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Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Also, the SARUM event on 16th Jan is not taking place, but there is an event at Cannimore, Longleat on 23rd January.
See the SARUM website for details of both events.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
JK2010 is being held in Devon over the Easter weekend and needs the support of the orienteering community across the SW to make it a success.
BOK will be running the Starts on each of the four days, the likelihood at the moment being that we will need at least 15 people on each of Days 1 and 4 (the Sprint and Relays respectively) and 70 on each of Days 2 and 3(the Individuals) where we will need to cover up to 4 Start locations each day. The numbers are based on rolling shifts to enable helpers to have their runs as well.
I will be contacting BOK members over the coming weeks to establish availability and to start building up teams. It would however be of enormous assistance if in the interim you could email me and let me know on which days you can help.
In return for your assistance you can claim a 25% discount against your entry fees (using a code that I will provide) on the expectation that you will be able to help on at least 2 days. BOK will in addition receive a share of the profits based on the amount of support we provide to the JK.
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Sunday, December 06, 2009
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
They're also about to buy in a stock of useful items such as control description holders and would welcome suggestions that schools and others would find useful to be able to buy at local events. More details at www.swjs.co.uk/obuy.html
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Monday, November 09, 2009
Sunday, November 01, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Short Score (187 teams): Mark & John Grenfell-Shaw 13th; Ashley Cooper & Steve Darling 15th; Jonathan & Rosemary Hurford 17th; Christine Farr & Duncan Innes 23rd; Helen & Jack Kelsey 42nd; Pete Foster & Sandy Burgon 55th.
Medium Score (284 teams): Chris & Ben Kelsey 15th; Charles Daniel & Rhys Manning 30th; Pat & Louise Benjamin 178th.
C (291 teams): Sue & Gerry Ashton 39th; Roger Mann & Martin Bird 77th; Jim & Jamie Hayward 108th.
B (233 teams): Tim Britton & John Hartley 10th; Pete & Julia James 43rd; Alice Bedwell & Laura Pearson 127th.
A (67 teams): Mark Saunders & William Darby 18th (1st Vet).
Both Mark & John Grenfell-Shaw and Chris & Ben Kelsey narrowly missed winning the parent/child categories of their classes, short by just 3 points (1 place) and 5 points (3 places) respectively. Maybe next year if our youngsters are still willing and we can still keep up!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Friday, October 09, 2009
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Monday, October 05, 2009
Friday, October 02, 2009
Thursday, October 01, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
The splits times have been added to Winsplit and Splitsbrowser.
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Monday, September 07, 2009
Attendance at the AGM is free of charge and everyone is welcome. The Klub's informal social get-together, which follows immediately after the AGM at about 20.15hrs, consists of skittles and a substantial buffet. For your subsidised buffet (£6 for adults, £3 for children) you can email me your details and then send them together with a cheque, made out to 'BOK', to Robin Walker, 18 Mulberry Close, Backwell, Bristol, BS48 3HX, as soon as possible.
30 people have already said they are coming, so there should be lots of opportunity to socialise with other members.
Friday, September 04, 2009
Thursday, September 03, 2009
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Sunday, August 02, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
The splits time have been added to Winsplit and Splitsbrowser.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The start times are based on past results - I've trawled recent events and have tried to find a few results for each of you (and have thrown away really bad runs where I came across them). Then I have aimed at getting bunches of courses finishing at the same times. So White, Yellows and Oranges should come in around 11:30, Light green and Green at 12:00, and Blues should finish at 12:15 (or there abouts) to the applause of assembled masses.
You will need to get to the start 5mins in advance of your allocated start to be ready to go when the clock shows your time.
Thursday, July 09, 2009
A total of 40 people turned out for the first event on the updated map incorporating Kingswood School and Primrose Hill. Of this 18 were juniors, 15 of whom enjoyed the white course of 1 km with Lucy Tonge having the fastest time of 11 minutes. Michael Hallett was fastest on the 3 km orange course with 38.42 minutes. Mark Bown produced an amazing time of 33.31 minutes on the 5 km blue course with 170 metres of climb. I am sorry we overlooked the extra path off to the right from the public footpath did not spoil anyone’s run too much. I hope some people managed to enjoy the fantastic views across Bath in the glorious evening sunshine. The event had an international flavour with 1 girl from Finland and 5 French competitors. I must apologise for my lack of French, especially at registration as when Christophe was mentioned I thought they meant our summer evening coordinator who just happened to arrive at that very moment, but it turned out that he didn’t actually know him but that the man registering was called Christophe also. C’est la vie!!
