Competition Time – 2017 is our 50th year – Design an O top and flag

Next year is the clubs 50th year. Several orienteering and social events are planned to celebrate our golden anniversary. The challenge starts now with a competition to design a celebratory Orienteering top and flag, as we want these available for when we go into 2017.

Get sketching! We'd like your sketches and drawings by the end of July 2016. Please send,  electronically if possible, or by hand, to the Secretary. Judging will be by the illustrious committee in early August, and there will be a prize for the winner or winners! 

For a flavour of the planned programme for 2017, click here (this page will be updated as events and celebrations are finalised and organised).


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.

EYOC 2016

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.

Solway Orienteers logo
Solway Orienteers are welcoming a group of orienteers from OL Kufstein of Austria who are visiting from 8th to 12 August for four days of training, competitions and socials Mon to Fri, with a rest day on Weds. In addition to the visitors, all members of Solway and our nearest neighbouring clubs are very welcome to take part. Note that you will need to pre-book.
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.)

Well done to all the WCOC members who braved the mud at today's Northern Champs near Whitby. There were many good performances, but congratulations for outstanding results go to W14 Champion Caitlin Irving, W16 Champion Niamh Hunter, M16 Champion Alastair Thomas and M21 Champion Matthew Vokes (who was also impressively 3rd in the World Ranking Event)!

For full results click here.


Well done to all the WCOC members who crossed the Pennines to take part in this year's JK competition around Yorkshire. Some fantastic results included Golds for our junior relay teams on W48- (Caitlin, Rosie and Niamh) and M48- (Ben, Daniel and Alastair), Golds for Alastair (M16) and Jenny (W18L) and Bronzes for Niamh (W16) and Daniel (M16) overall individual, and Silver for Alastair (M16) at the sprint. For full results, click here.


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