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. For more information see our introduction to the sport 'What is Orienteering'.

Juniors' Page - Click Here! Last item added 29/10/13

For details of how to join WCOC, or to renew membership, click here.

"The club has embraced the ethos of working towards Clubmark as part of their development to bring the sport to more people and to provide an excellent coaching and competition programme."
Hilary Palmer, British Orienteering

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20/10/14 New look website - coming soon!

The WCOC website will shortly have a new look. Please be prepared for some disruption to service this weekend, and be patient as the web team endeavour to ensure that you are still able to access all key information...

17/10/14 Newsletter - extra item

Thanks to Graham for another newsletter packed full of interesting reports. For an extra article about MTBO, click here.

17/10/14 Club Social - many thanks - and quiz results / answers!

Many thanks to Lesley for organising another great social event for the club, and to Steve for the interesting talk and pictures about his amazing achievement in the summer. To see the all important results and answers from the quizzes, click here.

30/09/14 Orient8 - more coaching

Indoor training aimed at club juniors and secondary school aged juniors. This will be held in Cockermouth school gym, 6.30pm to 8pm on Tuesday 21st October, and following half term, on Tuesday 4th and 11th November. £1.50 for juniors, just turn up at the gym (entrance at back of school, through the dining area).

29/09/14 Diary Date - AGM - 23rd October

We will meet at 7.30pm at the Kirkstile Inn, Loweswater. If you would like to get involved in the running of the club and help to make sure all the jobs get done please have a word with the chair (John Taylor) or the secretary (Lesley Wornham). To see the Agenda and the minutes from the AGM last year, please use the links at the bottom of the Contacts page.

15/09/14 Congratulations!

Firstly, to the juniors who ran at the Peter Palmer Junior Relays this weekend. There was a brilliant second place in the "Joan George" category for the WCOC team "007-OHMSS" of Alastair Thomas, Daniel Spencer, Niamh Hunter, Henry Teasdale, Joseph Sunley & Jonty Goodwin, and Katie Lowles. The second team (Crazy Cumbrians) also did well; Matthew Blackley, Kate Skinner, Ben Goodwin, Caitlin Irving, Billy Robinson & Carys Thomas, and Joe Goodwin.

Secondly, to all the WCOC members who took part in the 60th Lake District Mountain Trial held on Sunday. Andy Lewsley's courses provided an excellent physical challenge and lots of good route choices. Rob Stein had a great run, finishing second on the Medium course - fantastic! For more results and to see the courses, click here.

08/09/14 British Sprint and Middle Distance Champs ... yet more WCOC success!

Congratulations to all the WCOC members who took part in the Sprint and Middle Distance Championships at the weekend. In the Sprint Champs Alastair Thomas was second M14 (just five seconds adrift), with Mike Pearson second M70 and Caitlin Irving third W12. At the Middle distance Champs Alastair was first M14, Mike Pearson was first M70, and on the W21 course Charlotte Watson was second and Helen Winskill third. Brilliant!

10/08/14 Lakes 5 Days... more WCOC success

Congratulations to all the WCOC members who took part in the excellent Lakes 5 Days event this week. There were lots of great results, both on individual days and over the full week of racing. Overall podium places to celebrate include Mike Pearson - 1st M70L, Ange Jackson - 3rd W35L, Rosie Spencer - 2nd W12A, Roger Thomas - 2nd M50S, and Daniel Spencer - joint 2nd on M14A.

08/08/14 Lakes 5 Days...

The Lakes 5 Days concluded today - what a fantastic week of orienteering. A massive thanks to Rob Holder and Dave Fenwick for organising the event on Monday and to Bob Barnby for planning a set of excellent courses. Many thanks also to the team of helpers who assisted in making the day such a success. After the pretty tough conditions on Sunday the weather reverted back to what we all wanted - sunshine all the way! Results here.

14/07/14 Club Social Score Event - Results now online

Thanks very much to Lynne Thomas and Ian Teasdale for the coaching and score event at the Club Social last weekend. For those of you who have been eagerly anticipating the results, they are now available on the "Results" page along with the planner's comments. (Apologies for the delay in publication, which is entirely due to the website co-ordinator, not the planner.) Enjoy...

