The Trossachs and Barr Wood, Stirling 3rd/4th April 2004
Dolgellau, 18/19th October 2003
The venue for the Individual race was Tan y Gader (the western part of Tir Stent plus a western extension),
the Relays were on
Cerys Manning (W18) was the star of the show - winning W20 by over 7 minutes against some very good (and older) opposition, then running in the winning women's relay team along with Helen Palmer and Heather Burrows. The women also won the relay competition overall with the second team coming in 4th - thanks mainly to Liz Campbell coming in first on the first leg but ably aided and abetted by Emma and me.
The M20s also did well - Rhys Findlay-Robinson coming 3rd on M20 and Rhodri Buffett (M16) surviving his longest and toughest course ever and coming in with a respectable time.
It was a great weekend - thanks to Mid Wales and Eryri for two good technical and (very) physical days orienteering, great weather and luxury accommodation!
Alice Bedwell (BOK) Welsh Team Manager
M20 Rhodri Buffett Rhys Findlay-Robinson
M21 Richard Barrett Tim Higginbottom
Rhys Manning Rob Palmer Ifor Powell
W20 Tessa Harrison Cerys Manning
W21 Sarah Bayliss Alice Bedwell
Heather Burrows Liz Campbell Ruth Hambleton Helen Palmer
congratulations are given to Cerys Manning who as a first year W18 competed in
the W20 Age class and won by 8 minutes 29 seconds.
Individual Relay Total
England 14 40 54
Scotland 14 37 51
Wales 7 36 43
Ireland 6 23 28
Results and Report
UNDER THE CHAIR Confessions of an SHI Planner
This year's Senior Home International near Dolgellau gave me a long-awaited opportunity to get a small return on all the work that I'd invested in the JK98 day 2 long courses, cancelled because of overnight snow. The closed SHI individual event meant that only elite courses were needed - the ideal opportunity to use the high western area, now re-christened "Tan y Gader".
The terrain had changed little in five years, except that the National Trust had been rebuilding ruined walls. Fortunately they had left a crucial 400m stretch as yet unrepaired; I wouldn't have enjoyed the 300m of ascent carrying ladder stiles up from the nearest vehicle access.
In contrast, orienteering has changed hugely. Electronic punching had been in its infancy when Anne and I planned on Tir Stent for JK98 - probably the last JK to use conventional punching. Now e-punching is the norm for any but small events, and certainly de rigeur for such prestigious fixtures as the SHI. Would my computing skills be up to the job?
In March I was carefully steered by Judith Powell through my first SportIdent event - a POW local, with one SI course of 10 controls. A piece of cake!
Come October, memories of that event were getting a little hazy, but by the Monday pre-SHI, I had accumulated all the kit (or so I thought) and sat down to program the control units.
You don't need to know what a USB-Serial converter is, but it's important, and it seemed to be somewhere else. Several panic phone calls later, one was on its way from Peter Seward by Special Delivery, and it arrived on Wednesday, the day before the controls were to be put out. Once more I sat down at the computer with my sheaf of instructions, and programmed the SI units so that they would "wake up" early enough on Saturday morning to allow controller Mark Saunders and myself to check they were all working, before the first elite runners started.
Next day, assistant planner Dave Ormerod and I spent a delightful few hours in autumn sunshine, putting out the controls and enjoying a superb panorama of Snowdonia mountains. And on Friday, Mark had an equally pleasant time checking that they were all in their correct positions.
On Friday night, we met Judith to do the final computer preparations for the Big Day, and almost as an afterthought, I asked her to check one of the SI units I'd programmed as a spare. Its clock had stopped. I gulped. She tried another. Stopped. And another. I felt sick. I'd programmed them, then switched them all off! And in 12 hours, Britain's best would be walking up to the start…
To my amazement and relief, neither Anne, nor Dave, nor Mark, nor club member Robert Griffiths, turned a hair when told of the situation (Should I be worried about this? Do I have a reputation for leaving a trail of havoc wherever I go?) and all volunteered to assemble below Cader at first light for "Operation SHI Rescue". I'm indebted to all of them, and to Judith, for saving the event.
By 10am, all the units had been reprogrammed and/or swapped, the sun was shining, and the stage was set (again). By 3pm, the scores were known, the trophy presented, and huge sighs of relief were being breathed (quietly) all round the assembly field.
There is a moral to this tale, but as morals are very personal, I'll leave you to write your own!
Richard Wilson (POW)
Senior Home International was held in
conjunction with the Caddihoe Chase on Penhale
The Individual race was held on Saturday September 14th and the Relays on
the Sunday 15th, both races on the same area.
The format was the same as before with 3 M/W20s and 6 Seniors but no
separate M/W35. Also the relay now separates men and women but mixes seniors and
The Individual day was bright and sunny, but to some extent this was the undoing of
several of the Welsh team because the heat and the length of the courses left
them shattered. The Relay was held early in the morning when it was quite cool.
The laps were completed in much shorter times than anticipated (and planned for)
with the consequence that one or two runners were caught out and the incoming
runners had to wait to hand over the baton!
- 1 England
- 6 Rhys Manning
- 7 Jeff Colbert
- 8 Pete Hodges
- 1 England
- 9 Andy Middleditch
- 11 Richard Barrett
- 12 Robert Palmer
- 13 James Clemence
- 14 Ifor Powell
- 15 Chris Poole
- 1 Scotland
- 5 Tessa Harrison
- 6 Cerys Manning
- 1 England
- 11 Ruth Hambleton
- 13 Sarah Bayliss
- 14 Margaret Reynolds
- 1 England
- 6 Wales (W1)
Middleditch, Richard Barrett, Rhys Manning
- 7 Wales (W2)
Palmer, James Clemence, Jeff Colbert
- 1 England
- np Wales (W3)
Ruth Hambleton, Sarah Bayliss, Tessa Harrison
DRUGS - ARE YOU LEGAL?
If anybody is wondering whether the medication they are taking
is or is not a permitted substance in the context of drug abuse in sport, they
can contact the WOA Hon. Secretary to find out. She
holds a copy of the "Competitors' and Officials' Guide to Drugs and
Sport" (June 1998), published by the UK Sports Council Ethics and
This comprehensive guide outlines permitted medications in sport
(according to the International Olympic Committee List of Prohibited Substances
and Methods). The permitted medications are listed in two ways -
an alphabetical list of permitted brand names and
brand name listed by therapeutic class.
This will assist athletes to identify a specific product for a
particular type of illness that is permitted. This guide also includes
information about doping in sport, the banned substances and methods, as well as
information about the UK's anti-doping programme.