The proposals by Andrew Kelly to change the format for juniors at Badge events from age related courses to a Colour Coded format appears to be more than was first envisaged. The replies to the WAOC juniors about their concerns about the format change appears to have the added comment that he would also like the senior courses to be Colour Coded rather than age related. If this were to happen would this be the death of badge events as we know them as there will be no difference in their format from Colour Coded events? Dave Wotton provides more details on page 6 It appears that Andrew Kelly has been getting comments from other juniors in the region so he is planning to hold a meeting in the near future with them. We'll try and keep you posted on any further developments.
Neil & Pauline Humphries
March was quite a busy month for WAOC, starting with the AGM and going on to the CompassSport Cup Regional Round at Wakerley Great Wood. Lets deal with the latter event first. We were unfortunate to be in the group that contained both the first and second favourites for the Cup, so it is fair to say that our chances of winning were not too good! Many thanks to all of you who turned out to run for us at what turned out to be a considerably over-priced event, but it was disappointing that once again we were missing a number of our key runners. Congratulations to Neil Humphries, Chris Morley and Noreen Ives among the seniors and Peter Gardner, Blanka Sengerova, Helen Gardner and Martin Humphries among the juniors. Thank you for running your socks off for us - you deserved better than the last place we achieved.
Which brings me to the AGM. This seems to be developing into quite a family event, which is tremendous. We had very few takers for the Street-O this year (one pair, who shall be nameless, got lost/diverted via the chip shop, which was different), and a number of our younger attendees got very hungry waiting for the meeting to end and the eating to begin, so I think we need to tweak the format for next year. As always, Hally Hardie produced an array of O puzzles, so that those who were not standing around gossiping, were co-operating in pitting their brains against Hally's. Thanks, Hally; a WAOC AGM would be a sorry affair without your brain teasers.
The meeting itself, well lubricated with mulled wine, was a lively and good-natured affair. Alan Milne, now standing down as Treasurer and Equipment Officer because his work has moved him away from WAOC Land, reported that we had made a slight profit on the year, despite having provided overprinted maps at no extra cost at all our colour-coded events since October. Now that the maps are commercially printed and the cost has doubled he warned that we shall have to monitor our event budgets and adjust entry fees and costs to avoid making a loss.
Highlight of the meeting came in the discussion of the Treasurer's report when Hally Hardie suggested that the club apply for Millennium Award lottery funding for a SportIdent electronic punching system. This suggestion provoked an enthusiastic response, in particular from the juniors present, some of whom have had considerable experience of the SportIdent system at inter-regional and international events. There was consideration of how to attach hired e-cards to young juniors so they did not lose them in the forest at club expense, and a suggestion that it might be possible to continue to use pin punches on White and Yellow courses, which might be less confusing for young orienteers and also less stressful for club treasurers! A show of hands at the end of the discussion showed all but one to be strongly in favour of pursuing the application.
Now that the Committee has considered it in more detail, it seems that a system with 50 controls, which would be enough for a full colour coded event but not for a badge event, and 150 e-cards (for hire by those who have not yet bought their own), together with the associated hardware, software etc. would cost in the order of £7000, so we should be applying close to the maximum £5000 from the Millennium Award and planning a club contribution of around £2000 in cash and some £15,000 in the first year in volunteers' time, which we can also take into consideration. Let us know what you think - write, e-mail or phone me: information below.
It is very important that we continue to make a small profit on our events, as your subs only cover EA levy and Jabberwaoc costs: other costs are covered by event profits. At its last meeting, the committee decided that to cover the increased BOF levy from 1 May we would have to increase adult entry fees by 50p to £3.50. In addition, because of the cost of providing overprinted maps, we shall have to charge the true cost (40p) for hard copy results, while reminding people that they can access complete results on the WAOC web site.
Club A B C D E F G Total NOC 39 50 50 56 62 29 29 315 WCH 60 43 44 42 53 25 10 277 DVO 46 41 29 55 32 19 18 240 OD 29 49 54 34 46 6 21 239 LEI 34 46 44 49 20 8 18 219 HOC 47 23 45 18 40 15 14 202 NOR 24 19 26 40 6 19 11 145 WAOC 21 29 8 6 41 15 14 134
Course Points Name Class Time A 8 Ian Jones M21 80:53 A 7 Jeff Green M21 83:33 A 6 Rolf Crook M21 84:07 B 20 Neil Humphries M40 69:26 B 5 Mark Wadeson M35 83:25 B 4 Dave Wotton M35 89:29 C 5 Mike Capper M45 64:03 C 2 Colin Brown M45 68:04 C 1 Mike Bickle M55 70:56 D 3 Julia Carpenter W21 72:22 D 2 Caroline Louth W21 85:31 D 1 Helen Christopher W21 85:49 E 20 Chris Morley M60 50:53 E 12 Noreen Ives W45 54:26 E 5 Lindsey Freeman W45 60:44 F 10 Peter Gardner M16 30:45 F 5 Blanka Sengerova W18 36:39 G 10 Helen Gardner W14 28:38 G 4 Martin Humphries M14 35:41
The following attained top 3 finishes in the Midland Championships.
2nd M10 Philip Humphries 1st M18 Neil Northrop 3rd W14 Helen Gardner 1st W18 Leonie Brown
also Graham Watson was 3rd overall in M21L
The Radio-O is confirmed for 28 May. Please let me know in advance if you wish to take part so that I can hire a suitable number of radios. There is also a limit to the number of people who can do this event so book your place in advance by phoning me, writing to me or sending me an e-mail, or turn up early on the day. This year there will be an orange standard and a green standard radio-O course.
The latest training schedule is:
|28 May, 10:00am||Rowney Warren||Radio-O, multi-technique including control picking|
|Summer Galloppen TBD||Therfield Heath||Brown only, Line event|
|2/3 September||Windermere||Lakes Training Weekend|
|October TBD||Bush Heath||Map memory, control hanging|
The training weekend is booked for 2/3 September. Accommodation has been booked at Great Tower Scout Camp for the nights of 1 and 2 September. There are 16 places available in this bunk bed accommodation with hot showers, wash basins, toilets, heating and full self catering kitchen facilities. There is also a shop at the site and a good pub a couple of miles away. You will need to provide your own breakfast and lunch and we will eat at the pub on Saturday night. You will need to provide your own transport there (we can arrange lift sharing), but once there, we have minibus transport for the 16 staying in the camp.