Thanks to all the helpers: John, Sandy, Clive and Michael.
Lost properties: a thumb compass, a whistle (Contact the series coordinator, Christophe Mutricy)
Monday, July 06, 2009
Quantock Orienteering Club (QO) is holding its Club Championships alongsidethe BOK Klub Champs. Afterwards they are gathering at the Castle of Comfort for a buffet lunch. We are all welcome to join in the buffet at the pub - £5 per head, but numbers are needed in advance. Please let John Simmons (email email@example.com) know by 12th July if you plan to come along.
Sunday, July 05, 2009
Thursday, July 02, 2009
The inaugural event on Overscourt Wood on a hot and balmy evening attracted 24 competitors. 19 of whom were, or are, BOK members. 16 tackled the Short Blue with Paul Gebbett completing it in a fastest time of 45 minutes, for 5.6k, 110m climb. The other eight participants were, white (2), Yellow (3), and Orange(3); which was a little disappointing as the area is ideal for beginners and novices. Most BOK members were in agreement the area should be used for an ASO event. The long grass though at this time of year did not reflect the area at its best.
Some people were glad of the extra water which was on offer with temperatures well up into the mid twenties.
Thanks to Anne, Katy, and Laurence for their help during and after the event.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
The splits times are also on Winsplit Online.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Oldbury Court attracted 33 (groups of) participants, with a 50/50 split between regulars and newcomers. One brave lady ran her course in bare feet! The majority of people chose the longer Light Green and Blue courses (16 and 14 respectively) with only 3 groups tackling the Yellow.
The heavy downpour halfway through the evening caused a few delayed starts and not all were able to complete their runs. One control went missing early in the evening but was successfully retrieved the following day by Dave on his bike!
Many thanks to Christophe Mutricy and Anne Donnell for their help. Adam and I thoroughly enjoyed planning our first event and look forward to more planning in the future!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Thanks to all who turned up and braved the wind & rain at last night's Summer Informal in Victoria Park.
We had about 25 competitors in the end, which was reasonable, but sadly a group of Brownies decided against it at the last minute due to the weather. We suffered some control vandalism early on, but managed to get through the event without major loss - two kites went missing and one was partially eaten by a dog.
The courses were well received, with no-one getting lost, and the fastest performance was by Adam Potter on the Light Green, taking just 23 minutes to find 23 controls in 3.6km!
A big thank you to all my helpers, especially Dudley, Karen Hall, and Richard & Anne from UBOC, all of whom turned up at 3pm and got thoroughly soaked for their efforts!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
This Wednesday's Summer informal is in Victoria Park, near Windmill Hill,
on a recently updated map. As usual, start times will be between 6 & 7pm.
Please note that, due to the limitations of the small area (1:5000), I am
providing only a White, Yellow and Light Green course - the latter being in
more of a "Sprint-O" style - many controls in a short distance (less than
4km). The event will be self-timing and suitable for complete beginners. I
look forward to seeing you there. For further details see the fixtures
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Sunday, June 07, 2009
The splits time have been added to Winsplit and Splitsbrowser. You can use these websites to analyse where you have made errors (if any).
Saturday, June 06, 2009
Friday, June 05, 2009
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
"Competitors will be supplied with a pre-printed OS map showing around 30 checkpoints. The checkpoints will have varying points values depending on how hard they are to reach. For example checkpoints involving a steep hill will tend to be worth more points! "
"Competitors then have a time limit of four hours to cycle to as many checkpoints as they can to score as many points as possible. Exceeding the time limit results in the deduction of some of your hard earned points. " [more details ...]
You are asked to send replies to the questions asked, before 10th July, to firstname.lastname@example.org (or by post to the BOF office).
In particular, if you like the existing ranking scheme and are concerned about what may happen to it, you should take this opportunity to say what you think about the new developments. Of course, if you think the new scheme is an improvement, you should say that too.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
The BOK Army, otherwise known as the Coffin Dodgers Society, held what has become its annual end of term jamboree in the Forest of Dean on the 20th May. Centred on the Rising Sun Inn at Mosely Green, a one hour score event was organised to discover who would rise to the top of the cake. A handicap format was used which appeared to benefit the senior members, resulting in Robin Walker, with a fine run, being crowned BOK Army Champion - 2009.
