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Opening of Lodmoor permanent course

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.

Mar 26 The Wessex Region Summer Series, a co-ordinated series of 12 events, (3 each from WIM,WSX,SOC & SARUM) begins in late April. The Summer Series website is being updated. meanwhile you can download the Summer Series leaflet here.

Mar 19 CompassSport Trophy Becca Ellis (WIM Club Captain) writes
Thank you so much to everyone who competed in the Compass Sport Trophy Heat yesterday. Despite a fantastic effort, WIM were narrowly beaten by just 6 points by SARUM. As always, there was a great team spirit. Becca

Mar 17 Members will be saddened to learn of the death of Cris Tween, who passed away on Friday 15th March after a long illness.
Cris was for some years the BOF National Fixtures secretary, and was for many years a club & SWOA stalwart,acting as JK Entries secretary, and  leading the original WIM SI computing team. Wimborne Orienteers offer their deepest sympathy to the Tween family at this sad time. A full appreciation of Cris is published in Waffle. The funeral will be held at Pool Crematorium on Monday 1st April at 12.30.

Mar 05 The 2018/19 Wessex Area Night League finished last night with an excellent WSX event at Queens Park The planner was the winner in that nobody got all the controls within the 60 min time limit. Gavin Clegg had the final League resutls calculated within  minutes of the final finisher. Congratulations to Jo Pickering (Winner Womens Open Class, and 3rd in Womens Handicap) Kirsty Staunton (2nd in Womens Handicap) and Becca Ellis (3rd in Womens Open). Many thanks to all clubs and their officials for organising events in what is becoming an increasingly popular league.
Feb 18 Results for Canford & Merley Night League event. Good event - thanks to Kath Pike, Chris Branford et al. Including the pairs etc, we had 65 people out there tonight, probably a record for a WIM Night League event.

Feb 05 Routegadget for Godshill now added - apologies for the delay. Also lots of great photos on our Facebook page, thanks to Jon Steed, Adam, Kirsty, Brian and others.

Oct 14 The results of the British Schools Score Championships at Moors Valley are now available. Routegadget will follow shortly.
Congratulations to club juniors Grace French (1st, G6), Pippa Skinsley (2nd ,G7), Harry Bratcher Howard (2nd B7) on their individual medals, together with Grace Meekings and Isobel Bakker from Fordiingbridge Junior Schools who won G5 as a pair. Fordingbridge (coached by Debs Mays) also won the Girls Primary and the Boys Primary team classes, a fantastic result from such an inexperienced team.
Many thanks to all the members of WIM (and also those from WSX,SARUM & SOC) who helped as officials today and who made the event the success it was.