Training will be all day Saturday and until 2-3pm on Sunday. One of the areas will be Great Tower Wood. There may also be the opportunity to try canoeing if there is enough demand.
Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, but more people can attend if they can find their own accommodation. The cost of the weekend for those requiring accommodation will be approximately £30 for adults and £15 for children. If you wish to attend the training but find your own accommodation there will be a charge on the day to cover the cost of maps.
To reserve your place please return the form below with a deposit of £15 per person (payable to WAOC) if you require accommodation. Please return the form also if you wish to attend but don't require accommodation so that I can determine the number of maps required. Please send the forms to me at: [address deleted from online edition]
Following the article in the previous edition of Jabberwaoc, WAOC's juniors, led by Blanka Sengerova (W18), have replied to Andy Kelly, the BOF Junior Development officer, voicing their concerns about the proposals.
In general, the juniors were not enthusiastic about the proposals (to replace age-related classes at Badge events by colour-coded courses, and to adjust the lengths of some of the colour-coded courses.)
A common complaint was that Badge events are seen as more challenging than colour-coded events and provide a tiered competitive structure (colour-coded, badge, national) which would be eroded by changing the structure of badge events.
In his reply Andy Kelly stoutly defended his proposals, claiming that for every voice supporting the status quo, he was aware of many more who wanted change. Neil Northrop challenged Andy with the observation: "If the colour-coded format is so good that you want it to replace age-related competition for juniors, why don't you do the same for adults?" The reply was illuminating (adult readers take note): "I would if I could", said Andy, "but my remit is to review junior courses. I hope that adult badge events will be restructured along similar lines in a few years".
Another aspect of Andy's proposals which would have an impact on adult as well as junior competitors is his belief that the Light Green course is generally planned too easy and that in a TD4 (*) area, Light Green should be of the same difficulty as Green, just shorter. Clare Woods pointed out that many juniors (and perhaps some adults) would find the jump from an Orange standard course to a (short) Green standard course too hard. However, Andy is not sympathetic to this point of view and continues to argue that a Light Green course planned correctly at a TD4 level is a suitable advance from an Orange course planned at TD3. Planners and Controllers might like to consider Andy's proposals carefully, as their implementation would imply that Light Green courses in East Anglia should be harder than they typically are at present.
I think our juniors did an excellent job of articulating their concerns. Andy has gone some way to answering their questions and clarifying his proposals, but I'm not sure that he fully understands why they are concerned: the response tends to be "trust me".
Well done to Blanka, Neil, Steven, Helen, Peter, Helen, Clare, Martin, and Philip (hope I've not forgotten anyone).
(*) TD stands for Technical Difficulty. Courses are graded by Technical Difficulty, with White = TD1, Yellow = TD2, Orange = TD3, Light Green = TD4, Green, Blue and Brown = TD5. But areas are also graded by technical difficulty and East Anglia, in general, does not have sufficiently complex areas to plan genuinely TD5 courses, so Green, Blue and Brown in East Anglia are often only at TD4. The October 1998 edition of Jabberwaoc contained an article describing the Technical Difficulty guidelines in more detail.
Chicksands, on the edge of Shefford, has a long history of military involvement stretching back to the Civil War in the 17th Century. Its history, however, stretches further back with a mention in the Domesday Survey of 1086 of a manor at Chicksands.
The Priory originally consisted of a pair of adjacent cloisters - one for men and one for women - with a dividing wall. Thomas a Becket, as Archbishop of Canterbury, took refuge in Chicksands in 1164 disguised as a canon. He later went into exile in France, after which a Pope's intervention led to his return to England and his subsequent murder in Canterbury Cathedral prior to his canonisation in 1173.
In 1531 Henry VIII proclaimed himself head of the church in England and set about dissociating all churches from Rome. He then dissolved all religious houses and their lands in favour of the Crown. Following a visit of the King's lawyers and a report that two nuns were pregnant, the Prior of Chicksands signed a deed of surrender in 1538, thus bringing the religious era to an end. There is a story, dating to the lawyer's report of a walled-up disgraced nun whose ghost (called Rosetta) still haunts the Priory to this day.
Following ownership by the Crown, the Priory and lands were sold to Richard Snowe whose son, Daniel, bequeathed it to Mary Osborne. In 1598 title to the Chicksands estate passed to the Osbornes who held it in the family until 1936. Sir Peter Osborne was born in 1585, married Lady Dorothy Danvers in 1609 and was later appointed Royal Governor of Guernsey. Of their eight children one of the five survivors was a daughter called Dorothy after her mother.
In 1643 with the Civil War raging, Sir Peter left Chicksands for Guernsey to support his king, financing the operation personally. Sir Peter abandoned Guernsey in 1645 and joined his wife who had previously moved to France. It was during a Channel crossing that William Temple (of a prominent Roundhead family) met Dorothy Osborne (Sir Peter's daughter) and fell in love. Both families disapproved of the relationship and the couple did not meet again for two years. After the beheading of the King and the virtual surrender of Sir Peter he returned to Chicksands where, after the death of his wife, he was nursed by his daughter Dorothy until he died in 1653 when Dorothy's brother John inherited the eastate. During this time Dorothy had established a clandestine correspondence with William Temple. The Temple family finally relented and the pair were married on Christmas Day 1654. Lady Dorothy died in 1695 and is buried in Westminster Abbey.
In 1753 with help from his brother-in-law the Earl of Halifax, Sir Danvers Osborne, became Governor of New York. Following a hostile reception, Sir Danvers, in a fit of depression hanged himself. A monument to the Earl of Halifax is situated on the main path through Chicksands Wood.
The 6th Baronet, Sir George Robert, built the three Chicksands lodges and his initials "GRO" with family crest can still be seen on their walls. In 1889 his son Henry was lost at sea in the collision of the steamer "Comtesse de Flandres" with the steamer "Princess Henriette". A monument commemorating the accident can be seen towards the South East of Chicksands Wood. Sir George Robert's grandson Algernon, saved in the shipwreck, became heir and subsequently 7th Baronet in 1892. He married Beatrice Greenfield of Haynes Park who, as Lady Beatrice, was hostess to wounded soldiers at the Priory during the 1914-1918 war.