14/07/14 Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon - Congratulations!

There were great performances from many club members at the SLMM this weekend. Lewis Taylor won the solo Klets class - brilliant! David & Daniel Spencer won the Bedafell, with rivals, the Thomas’ father and son combo in fourth. Simon Hunter was very well placed on Pillar, while father and daughter pair, Andrew and Jenny Bradley, were well placed on Wansfell. Katrina Hemingway was one half of the first female team in the Carrock Fell class. Well done to all who competed!

30/06/14 ALLERDALE CHASE - Results, Routegadget and Report now available - click on the "Results" tab

Well done to all the competitors who took part in the Allerdale Chase on the fells around Whinlatter. The courses were tough but the weather was kind.

Congratulations to the winners: Andrew Llewellyn of NOC on the Long course, Mark Johnston of FVO on the Medium and our very own Allastair Thomas who took the Short course title.

Thanks to the the Forestry Commission for the use of their area, and to the following people who all helped in different ways with the planning, organisation and on the day help; Roger Jackson, Bob Barnby, Mike Harrison, Mike Pearson, John Slater, John Taylor, Ben Crowther, Rosie Spencer and Vanessa Brierley. A great team effort!

20/06/14 CONGRATULATIONS - New Wainwrights Record for Steve Birkinshaw!

Huge congratulations to Steve Birkinshaw, who tonight completed the amazing challenge of 214 Lakeland summits and 518km in a new record of 6 days and 13 hours. For more details, click here.

01/06/14 WCOC British Championship and Relay Success!

Congratulations to all who competed at the (very challenging) British Championships this weekend, especially Michael Pearson who won M70L! Other notable results were Alastair Thomas (3rd M14), Joyce Woffindin (1st W50S) and Roger Thomas (1st M50S). Top ten finishes included Wilf Teasdale (M10), Rosie Spencer (W12), Daniel Spencer (M14), Katrina Hemingway (W18E), Sue Skinner (W50) , Mike Billinghurst (M50), Richard Cummings (M55S) and Richard Goodwin (M55S). Top relay result was an excellent 2nd place for Daniel Spencer, Ben Breeze and Alastair Thomas on M14. For pictures, see WCOC on Facebook.

25/05/14 WCOC Scottish Champion (again) and more England Selections!

Congratulations to Alastair Thomas who is Scottish Champion at M14 - for the second year running! Well done to other club members who represented WCOC at the Scottish Champs this weekend - many good runs including 2nd for Roger Thomas on M50S. Congratulations to Alastair Thomas and Daniel Spencer who have been selected to represent England in the Junior Home Internationals which will be held at Oban at the end of August.

18/05/14 Threlkeld Knotts - Galoppen - RESULTS NOW ONLINE - including ROUTEGADGET

Thanks to everyone who planned, organised, helped and ran today at Threlkeld Knotts. The friendly atmosphere and positive attitude in the face of a few technical hitches ensured that almost 200 runners were able to enjoy the challenging courses and the glorious weather!

05/05/14 WCOC Northern Champions

Congratulations to all who competed at the Northern Championships yesterday at Blakeholme / Gummers How. The following WCOC members are Northern Champions - Caitlin Irving (W12A), Helen Winskill (W40L), Kate Charles (W45L), Alastair Thomas (M14A) and Michael Pearson (M70L)! Well done also to Isaac Hunter (1st male on Yellow), Lynne Thomas (2nd W40L), Wilf Teasdale (2nd M10A), Daniel Spencer (2nd M14A), Mike Billinghurst (2nd M50L), Roger Thomas (1st M50S) and Pete Nelson (3rd M60L).

22/04/14 WCOC on Twitter

For your information: @WCOC2014 are now up to 50 followers! You can follow many of the UK and World's top orienteers as they post updates on their races and training. So far we have been re-tweeted by @GBRorienteering and @Blodslitet.

19/04/14 JK 2014, South Wales

Follow all the latest news and results here JK 2014.

19/04/14 WCOC Summer Series

Provisional details now available on Events. Planners still required for a few slots so contact Mike if you fancy having a go!

