SW League (1 of 9)
Several QO members competed in what was mainly marshy rough open terrain in the New Forest on Sunday. In the first south west league fixture of the season, both Brian Fletcher and Tony Hext opened their accounts with solid performances.
Having won the Blue course in the series of 2015/16 but not defended his title, Brian Fletcher returned to action on the second longest course again. But in Brian's absence QO old boy Gavin Clegg has emerged as the force to be reckoned with in the Blue league, winning last season and starting where he left off by winning at Foxbury on Sunday. Brian still finished a decent 8th out of 65 though.
After a great run at the Long O last week, Tony Hext appears to have emerged stronger after tough assignments at the Scottish 6 Days and Caddihoe Chase in the summer. He finished in the top third on the Green course, taking just over an hour.
Bill Vigar's experience was the mirror image of Tony's. Excelling north of the border and down in Cornwall, Bill couldn't quite get it together at Foxbury.
But it's a long season and there are still eight events to go! Your best five results count towards your final league score.
The next Galoppen is relatively nearby. It's on Dartmoor at Haytor, where about 30 members ran for us at an inter-club competition three years ago (Compass Sport Trophy). It was also used for the Devon Relays in 2016 and a Galoppen of 2015 and is not much more than an hour's drive away for most of our members.
Bristol event, Durdham Down
Graham Hartley and Jim Mallinson both run on the longest course availabe, Green. Graham finish in the top third and Jim was halfway down.