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Jabberwaoc - March 1999

Chairman's Chat (Dave's Drivel)

This is my last "Dave's Drivel" as I'll be standing down as club chairman at the next AGM. I've thoroughly enjoyed my three-year stint as chairman, but the club policy of maintaining a tradition that the chairmanship tenure is for a maximum of three years is a good one to allow fresh ideas to be introduced. For the next Jabberwaoc I'll produce a report covering the full three-year period: what I set out to achieve, what worked, what didn't, what fell by the wayside....

The major news item since the last Jabberwaoc has been the staging of our double badge event, the Thetford Thrash, with CUOC. Most of you are probably aware that the pre-event preparations didn't run smoothly. For various reasons we had three different controllers, where there should only have been one: John Collyer approved the course planning, Keith Downing checked all the maps and overprinting, and John Ward performed the on-the-day duties. In addition, we discovered less than a fortnight before the event that, although the land we were going to use had been safely booked for orienteering, there was to be a pheasant shoot on adjacent forest land. This almost scuppered the entire event as the risk of overlap was too great. However, a last minute switch of events meant that the event could still go ahead.

But once again, WAOC showed what it could do under pressure, with many key players bending over backwards to keep the show on the road. Fred Northrop worked many extra hours to produce the overprinted maps, whilst Mike and Nicola Gardner managed the pre-entries, with lots of additional work due to the complications caused by the switch of the two days. Ursula Oxburgh and Anne Duncumb took control of sealing the maps in plastic bags. Tim Mulcahy and Alan Milne, as event organisers, made numerous phone calls to resolve the last minute problems and ensure that helpers were recruited for actually running the event.

Slightly distanced from the organisational problems, Neil Humphries had quietly and efficiently planned an excellent set of Badge and colour-coded courses and Graham and Caroline Louth planned, organised and ran the string course.

Meanwhile, CUOC were managing their own half of the double event and were very understanding and supportive when the switch of events impinged on their own preparations (thanks particularly to Mark, Cath and Andrew).

After all the problems, the event itself worked pretty well. Unfortunately, the CUOC managed event on Saturday at Santon Downham suffered from dreadful weather: freezing cold drizzle all day, and car-parking problems detracted from the enjoyment a little. By contrast, the weather was almost perfect on Sunday. Cool, but still and dry and almost sunny at times.

One aspect of the event which didn't quite come off was to use the two days as an opportunity for CUOC and WAOC to get to know each other a bit better by combining helpers from both clubs on both days. Although the two clubs worked pretty well together at an organisational level, the last minute change of plans made it too difficult to successfully integrate the clubs "on the ground". However, it looks likely that the event itself attracted a bigger turnout than two independent badge events would have done, so in this respect it was a success.

Many thanks to everyone in WAOC and CUOC who worked so hard to make this event a success.

Dave.


Thanks

I am sure that everybody would like to thank Dave for all the work he has put into the club during his three years as Chairman, enjoy your retirement. I am sure the committee will be more that willing to accept you back should you want to volunteer for one (or more) of the vacant posts.


CompassSport Cup Regional Round

1 NOC
2 LEI
3 HH
4 NOR
5 WAOC
6 LOK


Well done to everyone who took part, especially our M21 team who won their class. Unfortunately we were still beaten quite decisively by NOC, LEI, HH and even NOR (after a recount).

I've still got a large number of maps collected from the finish funnel from this event, which I'll try to remember to keep taking to future events. Come and find me if you want yours back.


WAOC membership renewal 1999

If you wish to remain a member and have not yet paid your subscription, please do it right away. BOF members renew through BOF, club only members pay their subs direct to Anne Duncumb.


Club O-tops and sweatshirts.

A range of sizes of both O-tops (1,2,4,5,6,7) @ 13 (p&p 40p extra) and sweatshirts (S,M,L,XL) @ 12 (p&p 1 extra) is now available. I'm sure you've seen the red, white and black O-tops at events and the sweatshirts are plain black with a 7.5cm sq. WAOC motif. You will be able to buy them at the AGM on 13 March or you can order one from me direct - just send a cheque and size requirements to me.

Any queries? Email me at: duncumb@compuserve.com

Anne Duncumb (Membership Secretary)


Longest, wettest, highest

In June, myself, Clive Baker of NOR and Ian Benstead (a member of my running club) are taking part in a charity challenge: It's a race - we have to canoe the length of Lake Windermere, cycle over the Wrynose and Hardknott passes and then run to the top of Scafell. And that's the easy bit we also have to raise 3000!

