Shire Oak Park is an old quarry on the edge of Brownhills, and one of the new O areas in Walsall mapped by Peels. As he’s already done at Fibbersley, Rough Wood and Barr Beacon, Barry McGowan has taken the lead in working with the council to get POCs and events going on these new areas, and all of them will feature in next year’s Walsall initiative.

The first event at Shire Oak was a couple of months ago. (Results.) The next event there will be a night-O race on Thursday 5 January. Small areas like this (it’s about half a mile across) are ideal for making your first attempt at night-O.