An excellent Rising Sun lunch followed and Mark Blackstone oversaw the presentation of prizes awarded to selected members as well as the Champion. An outstanding speech was given by John Parker. Translations are available on request.
Photos on PicasaWeb: album; slideshow
The afternoon drizzle cleared for a fine sultry evening, Man U were playing Barcelona on the box, therefore 53 participants was a good turn-out and made the effort worthwhile.
Four new families saw our publicity on the National Family Week web site, we also had 5 scouts from the 1st Nailsea troop.
It was good to see experienced orienteers using Leigh Woods for training, and as the fastest only just broke the hour for the 6km, this shows the physical challenge of the terrain.
Overall we had 12 short courses, 11 medium courses, and 11 long courses.
Hopefully Ashton court will prove popular next Wed. Don’t forget we’re meeting at the lower car-park, turn left just before the Dovecote pub.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
As we get to the summer orienteering events we all could perhaps all do with reminding ourselves about Lyme disease, ticks and how best to remove them if you do pick one up. I've written an article on ticks and Lyme disease - read it here on the Physiobench website.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
This is a call-out for volunteers to run for BOK in this year’s coast path relay. It is an annual relay race held between orienteering clubs in the south-west along the beautiful and hilly Dorset Coast Path. Last year BOK finished in 2nd place overall in just over 8 hours and 10 minutes, but won the handicap competition. This year we want to win both! Please have a look at the event website for more info and get in touch with Tim Britton if you would like to be part of this year’s team.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Thursday, May 07, 2009
I initially intended to have a combined map for the BEOC courses but, possibly due to the size of the map, RouteGadget wouldn't let me align the controls correctly. So I had to split by maps. The first split times on the New Beechenhurst map are wrong.
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Monday, May 04, 2009
I am writing to record my warmest thanks and appreciation to all of you whose help enabled us to stage a memorable National Event yesterday at Speech House/New Beechenhurst. When we undertook to include the BEOC Elite National Championship and the final of the Future Champions Cup in our Mike Nelson BOKTROT, the complexity of the event increased considerably and placed an enormous strain on the club's resources. The work beforehand involved us in long discussions regarding access permissions, highly demanding course planning, special attention to the Elite/FCC aspect of the event, a very complex entry procedure, months of liaison with other clubs regarding technical and assembly equipment, website publicity, and very high levels of squad recruitment. On the day itself, however, our Event Squads delivered the event magnificently.
Overall, Dave Urch's coordination of the whole 0007 weekend and unfailing enthusiasm on the one hand, and Mark and Katy Dyer's much complimented courses on the other, were fundamental to the success of the BOKTROT. However our planning efforts would have been in vain without your support and input on the day. Our sincere thanks once again to you all.
Howard Thomas, Mike Nelson BOKTROT Organiser
There are 4 pairs of courses which differ only by one control and the scale: 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14.
BEOC and and FCC Long courses needs further processing due to the map exchange and should appear tomorrow in the evening.
Sunday, May 03, 2009
Saturday, May 02, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
The online entries for the Day 1 Regional, Day 2 National and Day 3 Score events have now closed. It will however be possible to enter a limited range of courses (White, Yellow, Orange and Light Green) on each of the first two Days and both the 60 minute and 45 minute score events on Day 3. All are subject to map availability.
The fees for Day 1 are £14 for seniors (£12 for BOF National or SWOA members) and £5 for juniors and students. The fees for Day 2 are £7 for seniors (net of any discount) and £3 for juniors and students. The fees for the Score events are £10 for seniors (£8 for BOF National or local SWOA/WOA members) and £3 for juniors and students.
Monday, April 27, 2009
FCC Middle start times will be online later tonight.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Start times for FCC and BEOC are awaiting latest checking and confirmation and should be available soon.
The times quoted for Saturday Regional and Open Middle courses are the start of an half-hour block.
Some start time for the ASO championship have been modified from previous start time posted on Fabian4.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
After last year’s snow in the south east, we were treated to a weekend of sunshine and warmth in the north east. The cool, overcast start at the Sprint changed dramatically overnight and the good weather persisted until the end of the relays. The sunshine was complemented by some excellent terrain and courses, marred only slightly by the logistical nightmare of bussing everyone in and out for the relays.