Obviously we'd welcome donations and sponsorship but realistically we need corporate sponsorship. Does anyone know anyone who has access to company charity budgets and might be able to pull a few strings?

The charity is "The Wooden Spoon Society", a well-established charity raising money for cancer care and research. We can supply lots of details about the charity and the causes it supports. During the event we will have a support vehicle to which we can attach the logos of sponsoring companies, and we are working on getting local media coverage (we've already had a small feature in the Cambridge Evening News).

If you can help, please get in touch with me, many thanks,

Dave.


Training

I hope you all had a good Christmas break and that your orienteering has been more consistent than mine over the last few months. I seem to have had some very good runs and some very bad runs including a particularly bad start at Epping NW last November. I am hoping to hold a training session there in May providing I can get land permission and I can find the control sites!

Thank you to the Gardners and the Bickles for making the journey to Oxhey Wood at the end of December for the last training session. I am sorry it was so wet and muddy, I realise it was a long way south and not on a particularly convenient day for some of you.

Compass and Pace

Being able to judge distance is a very useful skill in orienteering. It can help you know when to start slowing down and looking for your attack point or control, and it can help you know when you've gone too far and missed your control. One way of helping you know how far you have gone is to count paces - typically you will count double paces. You will need to know how many double paces you do to 100m. I do about 40 when running through open forest, but if you've got long legs and run fast you may well do nearer 30. Obviously this also varies depending on the type of terrain you are running through.

Being able to use the compass is an essential skill in orienteering, firstly for getting the map the right way round, but also for checking you are going in the right direction along a line feature, for helping you determine which path/stream you are on or crossing and for going on rough bearings as well as taking accurate bearings when there are no line features to follow. Compass and pacing is the only way to find a small feature such as a pit in an otherwise featureless forest (other than using the headless chicken approach!).

Visualisation and Simplification

When you plan your route you need to think about what you will see on the ground, i.e. you are interpreting and visualising the map. You need to form a 3- dimensional picture from the 2-dimensional map. A map covered in intricate contour detail is particularly difficult to visualise, but the best orienteers can do this. Being able to visualise contours is very useful even in the south east because contours rarely change whereas forest can be chopped down and paths disappear or new paths appear.

If the distance of the leg is short you may well visualise everything between the controls on the map, but if the leg is quite long you need to pick out the big features that you will see and not worry about the little ones on the way (until you get near to the control), i.e. you are simplifying. You need to do simplification to be able to use the Traffic Light technique (see last edition of Jabberwaoc), e.g. if the 1st big feature is a path crossing your route, you can ignore all those pits, thickets and knolls on the way to the path and therefore run fast.

And now for the latest Training Programme details....

Provisional Training Programme

Date/time

Location

Techniques

May 99

Epping NW / Rowney Warren?

Route choice, Relocation

3/4 Jul 99

Brecon Beacons

Training weekend

Training Weekend (Swansea area)

As you will see from the training program I have now organised a training weekend for 3/4 July. We will be staying in an outdoor centre near Swansea. The courses are being planned by Phil Brown (an outdoor instructor and one of the tutors on my coaching course) and will be on such areas as Pembrey.

Breakfast and packed lunch will be provided but we will eat out on the Saturday evening in a pub. You will need to make your own way to the outdoor centre on the Friday night. The approximate cost for the weekend is 35.00 per person (not including evening meals or transport). I am looking into doing reduced rates for children. There are 20 places at the outdoor centre, although if more of you show an interest, local B&B's should be able to provide accomodation but you will have to sort this out yourself. If you would like to come please return the enclosed form to me with a deposit of 15.00.

Julia (julia@cpd.ntc.nokia.com)


Junior Inter Club Competition


The final took place at Fairoak & Brindley on a very cold but sunny 6 December. The car park, which included the registration area, resembled a skating rink where the rain from the previous day had frozen overnight. This was the least of the organiser problems as over 800 competitors had turned up so they had to extend the registration time by 1 hour!

Pos

Club

Score

1

WCH

388

2

NOC

384

3

EBOR

337

4

SOS

333

5

WAOC

313

6

NGOC

301


Committee: WAOC & EAOA

WAOC

Electronic Punching

It is felt that EAOA should not invest in Electronic Punching at this early stage. This was due to the threat of vandalism (controls cost 51) and that we should wait until it is known which of the 2 systems other regions/clubs might be purchasing (BOF currently recommend both systems).

