Chairman’s O-Notes – 28th December 2016

Posted on Thu, 29th December 2016 by Julie Astin
Club News

Hello everyone – I hope you had a lovely Christmas and are now looking forward to an orienteering-packed 2017! As you will see below, the New Year kicks off with two great events – so no excuses!

As usual, the Boxing Day Canter was a wonderful event – blessed by mild, sunny weather, and there was a record turnout  – 300! WIM did us proud by providing mulled wine and mice pies at the end, too. Perfick.

The Bonus controls of Father Christmas, the Angels and a Christmas Tree made all the difference as to one’s final score. This year, I bagged only one of them (although later found out that I’d probably run right past Father Christmas near my first control!) Hey ho!

Anyway, the best WSX scorers were:

James 9th   Roger 15th  Jolyon 17th  Ian 35th

Special mention must be made of Kath Dean (sorry Kath!) for ending up with the miraculous points total of -340! Unfortunately, she had a bit of a problem and managed to take over 90 minutes, hence losing all her hard-earned score by getting -610 penalty points!! But I’m sure she was still as cheerful as always at the end! Well done Kath.

Upcoming Events in 2017



Sunday, January 1st –  Score event at Copehill Down, Salisbury Plain, organised by Sarum. This is a unique opportunity to run around a  mock village, built by the Army for training purposes, as well as the surrounding open plain. See
for details. Entries now available on fabian4.
Monday, January 2nd – our club’s first event of 2017, the Poole Night League event. This year we’re basing ourselves at The Quay Wetherspoon’s pub. Flier available on our website:


Thursday, January 12th – Southampton’s Night League event in Romsey. See
Saturday, January 21st – WIM’s informal at Avon Heath Country Park. see

and in February…..
Thursday, February 2nd – Southampton’s Night League event at Stoke Park Wood, Eastleigh. See
Saturday, February 4th – Sarum’s afternoon informal and Night League event at Stonedown, near Sixpenny Handley. See
Monday, February 6th – WIM’s Night League event in Dorchester.
Sunday, February 12th – our own Galoppen event at Holmsley. Please enter on fabian4 using Helper’s Code of ‘nosnow’
Thursday, February 16th – our Night League event at Upton Country Park. Flier availableon our website.
Saturday, February 25th – our Presentation Social at Queens Park
Flier attached.

Advanced notice: if you are planning to go to the JKs at Easter, and would be interested in running in a relay team, can you please let me know? Many thanks.

And finally…..

There is a regular training session every Tuesday at Bournemouth UNI (Wallisdown Campus) Be at the Sports Centre ready for a 6pm start. Hill training or 1K circuits, followed by a very sociable session in the UNI bar. All abilities welcome.

Wishing you all a healthy and happy 2017.

Orienteering Club