In 1936 the estate was bought by the Crown with the Air Ministry as executive custodians. After a brief leasing to private tenants the Air Ministry began developing Chicksands as a secret service station and played a large part in the reception of signals for transfer to Bletchley Park in the breaking of the German Enigma code. There are also still remains of old rail workings in the wood, a relic of World War II when ammunition was stored in the here.
In 1950 the US Air Force required a permanent Security Service base in Britain and the 6940th Radio Squadron was formed at RAF Chicksands. The base continued to be operated by the US Air Force until 30 September 1995 when the combination of modern technology and the lessening of East-West tension made the function redundant. The circular AN/FLR-9 antenna, known affectionately locally as the "Elephant Cage", and providing a landmark of doubtful aesthetic appeal was dismantled during 1996. Chicksands has now been acquired by the Ministry of Defence as a Joint Services Base.
This is a list of the events that will make up the Schools League this year:
3 May WAOC TL032487 KEMPSTON RIVER MEADOWS, Bedford Car Park is on the north side of Hillgrounds Road some 750m from its junction with B531 ( Traffic Lights - may be signed 'Addison Centre Hillgrounds Leisure' ). This junction is midway between Kempston and Bedford ( south bank ). Contact: Steve Williams 10 May SMOC SP362891 CALDECOTTE, Ouzel Valley, Milton Keynes Car Park at Caldecotte Arms (Big Windmill), off H10, 200m from A5. From West : turn off A5 at Caldecotte, Junction A4146. Follow signs. From East (Jct 13, M1 ) follow A421 Buckingham Road (becomes H8 in MK) until 'Open University' sign. Turn Left down V10, then turn right on H10. Follow signs. Contact: Colin Nicholson 17 May HH TL228113 STANBOROUGH PARK, Welwyn Garden City From the roundabout adjacent to junction 4 of A1(M), follow A6129 towards Welwyn Garden City for 1km. Turn left into car park (signed 'Swimming Pool') Contact: John Currie 24 May SMOC SP920294 STOCKGROVE PARK, Heath and Reach Follow A418 SW for 1.8 km from A5 then turn right - signed to Stockgrove Park. Contact: Colin Nicholson 7 June WAOC TL124404 ROWNEY WARREN, Shefford From roundabout at junction of A507 / A600 (1km west of Shefford) follow A600 for 2.5km towards Bedford then turn left (signed 'Chicksands'). Car Park is 250m on left. Contact: Steve Williams
14 June HH TQ080983 WHIPPENDELL WOOD, Watford From the large roundabout (Junction of A41 with M25 spur road and A411) follow A411 (signed 'Watford') for 0.9km, turn sharp right into Grove Mill Lane, and after a further 1.3km turn left into Car Park (concealed entrance). Contact: John Currie
Helpers are required to assist in the running of these events. It is normally possible to get a run yourself if you wish. If you are able to assist in any way please contact:
Format: The courses are aimed at children of 11 years and older, but younger children may take part. At the individual events, there will be three courses of differing length and technical difficulty, corresponding to Yellow, Orange and Light Green. Children would normally run the course appropriate for their age (see details in table below) and would normally run singly. Those lacking experience may run a simpler course. Runners on the same course would start at one-minute intervals: runners from the same school and on the same course would start four minutes apart. Staff, helpers, and older pupils (aged 19 or over) may compete on the longest course. At the last event there are team relays. Teams of three compete on a long or short course according to age and experience. A single runner runs each leg of the relay. Further details of the relay evening, including entry forms, will be made available at one of the earlier events.
Scoring: An 'Ideal Winning Time' will be estimated for each class. Points will be awarded to each competitor according to the formula: Points = 100 × [ (Ideal Winning Time) / (Competitor's Time) ] (The longer you take to complete the course, the fewer points you will score) Competitors running as a pair would share the normal points between them; those lacking experience and wishing to run a simpler course would be awarded half points. Those running in groups of three or more, or with adult help, do not score. For those attending all the first five events their 1999 league score will be the aggregate of their four best scores (maximum 400 points): for those attending four or less events all points will count. A shield, to be held for a year, is awarded to the boy and the girl winner of each age group. Medals will be awarded to the first three in each class. A Schools Shield is awarded to the school with the most points, calculated thus: at each of the individual events a school's team score is the sum of its six best individual scores; the school's score for the season is the sum of the four best team scores achieved at the first five events or, for those not attending all five events, the sum of all the team scores at the individual events.
A runner should commit him/herself to a class at the start of the series and will be eligible for a medal or the shield in only that class.
Which Course Should I Be Running?
BOYS GIRLS Your School Year Your Class Course Your Class Course Up to 4 / 5 B 4 / 5 * C G 4 / 5 * C 6 / 7 B 6 / 7 C B 6 / 7 C 8 / 9 B 8 / 9 B G 8 / 9 B 10 / 11 B 10 / 11 A G 10 / 11 B 12 / 13 B 12 / 13 A G 12 / 13 A 14 + STAFF A STAFF A
* These additional classes for boys and girls, years 5 and below, are being introduced this year.
This is an award scheme introduced by The British Schools Orienteering Association. It is designed to encourage young people, by using maps, to venture into the outdoor world. It is a four stage incentive scheme based on participants successfully locating checkpoints. The four stages are as follows:
Tree award 25 checkpoints Copse award 50 checkpoints Wood award 75 checkpoints Forest award 100 checkpoints
At each stage a multi coloured woven badge and / or A4 certificate is awarded. Achievement is monitored by recording checkpoints on a progress card (Explorer's Personal Logbook). The results will show the number of checkpoints to be awarded at each event (each control correctly visited will be worth one checkpoint - a competitor who retires or miss-punches will be awarded checkpoints for any controls correctly visited). Schools will be responsible for keeping the logbooks, and for obtaining and presenting the awards. Further details of the scheme, and where the logbooks, certificates and badges may be obtained, will be available at the Schools League events.
|What is "The Grizzly"?
"Two thousand muddy, hilly centimiles of edge of sanity running at its best - The multiest-terrain running experience"
Axe Valley Runners put on 'The Grizzly' every year. The main race is between 18 and 20 miles and there is a Cub run of 8-10 miles. It is based around Seaton in Devon although the course is never exactly the same as a previous year. It is certainly multi-terrain - there's beach, tarmac road, coastal footpath (at a wide range of gradients), muddy farm track, steep grassy slopes, mud and streams.
