Wrekin member Duncan Bayliss has launched a website BetterOrienteering. org
For a long time there has been a need for an easy place to point people to who are interested in starting orienteering, or who have been going for a while and want to improve.
Better Orienteering helps you get better at orienteering whether you are a newcomer or have been going for a few years and have plateaued and stopped improving. The website is structured in sections:
Beginner - Intermediate - Advanced - Beyond Advanced.
There are 9 skills videos in collaboration with SLOW, and a series of free downloads on orienteering skills and links to many useful resources on orienteering. It really is a one stop shop if you want to improve and are wondering how to work on your technique.
The Quick Start section helps you navigate the website and find material that is relevant to the level of experience you have whether you are just starting orienteering or are wanting to find resources to help you stop repeating the same mistakes again and again.
Orienteering is something where there is always room for improvement. It is a great combination of navigation challenge and test of fitness and even orienteers who have been competing for 25 + years are still learning!
Congratulations to Rod Postlethwaite for being awarded the prestigeous Chichester Trophy. We are very fortunate to have a mapper of Rod's ability in the club and we are looking forward to some exciting new projects..
Please find attached entry details for the WM Schools event for 2019, due to take place on 11/05/19 at Shoal Hill.
I would ask you to please send this around your clubs to be passed onto parents and teachers for entries. Please share this widely to allow everyone who wants to enter to do so. Details will be added to the WCH website shortly.
Entries close on the 3rd of May. For any queries, please contact the event organiser Vicky McCreadie (copied).
WCH Fixtures Secretary
Please contact our Schools rep Tony Callow for more information..
Quick reminder of the free Coaching Session at Lizard Hill on 10th March.
Please reply if intending to attend to;
By today, 28th February
Thanks for attending the Activities we have put on over the last few weeks etc.
I think they have all been a success, and introduced some new runners to running and reading a map etc.
In total we had 57 adults and 18 juniors over the 3 activities
Each week we had some close battles to get all the codes within 45 minutes allowed,
Newport was no exception with Richard Przce just edging it and getting a full list,followed by James Ingram and Tom Lewis.
Local knowledge may have helped Tom although Duncan Bayliss found paths he didn't know existed
Thanks and well done to Matt Price and his team Phil,Dawn,Rob and Shirley who along with Richard Przce, we just need to get you to come along and try our Summer events,they are just as enjoyable.
Our next event is Saturday 16th March at The Cockshutt Wood, parking at the rear of Oakengates Leisure centre starts from 10.30 to 12.00
See our events page for full detail
Congratulations to Di Jacks for picking up a Bronze medal at the British Night Championships held in Northern Scotland on Saturday Night. This is a fantastic achievement on a very tough and technical course..at night!
Full Results and Race analysis on the MAROC website here..
Just a reminder that next Tuesday is currently the last in our street activity events.
Newport will be a testing course if you are to beat the clock and do them all in 45minutes,I think it looks the most challenging yet but with hardly any climb.
As in the previous events it starts with a mass start at 7.00 from the car park just behind the shops off Stafford Road and just before Waitrose.
Hopefully those wanting can join us at a suitable Curry house or bar for either a drink and chat or a curry and chat!
The two previous events have been very successful and socially we had 12 people for a drink and curry in Wellington with 22 people running.
If I get enough time I hope to run some more in April perhaps at Bridgnorth and maybe Shifnal
Who is is consistently performing well and who is most active in the club? This is the British Orienteering's official ranking list for the most active members of Wrekin. It automatically updates after each event in the year who is going to knock Clive and Delia off the number one spot?
Provisional results from todays Boreatton Park YBT/WML event here..
Mike Callow has compiled the comments made in the little blue book at the end of the Choc-O. From glancing through them seems most of you could barely stand let alone write anything intelligent.....but seriously all the thanks are very welcome and appreciated by Adrian Pickles who put in a huge amount of work to produce this fun event.
For the non orienteers who enjoyed the choc-O please come along to our street events or any of our upcoming local races, you dont have to be a member just show up and we will get you started.
Thanks for coming last night, a good night followed by an excellent social meal at the Masala, for those that could make it
I have done some simple results, based on correct answers and who finished quickest, within time and penalised those that came back outside time.
Please comment below and I will send them out for you.
Next Tuesday event is Feb 12th at Wellington parking(free) by the swimming pool or as near possible,followed for those that wish either a Curry or Fish and chips restaurant.
Final details are now posted on the 2019 events page and here
Wrekin Orienteers club dinner will be at The Swan at Forton near Newport on:
Saturday 2nd February. Sitting down at 7pm.
The Menu is a Carvery (Vegetarian option of a Nut Roast) a choice of pudding;
Apple pie with custard, Lemon meringue, Toffee cheesecake, Chocolate fudge cake or ice-cream.
£15 - Adults / £10 - Children. Coffee £1 extra.
Mail me at email@example.com with numbers and pudding choice.
Clive and Sharron Richardson
The Wrekin Computer has been whirring away and finally come up with this years (sorry last years) Club Champions...Congratulations...trophies will be presented at the Club Dinner.
WREKIN Orienteers Night Street Score Events 2019
Coming very soon three fast paced night time races kindly organised by Richard Lewis
Score event with 45 minutes to visit as many controls as possible. Finding controls means gaining points, being late back loses points.
The controls will be numbers or colours of street objects like lampposts, hydrants and front doors. You will need a torch, a pencil, a timing device, a map case, some Hi-Viz clothing and road shoes. You could take a compass and whistle.
Mass Start at 7.00 p.m. Cost: £1.00.
There will be a designated social venue to visit after the event. Indian or Fish and Chips. Details on the night.
Enquiries to Richard Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Results are available for todays Club Champs, Steves working on the handicaps etc..so check back later.
Our guests Steve Rush and family from BOK took some fantastic photos and are available here
Back by popular demand...probably the toughest way to earn a chocolate bar.....but definitely the most satisfying.....its CHOC-O 2018.
You thought Clives courses were tough, Adrian Pickles is the new Willy Wonka for this year and he and his team of Oompa Loompas have been busy planting controls posts all over the Mynd with a mere 16kms for the longest course, there are also two shorter courses for the more sensible.. further details here