Schools

Steve Williams has successfully attained his Instructors qualification. OCAD Courses

Erik Peckitt would be available to run a course on the use of OCAD. The cost would be approx 10 each. Surveying could also be arranged.



EAOA

Ranking List

A new ranking list system is proposed to be used from 2000. Parallel running with the existing system will begin this year.


RADI'O'

Instructions: decide amongst the pair of you who goes first.

One remains at base, the navigator, with map, course and radio.

The other, the victim, is let loose in the forest with a compass and t'other radio.

I was first victim and following the instructions of my navigator, Steve Hardy, ran south until I reached a path crossing and turned up the eastward track to the next major junction where I was to report back. ning uphill, something I don't do very often, in order to impress my partner with the speed with which I reached the first check-in point

I pressed the button on the radio and reported that the junction was near and what were my next instructions? ..silence. Assuming I hadn't turned it on I flicked the on-off switch and tried again: nothing.. Drat! I must have moved the band button so twiddled round all 4 options yelling: "Can you hear me Steve?"

Apologies to all those other radio users out there with ruptured ear drums! Deciding that I'd collared the only duff radio on the day I ran back to the start just as Steve realised that he had to push a button when he wanted to talk!!!!!

Keeping very calm I turned round and repeated the first leg, rather more slowly. One 'trying to impress' sprint per month is all I can manage! This time all went well and the first few controls were found without too much difficulty thanks to Steve's interpretation of the map and clear instructions: now that I could hear them! Half way round he assured me that he wouldn't send me on any nasty route choices which he'd been threatening to do beforehand. His kind heartedness wasn't quite what it seemed though as I'm sure he was just realising that as next victim with me navigating it would pay him to be careful where he sent me! The remainder of the course was fairly uneventful apart from having a little panic as whether I really was on the right path at one point and we finished, I hope in a respectable time.

RIGHT, MY TURN .... First instructions to Steve were "return to the path junction below MY last control and radio in (make him do a bit of map memory I thought). He managed this quickly (of course) and radioed in to receive the next instructions. "Turn North and follow the track to the next major junction" "OK" he said "but that's taking me back towards you" I look again at the map, realise I've got the map upside down and yell "no I meant south" into the radio. A minute or so later he reports in "I can see the junction, I've a hedge on my left and I'm in the large open area". Oops he hadn't heard my correction! Abject apologies followed with a plea to go back to the first Xroads and please go south this time, (I also promised to recompense him with a beer but hopefully he didn't hear that!).

The first few controls were fine until I gave him instructions to head SSW from a path bend to look for a control (plastic cup) on an earthbank bend. Very quiet for some time and then he announces "That was more SW than SSW but I've found it" obviously he had cleverly located it despite my erroneous directions! I gave the next set of instructions and then the fun started. The control he'd found (and neither of us bothered to check the code against the list that neither of us realised we had) wasn't the one he was supposed to have found so my next few instructions landed him somewhere totally different from where he should have been. The next 10 minutes or so are too painful to repeat, with Steve describing his location, me trying to match it to one of several alternatives within a few hundred yards of where I think he is and sending him off down paths he had no right to be anywhere near! The day was saved by my describing the control site and Steve's superb memory of the area. Having decided he knew which gully I was babbling about he went straight to it. The final control was a bit of an anti-climax and he returned to base.

As an exercise in visualisation and map reading it was superb and definitely to be repeated and recommended. CAUTION! Definitely not for married couples unless you're looking for grounds for a divorce??

Dave Wotton was 'at base' for the whole time and must have overheard some real crackers, so I hope he will also write a piece.

Well done Julia, thanks a lot, and long may you continue with your training sessions.

Lindsey


WAOC Events 1999

This is a list of all the organisers and planners for all the WAOC events this year. It shows that so far 19 different WAOC members have volunteered for either of these duties with the only event that is not yet filled being the Boxing Day Fun Event.

We will soon be arranging and publishing the WAOC events calendar for next year (2000). If you would like to volunteer for any of the events when they are published please contact us. If you feel you would like somebody with experience of either organising or planning to help you we can try to arrange this.

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.

We would also welcome volunteers to put on a String Course for the youngest competitors (or judging by some results I have seen, senior competitors who like to relive their childhood).

