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News - January 2014

Happy New Year 2014!

So here we are the start of another year. Hopefully you are all excited about getting stuck in to another year of orienteering.  2013 Club Champion Clive Atty is certainly excited about the coming season "My New Year's resolution for 2014 is to do more orienteering in 2014 than in 2013" - and that from the club champion - someone has got to stop him next year!

So just a quick reminder of what you can expect to get involved in at the club in the coming weeks.

Club Night - starts again 13th Jan at Eagley Junior School, Bolton.

Saturday Park Series returns at Ashfield Park, Standish on Saturday 25th January.

First club social of the year is SELOC Versus PFO Quiz Night at Marls Pits Leisure Centre, Rawtenstall from 7pm on Friday 17th January.

...and don't forget memberships can be renewed now on the BOF website. You will need to be a member to join the squad to run at the major team competition of the year - the Compass Sport Trophy heat in the Irwell Valley. This years event is Sunday 16th February. 

Equipment Storage

As many of you will know Eric Burton has been looking after much of the club equipment for many years now in a shed in his garden.  The club now needs to make alternative arrangements in the very near future.  

An ideal solution would be for another club member with a bit of spare room in their garden or garage to take on the kit (shed can be provided).  The kit is typically only required once or twice a year for the larger events and so this isn't an onerous task - it just requires someone with the appropriate property to volunteer to house the equipment.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if you are able to help. In the event that nobody offers to help with this then the club will have to look at commercial options for housing the kit, which will have impact club finances.

Club Champions 2013

As announced at the christmas lunch the club champions for 2013 were Clive Atty (Senior) and Lucy Seddon (Junior).  The winner of these competitions were this year derived using a very cunning mathematical equation, able to establish the best performances on the day of competition at Storthes Hall (EPOC) on Sunday 22nd December relative to usual individual performance. The committee was very grateful to Dean Thetford for devising this equation and we hope to make use of it again next year.

Volunteer of the Year 2013

The volunteer of the year competition, as voted for my the membership, was announced at the christmas dinner. The winner this year of the Allan Wilson Memorial Trophy was Matt Driver. Matt is still fairly new to orienteering but made a great contribution to the club this year putting on a night street league event and a Saturday park series (both Ramsbottom).  You may remember the problems we had putting events on in early 2013 due to heavy snow conditions over a number of weeks.  Matt's street league, for which he had drawn a brand new map from scratch, was subject to two cancellations before we finally got the race underway. When we went back to Ramsbottom later in the summer he joked he expected the bad conditions to return.

Second in the volunteer of the year award this year was 2011 winner Caroline Barcham. The club is very appreciative of all the effort Caroline has put in making the club night such a success. I know she will accept gratefully any offers to host future evenings - it is up to all of us to pitch in to make these things a happen.

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