I had never done anything like it before. I had once (2 years ago) run 10 miles up the river bank in Cambridge and I have run 10 km quite a few times. Dave Wotton has run the main Grizzly race for the last 6 years, and somehow persuaded me (did you get me drunk Dave?) that it would be a good idea for me to partake of the Grizzly Experience by running the Cub run (8-10 miles up and down lots of hills was quite enough of a challenge).
So at the beginning of this year I tried to make the effort to run once a week at lunch times during the week as well as orienteering most Sundays. I only get time to run 3-4 miles at lunch time. Occasionally I also managed to get a 2nd run in one evening or on Saturday that was slightly longer. Running round Milton Country Park or the streets of Cambridge however doesn't really give you the kind of hill training you need for the Grizzly. One weekend at the beginning of March Dave and I went to Therfield Heath. I ran 2 laps (7 miles) and Dave ran 3 laps. Two weeks later we went back and I did 3 laps and Dave did 4. For the next week my calf muscles ached but I felt good that I had managed to run the distance and I was noticing that my breathing was easier when running uphill. The week before the race I did no running at all. My only exercise was cycling to work.
On 1 April we drove down to Devon. On the Sunday over 1500 adrenaline buzzing people arrived in Seaton to run either the main race or the Cub race. Aerobic Rob calmed us down and warmed us up before the race started. The main race started on the Esplanade at 10:30am and almost immediately turned on to the beach. The Cub run started on the beach and merged with the main race 3 minutes after their start and after the really good people (Dave included!) had passed. For the 1st mile of the race lots of people were overtaking me at high speed. After a tough start along the beach we did a loop of street running in Seaton before heading west out of Seaton up the cliff road. My shins started hurting early on and I was thinking, "thank goodness I'm not running 20 miles!" After a few steep ascents we were mainly on flatter coastal footpaths and farm tracks by which time I had warmed up and was feeling good, particularly when I overtook lots of people going downhill. It was down into Beer then up again for a while before a very steep descent to the beach at Branscombe where they took us through some water to cool our feet down. At this point the Cub run turned back east along the beach and the main run carried on west along the beach. That bit of beach running for the Cub run did not last long but I found it very draining. It was a scramble off the beach and then immediately back up the steep slope we had come down earlier. Even the really good people don't run up these slopes.
Once at the top of the cliff I found renewed energy somehow and got running well again. I had been with a woman from the start - she would overtake me on the uphills and I would overtake her on the downhills. We had a bit of a chat and spurned each other on. I found the running just flowed as the slopes were much more gentle here and the scenery was very pleasant. I kept with this woman all the way to the finish although she finally beat me across the line by about 40 seconds.
There were spectators at various points along the course, particularly in Seaton and Beer and their cheering really encouraged me along. There are also lots of signs along the course some with words of encouragement to help you along too. 1 hour and 35 minutes after starting I crossed the finish line, shattered but very pleased with my time. All the pain was forgotten and there was a great sense of achievement.
I found it very interesting that although lots of people could overtake me on the uphill and on the flat, I overtook lots of people including lots of men going downhill. I was also in my element when the track was fairly flat but muddy and bumpy. I am quite sure this was due to my orienteering experience.
So may be this time next year I will be telling you about my experiences of running 20 miles! Now I've just got to keep up the fitness!
1999 events proved that this event is increasing in popularity and I'm hoping that, like previous years, the organisers will volunteer. This is a list of provisional dates that are available so that anyone willing to have a go can pick and choose what date and venue suits them.
List of (provisional) available dates:
|7 June||(possibly at Rowney in conjunction with the schools event).|
|21 June||Julia Carpenter at Therfield Heath.|
Suggested starts would be from 1830 hrs through to 1930 hrs. However, if courses can be set up to allow for starts earlier than this organisers should publish this as widely as possible as early as possible. The reason behind the later times is that some organisers are having to take excessive time off work to be able to set up for earlier starts, thus deterring some would-be organisers. However, the downside is the probability that controls may have to be collected in the dark at some events if competitors take too long.
There should be at least two courses, one roughly Orange level, and the other at roughly Green level. However, organisers/planners should be encouraged to offer more interesting deviations from the normal x-country events should they wish to experiment, but in so doing bear in mind that some Club members cannot cope with the excessive/convoluted mental activity sometimes needed (whereas others of us positively revel in it - many of our areas just don't offer much of a challenge). Also bear in mind that average attendance is only about 20, but organisers could be caught out with double this number (exceptionally), or fewer than half.
Entry fees at all Galoppen events will now be fixed at £1.50 for adults and 50p for juniors.
These are all very light hearted and low key, anyone unsure about their abilities to either plan or organise will find them ideal to cut their teeth on! The more experienced folk seem to enjoy doing them simply as a change from the usual event. If someone is unsure about doing one on their own then I will willingly give them a hand.
Please call and put your bids in.
Please note, the fixtures shown on this page are the same as the ones in the printed edition of Jabberwaoc, but they have been extracted from the official BOF fixture list on 28th April 2000, rather than being a straight copy from the printed Jabberwaoc. This means there may be some minor changes in format or content. Where changes in content occur, it is likely that this version is more accurate than the printed version, as it will be slightly more up to date.
Colour Coded events normally have registration from 10:00 to 12:00 with
starts from 10:30 to 12:30. Full Colour Coded events include courses from Yellow
to Brown and will normally have a White
Badge events provide age related courses and normally require pre-entry. If entry on the day (EOD) is possible it will normally be restricted. A limited range of Colour Coded courses may also be available; this will normally be entry on the day. Club members are welcome at Badge events although they are expected to become BOF members after attending 3 events outside their region. SEF indicates that a standard BOF entry form is acceptable.
National events are only open to BOF members. Details of BOF membership can
be obtained from the membership secretary, Anne Duncumb
Night event details vary considerably; it would be advisable to check with the event organiser.
