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On the Yellow course, Ocknell

April 02 We've now added Sturminster Newton and Wimborne BytheWay to our MapRun courses. Any suggestions or requests for other WIM areas? 

Mar 30  We've now published the first of our series of individual MapRun training courses, initially covering maps of Blandford, Verwood & Shillingstone. Sturminster Newton follows shortly as does a course for Wimborne. The club emphasises that these courses are only for use by people who can reach them whilst still obeying the government directives on travel and excercise. If you have any suggestions for other areas to be addded, please contact Chris Branford or the Webmaster. 
Once, eventually, travel restrictions are eased, the courses will then be available for club training until regular orienteering events can be held again.

Mar 30 British Orienteering have asked all clubs to cancel all event fixtures, initially until June 12th. Consequently the projected events in Wimborne on April 7, the SEOUL event on April 18, and the Dorset Schools Champs o  & World Orienteering Day events are all cancelled.
 we have planned a number of MapRun courses which are now available for individual use. More areas will be added in the next few weeks
The club's permanent courses are presumably still available if you live within walking distance of them  Meanwhile, stay safe and watch this space for further updates.

Mar 15 Provisional Results for the CompassSport Cup & Trophy heat at Cranham today show that WIM have won the Trophy competition. Well done and thanks to everyone who ran for the club today.

Mar 10 Congratulations to Dick Keighley, who has been selected to represent Great Britain at the European TrailO Championships in Finland between May 21-24.

Mar 10 There is a new Dorset flier published for the period March-August, and our fixture list now includes a new event at Willow Walk Wimborne on Tuesday April 7.

Mar 03 The SARUM event at Fonthill scheduled for next Sunday, March 8th has had to be postponed because their car parking is waterlogged. Fortunately they've been able to reschedule it to Sat 30th May.

Mar 03 Thanks to Chris Branford for an excellent introduction to MapRun last night: around 20 members took part.

Feb 29  Thanks to everyone who helped today at the TrailO day. Results now up on website

Feb 28  The PreO part of the event tomorrow definitely goes ahead. The forecast is for winds less than 50mph which is apparently the cut off point, and it was remarkably sheltered in the wood this afternoon as we hung the controls. We will check tomorrow morning on the TempO course - its possible this may have to be shortened. We have a dryish window in the weather between 9.00 & about 13.00.

Feb 17 Final event details for the Thorncombe TrailO event are now published. Pre-entries close Feb 24th

Feb 17 We've decided to refund  entry fees for Ocknell and try again in January next year: given that we only get limited access to the New Forest, there are no other suitable slots in the fixture list this year. More details shortly.

Feb 16 The conditions out in the woods on the Yellow & Orange courses, and the parking at Ocknell this morning! (photos-Kirsty Staunton)

Feb 13  The Ocknell event on Sunday 16th Feb has had to be postponed.The event officials state "Unfortunately, on safety grounds, we have reluctantly had to take the decision to postpone the event to another day. Our planner, an experienced weather forecaster, states that the ‘current forecast is heavy rain and 60mph gusts on Sunday morning ‘ and that all available forecasts, from the Met Office, BBC and the European weather services are agreed on this. Heavy rain is expected for the 24 hours before hand on land which is still saturated from the storms last weekend, meaning most of the major streams on the area will probably be uncrossable by Sunday as well. There are streams to cross on all the courses. Decisions on when/if we can rearrange the event, and refunds etc will be taken at a later date, but we felt we needed to make and publish the decision to cancel promptly rather than leaving things until the last minute.    Michelle Spillar, Planner    Kirsty Staunton Organiser      Ian Sayer (WSX) Controller"

Feb 10   Final event details for the Ocknell event on Sunday 16th Feb are now pubished.

Feb 10  Flyers for the MapRun event at Verwood on Mon 2nd March and the SEOUL event at Poundbury, Dorchester on Sat 18th April are now published.
Jan 13   Provisional Results for the Fordingbridge Night League event are now available

Jan07    Fordingbridge Night League event - flyer updated, rules for event added, Menu for pub aftweards added.

Jan 03     A Happy New Year to all our readers.

Dec 27    Final Results for the Canter are now published: I've yet sorted out and inserted Andy Snell's results. And I believe most of the  entries after the cut off date managed to be given free parking as well. 

Dec 18    The final Event Details for the Boxing Day Canter are now published.

Dec 15     Pre-entry for the Ocknell Regional event is now open on the Fabian4 website.

Dec 12    The flyer for the Ocknell Regional event is now published. Pre-entry via Fabian4 coming shortly.

Dec 11   Chris Branford has produced a new Dorset Flyer with local events from now up to April 2020

Dec 08   Fordingbridge Night event flyer now posted and pre-entries to the Thorncombe Wood TrailO event are now open.

Nov 14  Pre-entry for the Boxing Day Canter (Thurs 26th Dec) has now opened. Although entries won't close until 21.00 on Christmas Day, if you want to take advantage of the offer of free parking at Moors Valley (usually £8 for 2 hours on Bank Holidays) you will need to enter by Sunday 22nd Dec and give us your Car Reg number on the Fabian entry form so that it can be entered on the Moors Valley system beforehand. Late entries will have to plead their case with the Visitor Centre staff on the day! 

Nov 10 Provisional Results for Ringwood North (S West Orienteering League event) now published. Results also on BOF system .

Nov 05  Final  Results for the Wareham Night League. 

Oct 19   Results for Thorncombe Wood now posted.

Oct 18  WIM AGM - there were no changes to the Officers or Committee for the next year. and no changes to the club membersheep fees. Becca Ellis has stood down as Club Captain. Rob Mills succeeds her.

