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Club Captain’s Report

There has been a lot going on in terms of  Devon's Team Events In 2018 -and more planned for 2019. For a summary, see Ruth Chesters' report below. 

March

It was a difficult month due to the cancellation of the Compass sport Cup qualifying round, which was scheduled to be held on the Quantock hills. More than 40 club members were expecting to take part, but weather conditions meant that the event did not happen. Eventually, many weeks later, it was confirmed that Devon, along with all the other clubs that were due to take part in the qualifier, would be able to compete in October’s final.

April

A small team of 11 juniors took part in the Yvette Baker Trophy qualifier. Despite some good individual performances, there were simply not enough club juniors competing on the day to enable progress to the final. Many thanks to all juniors who did attend the qualifier, and well done to those who scored points for Devon—Harriet, Meg, Ben P, Will K, Will T, Sam L, Tommy, Dom and Flurry.

At the JK Relays, in a snowy and misty Cannock Chase, there were ten Devon teams participating. Of these, Devon Green (Harry Fox, Rob Parkinson and Ben Chesters) secured third place in a field of 48 teams, and therefore a place on the podium, in the Men’s Short class. 

May

At the British Championships Relays in Balmoral (Scotland), one Devon team, consisting of Adam & Jack Forrest and Ben Chesters, did well to finish 6th of 23 teams in the Men’s Short class.

October

 After the confusion caused by the cancellation of the qualifier, it was pleasing that 37 Devon members attended the final held by Walton Chasers near Rugeley, in Staffordshire. As a large club (more than 125 M/W12’s and above), Devon must compete in the Cup competition, rather than the Trophy, which is for smaller clubs. Given this requirement, and the distance between Devon and Staffordshire, we did well to finish 9th overall. Next year’s qualifier and final are somewhat closer, being in the Quantocks and on the Sussex/Surrey border respectively. Hopefully, we can send a larger team to both events, and improve on this year’s placing. The dates to keep in your diary are March 17th 2019, and October 20th.

On the evening before the 2018 final, several club members met for a meal, and this was a very pleasant way to prepare for the following day’s event. Many thanks to Andy and Alison Reynolds who arranged the meal, and also for taking the club shelter to the final. This acted as a focus for the club, enabling a lovely club spirit and atmosphere to develop.

Team Events In 2019

As well as the Compass Sport Cup Qualifier and Final on March 17th and October 20th respectively, as mentioned above, there are other opportunities to be part of a Devon club team. These include:

  • April 22nd --The JK Relays at Minley, on the Hampshire/Surrey border.
  • May 4th-6th weekend--The British Championship Relays and British Mixed Sprint Relays, to be hosted by Yorkshire And Humberside Orienteering Association.

Also, there is a Summer Relay Series held within the South West region, which Devon members could team up for. Look out for these events in next year’s calendar, as they are usually good fun!

For the Juniors, there is also the Yvette Baker Trophy, of course. In 2019, the final of this competition is to be held on July 7th, at Sandringham, no less!

Ruth Chesters (Club Captain)