West Cumberland Orienteering Club is based in the Western half of the English Lake District. We host events on a weekly basis from informal Thursday nights to district or regional events held at weekends. Everyone is welcome to try the sport.
Hot off the press is the England team for the Junior Home Internationals (JHIs) taking place in the North East in October - we have 5 Juniors involved - Caitlin, Rosie, Niamh, Alastair and Daniel. Brilliant news - well done everyone!
More good news is that Niamh and Daniel have been selected to join GB Talent Squad and will be joining Alastair for the monthly training sessions. Congratulations!
Next year is the Club's 50th anniversary. Several orienteering and social events are planned to celebrate our golden anniversary. For a flavour of the planned programme for 2017, click here (this page will be updated as events and celebrations are finalised and organised).
A great finale to wrap up the summer series. Results now posted. Many thanks as ever to all the event planners.
Many club members have been enticed away from the local delights of Whinlatter Fell and Threlkeld Knotts to give WCOC representation internationally. Well done to the Irvings for making it to O-Ringen 2016, where Caitlin came 87th in new terrain against tough competition. Closer to home, there was success at Croeso (in South Wales) with podium places for Sue Skinner (3rd W50), Rosie Spencer (3rd W14), Roger Thomas (3rd M55S), and Wilf Teasdale (2nd M12), along with top ten finishes for Isabel Sunley (4th W12), Carys Thomas (4th W14), Lynne Thomas (4th W45), Catherine Wetherfield (4th W50S), Joe Sunley (9th M14), Simon Hunter (5th M45), and Ian Teasdale (8th M55S).
Well done to all the WCOC members who entered this year's SLMM based at Pooley Bridge. Congratulations to Sue and Martin Skinner (1st Mix Vet - Harter Class), Niamh and Simon Hunter (2nd Mix - Bedafell), Ben and Steve Breeze (5th M - Bedafell), Alan Irving and partner (4th M - Carrock Fell), Matt Vokes and partner (1st - Kirkfell), and Hannah and Andy Bradley (1st Mix - Kirkfell), For full results, click here.
Congratulations to WCOC's Alastair Thomas who represented GB at the European Youth Orienteering Championships in Poland this weekend. He was a very impressive 5th (and on the podium) in the Sprint, and 11th on the Long Distance race. For more details click here.
Well done to the few brave WCOC members who took on the roads of South-East England to get to the British Sprint and Middle Championships this weekend. Congratulations to Sprint Champions Alastair (M16) and Caitlin (W14), with Daniel 2nd (M16), Rosie 5th (W14) and top 10 positions for Wilf (M12), Carys (W14) and Sue Skinner (W50). At the Middle Distance event, Alastair finished in Silver Medal position and Rosie in Bronze, with more top 10 places for Niamh, Wilf, Daniel, Caitlin and Carys and in the seniors Sue Skinner. Click here for full Sprint results or click here for full Middle Distance results.
Now that a few lucky members have their own "SI air" dibbers, here is a little information about using them:
The controls have all been updated to work with the new SIAC dibbers. The sequence at the start is CLEAR then CHECK (to activate them - they should then give their little flashes every 30s). (Hopefully all planners will remember to put the SIAC CHECK box out.) However, note that the START box will still need an old-fashioned dib/punch as we've had problems with SAICs either not starting properly or starting too early as people potter about in the vicinity of the START box chatting / getting the map ready, etc. (so Roger has changed the START back to an ordinary control box).
Happy faster dibbing...
... for kindly hosting this year's Cumbria Schools Orienteering Championships (Secondary) at the Muncaster Galoppen this weekend. For a brief report and links to the results, click here.
WCOC have a British Champion - congratulations to Alastair Thomas, M16!
The weekend also produced Relay Team successes, with podium positions for:
Junior Ad Hoc: Ben Goodwin, Wilfrid Teasdale & Joe Goodwin (BRONZE)W14: Caitlin Irving, Carys Thomas & Rosie Spencer (SILVER)M18: Daniel Spencer, Ben Breeze & Alastair Thomas (SILVER)W40: Lynne Thomas, Ange Jackson & Catherine Wetherfield (BRONZE)Men's Short: Matthew Vokes, Simon Hunter & Michael Billinghurst (SILVER)
(See WCOC Facebook page for more photos.)
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