The Day 1 Sprint was certainly fast, technically less challenging than last year but with some interesting route choice provided by the central motorways dividing the competition area. Alice Bedwell and Dave Parkin won their classes (W45 and M75), with Mark Saunders 2nd (M50).
Days 2 and 3 at Kyloe and Cockenheugh offered a mix of woodland and open moorland, with the added bonus (for climbers) of passing very close to some well known crags and enticing boulders – quite tempting to stop and have a closer look. Alice Bedwell excelled herself by adding the overall W45 JK title to her Sprint win and there were some notable performances from other BOK runners too. Mark Saunders was 3rd in M50; Jackie Hallett, Alison Simmons and Jo Foster 4th, 5th and 7th in W50 (Alison having won Day 2); Clive Hallett 7th M45; Dudley Budden 3rd M60; Dave Parkin 2nd M75; Anne Donnell 2nd W75 and Pat Grenfell 1st W80. Our juniors too enjoyed some good results – Isla Simmons finished a very creditable 14th in W18E (before going off to the World Schools in Spain); Rosemary Hurford was 1st in W18L; David Maliphant, Jamie Hayward and Ben Kelsey 3rd, 5th and 6th in M18L; Ben Maliphant 10th M16A; and Adam Potter 12th M14A.
The Relay courses at Dipton Woods were themselves excellent, although the 90 minute wait for a bus in each direction was somewhat disappointing! The BOK To Front team of Clive Hallett, Phil Murray and Mark Saunders finished 3rd in M120+, while Jackie ‘n’ The BOKs (Jackie Hallett, Jo Foster and Alice Bedwell) were 6th in W120+. In the M48- class, our BOK To The Future team of Jamie Hayward, Adam Potter and Ben Maliphant finished 12th and the Assorted BOKs juniors (Rosemary Hurford, Abigail Kerr and Jack Kelsey) did well to finish 20th in the Mixed AdHoc class.
So an excellent JK weekend all round. Many thanks to the organising clubs, and also to the weather for holding long enough – Tuesday saw a return to cloud and a cold north easterly wind and on Wednesday several BOK families were treated to thick fog on Lindisfarne.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Orders for the Day 2 National maps go off today with a small additional margin per course. Fabian4 will continue to accept entries until that margin has been reached at which point the course will automatically be closed.
Entries for the Day 1 Regional courses will continue to be accepted up until Wednesday 29 April on all courses apart from the Blue course where the ceiling of 160 has almost been reached. The Men’s Open Middle Distance course is also close to capacity.
Entries on the day will now be restricted to White, Yellow, Orange and Light Green courses only and subject to map availability.
Entries for the Day 3 Score events will continue to be accepted up until Wednesday 29 April and there will also be entry on the day subject to map availability.
(Note the entries might look closed until the proper number of remaining maps is set in the system).
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
BOK are organising an full programme of Summer Informal Events to be launched on Wednesday 27th May at Leigh Woods, which coincides with National Family Week. We hope to get some good publicity by featuring these events on the web sites of National Family Week and also Bristol City Council. The poster/leaflet files are in the publicity section found in "The Klub" area of this web site. Please help if at all possible by printing off these documents and distributing to friends, colleagues, local sports clubs, scouts, cadets, libraries etc, etc. We have a large Klub membership with a wide geographic spread, if everyone managed just a couple of posters we really could increase awareness of our sport and participation at our events. If anyone would like me to send coloured copies of the posters and leaflets please let me know via the web site or the membership list.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Don't forget standard entries for the Springtime in Shropshire weekend need to be in by 23rd April. Also, I'm trying to coordinate a camp site for BOK members, so please contact me soon if you're interested.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Sunday, April 05, 2009
Thursday, April 02, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Sunday, March 08, 2009
Course 1 corresponds to the White Course and Course 7 to the Brown.
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
If anyone else wants to run (particularly juniors), please let Chris or Helen Kelsey know as soon as possible. We can't guarantee a late entry, but we can ask.
Sunday, March 01, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Sunday, February 08, 2009
Friday, February 06, 2009
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Sunday, February 01, 2009
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
We anticipate that online entries for the Triple O Severn Weekend, including the Mike Nelson BOK Trot, will be possible on the Fabian4 website from Thursday 22nd January.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Please remember also that the first closing date for the JK Relays is 23rd January.
Entry forms for both of these events are available from the Hot Links on this website.