Congratulations to Mike Callow who finished 1st and brought home the gold medal in the M80 class at the recent British Middle Distance championships, held at Summerhouse Knott in the Lake District.
Mike completed the 2.5km course with 135m of climb and 14 controls in a time of 52.35 beating second placed Trevor Simpson of OD, by a staggering 6 minutes. Well Done Mike.
Also competing in the M80 class was Derek Turner who finished in 7th place.
In the W50 class Sarah Bayliss had a great run finishing 9th, and Di Jacks wasn’t far behind in 12th.
In a large M55 class Tony Callow finished 28th, and competing in the M65 class John Broadhead finished 29th.
Well done to everyone who took on the challenging courses on a very hot day.
Its back! time to run off all that Christmas fayre with the reward at the end of .... more chocolate!
Lawrie Jones is has planned this years courses so expect the longer course to be "challenging"
My top tip for Choc O is to make sure you can keep you map dry and most importantly practice grid references (marking the first two numbers of the grid reference onto the area of map you will using saves you having to unfold all the map at every control)
Important details here
We have managed to navigate a path around all the restrictions/lockdowns/tiers, (but following BOF official guidance) to present the 2020 Wrekin Club Champs..We have only limited number of slots so book early to avoid disappointment. We have prioritised Wrekin Members but are happy to consider entries from members of other clubs once we are aware of numbers. Non Wrekin Members, please email with expressing an interest in running and when confirmed, we will email back.
Details on Events page here:
WREKIN News October 2020
2020 grinds on and orienteering is beginning to emerge around the country in a variety of forms old and new. It is possible to go orienteering but you have to plan ahead to get an entry, print a map or retrieve an access code. It is a new world for experienced Orienteers and sharing experiences will help us all learn as we go. If you have anything to share please write a small piece for the club website and send it to Richard Pay for publication firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for several positive responses to the July job adverts- as you will realise from the Future Events section our ability to hold events changes from day to day. We need to be light on our feet and responsive to sudden changes if we are going to go to or hold events. I will be in touch about opportunities as they arise.
John Bennison Long-O September 13th
WREKIN held the first WM event since lockdown. Thanks to Heather and Tim Kinienwicz for planning and organising this so successfully. We had more participants than usual, almost 100 competitors including many local fell runners.
Summer MapRun Score Series thanks to Richard Rogers and Lawrie Jones for setting this up-
The MapRuns in the street series were released from June to August and are still open for anyone who wants to visit postboxes around the County.
Each course has been completed by around 20 people
10 July Shrewsbury
17 July Bridgnorth
24 July Church Stretton
31 July Newport
7 August Shifnal
14 August Oakengates
MapRunF linear courses
Two areas are set up with linear courses- Carding Mill Valley and Haughmond Hill. These are open for anyone to use. Each is different and there is specific information that is worth knowing before you go. If you want to run them please see the MapRun section on the Club Website for more details.
Winter Street MapRunF Series
Over the winter we will hold a Winter Street Series using MapRun. This will be similar to the Summer MapRun Score event series using street maps with most controls on post boxes
There should be with 5 or 6 courses released over a 4 month period from December to March
The event time limit will probably be 45 minutes- this allows for colder weather and also enables use of smaller areas. Please let me know if this is, or isn’t, is a sensible time limit.
Richard Lewis has volunteered to compile a results league using each persons first run score during the “Event window of competitive opportunity”. There may even be a small prize for the overall winner.
Gains Park, Shrewsbury
Opportunities for setting up MapRunFun exist it is a satisfying and enjoyable thing to do; you get to know your local area even better.
So, if you would like to fill in one of the Tbc gaps and organise one of these events then please let Richard Rogers, Lawrie Jones or Adrian Pickles know. You could have an area in mind or need a suggestion for an area.
Richard Rogers- Richard@ricardito.me.uk, Richard Lewisemail@example.com, Lawrie Jones Lawriej@gmail.com
WMOA are working out how to hold events- WMOA Championships could well happen and a Map Run West Midland League for 2021 is being discussed
British Orienteering News
BO hosted a sharing experience webinar on October 20th . I think a recording of this will be available soon and it will be useful to see what is happening around the country.
