JOK Run-in Champion

Roger Thetford demonstrated that he is currently on top form by winning the run-in competition at the Springtime in Shropshire event. Roger also won the three legged race (with a little help from Anne Edwards) confirming his title as M40+ champion in the O Lympic Biathlon.

Nicky ties the knot

Many congratulations to Nicky King who tied the knot with James Morris on Saturday 19 May near Pilton in Somerset.

New Currie on the menu

At 23:37 on 26 May 2007, Emma Claire Currie was born at the Royal Hampshire Hospital, Winchester, weighing in at 8lb 13oz (4kg). The birth was by caesarean section following a long and painful labour. Emma is sleeping and feeding well and enjoys wriggling and sticking her tongue out. Christine is tired but well. Daddy is very proud of them both.

JK Results

The JK this year was held in possibly the best terrain in the orienteering world, the wonderful Forest of Dean. The sun shone every day and there was some excellent spectating to be done.

Anticipating the swimming pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi at our accommodation at Whitemead, Parkend, the weekend got off to a good start for JOK with a win for Pippa Whitehouse on women’s elite at the park race around the University of the West of England, closely followed by Becky Carlyle in 5th place, just over a minute down on first but only 21 seconds down on 2nd.

Pippa, keen to pick up more free shoes, trotted home to a stunning 3rd place overall on W21E for the three days, surpassing boyfriend Duncan’s 6th on M21E. Unluckily this year, more JOKers were placed fourth than in any other position: Rachael Holmes on W21L, Graeme Ackland on M45L and Steve Wilson on M40S all just missed out on a podium finish. JOK junior thankfully provided us with a win in the form of Thomas Wilson on M10B. So, we could hold our heads up high on the relay day.

Filled to bursting on the Sunday evening with an excellent meal at a local pub in Parkend, JOK rolled over the start lines at Caerwent army camp on Monday and came back with a few more trophies. Congratulations to Liz Cross in the winning team on Women 120+ and Roger Thetford anchoring the winning team on Men 165+. Rachel Wilson also came back with a gong, part of the third placed team on Women’s Short.

Staying together, eating together on the Sunday night and having the tent up at the events helped make it a very sociable weekend. Anyone with good ideas for accommodation for next year’s JK get in touch with me or Nicky as the sooner we book something the better it’s likely to be!


Varsity Match Results

This weekend saw the Orienteering Varsity Match held at Wharncliffe Woods. A summary of results is as follows:

  • JOK beat DRONGO (with Becky and Pippa both running for the men and scoring!)
  • Oxford Women beat Cambridge by 4 seconds
  • Cambridge Men beat Oxford by a considerably larger margin
  • The Men's individual was won by Joe Mercer (Oxford)
  • The Women's individual was won by Helen Gardner (Oxford)
  • Oxford won the JOK (Beer Race) Trophy

Many thanks to Blanka and Mark who did a fantastic job at organsing and planning. Full results can be found on the Drongo website.

New Sprint Champions

The 2007 JOK Chasing Sprint took place yesterday on Banstead Heath, Surrey. In the open classes it was a day for the foreigners with Liis Johansen and Linus Kaisajuntti lifting the coverted flying pigs. In the veteran classes Martin Ward and Jane Halliday both held on to their leads from the prologue. Kristian Jones had a comfortable win on mens junior. Only in the womens junior race did the leader of the chase get overtaken with Alice Leake retaining her title from last year.

Full results and splits can be found on the 2007 Chasing Sprint page. Read more on nopesport.

British Night Champions

Congratulations to Nick Barrable and Jon Cross who were crowned M21 and M40 British Night Champions respectively at the event at Sheringham Park and Weybourne Forest on Saturday evening. Full results are available on the Norfolk OC website.