18 QO seniors (joined by three guests from SARAUM and WSX) and eight juniors took part in this year’s club championships in Bridgwater, followed by a social and awards.
The juniors had a score course with SIAC (contactless) controls on The Meads and St. Matthews Field. Congratulations to Martha, Oliver and Finlay who came 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively in both elite and handicap scoring.
The seniors had a virtual MapRun score course in the same areas as the junior course, extending north into the town centre and south into Hamp. Each control was worth the same, but Jim had cleverly planned the course in such a way that no control was convenient and it was impossible to get all of them. Congratulations to the top 3: Mark, Richard and Paul.
Here are a few words from our new club champion:
Looking at the map (1:5000 A3) I knew from the start I was not going be able to get them all and that the route choice across the fields was critical.
Being a mass start I went off hard until I dropped or lost any ‘companions’ and then settled into making sure I didn’t make any mistakes and my route was optimum.
The map and course were excellent, forcing new decisions on control selection and route choice as I bounced from macro to the micro. The last 5 mins were really hard, my legs protesting as I climbed the slope back to the finish.
Afterwards, a social was held at the nearby Boat & Anchor Inn. After enjoying drinks in the sunshine and a buffet lunch, everyone gathered for the AGM and prize givings.
To kick things off, Andy Rimes was awarded the Chairperson’s trophy for years of managing the SI system.
The AGM then followed (the minutes will be published soon) before the results and prizegiving.
Alasdair recognised everyone who has been awarded a BOF navigation challenge award (Al 2*, Freddie 2*, Finley 3*, Jacob S 3*, Alsadair 5*, Hamish 5*, Robin 5*) and racing challenge award (Freddie Bronze 2*, Jacob S Bronze 2*, Sebastian Silver 2*, Al Gold 2*, Alsadair Gold 5*, Hamish Gold 5*).
In the Tempo-O series, Alasdair Shaw competed in several events, with a best result of 24th overall (1st GBR), and Sarah Hasler competed one event coming 276th.
In OO Cup in Umea, Sweden - Rosie Wych was 8th overall in W65 (and 1st GBR), and Andy Rimes was 31st in M55 (and 4th GBR).
Ray & Sue Toomer were awarded the JOG 2021-22 Trophy for Services to Junior Orienteering.
In the Street Series - the short course was won by Rosie Wych, with Ray Toomer in 2nd and Brian Pearson in 3rd place. The long course was won by Chris Philip, with Adam Fieldhouse in 2nd and Ollie Rant in 3rd place. View full results
On the Quantock Challenge - the short course was won by Ian Mayhew, with Mark Saunders in 2nd and Iain Large in 3rd place. The long course was won by Robin, with Paul 2nd and Richard in 3rd place. View full results
Finally the Quantock Forest League (QOFL): Download full results
Ben Chesters DEVON
Robin Fieldhouse QO
Ben Perry DEVON
Ky Aizawa DEVON
Simon St Leger-Harris QO
Rachel Bussell QO
Jill Green DEVON
Roger Craddock QO
David Harrison QO
Harriet Keenan DEVON
Lucy Bussell QO
Christine King BOK
Oliver Lewis QO
Lottie Jackson DEVON
Finlay Goddard QO
Al Pascall QO
Sebastian Hemmings QO
Freddie Macpherson QO
Max Landrigan BOK
Iris Landrigan BOK
Richard Morris BOK
Thank you to everyone who came to the Club Championships and the social afterwards, to Jim for planning the event, and to Roger and Judy for organising the venue.