02/01/14 Interland 2014

If you haven't already heard where have you been?! Superb results from Interland. The M14 England trio basically swept the board. Outstanding contributions from the three of them, Alastair, Katie and Daniel meant that England are victorious as FIRST Nation! Check out the report on Facebook.

24/03/14 WOC 2015 - "The Chance of a Lifetime" (also known as volunteers wanted)

The WOC 2015 team has just updated their website with details of the many and varied roles that they have still to fill on http://www.woc2015.org/volunteers/join-the-event-team. NWOA has a pretty good input with 4 clubs having offered their services already, but there's room and need for a bit more if anyone's interested in something a bit different for 2015.

24/03/14 Fell Series - continues on Thursday

See the website for the courses. Cost £4 (£1.50 for juniors). Early start because of lack of daylight. A great chance to stretch the legs, with long and short courses. See the "Events" page for more details.

27/01/14 Beer Trail - now closed - many thanks!

Well done to all who braved the elements over the past month to rise to the challenge of this year's Beer Trail around the Loweswater Fells. Apparently there was an unprecedented number of people doing the trail at night - perhaps it made it harder to see the rain... Many thanks (once again) to Pete and Barbara Nelson for setting it up and keeping the cache stocked - it was much appreciated!

27/01/14 Interested in learning to map or improving your mapping skills?

The club has recently purchased a new Garmin GPS system to help with accurate mapping. If you are interested in learning to use this and / or to help out with mapping and updating new and existing areas, please contact Roger Jackson (see "Contacts" page) or Pete Nelson (via pete.barbara - then use the @sign - btinternet.com).

27/01/14 Club Jackets Still Available

Steve Telford still has a range of sizes available in the smart WCOC jackets, along with a range of other kit including Trimtex tops. If you are interested, please contact him directly (email and phone number on the "Contacts" page, under "Club Officers").

20/01/14 Latest Coaching News and Opportunities for YOU!

Coaching with Derek Allison. There will be five coaching sessions in partnership with BL starting Saturday 25th January. Sessions will be suitable for those who are experienced orienteers (TD 4/5). Sessions are as follows, all 10am to 12pm. Sat 25th Jan - Eycott Hill GR388306. Sat 1st Feb - High and Low Hows. Sat 15th Feb - S. Lakes area. Sat 1st Mar - BL area - Faulds Brow. Sat 15th Mar - Holme Wood. Please book directly with Derek, details on 2014 Coaching programme - click here.

12/01/14 New Year Club Social - NOW FULLY ENJOYED!

Thanks to all who came, brought food, joined in, chatted, had fun and washed up! Special thanks to Lesley for not just organising and co-ordinating, but doing too! To see the all important results and answers from the quizzes, click here.

24/12/13 Interland Selections

Congratulations to the following WCOC members who have been selected to represent England at the international "Interland" competition in March 2014 in northern France - Alastair Thomas (M14), Katie Lowles (W16), Daniel Spencer (M14) and Helen Winskill (W40).

18/11/13 British Schools' Championships

Well done to all the juniors who ran on Sunday near Matlock, Derbyshire. Highlights included Gold for Cockermouth School Year 11 Girls team of Katie Lowles, Kate Skinner and Jenny Bradley; Bronze for Cockermouth School Year 9 Boys team of Alastair Thomas, Joe Goodwin and Daniel Spencer; Silver for Alistair Thomas - individual Boys Year 9; and 4th place for Cockermouth School in the overall large schools category.

30/11/13 New Saturday Series!

More dates for your diary! We are running a series of informal Saturday morning events over the winter months starting 16th November. The events will be focussed towards juniors, families, and novices. No experience necessary, coaching available at all events. Starts from 11:00 - 12:00. Full details will be posted on the Events page but for now check out the flyer and make a note of the dates!

16/10/13 Updated "October Odyssey" successes

Congratulations to all the WCOC members who made the journey to the North East to run one or both days at the "October Odyssey" event hosted by NATO at the weekend. Notable results included:

Saturday Score Event: Niamh Hunter 3rd Year 8 girl, Daniel Spencer 3rd Year 9 boy, Kate Skinner 4th Open Junior, and Rosie Spencer 4th Year 7 girl.