30 January

   

Thetford Warren

Organisers:

Tim Mulcahy & Alan Milne

Badge event

Planner:

Neil Humphries

 

String:

Graham & Caroline Louth

     

27 February

   

Mildenhall Woods

Organiser:

Roger Horton

Night Colour Coded

Planner:

Ian Jones

     

18 April

   

Ampthill Park

Organiser:

Tony Wilson

Ltd Colour Coded

Planner:

Nicola Gardner

     

23 May

   

Chicksands Wood

Organiser:

Tony Wadeson

Colour Coded

Planner:

Bruce Marshall

     

12 September

   

Therfield Heath

Organiser:

David Jones

Try-O

Planner:

Steve Williams

     

3 October

   

Rowney Warren

Organisers:

Keith Douglas & Mary Palmer

Colour Coded

Planner:

Ursula Oxburgh

     

14 November

   

Mildenhall Woods

Organiser:

Cath Pennington

Colour Coded

Planner:

Mike Capper

     

12 December

   

Maulden Woods

Organisers:

Peter & Jane Howsam

Colour Coded

Planners:

Dave Wotton & Julia Carpenter

     

26 December

   

?

Organiser:

 

Fun

Planner:

 

West Anglian Orienteering Club
Annual General Meeting 1999

Date:

Saturday, 13 March 1999

Time:

7:00 pm

Location:

St. Catherine's College, Cambridge

Agenda

  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Chairman's report
  3. Acceptance of Accounts
  4. Election of officers
  5. Awards / Presentations
  6. Any other business

The minutes of the 1998 meeting were included in the March 1998 (Vol 26 No. 2) Jabberwaoc.

This is your opportunity to influence the activities of the club, make suggestions, ask questions and perhaps even put yourself forward as a committee member.

As well as being the annual formal meeting of the club, it's also a good social get-together and an opportunity to meet other club members in a rather more congenial environment than a cold, wind-swept assembly area. To help the social side along a bit, there'll also be a finger buffet. Please bring a contribution, either sweet or savoury (e.g. quiche, crisps, nuts, sausages-on-sticks, cake, etc.). There'll also be games and quizzes and, if the weather's suitable, some Street-Orienteering, so bring along your trainers and suitable clothes for a half-hour run around the streets of Cambridge.

St. Catherines College is in Kings Parade, just south of Kings College. There should be free roadside parking along The Backs and in Silver Street. Or use the multi-storey car park in Lion Yard.


JK and BOC relay entries

I have the relay entry forms for the JK at Hawley and Hornley commons, near Camberley and the British Orienteering Championships at Holker, Cartmel, Lake District. Adult entry fees are 21-00 for the JK and 24-00 for the BOC, per team, but the club will subsidise the cost by 50% (3-50 and 4-00 per competitor). Junior fees are half the adult fees.

I must know as soon as possible if you want to take part in the relays so that we can make up the teams. Please indicate what sort of class you'd like to be in (short, medium or long). There does not appear to be any EOD at the BOC and only very limited EOD at the JK.

Closing dates for Relay pre-entry are 28 Feb (JK) and 25 Mar (BOC) so please let me know asap. I may book a limited number of spare teams, but you'll then be restricted to what's available and it'll be first-come, first-served.

Dave.


WAGAL 1998 Champions

The first WAGAL (West Anglian Championship Gallopen) seems to have gone very well, with a total of 173 participants, 335 qualifying runs, and 13 people getting a maximum 3000 points. Hopefully everyone has found the competition fun and an incentive to compete in our events. Congratulations to all the age-class winners.

However, somehow we need to identify male and female champions in each three categories: Junior, Senior and Veteran. This has not been easy as some of the classes have been very small. I've taken the following approach.

For each category (JM, JF, SM, SF, VM, VF) I've first identified the three highest scoring competitors. If they're clearly ordered, then it's simple. If they're not (e.g. three people each with 3000 points), then I've considered the difference between these three people and the second placed person in each of their classes. So if two people in the same category both had 3000 points, but one was 500 points ahead of the second placed person in their class whilst the other only had a margin of 250 points, then the person with a margin of 500 points is ranked higher. But even this had to be tweaked. For example, in the Junior Female class, Blanka Sengerova and Helen Gardner both had 3000 points, Helen had a margin of 2101 whilst Blanka had a margin of 611. But Helen's margin was so big because no one else in her class ran in more than two events. In these cases I've taken the margin between the class winner and the second placed competitor over the number of events in which the second ranked person ran. So in Helen's case, this gives her 2000 - 899 = 1101 points difference. In this case, it didn't make any difference to the ranking, but it might have done.

