Wed 18th Jan: Postensplain

Thu 19th: Hartlebury Common, Stourport (night)

Sat 21st: Melton Mowbray country park

and Forty Acre Woods, Matlock

and Teggs Nose, Macclesfield

and Attingham Park (night)

Sun 22nd: Brandon Wood , Coventry (WM League)

and Baslow Edge, Chesterfield

and Danby Lodge, Forest of Dean

Wed 25th: Hednesford Camp

and Sutton Coldfield (night urban)

Sun 29th: Shining Cliff, Belper

and Concorde Chase, NE Hants

Thu 2nd Feb: Dudmaston, Bridgnorth (night)

Sat 4th: Apedale, Newcastle

and Daventry Country Park

and Donisthorpe, Ashby

and New Beechenhurst, Forest of Dean (night)

Sun 5th: Badgerslade (WM League)

and New Beechenhurst, Forest of Dean

Thu 9th: Bewdley (night urban)

and Martinshaw, Leicester (night)

10th-11th Twin Peak, Lake District

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JK Easter 2017

The Route


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Back to lovely Highgate Common for the club championships. Since Barry H has adopted it as his area it almost seems like visiting him in his (large and overgrown) back garden. 🙂 Perfect running weather, and considering that I’d forgotten my bramble bashers, the area seemed mercifully free of the stuff that tears my legs in most Midlands woods.

And I had a near-perfect run, something which is as elusive in 2016 as it was in 1996, despite 20 years of practice! I got 24 controls in the hour (well, 60:00:30), which I’m sure must be the most I’ve ever managed at a club champs.

I hardly used my watch at all, just three times I think, which I think is a good strategy. On the way to #53 I checked and saw I had about 12 minutes left, and knew more or less that if I had a clean run home I could get six more, and I nearly did. (I also notice that I did 12 from the front and 12 from the back, and turned the map over almost exactly on 30 minutes, but that’s a fluke.)

Afterwards there was the club Christmas social, and considering the club has been doing some soul-searching of late because of the slide in membership, it was as ever one of the most joyous occasions of the year.

Sat 3rd Dec: Oker Hill, Matlock

and Knockalls, Monmouth

Sun 4th: Dymock, Ledbury (West Midlands Championships)

Thu 8th: Aldridge Airport (night)

Sat 10th: Hermitage, Coalville

and Blakeney, Forest of Dean (night)

Sun 11th: Itchington Holt (OD club championships)

and Highgate Common (HOC club championships)

and Eyam

Wed 14th: Sutton Park (Santa-O)

and The Beacon, Loughborough (night)

Sat 17th Brocton, Stafford (WCH handicap race)

Sun 18th: Borreaton Park (WRE club championships)

Tue 27th: Rough Close, Coventry (relay)

Sat 31st: Ratby, Leicester

Sun 1st Jan: Bathpool, Kidsgrove (score championships)

Mon 2nd: Belper (urban)

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Sat 29th Oct: Warwick University, Coventry

and Cleeve Hill, Cheltenham

Sun 30th: Gentleshaw, Cannock (West Midlands League)

and Stowe, Buckingham

Sat 5th Nov: Warrington (urban)

Sun 6th: Bury Ditches, Market Drayton (West Midlands League)

Wed 9th: Burbage, Hinckley (night)

Sat 12th: Coombe Abbey, Coventry

and Standish, Stroud (night)

Sun 13th: Bradgate, Leicester

and Foel Goch, Machynlleth

Wed 16th: Memorial Park, Coventry (night)

Thu 17th: Worcester (night urban)

Sat 19th: Donisthorpe, Ashby

and Kidnalls, Forest of Dean

and Sutton Park (World Schools Selection Race)

Sun 20th: Wirksworth (urban)

and Sutton Park (British Schools Championships) (entries close 1/11/16)

Thu 24th: Clent Hills (night)

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West Midlands Relays

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Sun 9th Warwick (urban)

Mon 10th WMOA AGM 7.30 pm at Great Barr Hotel

Wed 12th Gamecock, Nuneaton (enter by 10/10/16)

Sat 15th Parkend, Gloucester

Sun 16th Compass Sport Cup Final (Yorkshire) – good luck to OD and POTOC

Wed 19th Watermead Park, Leicester

Sat 22nd Malvern (urban)

and Biddulph Grange

and Grange Top, Swadlincote

Sun 23rd Castlemorton Common, Malvern (WM League)

Wed 26th Sutton Park (night)

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…which stands for “Swynnerton and map” of course. The map in question, you can see, barely survived the race!