July 1/2 EA EAOA JIRC Ind: Beeston Regis (NOR) Relay: Brandon Park (WAOC) 8/9 NW SELOC Night Relays SD912182 Harvester: Watergrove, Rochdale. 16 EA SOS Relays TL790306 Broaks Wood, Gosfield 16 EM LEI CC SK766115 Burrough Hill August 6-11 WOA Badge CD: 18 Jun Croeso 2000, Dolgellau 27/9 YH EBOR Badge White Rose, Cawthorne September 10 EA SOS Badge TL990210 Roman Valley, Colchester 10 EA NOR Try-O tba 16/7 SW DEVON National SS463351 Caddihoe Chase, Barnstaple. 17 EA SUFFOC Try-O Nowton Park 24 EA WAOC Try-O Priory Park, Bedford 23/4 SE SLOW Peter Palmer Frith Hill, Dorking Junior Relays October 1 EA NOR CC tba 1 SE CROC Badge Long Valley, Aldershot 1 SE HH Try-O Whippendell Woods 8 EM LEI CC Fineshade 15 EA SOS Millenium Trio TM001262 High Woods, Colchester 15 EM DVO Badge Longshaw 15 SE HH CC Verulamium 22 EA WAOC CC & EAGAL Rowney Warren 28 EA NOR Night tba 29 EA NOR Relays tba 29 WOA National SN724197 Pen-Rhiw-Wen, Brynamman 29 SE HH CC Cassiobury/Whippendell November 5 SC SOC Badge CD: New Forest 11 EM LEI Night Beacon Hill 12 EA SOS CC Marks Hall 12 EA NOR CC tba 12 SE SN Badge CD: Alice Holt, Hindhead 12 EM LEI Score Beacon Hill 19 EA SUFFOC CC Knettishall Heath 26 EA WAOC CC Maulden Wood December 3 EA WASH CC tba 3 YH SYO National CD: Burbadge 10 EA SOS CC TL830920 Hockley Woods, Rochford 10 SE SLOW Badge CD: Winterfold 17 EA WAOC Ltd CC Therfield Heath 17 EA NOR CC tba
This is a list of the WAOC events and officials for 2000. If you would like to volunteer for any of the 'vacancies' then contact the Events Convenor, Bruce Marshall [phone number removed from online edition]
The Organiser always requires help to run an event, so if you have an hour to spare on the day why not make the Organisers day with a phone call to volunteer your services.
7 May 2000 Chicksands Wood Organiser: Neil Humphries (01462) 434859 Ltd Colour Coded Planner: Jeff Green 25 June 2000 Ampthill Park Organiser: Ursula Oxburgh (01223) 357199 Relays Planner: VACANT 2 July 2000 Brandon Park Organiser: Steve Hinshelwood (01223) 843907 Junior Inter Regional Planner: Neil Humphries Relays 24 September 2000 (Date Changed) Priory Park Organiser(s): VACANT Try-O Planner(s): VACANT 22 October 2000 (Date Changed) Rowney Warren Organiser(s): Ian Jones 01223-894053 Colour Coded Planner: Peter Woods 26 November 2000 Maulden Wood Organiser(s): VACANT Colour Coded Planner(s): VACANT 17 December 2000 Therfield heath Organiser(s): VACANT Ltd Colour Coded Planner: Graham Louth 13 January 2001 Ampthill Park Organiser(s): VACANT Night Colour Coded Planner: VACANT 27 January 2001 (provisional) Brandon Park Organiser(s): VACANT Badge (Thetford Thrash) Planner: VACANT
Organiser(s) Planner(s) Controller(s) String Bush Heath Woods Anne Duncumb Tim Mulcahy Linda Gash Therfield Heath Richard Gibbens Chris & Bruce Marshall Leonie Brown Thetford Warren Bickle Family Fred & Neil Northrop
The club is always looking for members to organise our events, either as the main officials or helping on the day. If you would like to be an official but lack the experience or confidence, then please speak to me. I can arrange for you to be 'apprenticed' at an earlier event, or I can pair you up with someone else to share a role.
I supply each Organiser with a Resource Pack which I know past organisers have found absolutely invaluable. For those wanting to plan, the Club has guidelines and the BOF Course Planning Book.
Most of the events listed will also require a person to organise the string course. These are fun to plan and very rewarding for the organisers and the young participants.
If you would like to volunteer for any of the vacancies then contact me as the Events Convenor on [phone number removed from online edition] Those leaving nearer Bedford would be particularly welcome!
The Organiser always requires help to operate an event, so if you are planning to go why not make the Organiser's day by volunteering your services in advance. All helpers get a run on the day, so you won't miss out on the orienteering.
Ever wondered why our fixtures are distributed across the year the way they are? Thought not, but I thought I'd tell you anyway. A sub-group of the WAOC committee, consisting of myself (the Fixtures Secretary), Bruce Marshall, (Events Convenor) and Ursula Oxburgh, (Club Chairman) has just mapped out our 2001 calendar, so it's all fresh in my mind.
The first thing to notice is that the calendar has to be planned almost a year ahead. In fact, we're probably already a bit late: Looking at February and November of 2001, they're both already full of near-by badge events, but more of that later.
Next, there are various constraints: Chicksands has a shooting tenant, which means we can't use it between the end of September and the end of January (so does Rowney Wood near Saffron Walden, but that's too small to feature a full colour-coded event). Rowney Warren, Mildenhall and Thetford Warren suffer from excessive bracken during the summer months (i.e. from May/June to October) making them difficult to use during this time. Bush Heath, although it's not our area (we borrow it from CUOC) is also unusable most of the year because of ferocious brambles which only die back in winter. Maulden Woods are an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and English Nature are reluctant to let us in there except during November and December. Use of Therfield Heath has to be co-ordinated with the golf club. Ampthill is generally available all year round, but is too small to run a full colour-coded event on.
There are other constraints: attendance drops quite sharply towards Christmas, so generally we don't want to stage a colour-coded event past the first week of December. Likewise the first couple of weeks in January are difficult because it would mean the planner and organiser having to do their stuff over the Christmas period. July and August are also difficult because a lot of people are on holiday. Bank Holidays generally aren't a good idea, partly because people are doing other things, and partly because those who spend their bank holidays orienteering are usually at the bigger events: the JK (Easter), Springtime in Shropshire/the South (May bank holiday), White Rose (August bank holiday).
Finally, we don't want to clash with other East Anglian events (if we can help it), or near-by colour-coded or badge events in SEOA or other neighbouring regions. Even if there would be sufficient local orienteers who wouldn't consider it a clash, as they wouldn't travel outside the region, most of our planners, organisers, controllers and helpers are drawn from our keen members who will travel a long way to "near-by" badge events. So we try to avoid clashing with the Chiltern Challenge (Oxfordshire) and Concorde Chase (Berkshire). We also avoid clashing with the British Orienteering Championships, wherever they are, and most of the National events.