In addition, planners and non-competing organisers were each given 1000 points for the event which they planned/organised. This only affected Steve Williams' position.

So here are the 1998 WAOC club champions:

Category

Pos

Name

Points

Diff

 

Category

Pos

Name

Points

Diff

Junior

Male

1

2

3

Peter Gardner

Steven Lawson

Simon Gardner

3000

3000

3000

505

199

50

Junior

Female

1

2

3

Helen Gardner

Blanka Sengerova

Not awarded

3000

3000

1101

611

 
 

Senior

Male

1

2

3

Neil Humphries

Steve Williams

Ian Jones

3000

2724

2703

512

410

407

Senior

Female

1

2

3

Julia Carpenter

Catherine Sowerby

Helen Christopher

3000

2000

1796

204

345

131

                     
 
 

Veteran

Male

1

2

3

Colin Curtis

Chris Morley

Malcolm Mann

3000

3000

2983

336

50

126

Veteran

Female

1

2

3

Ursula Oxburgh

Janis Ryall

Nicola Gardner

3000

3000

3000

237

216

0

Follow this link for the full gallopen results. Congratulations to our new Club Champions!

Dave.


WAGAL 1999

The 99 Club Championship will again be based on league tables but this year there will be just one league to cover all age groups. The IOF ranking system for Elite runners has been used as a base which has then been expanded to fit a 'club' setup with its many different age classes and courses run (yellow to brown). This ranking system also takes into account the different running speeds between areas and the strength of the competitors attending an event.

Basic Rules

To allow for different age groups and courses two weighting factors have been applied to the min/km for each runner to produce the 'weighted min/km'. The first is for the age class of the runner, these are taken from the BOF Guidelines. The second is for the course run which I have used the BOF Guideline for using a factor of 0.95 for Short courses. The factors used are listed below.

M10

1.43

M40

1.12

W10

1.72

W40

1.49

Yellow

0.75

M12

1.33

M45

1.19

W12

1.61

W45

1.61

Orange

0.82

M14

1.25

M50

1.27

W14

1.54

W50

1.75

Red

0.85

M16

1.19

M55

1.35

W16

1.49

W55

1.89

Lt Green

0.9

M18

1.14

M60

1.47

W18

1.43

W60

2.08

Green

0.93

M20

1.08

M65

1.67

W20

1.41

W65

2.27

Blue

0.96

M21

1.00

M70

1.89

W21

1.25

W70

2.56

Brown

1

M35

1.08

M75

2.17

W35

1.41

W75

2.86

The mean MP is calculated using the ranking points of all ranked runners who have completed the minimum number of events (4 for 1999) and who finish within 100% of the weighted min/km.

As this is the first year of this league the WAOC results from 1998 have been used to produce the current ranking points.

The mean MT is calculated using the weighted min/km times of all ranked runners (as above) who finished within 100% of the winners min/km and also the standard deviation SD of these runners.

The Ideal Mean Time IMT is calculated: IMT = MT + (MP 1000) * SD / 200.

The Race Points RP are calculated using RP = [1000 + 50 * (IMT RT) / SD)].

These are the scores after Thetford. If there are any errors please contact me.