Sunday Classic Event: Katie Lowles 1st on the Green course, Alastair Thomas 1st on Light Green, Daniel Spencer 4th on Light Green, Roger Thomas 2nd on Short Blue, Isaac Hunter 3rd on Yellow.

"October Odyssey" combined results (best total scores over both days): Rosie Spencer joint 1st W12, Sue Skinner 1st W45, and Marguerite Pennell 2nd W70.

19/09/13 Junior Home Internationals success

Congratulations to WCOC junior Alastair Thomas who was part of the winning England team in last weekend's Junior Home International competition held in South Wales.

11/09/13 Peter Palmer Relays

Thank you to all the teams who made the effort to come and take part in this year's Peter Palmer junior relays on the shores of Derwent Water in the Lake District. It was a fantastic morning of racing in a great area and the weather was very kind to us. Thanks to all the efforts of the organising team, all the participants were able to enjoy an excellent event. Congratulations to the winners. The detailed results can be viewed here. Winners of the different competitions, and fastest boy and girl on each leg can be viewed here.

30/08/13 Summer Series Winners and Thanks

Congratulations to the winners in all categories of the Summer Series: Lewis Taylor (Long course - winner), Kate Charles (Long course - first lady), Alastair Thomas (Long course - first junior), Sue Skinner (Short course - winner), Ben Breeze (Short course - first junior), Rosie Spencer (Novice course - winner) and Henry Teasdale (Novice course - first boy).

Many thanks to Mike Harrison for co-ordinating the series, to Roger Jackson for printing maps for all the events, to Kate Charles for producing the league table, and to all the individual planners / organisers without whom we would not have a sport. Hope to see you all at the upcoming Park Series, starting next Thursday!

30/08/13 Junior Inter-Regional Championships selections

Well done to the WCOC juniors who have been selected to represent the North West Junior Squad in the JIRCs this autumn: congratulations to Alastair Thomas, Niamh Hunter, Katie Lowles, Katrina Hemingway and Hannah Bradley (reserve)!

30/08/13 Junior Home Internationals selection

Congratulations to Alastair Thomas who has been selected to represent England at M14 in the JHIs this autumn.

05/08/13 Scottish 6-Day 2013

A large WCOC contingent (48) joined the 3500+ orienteers from all over the world at the S6D last week. Competition was very tough with many struggling to stay in the top 25%. Star of the week was Caitlin Irving in W10A with five great results, 2, 3, 4, 4 and 5, giving an overall THIRD place. Brilliant! Alastair Thomas was the only one to get a win on one of the days, and he ended up with a FOURTH overall. Mike Billinghurst was EIGHTH overall, with Katrina Hemingway NINTH. Great orienteering in wonderful forests, with either the rain or the heat adding that little bit extra!!

23/06/13 Northern Champs Success!

Congratulations to Katrina Hemingway, W18E Champion and Helen Winskill W21E Champion. Other WCOC successes included Lewis Taylor 2nd on M21E, Jess Breeze 1st on W12B, Caitlin Irving 3rd on W10A, Rosie Spencer 3rd on W12A, and Daniel Spencer 3rd on M14A. Well done to all the other WCOC members who braved the motorways and the weather! For full results click here.

28/05/13 NW Junior Squad

Many congratulations to two new selections for the NWJS following the previous weekend’s induction session. Niamh Hunter and Ben Breeze were both selected and now join a very select and talented group of junior athletes from the NW clubs. They are the top regional squad, almost always winning the JIRCs. But they rely on a steady stream of juniors coming through. WCOC have made major contributions to the squad over the recent years. Keep it up guys!!

28/05/13 Scottish Champs

Congratulations to Alastair Thomas, Scottish M14 Champ! Dad, Roger won M50S, with Caitlin Irving second on W10A and Michael Billinghurst also second, on M50L. Charlotte Watson (W20) was second on W21E, and part of the winning ladies relay team (running for EUOC).

