A warm welcome to new members Stephen Lysaczenko of Ilminster and Isabelle, Annabelle and Oliver Lewis of Wellington. All four Lewises, including existing member Karen, were at the Scottish 6 Days last month.
Notice for non-members: you need to join us if you have had 3 or more runs at our events.
After this point, runs will not be covered under British Orienteering's public liability insurance. Regrettably we cannot let uninsured runners take part.
All new members are allocated to a team which will help run two events per season - to find out which one, please click here. Helping at our events is a great way of meeting of meeting and catching up with other members.
Also joining in September were the Scarboroughs, Amanda and Sundari, who already have an advantage over many in the club - they live a stone's throw from many of our areas on and near the Quantocks! They first visited us at Cothelstone Hill at JOG last season.
Occasional orienteer Chris Denton of Wellington rejoined in August. Chris won the Light Green course at our Croydon Hill forest league (QOFL) event in December...only to gain "nul points"! The moral is, only members of British Orienteering (i.e. members of QO & other registered clubs) can score points in our league.
Joined on Tuesday, straight into the team for Sunday... in July we welcomed Alan Nesbit, husband of Judy. The experienced orienteer helped our B team to a good results in the summer relay near Salisbury. Alan's gone one better than another recent joiner Richie Holgate, who had to wait two weeks to make his relay team debut!
Richie and fellow newbies Dave Harrison and Annabel Davis, both of Taunton have all been to our summer Thursday evening training sessions. Richie's has been doing one-to-one training with Brian Pearson. Both Richie and Annabel were at the summer relay event at Ashton Court, with Richie making a good debut on the Orange course and Annabel helping the juniors. Being and M21 and W21 respectively, Richie and Annabel, finally give us a presence in our sport's prime age group categories!
Both have promising backgrounds...Richie has apparently already enjoyed runs around Braunton Burrows using an OS map while being from the Modica clan, Annabel will surely not be without help in getting started as an orienteer.
Of those who joined earlier in the year, some have represented the club already and others have attended or signed up for big multi-day events further afield!
In April we were joined by the Carter family from near Bridgwater. Matt, who orienteered back in the early 90s, and the rest of the family were at Staple Hill for our final QOFL of the season and did well. Up till then, they had been training themselves up at the permanent course at Coombe Hill. Since then, we are delighted to see they have bravely ventured to some serious events, taking in the Spring multi-day tournaments in Sussex and Shropshire. They also won our mini relay held at the end of our training series.
In March, we were joined by the Guildford family of Crediton, who sampled some JOG events in the spring term.
Karen Lewis joined in February. This summer, along with her family, she took the commendably adventurous step of taking part in the Scottish 6 Days in the summer. JOG regulars the Willmott family (Dave, Oliver and Harry) also joined in February and ran for the club at the inter-club team event in Dorset the next month.
We currently have more than 125 members.