Latest News

Opening of Thorncombe permanent course

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.