Pos

Name

Class

Time

Min/km

Course

Weighted
Min/km

Points

1

H Gardner

W14

0:39:47

07:39

W16A

05:14

1078

Mean Points

2

M Mann

M50

0:54:55

06:42

M50L

05:17

1075

MP=987

3

M Weldon

W45

0:54:33

08:57

W45L

05:33

1064

4

L Freeman

W45

0:55:11

09:03

W45L

05:37

1061

Mean Time

5

C Morley

M55

0:56:56

07:35

M55L

05:37

1060

MT=06:59

6

A Bishop

M55

0:57:06

07:37

M55L

05:38

1060

7

U Oxburgh

W65

0:34:14

12:14

W65S

05:40

1058

Std Dev

8

C Curtis

M65

0:59:34

09:46

M65L

05:52

1049

SD=01:06

9

Mike Capper

M40

1:12:32

06:39

M35L

05:55

1046

10

M Bickle

M50

1:02:05

07:34

M50L

05:59

1044

Ideal Time

11

D Wotton

M35

1:10:40

06:29

M35L

06:02

1041

IMT=06:56

12

N Northrop

M18

1:02:18

07:00

M18A

06:10

1036

13

I Wadeson

M18

1:02:38

07:02

M18A

06:12

1034

14

S Thomas

M45

1:05:41

07:23

M45L

06:12

1034

15

I Jones

M21

1:16:54

06:12

M21L

06:12

1034

16

Maurice Capper

M75

1:00:58

13:33

M75L

06:15

1032

17

M Bright

W60

0:34:38

12:22

W60S

06:15

1031

18

Tweedledee

M35

1:14:25

06:50

M35L

06:21

1027

19

R Harrison

M50

1:12:12

08:07

M45L

06:25

1024

20

P Gardner

M14

0:37:34

07:13

M14A

06:25

1024

21

A Duncumb

W65

1:05:43

14:36

W65L

06:26

1023

22

R Crook

M21

1:21:43

06:35

M21L

06:35

1016

23

J Ryall

W45

1:05:05

10:40

W45L

06:37

1015

24

A Palmer

M60

0:42:30

09:27

M60S

06:46

1008

25

R Horton

M50

1:10:25

08:35

M50L

06:47

1007

26

D Green

M45

1:12:08

08:06

M45L

06:48

1006

27

J Saxl

M50

1:10:59

08:39

M50L

06:50

1005

28

T Wilson

M50

1:11:13

08:41

M50L

06:52

1003

29

Tweedledum

M40

1:15:37

07:43

M40L

06:52

1003

30

M Marshall

W45

0:40:10

10:34

W45S

06:54

1002

31

S Williams

M35

1:20:58

07:26

M35L

06:54

1001

32

J Beadle

M50

0:43:34

08:23

M50S

06:58

999

33

N Gardner

W40

1:11:04

10:27

W40L

07:00

997

34

P Bickle

W20

1:14:37

09:57

W20L

07:04

994

35

Steven Lawson

M18

1:11:48

08:04

M18A

07:06

993

36

N Ives

W45

1:09:56

11:28

W45L

07:06

992

37

S Woods

W40

0:46:01

10:14

W40S

07:13

987

38

S Gash

W16

0:53:35

10:18

W16A

07:16

985

39

M Scutt

M45

1:17:44

08:44

M45L

07:20

982

40

I Smith

M40

0:54:14

07:59

M40S

07:28

976

41

B Marshall

M45

0:51:52

08:30

M45S

07:31

973

42

G Louth

M35

0:58:07

07:45

M35S

07:35

970

43

J Carpenter

W21

1:26:25

09:43

W21L

07:46

962

44

P Woods

M40

1:26:18

08:48

M40L

07:50

959

45

C Pennington

W45

0:45:51

12:04

W45S

07:52

957

46

M Gardner

M40

0:58:00

08:32

M40S

07:59

952

47

S Gardner

M12

0:30:47

08:48

M12A

08:03

949

48

Hazel Bickle

W45

0:47:06

12:24

W45S

08:05

947

49

David Staines

M18

1:06:23

08:51

M18B

08:12

942

50

L Gash

W40

1:25:28

12:34

W40L

08:25

932

51

Helen Bickle

W18

1:00:25

11:37

W18B

08:34

926

52

K Douglas

M40

1:09:14

09:14

M35S

08:39

922

53

P Ryall

M50

0:54:19

10:27

M50S

08:41

920

54

C Woods

W12

0:30:14

11:12

W12B

09:15

894

55

M Misson

M21

1:12:29

08:50

M21S

09:18

892

56

I Lawson

M45

1:41:01

11:21

M45L

09:32

881

57

M Humphries

M12

0:37:15

10:39

M12A

09:44

872

58

C Scutt

W45

0:57:10

15:03

W45S

09:49

868

59

S Matthews

W21

1:14:09

12:09

W21S

10:14

849

60

R Milne

M40

1:23:42

11:10

M35S

10:27

839

61

C Page

M50

1:49:58

13:25

M50L

10:36

833

62

C Bell

M50

1:06:43

12:50

M50S

10:40

830

63

P Humphries

M10

0:32:46

12:08

M10A

11:20

800

64

I Scott

M35

1:31:16

12:10

M35S

11:55

773

65

Daniel Staines

M14

0:43:02

12:18

M14B

12:00

769

66

J Nolan

W16

1:28:46

17:04

W16A

12:02

767

67

J Garner

M21

0:44:24

11:41

Lt Green

12:59

724

68

S Gregson

M12

0:44:30

16:29

M12B

16:29

564

69

S Staines

W40

1:50:21

24:31

W40S

17:18

527


WAOC/NOR win the Peddars Way Relay (again)