So, looking at next year: HH have a badge event on 21 Jan, CUOC have one on the 28th, and we don't really want to hold an event on or before the 14th. So we decided to propose another "Thetford Thrash" double-badge event with CUOC, using Brandon on the 27th. February was already full: Badge events in Berkshire and Nottingham on the 4th; a National event at Cannock on the 11th; WASH have booked a colour-coded on the 18th; TVOC have a badge event on the 25th. Going into March, there's a badge event somewhere in SEOA on the 4th (details TBA) and there's also a National event (possibly coupled with a badge event) in Wales that weekend, SMOC are holding a badge event on the 11th. The CompassSport Cup first round is on the 18th, WASH and NOR are holding the "Double Dumpling" double badge event on the 24th/25th.
You can see the problems. It turned out to be a real struggle to fit our events in. It took over 2 hours for us to juggle our calendar into something that would work, and even then we have to clash with a National event on 1 April 2001. And this is before many of the East Anglian clubs have proposed their calendars. It's possible that they'll be forced into unavoidable clashes with our events, although they may be able to use slots which we didn't use to avoid clashing with badge events in neighbouring regions: As we're closer to the edge of the region than most other EA clubs, we're affected most by these sorts of clashes.
And finally, once all this has been achieved, you often find that some of the events we've tried so hard to avoid clashing with are either cancelled or moved, leaving gaps in the calendar! This happened this year. When we planned our 2000 calendar, February and March were already full so we were forced to clash our Thetford Warren event with a SUFFOC event and a National event, but by the time that March came round, three of the events which were on the fixture list at the time we set our calendar had been cancelled. C'est la vie.
So the proposed schedule of WAOC colour-coded events for 2001 is:
Date Location Notes 13 Jan Ampthill (Night event) 27 Jan Brandon (Badge event, Saturday, with CUOC Icenian on Sunday) 1 Apr Mildenhall Woods 29 Apr Santon Downham (area loaned by CUOC) (EAGAL) 20 May Rowney Wood (we'll squeeze something in) 15 Sep Wimpole Hall 21 Oct Rowney Warren 18 Nov Maulden Wood
Subject to change, but hopefully not! (In particular, the proposal for the 'Thetford Thrash' hasn't yet been agreed by CUOC so shouldn't be seen as 'set in stone')
To Richard Gibbens
and Helen Stokes, who were married in Caius College Chapel on 3 April. Helen is
a professional musician, previously a member of the Halle Orchestra, and has now
moved to Cambridge. She's been seen at one or two O-events, and maybe that will
now increase. Richard, of course, is well-known to many of us in WAOC. We wish
them both well for the future.
Just a reminder that I (Dave) maintain a mail-list of WAOC members with email addresses which is used to broadcast event reminders, requests for lifts, corrections to Jabberwaoc and late-breaking news. If you've got access to email, it's a good way of keeping up with the news.
The mail-list is fairly low-volume, only two or three emails per month and email addresses are kept confidential: I don't divulge them to anyone else without permission. However, after a survey, many people on the list have said that they would be happy for their email addresses to be published in the WAOC membership list, and this will be happening shortly.
If you're not already on it, email me and I'll add you to the email list, or answer any questions you may have about it.
WAOC Club O-tops are now available @ £14.00 (p&p 40p extra). A complete range of sizes (1 - 7) is now available.
Club sweatshirts @ £12.00 (p&p £1.00 extra) are plain black with a 7.5cm sq. WAOC motif. Sizes: S,M,L,XL.
To order your WAOC garments just send your cheque and size requirements to Anne Duncumb.
If you require further information about sizes etc. you can contact Anne by email: Duncumb@Compuserve.com
Anne Duncumb (membership secretary)
There are four new WAOC members since the last issue of Jabberwaoc.
|Andy and Sue Owen||from Hitchin|
|Stuart and Lynda Robertson & family
(Angus M4, Cameron M3 and Fraser M1)
|Juliet Vickery & David Thomas||from Reach|
|St Christopher School||Letchworth|
We wish you all a warm welcome to WAOC and hope you enjoy your orienteering with us.
30 January 2000
Thanks to CUOC for loaning us the use of Bush Heath Woods (again). It's a bit unfortunate that the southern area is being taken over by brambles.
