for any further updates.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

CompassSport Cup Qualifying Round - Start List

The start list for Sunday's event is now available on the event details page. Queries to the Kelseys.

SWOA Galoppen - Scores Updated

Scores for the BOK Galoppen (Cannop Ponds, 25th November) have been published on the SWOA website - follow the 'current season' link in the 'related pages' panel on this page.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Holiday Events 2008 - O-Ringen Update

Jonathan Hurford writes: BOK now have a group of 20 entered for the 2008 Swedish O-Ringen at Dalarna. If anyone else is interested, there is still a little time left to reserve accommodation and arrange entries. Please let me have details by the end of January. [email Jonathan]

Galoppen Reminders

You've probably heard already, but just in case, the NWO Galoppen at Everleigh on January 20th has been cancelled - see their website for details.
But the good news is that NGOC are offering 50p discount on each entry fee for their Galoppen at Knockall's Enclosure on 24th February, if you pre-enter online and then pay on the day. Click here if you want to do it now.

New Running Shop Grand Opening, 12th January

Sarah Herbert, manager of Bristol's 'Up and Running', emailed us as follows:-
'I just wanted to get in touch and introduce myself and the new running store which I manage in Bristol - Up & Running. We are located just off the Downs and are having a Grand Opening on the 12th January, when we're giving away £40 worth of goods with every pair of shoes bought. All your members will also qualify for a standard 10% discount with their membership card. You may have heard of former Olympian Nick Rose - he owns the store with Rick Wallis, another keen local runner and coach. In store we have RAM gait analysis for shoe fitting, as well as offering a wide range of running and orienteering shoes, thermal wear and other clothing and accessories. We are looking to appeal to people of all fitness levels, and encourage them to reach their fitness goals. Please come in and meet our staff at any point, we'd love to get aquainted.'
The 10% discount mentioned will apply for BOK members at all times, not just on the 12th.