A combined WAOC/NOR team consolidated their winning streak by winning both trophies for the second year in a row at the Peddars Way relay (a 45 mile, three person relay from along the old Roman road, from Knettishall to Holme-next-the-Sea). This year the team was made up of myself (Dave), Clive Baker of NOR and Peter Woods, who agreed to take part at very late notice after Steve Hardy had to withdraw due to an injury. The inclusion of Peter into the team meant an additional 5 minute handicap was added to our start time, resulting in us starting at exactly the same time as a SOS team.

SOS put up an admirable fight, with the lead changing hands several times until about 30 miles into the race, at which point they faded. The handicapping worked well - starts were staggered according to a handicap devised from the aggregate BOF ages of the team members, with the top seeded teams starting last. As a result, at Harpley Dams, 2/3rds of the way through the race, most of the teams had bunched up together, with 6 teams separated by only 200m. This coincided with the point where SOS were fading. Clive then overtook four of the remaining five teams to put us in second place behind a team from the North Norfolk Beach runners. We finally overcame them just before Ringstead and Peter ran the final stage into Holme-next-the-Sea, repeating last year's success when we overtook the NNBRs at pretty much the same point. We took a total of 5:11:30, i.e. running faster than 7 mins/mile and were the first team home by about 2 minutes, winning the handicap trophy. We also won the "fastest" team trophy, with the next fastest team taking 12 minutes more.

No doubt we'll be going for the hat-trick in Y2000, but it's not yet certain what date it'll be - it's normally the first Sunday in January, but next year that falls on New Year's day!


EAGAL 1998

Congratulations to the following WAOC members for winning their classes in the 1998 EAGAL

Helen Gardner

W12

Simon Gardner

M10

Penny Bickle

W18

Martin Humphries

M12

Janis Ryall

W45

Peter Gardner

M14

Ann Duncumb

W65

Neil Northrop

M16

   

Neil Humphries

M35

   

Chris Morley

M55

There were also top 3 positions for the following WAOC members:

W10

Clare Woods

2nd

M10

Philip Humphries

3rd

W14

Stephanie Gash

2nd

M18

Stephen Lawson

2nd

W16

Leonie Brown

2nd

 

Ian Wadeson

3rd

 

Helen Bickle

3rd

M60

Colin Curtis

2nd

W40

Nicola Gardner

3rd

M75

Maurice Capper

2nd

W45

Maria Marshall

2nd

     
 

Cath Pennington

3rd

     

W50

Mary Batten

2nd

     

W60

Ursula Oxburgh

2nd

     
 

Mary Palmer

3rd

     

EAGAL is the East Anglian Gallopen (league) which is run by the EAOA for club members within the region. Each club in the region can nominate one of their events (normally a Colour Coded) each year to be an EAGAL. At Colour Coded events there will normally be a notice detailing the age classes and courses that competitors must run to score points. The best 4 scores during the year for each person are totalled, the winners being the those with the highest number of points in each class.


WAOC Summer Gallopen 1999

1998 events proved that this event is increasing in popularity and I'm hoping that, like previous years, the organisers will volunteer so I've presented a list of dates/venues so that anyone willing to have a go can pick and choose what suits them.

Dates so far:

21 April Priory Park, Bedford
26 May Ampthill Park Steve Hardy
2 June Rowney Wood Ian Jones
16 June Milton Country Park Tim Mulcahy
14 July Cherry Hinton Hall Bruce & Maria Marshall

List of available dates:

12 May
30 June
28 July
18 August
1 September

Available areas: (All subject to obtaining permission)
West Bedford Park
  Rowney Warren
  Chicksands (after May)
South Harlton (after June)
Central Coe Fen (if CUOC are agreeable)
North Ferry Meadows
  Hinchingbrooke Park

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.

Awards for the first 2 competitors in each class in the Summer Gallopen 98 will be made at the AGM on 13 March.

Lindsey Freeman (Halandlin@aol.com)


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