22/04/13 British Sprint and Middle Champs

What a superb set of results from the weekend! The Sprints at Loughborough Uni saw Carys Thomas take another Bronze medal in W10. Alastair Thomas was fifth in M14, Charlotte Watson was sixth in WOpen, and Michael Billinghurst sixth in M50. At the Middle on Stanton Moor near Matlock, Alastair Thomas won M14 (GOLD!!!!), and Bronze medals went to Caitlin Irving W10, Charlotte Watson W20, Susan Skinner W45 and Michael Billinghurst M50. Plus a load of very good performances from others.

For full results for Sprints click here.

For full results for Middle Distance click here.

22/04/13 World School Champs

Many congratulations to Katrina Hemingway - the senior girls select team won a Bronze medal for their combined Middle and Long Distance performances (total of the times for the team over both events). And also to Katie Lowles - the junior girls team were in fourth place, just missing a medal by 52 seconds.

For full results click here.

15/04/13 Lakeland Weekend Results

The LOC Middle and Classic races at the weekend at Graythwaite provided some top class competition for the club. Lewis Taylor had a couple of great runs on the Black course with a sixth place on Sunday. Alastair Thomas won Light Green on Saturday and was third on Sunday. Caitlin Irving had a win and a second place on Yellow - brilliant! Pete Nelson was second on Blue on Sunday. Lots of other good placements. For full results for both days click here.

18/03/13 Danish Spring Relay Success

Charlotte Watson, Florence Haines and Lucy Butt ran in GB colours at the Danish Spring relay this weekend. Charlotte kicked of with a great first leg to come back with a lead of 1.24, Florence maintained this despite being chased down by Ida Bobach (11 medals over 5 years at JWOC!). Lucy went out with a lead of 1.02 but one mistake half way through allowed the Dane Ita Klingenburg (gold medal at JWOC 2012 relay) to overtake and despite Lucy having the fastest splits for the last 6 controls she couldn't quite catch Ita - the Danes winning by only 3 seconds! Second place here is a fantastic result for this GB Junior team who ran together to 8th place at last years JWOC and who should still be together at JWOC 2013, but it also shows how difficult it is to get a relay win at this level with all 3 runners needing a near perfect run. We wish them luck! On the previous day they ran in a W20 mass start middle race also with good results. Lucy 3rd, Charlotte 5th and Florence 9th.

10/03/13 Yvette BakerCompetition - Well done to WCOC Juniors

At the Yvette Baker competition today at Holker Woodlands no surprise that LOC won the competition on home ground with a score of 891. WCOC juniors were brilliant though with Daniel Spencer, Niamh Hunter & Rosie Spencer all scoring 100 points. 99 points from Rebecca Maxwell & Alastair Thomas along with 97 from Henry Teasdale & Hannah Rumney, and 96 from Kate Skinner & Carys Thomas contributing to our score of 884. MDOC just pipped us with 886, but a great third place was very impressive.

10/03/13 Club Ansaphone

After 22 years of stirling service, the club answerphone has been retired and the number disconnected. However, thanks to the modern age we live in there are many ways of keeping up to date with club events. As well as the club website and weekly newsletter, why not set up your own o-events profile at http://oevents.info/. Many thanks to Rob Holder for looking after the answerphone and keeping it updated every week.

4/03/13 Congratulations!

Helen Winskill is Northern Night Women’s Open Champion after a stunning race at Great Tower at the weekend. Other impressive results included Lewis Taylor who was 2nd placed on the Brown course, Pete Nelson 3rd on Green and Ben Breeze 2nd on Orange. For full results, click here.

17/02/13 Congratulations, WCOC!

Second place (behind LOC and just ahead of MDOC) in today's Compass Sport Cup qualifier means a place in the final (Forest of Dean - 20/10/13). Notable results included maximum points scores for Katie Lowles on Light Green and Daniel Spencer on Orange. See here for all today's results.

11/02/13 WCOC Podium Places at British Night Championships!

Well done to all the WCOC members who took part at Tankersley Woods on Saturday evening, and congratulations to Helen Winskill who won W35, Ange Jackson who was third on W35, Susan Skinner who was second on W45, and Margaret Mackenzie who was second on W50. Click here for more results.