Tue 14th June Wildwood, Stafford (sprint)

and Severn Valley Country Park

and Macclesfield Forest

Wed 15th Elmdon, Solihull

Thu 16th June Jaunter, Clent (time trial)

and Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham (urban)

Sat 18th Carsington, Ashbourne

Sun 19th Sandwell Valley (West Midlands League)

Tue 21st Peel Pursuit, Brocton (x-country)

and Telford Town Park

Wed 22nd Ryton Pools, Leamington

and Rosliston, Burton

Sat 25th Hawkbatch, Wyre Forest

and Cranham, Gloucester (harris relay)

Sun 26th Harvester, Cleeve Hill, Cheltenham (night relay)

and Ashby-de-la-Zouch (urban)

Tue 28th Wrockwardine, Telford

Wed 29th Gates Run, Sutton Park (time trial/o) nb. embargoed for schoolchildren

Thu 30th Ross-on-Wye (urban)

and Brereton Heath, Congleton

Sat 2nd July Baggeridge, Sedgley

Sun 3rd Leek (urban)

and Yvette Baker Junior Trophy Final, London

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Wed 17th Feb: Leek

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Sat 20th: BUCS

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and Moseley Green (night)

Sun 21st: Lizard Hill, Shifnal (West Midlands League)

Wed 24th: Sutton Park (night)

Thu 25th: Stourbridge (night urban)

Sat 27th British Night Championships, Charnwood enter online by 21/2/16

Sun 28th Midlands Championships, Sherwood Forest enter online by 17/2/16

Thu 3rd March Kinver Edge (night)

Sat 5th Welsh Championships weekend

and Consall, Leek

and Junior Development Meeting, Birmingham

Sun 6th Longshaw, Peak District enter online by 28/2/16

Wed 9th Ashby (evening)

Thu 10th Aston University (night urban)

Sat 12th Memorial Park, Coventry

and Lyme Park, Disley

Sun 13th Compass Sport Cup, Cannock Chase

and Bickerton, Cheshire


JK, Yorkshire 25th-28th March

British Championships, Brown Clee 30th April-1st May

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and Coopers Hill, Gloucester

and Macclesfield

and Billa Barra, Markfield

and Frith Wood, Ledbury (night)

Sun 7th: Chasewater (West Midlands League)

and Forest of Dean enter online by 22/1/16

Thu 11th: Sence Valley, Ibstock

and Habberley Valley, Kidderminster (night)

Sat 13th: Apedale, Newcastle

Sun 14th: Wyre Forest (West Midlands League)

Wed 17th: Leek


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Midlands Championships 28th Feb, Sherwood Forest enter online by 17/2/16

I hadn’t had much sleep so it probably wasn’t too surprising that when I opened the bag I saw it was Catherine’s shoes… Still, luckily I did have some trainers with me. Not ideal though when it’s muddy and a bit icy too.

But the shoe thing wasn’t my biggest mistake of the day. As I ran up the road towards the first control I realised I wasn’t carrying a compass. Now, that doesn’t make things impossible – I’ve tried it a couple of times before, at park and urban events, where it probably made me concentrate a bit more, and I probably saved some time by not looking at it – but on Highgate Common?? in the dark???

Sure enough, the first control, a 400-metre leg, took me 10 minutes. Thinking about it now, I must’ve run past it after about 5 minutes, but I wasn’t at all sure where I was (!), and I’m pleased that I somehow managed to slowly work out the pattern of slopes, paths and trees IN THE DARK and gradually home in on my prey. (If you look at the map, you can see that the contours show that the slope upwards is generally towards the northwest, so this info can be used to substitute for the lack of compass.)

After that, I didn’t really have much trouble. I went 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-14-15-16-18 for 12 controls in the hour allowed. To be honest, if I hadn’t been wearing my new headtorch I wouldn’t have risked this madcap compassless adventure. I got it off eBay for a tenner, and though it’s probably not as bright as the EIGHTEEN HUNDRED LUMENS advertised, it is pretty damn bright, and made me feel a lot more confident out there than I sometimes have been with my old headlamps.