Name Class Time min/km Course min/km Points C Morley M60 1:00:41 08:19 Blue 05:53 1090 N Humphries M40 1:06:04 06:44 Brown 06:00 1087 C Thorne M65 0:42:16 10:04 Green 06:30 1070 Mike Capper M45 1:16:45 07:50 Brown 06:35 1067 N Northrop M18 1:13:31 07:30 Brown 06:36 1066 L Freeman W45 1:17:49 10:40 Blue 06:53 1056 P Humphries M10 0:16:37 07:33 Yellow 07:03 1050 C Brown M45 0:58:52 08:04 Blue 07:03 1050 F Northrop M50 1:27:32 08:56 Brown 07:03 1050 U Oxburgh W65 1:03:57 15:14 Green 07:12 1045 N Ives W45 1:21:49 11:12 Blue 07:14 1044 S Woods W40 0:42:51 10:12 Green 07:21 1040 V Pap W20 1:12:37 09:57 Blue 07:21 1040 R Saxl W55 0:54:34 13:00 Green 07:24 1038 R Crook M21 1:13:13 07:28 Brown 07:28 1036 M Bickle M50 1:06:54 09:10 Blue 07:32 1034 R Oxburgh M65 0:50:45 12:05 Green 07:48 1025 N Gardner W45 1:28:30 12:07 Blue 07:50 1024 S Gash W16 0:45:41 10:53 Green 07:50 1023 B Hill M40 1:02:50 08:36 Blue 07:59 1018 G Louth M35 1:02:07 08:31 Blue 08:15 1009 P Bickle W20 0:45:48 10:54 Green 08:20 1007 J Beadle M50 1:13:59 10:08 Blue 08:20 1006 C Judd W21 0:26:27 08:49 Orange 08:36 997 P Woods M40 1:35:25 09:44 Brown 08:40 995 D Wotton M35 1:31:45 09:22 Brown 08:42 993 J Carpenter W21 1:16:29 10:29 Blue 08:44 993 B Marshall M45 1:13:12 10:02 Blue 08:46 991 M Brackpool M50 0:43:33 10:22 Green 08:48 990 L Gash W45 0:56:37 13:29 Green 08:59 984 P Howsam M50 1:19:45 10:55 Blue 08:59 984 J Saxl M50 1:20:43 11:03 Blue 09:06 980 M Humphries M14 0:44:36 10:37 Green 09:08 979 T Wilson M50 1:21:34 11:10 Blue 09:12 977 H Christopher W21 0:45:59 10:57 Green 09:25 969 B Williams M50 1:25:40 11:44 Blue 09:39 961 M Batten W50 0:47:45 15:24 Lt Grn 09:45 957 P Collins M35 1:14:30 10:12 Blue 09:53 953 M Misson M21 1:36:56 09:53 Brown 09:53 953 C Pennington W45 0:44:36 14:23 Lt Grn 09:55 952 G Mayley M40 0:43:45 10:25 Green 09:58 950 Helen Bickle W18 0:55:51 13:18 Green 10:01 949 E Louth M10 0:35:29 11:50 Orange 10:06 946 C Woods W12 0:40:46 13:35 Orange 10:16 940 M Pinnock M45 0:48:06 11:27 Green 10:21 937 B Newton M45 1:28:05 12:04 Blue 10:33 930 J Pennington W16 0:44:35 14:23 Lt Grn 10:42 925 J Howsam W45 1:07:39 16:06 Green 10:44 924 M Marshall W45 1:08:05 16:13 Green 10:48 921 C Page M50 0:54:01 12:52 Green 10:56 917 J Batten M50 0:55:19 13:10 Green 11:11 908 Hazel Bickle W45 0:50:27 16:16 Lt Grn 11:13 907 P Kovari M21 1:22:44 11:20 Blue 11:48 887 A Eves M40 1:36:00 13:09 Blue 12:12 874 C Bell M50 0:43:05 13:54 Lt Grn 12:12 873 I Brennan M21 0:49:14 11:43 Green 12:36 860 B Bailey W40 0:52:48 17:02 Lt Grn 12:41 857 S Matthews W35 0:51:15 16:32 Lt Grn 13:03 844 P Pennington M50 1:06:53 15:55 Green 13:32 828 I Scott M35 0:40:39 13:07 Lt Grn 13:33 827 A Wright M14 0:48:31 15:39 Lt Grn 13:55 815 S Gardner M12 0:52:20 16:53 Lt Grn 14:04 809 M Gardner M40 1:57:03 16:02 Blue 14:52 782 A Harries M50 1:19:02 18:49 Green 15:59 743 W Newton W45 1:18:59 25:29 Lt Grn 17:33 689 S Louth W10 1:17:45 25:55 Orange 18:23 661 J Newton W18 1:17:48 25:06 Lt Grn 19:31 622 S Bickle W18 0:47:04 21:24 Yellow 19:58 606 E Brown M14 0:42:45 19:26 Yellow 20:44 580 S Wright W40 1:30:16 29:07 Lt Grn 21:41 548
Mean Points: 988, Mean Time: 08:35, Std Dev: 01:27, Ideal Mean Time: 08:31
Where the runners came from ...
WAOC Ind EA SE SC EM SW Total String 0 White 1 1 2 Yellow 3 2 3 1 9 Orange 6 4 4 1 15 Red 4 3 7 Lt Grn 13 10 6 1 30 Green 22 11 27 1 1 62 Blue 21 3 20 1 1 2 48 Brown 8 8 1 1 1 1 20 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 74 34 72 4 3 5 1 193
26 March 2000
Estimating the number of maps required appeared to be the biggest problem at this event. Thanks to all the people who gave back their maps so that others may orienteer.
The number of WAOC competitors was down compared to previous events but overall there was a good turnout despite the clash with the National event.
Name Class Time min/km Course min/km Points U Oxburgh W65 1:02:14 12:58 Green 06:08 1074 I Renfrew M21 0:57:42 06:20 Brown 06:20 1067 D Peregrine M60 1:25:25 09:23 Brown 06:23 1065 D Wotton M35 1:04:14 07:04 Brown 06:34 1058 I Jones M21 0:48:06 06:46 Blue 07:03 1040 S Woods W40 1:12:07 10:09 Blue 07:05 1039 M Marshall W45 0:52:22 10:55 Green 07:16 1032 S Peregrine W55 1:33:34 13:11 Blue 07:17 1032 Maurice Capper M75 1:10:46 14:45 Green 07:18 1031 R Oxburgh M65 0:54:27 11:21 Green 07:19 1031 C Pennington W45 0:39:26 10:39 Lt Grn 07:21 1030 G Louth M35 0:36:12 07:33 Green 07:33 1022 P Woods M40 1:17:56 08:34 Brown 07:37 1019 M Batten W50 1:02:05 12:56 Green 07:56 1008 M Pinnock M45 0:42:10 08:47 Green 07:56 1008 I Smith M40 1:01:14 08:37 Blue 08:00 1006 R Horton M50 1:10:37 09:57 Blue 08:11 999 A Duncumb W65 1:23:55 17:29 Green 08:16 995 C Woods W12 0:39:40 11:01 Orange 08:20 993 T Wilson M50 1:11:53 10:07 Blue 08:20 993 J Beadle M50 1:12:18 10:11 Blue 08:23 991 B Marshall M45 1:08:59 09:43 Blue 08:30 987 M Misson M21 1:21:03 08:54 Brown 08:54 972 B Williams M50 1:20:20 11:19 Blue 09:19 957 J Batten M50 0:52:48 11:00 Green 09:21 956 S Speller W35 1:01:18 12:46 Green 09:45 941 C Louth W35 1:35:36 13:28 Blue 09:57 933 A Eves M40 1:46:24 11:42 Brown 10:24 917 J Carpenter W21 1:29:21 12:35 Blue 10:29 914 P Fenton W40 0:53:03 14:20 Lt Grn 10:40 907 J Byford M40 0:54:23 11:20 Green 10:51 900 M Pride M40 1:54:19 12:34 Brown 11:11 888 J Garner M35 0:54:03 11:16 Green 11:16 885 R Thomas W45 1:24:41 17:39 Green 11:46 866 B Newton M45 1:03:16 13:11 Green 11:54 861 C Bell M50 0:50:19 13:36 Lt Grn 11:56 860 R Fenton M16 0:50:02 13:31 Lt Grn 12:37 835 J Fenton W16 1:13:04 19:45 Lt Grn 14:42 758 S Orpin W21 1:08:48 18:36 Lt Grn 16:32 690 G Cole M50 1:10:08 18:57 Lt Grn 16:38 686 C Fenton M55 1:14:59 20:16 Lt Grn 16:40 686 A Harries M50 1:04:49 18:00 Orange 17:21 660 P Wright M10 0:57:33 22:08 Yellow 20:40 538
Mean Points: 985, Mean Time: 08:13, Std Dev: 01:21, Ideal Mean Time: 08:09
Where the runners came from ...
