Full steam ahead
The penultimate junior event of the season saw us at an established forest league venue overlooked by the Quantocks. The tooting steam trains arriving and departing from the vintage station nearby always lends something to the atmosphere...full steam ahead, JOGgers!
Good results in Dorset
Several of our juniors put in excellent performances at the Compass Sport Trophy at Moors Valley Country Park, near Ringwood on Sunday 12 March. We also had a good number of younger juniors doing well in the White and Yellow courses.
Surprisingly challenging area
We had a fine spring day to enjoy a relatively new area which offers a nice contrast to our other JOG venues. It's strangely reminiscent of the New Forest, the terrain is relatively flat with a patchwork of woodland and large clearings, bisected by minor roads and streams.
Jim Nickolls planned some excellent courses around the lovely grounds of Fyne Court, which was looking at it's best, with clumps of stunning snowdrops and anemonies in flower. We were lucky with the weather, the sun managing to shine now and then!
Ahoy- Sea Scouts visit
Thar she blows! Bridport Sea Scouts made a windy Cothelstone Hill their port of call at JOG this Saturday. Some of their crew sailed along at a good rate of knots to show they could mix it with our landlubbers
Junior training Sat 11 Feb
You had to be on the ball while running round the intricate combination of stairways, paths and alleyways between the buildings on the school site! The Fox course also explored parts of Comeytrowe, using questions as evidence of visiting a control. Who knew that street furniture such as lamp posts could be so useful in daylight?
The intricate network of buildings and passageways at Bridgwater & Taunton College and the adjoining Castle School kept our juniors focussed on Saturday. This concrete labyrinth provided a stern test for those daring to try Jim Mallinson's fiendish memory map exercise. Even the Hare course provided a significant navigational challenge to our smallest runners.
Taking advantage of a lovely sunlit wood the day before Sunday's downpour! Training alongside our juniors were some very good senior orienteers, attracted to this most runnable and pretty part of the Blackdowns
Football's loss is our gain
Footy matches were getting postponed locally due to frozen pitches and our numbers were bolstered by some of those younger footballers! No such problems with our "playing field", just nice crisp conditions for a Saturday afternoon run. Not that you'd think it was icy judging by those collecting their JOG awards in short sleeves.
Most of the following reports relate to the regional heats, although in both 2016 and 2014 we hit the road to compete in the national final!