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Opening of Nothe Gardens permanent course

May 14  The next WIM event is the WIM/WSX Club evening & urban informal in Wareham on Mon June 3rd. All welcome. Its on a brand new map by Chris Branford, courses planned by Di Tilsley, with pizza afterwards (see flyer for details). Don't forget to reserve your map by May 28th.

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 Dick Keighley has again been selected for the Para class in the GB TrailO team, which takes place in Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal between 24-29 June.

April 29 We have  been asked by DEVON to publicise the South West Middle Distance Championships being held on Sun 19 May on the stunning Braunton Burrows. If you want to make a weekend of it, there is a QO event at Blackborough North on the Saturday.

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 avialable until Friday April 26, a week after the event began! Final results are due...sometime.

What we do know for sure: 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.
Your webmaster and friends processed and published a correct set of TrailO results on time, both days!

What we think we know: 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 30 Entry forms for the Dorset Schools Orienteering Championships can be downloaded here. For those who need to see the Risk Assessment for the event, it can be downloaded from the Schools section of the website.

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 24  Details of three upcoming WIM events, (Grand Opening of  our new permanent Course at Nothe Gardens Weymouth, April 7th, the Blandford evening event on April 8th, and a WIM/WSX Club Night and informal urban at St Ives & Ashley Heath on May 13th) are all now available for download.

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 13 The latest Dorset flier, for the period April-August 2019, is now available

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 19 Flyer for the Blandford evening event on Mon April 08 added

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.