JK Relays Monday 18th April 2022

Monday 18th of April: relay day of this year's JK in South Wales. The relays were held at the MOD camp at Caerwent near Chepstow.

SOC had four relay teams this year:

  • One Women's team comprising Christine Currie, Jane Morgan and Tamsin Moran entered in W 120+.
  • One Junior team made up of Duncan Currie, Isla Ashton and Emma Currie entered the Junior M/W 40- class.
  • Two Veteran Men 165+ teams consisting of:
    • Team 1: David Currie, Terry Smith and Ian Moran.
    • Team 2: Kevin Bracher, Colin Hicks and Lisa James.

The Veteran Men were in a field of 41 teams. David, Terry and Ian were a respectable 21st. Kevin, Colin and Lisa were unfortunately disqualified as an SI dibber did not register the final control on one leg.

Our Juniors were 5th in a field of 10. A great result for Duncan, Emma and their cousin, Isla.

Christine, Jane and Tamsin did the club proud, coming second in a field of 19. Christine and Jane kept the team in the hunt in 5th place after the first two legs. Tamsin, with the fastest 3rd leg run in the category, brought the team home to claim second spot, only 46 seconds behind the winning SYO team.

I would like to thank all our SOC runners for stepping up and representing the Club. For some, it was the third or even the fourth day of competition and, despite the tired limbs, there were some great performances.

Relays are really good for promoting club spirit and for members to meet and get to know each other. The JK Relays make it easier for clubs to enter teams with the combined age classes like the W 120+ and the M 165+ categories.

JK 2022 individual results

The Easter orienteering extravaganza that is the JK kicked off on Friday with a sprint event at Swansea University. There were only four SOC runners with Philip Eeles topping the billing with a 5th place on M65.

Numbers swelled for the middle distance race at Clydach Terrace on Saturday. This was a technical area with old mine workings covered in tussocks that also made the going tough. Top ten places went to: David Currie (8th on M45L), Philip Eeles (10th on M65L), Anya Crocker (1st on W35S), Christine Currie (7th on W40L), Lisa James (8th on W50L), Jane Morgan (3rd on W60L), and Di Smith (4th on W70S).

On Sunday, the action moved to Pwll Du for a long race. Although parts of the area had good running, much of it proved to be just as tough as Saturday with the addition of tall slag heaps to ascend/descend (repeatedly). Top performances were: Doug Greenwood (4th on M45S), Philip Eeles (4th on M65L), Anya Crocker (1st on W35S), Jane Morgan (4th on W60L), and Di Smith (10th on W70S).

The times from the Middle and Long are added together for an overall position. Unsurprisingly given her two performances, Anya finished first on W35S.

2022 AGM

The 2022 AGM will be held at the Ampfield Village Hall, Morleys Lane, Ampfield, SO51 9BJ, on Thursday 12th May at 7.30pm.

Please put the date in your diaries and come along to support your Club and have your say.  The Club trophies will be presented at the end of the meeting.  There will be a buffet provided and maybe even a drink or two!

If you would like to propose any changes to the Club Constitution please notify me by Thursday, 21st April.  Also if you have any matter which you would like to bring up under AOB please notify me by Thursday, 28th April.

Barbara Davidson (Club Secretary)