14/1/13 Map Quiz

If you missed out on the Map Quiz at the Club Social on Saturday, it can be viewed here. (Note: this is purely for your own entertainment, no further prizes will be won!)

10/12/12 WCOC Win Galoppen inter-club competition!

Congratulations to all members of WCOC for helping the club retain the Borrowdale Trophy in 2012. Click here for more details of who scored what.


Congratulations to Katrina Hemingway, Katie Lowles and Jenn Bradley! The selections for World Schools have just been published. Katie Lowles, Katrina Hemingway and Jenn Bradley have all been selected. Katie for the select junior girls team, Katrina for the senior girls select team, and Jenn as a reserve (non travelling) for the junior select team. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!!!!!! Details on the BSOA website. Click here for more details.


British Schools Championships

Well done to all the juniors who ran on Saturday and Sunday at Delamere Forest. Highlights included Gold for Cockermouth School Year 10 Girls team of Katie Lowles, Kate Skinner and Jenny Bradley; Bronze for Cockermouth School Year 8 Boys team of Alistair Thomas, Joe Goodwin and Daniel Spencer; Bronze for Hannah Bradley - individual Girls Year 13; Silver for Alistair Thomas - individual Boys Year 8; and 3rd Place for Katie Lowles W14 in the World Schools Qualifying Event. For more results, click here.


Congratulations to Charlotte Watson who was awarded the Most Improved Junior award in the "Annual Squad Awards" for her 9th place in the JWOC Middle Distance race. Click here for more details.


New Ennerdale Permanent Courses at Bleach Green, click here.


Yvette Baker Trophy Results

Well done to all the juniors who ran on Sunday at Simpson Ground. WCOC came second, just a few points behind LOC. For results, click here .


Compass Sport Cup Final

Congratulations to everyone who braved the dreadful conditions at Teviothead today. WCOC came a very impressive 5th in the Cup. Click here for the results.


Mike Harrison successfully completed his Bob Graham Round yesterday in a very impressive 21 hours and 15 minutes. Having rescheduled his attempt following very poor weather conditions a couple of weeks ago, he was pleased to enjoy near perfect weather this time. The first WCOC completion for this year. See Facebook for photos.


Congratulations to this year's Parish Relay winners, Andy Bradley, Chris Brand Barker and Callum Pearson. Bit of a nightmare with the results, but as usual we have posted a file containing all the splits for each member of a team. There are a few names missing. See Facebook for photos.


Charlotte Watson had a brilliant run to finish 9th in the A Final in the Middle Distance discipline at the Junior World O Champs. Well done! See JWOC page for Results.


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(Belated) Congratulations to our new British Champion, Alastair Thomas (left). Alastair had a great run to come home first in M12A, securing his title. This builds on a fine performances in this year's JK that saw Alastair on the podium for his overall third place. Consistent results over the last year resulted in Alastair's top place in the Galoppen (Lt. Green) series and his performances in the spring fell races confirm that he's definitely one of WCOC's rising stars. Well done.

See the BOC Results page for final results.


Well done to everyone who represented WCOC yesterday at the British Relay Championships. The racing was fast and furious and everyone performed extremely well. Podium places were as follows:

1st Helen, Rosie and Mhairi in Women's premier class,

2nd Steve Birkinshaw, David Spencer and Mike Billinghurst in M40

3rd Jenn Bradley, Kate Skinner and Katie Lowles in W14 Well done to these teams

Other performances

Men's Premier - 8th, Men's Short - 8th, Women's Short - 4th, M40 - 9th, M14 - 6th, M50 - 13th, Mini relay 9th/13th and 15th, Junior Mixed Ad Hoc - 4th and Mixed Ad Hoc -12th/18th/27th and 35th.

For several members this was their first experience of running in relays and deserve to be congratulated on their success. Well done!


Well done to everyone involved in yesterday's BOC Long Distance Championships. John Slater and Kate Charles (and their army of happy helpers) made sure that everyone had a fantastic day. The transport arrangements seemed to work really well and there were lots of positive comments from the competitiors. And of course the weather was perfect! Well done WCOC!


