Captain’s Blog – May 2009

First I should say Hi! I am Mike Brett, and I am the new CHIG team Captain having only joined the club as a full member this year, along with Kate my wife and W9 Jocelyn and M7 Oliver. No better way to get to learn all the names than to goad, cajole and blackmail members to represent the club in team events, I thought.

I do have orienteering history though; a member of London Orienteering Klubb (LOK) for many years now and before that Southern Navigators (SN), Hudson Valley Orienteering Club (HVO) in New York and originally British Army Orienteering Club (BAOC) where I was introduced to the sport way back in 1980. So, again, Hello, and please excuse me if I forget your name in the first few years – I am really not good at that – a handicap perhaps for team captain role!

A big thank you to Jeff Green the outgoing Captain, who has now left the club to concentrate on changing nappies.

This Blog will consist of a monthly round up of individual achievements and a brief flag up of those forthcoming events where team participation and support would be useful, nay required.

First the Results:

Mole Valley’s Holbush event on 5th April

We had four runners at Mole Valley’s Holbush event: Kastya Lutsenko well into the top half of brown; Tom Edelsten just beating John Duffield on the blue, but both in the top half again; and Jennifer Taylor our Chairman relaxing around the green course.

JK Northumberland 10-13th April

The JK, one of the premier events of the year only had seven CHIG runners due to its location up in Northumberland, but those who went had the best of the weather that weekend.

Josh Jenner (M21L) and Kate Brett (W40L) ran all four days, 13th and 10th in their respective classes plus good performances for the only CHIG relay team, M120+. Tim Pribul was the third member of the relay team who had saved himself for his run by not competing the day before, even though he pulled off a 1st place on M60S day 2 – That’s dedication to the team! Robin and Ruby Campbell (M & W 70L) ran well in the sprints and Robin 10th in the JK 2 day event. Derek Jenner and Ross West made up the CHIG contingent and ran in all three individual days. I provided run-in support and taxi services.

I was obviously particularly pleased with Jocelyn Brett on the Yellow and Oliver Brett on the White who went round each day on their own and pulled off some very respectable results, especially on individual day two with a 5th and 3rd respectively!

Belhus Wood, Havoc on 19th April

Belhus Wood saw other juniors out in the wood and doing well. Lachlan Haigh pulling of a win on the White, and Owen Haigh doing the Orange on his own at only 9 years old. Well done to both, I see a future relay team emerging here.

Team Events – looking forward please note in your diaries.

5th July – Stragglers Relay – more on this next month just note it in the diary.

31 Aug – White Rose Relay in North York Moors – say if your going and we will see if a team can be mustered.

30th May – Josh Jenner’s formidable training throughout the summer starting in Hainault on 30th May is also a team event, as the more people out the better it will be.