WAOC Ind EA SE EM YH Totals String 6 6 White 1 1 8 1 11 Yellow 1 7 9 17 Orange 2 18 6 26 Red 4 1 1 6 Lt Grn 9 4 18 2 1 34 Green 14 7 35 2 1 59 Blue 12 4 25 2 1 44 Brown 7 17 3 1 1 29 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 46 51 119 11 2 3 232
The following list shows the scores after the first 2 WAOC events of 2000.
Pos Name Class Total Bush Thet 1 N Northrop M18 2132 1066 1066 2 U Oxburgh W65 2119 1045 1074 3 F Northrop M50 2100 1050 1050 4 S Woods W40 2079 1040 1039 5 R Oxburgh M65 2056 1025 1031 6 D Wotton M35 2051 993 1058 7 G Louth M35 2031 1009 1022 8 P Woods M40 2014 995 1019 9 J Beadle M50 1997 1006 991 10 C Pennington W45 1982 952 1030 11 B Marshall M45 1978 991 987 12 T Wilson M50 1970 977 993 13 M Batten W50 1965 957 1008 14 M Marshall W45 1953 921 1032 15 M Pinnock M45 1945 937 1008 16 C Woods W12 1933 940 993 17 M Misson M21 1925 953 972 18 B Williams M50 1918 961 957 19 J Carpenter W21 1907 993 914 20 J Batten M50 1864 908 956 21 B Newton M45 1791 930 861 22 A Eves M40 1791 874 917 23 C Bell M50 1733 873 860 24 A Harries M50 1403 743 660 25 C Morley M60 1090 1090 0 26 N Humphries M40 1087 1087 0 27 C Thorne M65 1070 1070 0 28 Mike Capper M45 1067 1067 0 29 I Renfrew M21 1067 0 1067 30 D Peregrine M60 1065 0 1065 31 L Freeman W45 1056 1056 0 32 P Humphries M10 1050 1050 0 33 C Brown M45 1050 1050 0 34 N Ives W45 1044 1044 0 35 V Pap W21 1040 1040 0 36 I Jones M21 1040 0 1040 37 R Saxl W55 1038 1038 0 38 R Crook M21 1036 1036 0 39 M Bickle M50 1034 1034 0 40 S Peregrine W55 1032 0 1032 41 Maurice Capper M75 1031 0 1031 42 N Gardner W45 1024 1024 0 43 S Gash W16 1023 1023 0 44 B Hill M40 1018 1018 0 45 P Bickle W20 1007 1007 0 46 I Smith M40 1006 0 1006 47 R Horton M50 999 0 999 48 C Judd W21 997 997 0 49 A Duncumb W65 995 0 995 50 M Brackpool M50 990 990 0 51 L Gash W45 984 984 0 52 P Howsam M50 984 984 0 53 J Saxl M50 980 980 0 54 M Humphries M14 979 979 0 55 H Christopher W21 969 969 0 56 P Collins M35 953 953 0 57 G Mayley M40 950 950 0 58 Helen Bickle W18 949 949 0 59 E Louth M10 946 946 0 60 S Speller W35 941 0 941 61 C Louth W35 933 0 933 62 J Pennington W16 925 925 0 63 J Howsam W45 924 924 0 64 C Page M50 917 917 0 65 Hazel Bickle W45 907 907 0 66 P Fenton W40 907 0 907 67 J Byford M40 900 0 900 68 M Pride M40 888 0 888 69 P Kovari M21 887 887 0 70 J Garner M35 885 0 885 71 R Thomas W45 866 0 866 72 I Brennan M21 860 860 0 73 B Bailey W40 857 857 0 74 S Matthews W35 844 844 0 75 R Fenton M16 835 0 835 76 P Pennington M50 828 828 0 77 I Scott M35 827 827 0 78 A Wright M14 815 815 0 79 S Gardner M12 809 809 0 80 M Gardner M40 782 782 0 81 J Fenton W16 758 0 758 82 S Orpin W21 690 0 690 83 W Newton W45 689 689 0 84 G Cole M50 686 0 686 85 C Fenton M55 686 0 686 86 S Louth W10 661 661 0 87 J Newton W18 622 622 0 88 S Bickle W18 606 606 0 89 E Brown M14 580 580 0 90 S Wright W40 548 548 0 91 P Wright M10 538 0 538
If anybody would like to comment on any of these issues or has any other issues that they would like to bring to the committee's attention then please contact us. A list of committee members is on page 2.
Under AOB it was mentioned that it would be a good idea for the club to purchase, with the help of the Millennium Award lottery funding, its own supply of electronic punching (SportIdent) equipment. This would enable the club to use smaller areas more efficiently. As mentioned in the Chairman's Chat, any opinions (for and against) should be directed to Ursula in the first instance.
A publicity officer is required. If you would like to volunteer for this post or would like more information then please contact one of the committee members (contact details on page 2).
The will be on 4 June 2000 at High Lodge with probably a Score event. This event will also include the EA Schools Championships.
Mildenhall Upper School had agreed to provide beds and meals and the PTA are planning to hold a barbeque on the Saturday evening.
The region is intending to put on an intermediate mapping course in November.
There are currently vacancies on the EAOA committee for the following positions: Vice Chairman, Secretary, Points East Editor, Forest liaison Officer
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Grid Ref: TL105411 Date: 7 May 2000 Courses: White to Blue Directions: O signed off A600 North of Shefford. Organiser: Neil Humphries (01462 434859)
3 May WAOC TL032487 KEMPSTON RIVER MEADOWS, Bedford 10 May SMOC SP362891 CALDECOTTE, Ouzel Valley, Milton Keynes 17 May HH TL228113 STANBOROUGH PARK, Welwyn Garden City 24 May SMOC SP920294 STOCKGROVE PARK, Heath and Reach 7 June WAOC TL124404 ROWNEY WARREN, Shefford 14 June HH TQ080983 WHIPPENDELL WOOD, Watford