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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Annual Dinner and Awards - Photos

A full report on this event appeared in the recent issue of BOK News.

Photos on PicasaWeb: album; slideshow.

BOK Army Championships 2009

Tony Noot writes:
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

Leigh Woods Summer Informal - Organiser's Report

Jonathan Hurford writes:
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

Triple O Severn - RouteGadget for M21E

At long last, I 've managed to produce splits correct for RouteGadget for the second part of the M21E course.
You can draw you route here.

Ticks and Lyme Disease - Information for Orienteers

Jane Hodgson of Physiobench writes:
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

Triple O Severn - Day 2 Ranking List Scores

British Orienteering Ranking List scores for Day 2 (The Mike Nelson BOKTrot National Event) are now available.

Dorset Coast Path Relay - 11th July

Tim Britton writes:
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.

Event Cancelled

The Rodway Common sprint event scheduled for 30th May has been cancelled.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Klub Weekend 26th-28th June

For this year's Klub Weekend, we are once again taking advantage of the Mid Summer on Gower events to get together with Swansea Bay Orienteering Club on the weekend of 27th-28th June. There are 3 events planned for the weekend, a Friday evening event, a Welsh league event on Saturday at Whiteford Burrows (which will also be used by SBOC for their club championships) and the popular 2x2 relay event on Sunday at Broughton Burrows. We aim to share camping with SBOC at Kennexstone Camping Park http://www.gowercamping.co.uk/, with the traditional socialising activities including a barbecue and rounders on Saturday evening. So that we can give SBOC an idea of numbers and ensure adequate camping space together, please contact Chris or Helen Kelsey as soon as possible to indicate an interest. Please note also that the 2x2 relay is pre-entry only – for further details of this and the other events visit the SBOC website: http://www.sboc.fsnet.co.uk/

Harvester Relays 20th/21st June

This year’s Harvester relays will be held on the complex open limestone terrain of Merthyr Common in South Wales. The Harvester is a multi-leg night/day team event, commencing late on the Saturday evening and continuing into the early part of Sunday morning. There is a 7-leg A course and a 5-leg B course, with various classes available including a handicap. Please let Chris or Helen Kelsey know if you’d like to enter so that they can co-ordinate the team entries. It would be good to get a Junior team together this year, so all you Juniors who may have finished exams by then, please make yourselves known. Further details are available on the SWOC website http://www.swoc.org.uk/. For those fit enough, there will also be a warm-up event on the Saturday afternoon at Clydach Terrace, as used for the final day of Croeso 2008.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Triple O Severn - Day 2 Badge Times

Badge times for Day 2 (The Mike Nelson BOKTrot National Event) are now available.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Triple O Severn - More RouteGadget

RouteGadget for the BEOC courses (Mallards Pike and New Beechenhurst) and for the Day 3 Score are now available.

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.

More BOKTrot Photos

David Olivant (NOC) has kindly provided more photos (many featuring BOK members) taken at last Sunday's BOKTrot. Take a look on PicasaWeb [album; slideshow] to see if you are featured.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Monday, May 04, 2009

Triple O Severn - Day 3 Provisional Results

Provisional results are now available.

Message of Thanks from Howard Thomas

Dear BOK Members,

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

Springtime in Shropshire Entries

Springtime in Shropshire takes place 23 - 25th May 2009. Closing date for postal entries is 9th May and for electronic entries is 13th May 2009. Details are at: http://www.sins.org.uk/.

OD Regional Event 17 May 2009

The closing date for OD's regional event near Coventry on 17 May is Sunday 10 May 2009. Details are at http://www.octavian-droobers.org/flyers/Bent2009.htm

Greyfield Wood - Flyer

A flyer for the local event at Greyfield Wood, North Somerset, on Sunday 7th June 2009 is now available.

Triple O Severn - RouteGadget

The map and courses of the National event have been uploaded to RouteGadget. You can trace your route and compare it with the other competitors. There is some help and a test event if you'd like to practice before drawing yesterday's route.

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

Triple O Severn - Day 2 Provisional Results

Provisional results (including WinSplits and Splitsbrowser) are now available. RouteGadget to follow.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

FCC Long - Start times

The start times for the FCC Long on Sunday 3rd are available here.