BO EVENT SAFETY ONLINE QUALIFICATION; this is a required qualification for anyone organising or planning orienteering events so the more club members who have it the better. More members with this qualification makes event organisation simpler for the club. BO has launched an ONLINE COURSE which is available currently free for any BO member to complete. If you are ever likely to take on an event organisation role, small or large from the Summer Series to SinS please consider completing this course.
Hoping to meet up again sometime safely somewhere
Any questions, comments, offers or requests please get in-touch by email or phone firstname.lastname@example.org. 07846301251
To get some training on terrain there are now some colour coded courses set up on Haughmond Hill with MapRun and using some of the Permanent Orienteering Course marker posts. We are trying a new combination whereby you visit some POC marker posts with a few virtual controls in between to vary the route from the normal POC.
Don't be confused, its easy really!
All you do is just start the MapRun app at the start, do the course and get a result at the end, that's it. There is nothing else to do!
Follow these steps:
1 Visit Wrekin's website, download and print the map to navigate with for the course you want to run.
2 Log in to Map Run then go to Haughmond Hill. Only click "Go to Start", when you are about to start and are at the start point
3 Navigate on the paper map, ignore the MapRun map on your phone it does not have the POC controls and is not a proper detailed orienteering map. Go to all the controls, but not all will give a Ping in the Map Run App.
4 When you finish MapRun gives you a result.
So, some controls are virtual MapRun ones and there is no marker there, but you will get a Ping when you are within the circle.
Some controls are POC marker posts and you will not get a MapRun Ping, you just find the post and move on for those ones. There is nothing to write down or punch. But if you have visited all the controls then MapRun will have a series of controls you were timed at and a GPS track showing that you went round the whole course.
All you do is just start the MapRun app at the start, do the course and get a result at the end, that's it.
We have done it this way so that the MapRun controls are in places where there should be a good GPS signal to help avoid people struggling to get a Ping at some controls under tree cover..
The Routegadget is now open for business on the website. There were some interesting route choices so see which way the leaders went and share where you went and why it all took so long!
All todays results are up here on the website including funky new SportIdent layout, comments and photos of us struggling..
We have just had confirmation from British Orienteering that compliant events are on:
"After a day of dialogue and consultation, we are pleased to have received an update from Sport England which provides a little more detail on the return of sport and physical activity.
While social gatherings of more than six people will be banned in England from 14 September, the government has confirmed that organised sports and activities that have been through return to play protocols can continue, as can organised outdoor sports and physical activity events.
That's because these sports and activities have stringent plans in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19, and because these venues are classed as COVID-secure given the measures they’ve introduced.
So we look forward to welcoming you to the LONG-O on Sunday.
Wrekin Orienteers are proud to host the first race since "The Break". Fitting in a way that its the Long-O, as you'll put as much effort into one race as you would for all the summer events (that didn't happen) combined!
Sunday September 13th 2020
The John Bennison Long-O
NE of Pole Cottage, Long Mynd, Church Stretton, Shropshire.
All entries are online there is no entry on the day
Follow this link to enter
More details here
This week's MapRun course is in Bridgnorth. As usual, it's a 60-minute score course, and the start and finish are at the entrance to the car park between Sainsbury's and the hospital. Controls 1-20 are all postboxes, 21-25 are obvious ground features (road/path junctions/bends).
Bridgnorth MapRun page
I hope we will be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel soon Although hope is the best we can do to make a big difference there are things described in here to offer some relief.
All the best
The first of the planned series of MapRun courses will be published on the MapRun server on Friday 3 July, and is based in Wellington. The start/finish is close to the civic centre where there is ample parking available.
It's a 60-minute score course; all the controls are postboxes, except no. 2 which is a mail bag box (so all mail-related!).
As normal with this series, all runs are at your own risk, and please observe social distancing requirements.
More details here: MapRun
Five people have declared a result.
There were a maximum of 180 points available for getting each control correct as well as spotting all the bonus answers.
The result was determined on the basis of maximum number points followed by shortest time (as a way to combine apples and pears so to speak).