Congratulations to Charlotte Watson who has been selected to represent Great Britain at the Junior World Orienteering Championships, being held in Korsice, Slovakia from 7th-14thJuly 2012.

Congratulations to Rosie Watson who has been selected to represent Great Britain at the European Youth Orienteering Championships, being held in Bugeat, France from 27thJune – 1stJuly 2012.

Congratulations to Kate Skinner and Katrina Hemingway who has been selected as part of the England Team for the Interland Cup 2012 on 22 April at Habay-la-Neuve, southern Belgium.


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Congratulations to WCOC ladies who gained podium places at the recent JK Relays. Well done to Charlotte Watson, Mhairi Mackenzie and Helen Winskill (left) who won silver in the Women's trophy, and Katrina Hemingway, Rosie Watson and Heather Wornham (right) who won silver in the Women's short race to round off a very successful JK for WCOC.

See the JK Results page for final results.


More fine runs from club members at today's Individual races at the JK north of the border. Congratulations to Charlotte Watson who won the W20E individual race for the second day running, so securing top podium spot overall. Well done also to Alastair Thomas who finished 6th today but retained third place over the two days. There were many pleasing results for WCOC members. Top ten overall finishes for:

Katrina Hemmingway 5th (W16E)
Rosie Watson 5th (W18E)
Mhairi Mackenzie 6th (W21E)
Callum Pearson 7th (M18L)
Susan Skinner 8th (W45L)
Mike Billinghurst 10th (M50L)

See the JK Results page for further details.


Exciting things have been happening in the Ennerdale valley. As many of you will already know (through the BBC’s Countryfile coverage) that work has been progressing over the last five years to restore the Ennerdale valley to a more natural landscape. This has involved removing many of the fences and opening up the valley, which means that there is much for visitors to enjoy. The initiative has been brought about by a partnership comprising The National Trust, The Forestry Commission and Natural England. Landowners have played their part in the plans, as have volunteers from local organisations.

WCOC’s Pete Nelson has been representing Orienteers’ interests and has carried out a huge amount of work to map the area and provide permanent orienteering courses based at Bowness Knott. The courses are available from Easter, but will be officially opened in July a press release coinciding with the club’s evening event at Bowness Knott. In the meantime, see the Wild Ennerdale homepage for more details.


More success for club members at today’s JK Festival Individual races. Again, podium places for Alastair Thomas (2nd M12) and another fine win for Charlotte Watson on W20E. Many top ten finishes again for WCOC runners. See the JK Results page for further details.


A very successful day for WCOC members competing in the JK Festival Day 1 Sprint Championships today. Most notable were Charlotte Watson (1st W20E) and Alastair Thomas winning a podium position finishing in 3rd on M12. There were many other fine performances culminating in a bagful of top ten finishes. See the JK Results page for further details.


Well done, WCOC. Second place in today's Compasssport Cup qualifier means a place in the final which will be held sometime in September in the Scottish Borders. See here for today's results.


On Thursday, BBC Countryfile were updating the programme they did some time ago about Wild Ennerdale. WCOC were invited along by the Forestry Commission to explain how the removal of various fences in the valley has helped both the roaming cattle and the competing orienteer. We had a great night event early in November and have spent quite a lot of time creating a permanent orienteering course, with Pete Nelson doing all the work for that.

Filming on Thursday afternoon in almost warm sunshine and clear skies was a real delight, which will give the viewers a wonderful picture of the valley. Two youthful members of the club showed presenter Ellie Harrison how a training exercise works amongst the large boulders in the forest. Hopefully the results of all that filming will be part of a programme later in February!

See the WCOC Facebook page for photos of the session!

The Annual Club Chase Handicap event took place today at Scale Hill. Results are available on the results page. Congratulations to the course winners:
David Spencer (BROWN)
Bobby Hagan (BLUE)
Sarah Chaudhri (GREEN)
Matthew Whitby (Lt GREEN)
Matthew Blackley (ORANGE)
Joe Goodwin (YELLOW)

(For all older news items, please refer to the archive.)