Oct 08  On what was clearly a busy weekend for club members, with many competing in the WSX event in the New Forest and some further afield in Liverpool.  Meanwhile, Dick Keighley was in Sweden, competing in the Nordic Match in TrailO. But pride of place goes to Kevin Pickering who successfully took part in his first World Masters MTBO event in Germany. In four races, Kevin had two 4th places and two 6th.

Oct 03 Wareham Night Event on Nov 4th  - details with link to entry form now available. Please order your map online so we know how many maps to print.

Oct 01 Online entry via Fabian4 for the WIM South West Orienteering League event at Ringwood North is now open. If you are helping and want the helpers code, you will need to get it from the Organiser, or the Webmaster.

Sept 19 Details of the WIM AGM on Friday 18th October are now available. Please come along and support your club.

Sept 12  Results for The MLS event at Coldharbour and the Royal Signals Harris team event at Gore Heath are now posted on the website. Many thanks to Chris Branford (planner), Julie Astin WSX (Controller), Steve Mallison (Organiser) and to all the WIM members and members of the R Signals who helped over the two days.  Four WIM events in six day:phew! Time for a rest.

Sept 10  Final Summer League tables posted. Thanks to Kevin Pickering for scoring it. He writes 

"The day also decided who the winners were of the Wessex Region Summer League.  For both the men and women there was everything up for grabs on the day.  The men's was between James Crickmore WSX and Dan Gallagher SARUM and that was won by James Crickmore by the narrowest of margins.  The women's was a WIM affair between Kath Pike and Helen Hodge.  Kath Pike could not run as she was the organiser - so it all depended on Helen getting a better counting score which she did - again by the narrowest of margins. Congratulations to them and also to Mark Light SOC and Lyn Wilson Wim who competed in 9 of the 11 events we held this year. Altogether we had 192 different competitors who ran 415 courses over the summer season plus plenty of families and children who also ran, walked or were pushed around the yellow courses on offer and for most events they were held in sunshine.

Now we move onto the Night league with the first event on October 21st


Aug 18 Provisional results for Gorley picnic event posted. I've corrected bonus/penalties on the Gorley course, and added the bonus controls in the Summer League event.

Aug 14  ByTheWay results published, Fixture lists updated.
Aug 03 Results for Moors Valley Activate/MTBO/Summer League now published.

July 31 Flyer for the Activate event at Willow Walk, Wimborne on Sat Sept 07 now posted

July 30 Latest Dorset fixtures flyer.

July 22 The new permanent orienteering course at Lodmoor, Weymouth was opened by the Deputy Mayor of Weymouth on Sunday July 21st. Well over 50 people took part.The photo shows John Warren coaching a family group.
 You can download the map from the WIM website, and post your results on Adam & Charlie's updated OrientO app.

July 14 Furrow Hoppers results now published

July 06 Results for Potterne Park now published

June 07 Recently Hilary Pickering, Eamon & Kirsty Staunton have been on First Aid courses. Recommendations and policies evolve in First Aid from time to time and they have produced  a short paper on the the latest recommendations.   The committee hope that all our members, not just our First Aiders, read it.
June 05 Please note that the SOC Summer Series event at Peartree Common on June 15th has been cancelled. 

June 03 Excellent evening event at Wareham tonight. Thanks to Di for planning, Chris for the new map and organising, and to the Brooke family for hosting us and for the pizza afterwards. Results

May 13  Results for the StIves & Ashley Heath evening event are now posted. Many thanks to John Warren (Mapper/PLanner) for an excellent event and to Rachel Musselwhite of St Ives Junior School for access to their facilities for the evening.

May 11  Individual Results for the Dorset Schools Champs are now available. Team Results now posted. Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped to make the event such a success.

May 08  WIM have another brand new permanent course available, at Thorncombe Wood, near Dorchester. This complex,small but beautiful wood, owned by Dorset Council who run it as a local nature reserve, has been mapped by Mike Kite, with the aid of Lidar contours. There is Visitor Centre with a splendid cafe. Hardy's cottage, birthplace of Thomas Hardy, is on the map. We hope to have a 'Grand Opening' later in the year, but the map and courses are available to download from our website now. It will be on the Oriento website shortly.

April 29 Many WIM members went to some if not all of the JK over the Easter weekend. Due to the problems encountered by the results system which EMIT UK used,  the provisional results were not available until Friday April 26, a week after the event began!

 John Warren won the 2018 British Orienteering Silva Award.This award is for someone who has made a significant contribution to orienteering through ‘field’ activities and is richly deserved. See the article in Waffle for more details, also (mon 29th) the News page of the British orienteering website.
Jason Falconer of WSX won the Coach of the Year award- again well deserved.

Our juniors did well. Although the official results have yet to be published, we think that in their Sprint races on Friday, Harry Bratcher-Howard (M12) and Grace French (W12) both came 3rd. Harry was also placed 1st in the Middle race at Old Windmill Hill, and 2nd in the Long at Cold Ash, an outstanding achievement, and he won the combined results for days 2 & 3. (Lyra Medlock of WSX, also W12, won all her three individual races, setting the fastest time and beating all the boys on the same course, for which she was awarded a prize as the outstanding junior)

Sue Hands won Day2 of W70, are sult that only became apparent when the provisional results appear - congratulations to her.
At Minley on Monday,in the mini-relay class, Grace, Harry & Monty came 4th, allegedly.

April 08 Results for the evening event at Blandford Stour Meadows tonight are now available.

April 07 Phenomenal numbers at the opening of the new permanent orienteering course in the Nothe Gardens, Weymouth  We had well over 150 turn up, maybe nearly 200! The results are linked here
The map is now available for download from the Permanent Course tab of the WIM website, (and available at the Cafe) and the link to the course on the Oriento is now live. Chris Branford's photos here. There is now a report on the event in Waffle.