The overall winner is Adrian Pickles 180 points 43 mins
The fastest finisher (first to declare a result) was Mandy Mackereth 170 points, 58 mins
The most persistent competitor was Robert Vickers, 180 points in "a long time" - his words not mine!
Winner of the self-declared "super vets" category was Tim Goffe, 130 points 90 minutes
with a close runner up Dave Deakin 120 points in 54 minutes
The answers are attached.
If anyone still wants to have a go, it is still live, just follow this link, then when you finish self-mark to see how it went.
In view of the latest advice regarding travel and social pub type meetings,I have decided to cancel tomorrow nights event.
I have all the maps and fixed controls ready so will suggest that when things settle down I will put the event on again
Thanks for your understanding
Sunday 5th April 2020, UK Urban League, WM Urban League.
As a result of the COVID 19 outbreak we have taken the decision to postpone this event to a future date towards the end of the year. There are several contributory reasons but we felt it would be inappropiate to be entering into a community at this time where we rely on the goodwill of residents.
entry fees will be returned via the Fabian4 system.
Wrekin Lake District Coaching Weekend
A small group of Wrekin Orienteers took the opportunity to combine some coaching on Graythwaite with a WCOC event on the complex contours of High Rigg over the first weekend in March this year.
Some of the classic areas were earmarked for major events this spring and this limited our choice somewhat. However, Richard Tiley, LOC and Lake District Access Officer was able to negotiate permissions to use the Dale Park area of Graythwaite. In addition, Richard provided the OCAD file of the area, supplied pdf files of previous events and training exercises and went the extra mile by hanging half of the mini markers on control sites a couple of days beforehand!
The area was visited over the weekend of storm Ciara to identify and tape suitable control sites. Felling has taken place on parts of the map but there is still adequate quality terrain to deliver coaching exercises.
Any one who has delivered coaching will know of the challenge to provide activities for a wide range of age and abilities. This is part of the challenge that I enjoy when coaching. To help me on the day I was fortunate to have club coach Tony Callow with me and also my wife Debbie.
To help those taking part get to grips with the map, a simple line event was the first activity. This involved following an imaginary line on the ground and counting how many markers were encountered on the way round. The aim was to encourage orientation of the map and interpretation of contours.
The map displays a huge amount of detail and it is easy to get too engrossed checking off all the features on a leg during a race. So, a couple of exercises using attack points and a traffic light approach were produced to help simplify the use of the map.
Finally, there were a number of short courses to allow these skills to be put together. The emphasis here was accurate navigation rather than speed around the course. Another benefit from the weekend was that there was chance to spend time on quality terrain in a non - competitive situation. For many people the first chance they have to study a map of such complexity is when they pick one up from the map box at the start of a major event. Hopefully, those who attended will feel more confident if they take part in some of the major events taking place in the next few months.
Thanks are due to the Graythwaite Estate for Permissions and to Richard Tiley for going the extra mile.
Congratulations to Kristof who completed his 9.8km course, with 345 metres climb, in just 61 minutes and 37 seconds, to bring home the gold medal at the British Night Championships, in the M35 class. He beat second placed Nick Barrable from SYO by over 5 minutes. Congratulations Kristof.
Congratulations also go to Derek Turner who won the Bronze medal in the M80 class. Derek's course was 3.5km with 115 metres of climb.
February 2020 Spring into Orienteering
A news sheet for WREKIN Orienteers about forthcoming events and to advertise a significant organising opportunities.
This isn’t everything you need so please check details on a relevant website. There are other events in the West Midlands- check out Thursday nights with Harlequins.
The club had a successful first month of the year including the finish of Choc O, competitive success at the Laurie Bradley Score Event on New Years Day to staging the West Midland League Race at Wrockwardine Wood, holding the social Club Presentation Dinner at the Corbet Arms and there were a couple of Winter Street Races as well.
CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019
MADELEY COURT 04/01/2020
Summer Series (Di’s analysis)
Junior G Allinson
Ladies L Riley
Men E Heritage
Most Improved Beginner M Rowley
West Midland League, most points
Lady G Allinson
Man C Richardson D Turner
Chairmans Big K Trophy
for the person who has done most for the club awarded to Dave Deakin, for his work as Treasurer and Fixtures Secretary, which means he gets through a lot of work every year.