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Pen Wood Results - Sunday 8th May

The Pen Wood results are now available.
RouteGadget added - sorry for the delay.

The event made a profit of £518.72 and BADO are also donating a "windfall" of £95.83; so altogether that's £614.55 for the SCOA Junior Squad.
Special thanks to Nigel Benham of BML Printers, and Allan Farrington of EMIT UK, for generous discounts for the event.

Nigel Benham's ride for the British Heart Foundation

Nigel Benham is the MD of BML Printers, who produce all the maps for BADO (and many other clubs). Now recovered from a quadruple heart bypass, Nigel is cycling 100 miles to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.
BADO have donated £50 on members' behalf, but further contributions can be made at Nigel's Just Giving page.


SCOA League Winners

Craig Blackford and Eleanor Davey receive their SCOA League 2015 trophies.

Craig Blackford
Craig (winner, Brown)
Eleanor Davey
Eleanor (winner, Light Green)

British Champs 2015

Katie Blackford

Some good news from the Forest of Dean - medal positions for Katie Blackford (1st on W18L) and Andy Mac-gregor (2nd on M75L), and also good performances by Tony Ludford (6th on M70L) and John Harrison (14th on M65L).


SCOA Championships 2015

Several BADO members achieved "podium places" at the SCOA Champs at Sidbury Hill. Congratulations to:
Mike Frizzell, 1st M55
Katie Blackford, 1st W20
Andy Mac-gregor, 1st M75
Tony Ludford, 2nd M70
Charlie Gook, 2nd M45
Chris Smith, 2nd W70
John Harrison, 3rd M65

Dave Watkins
Mike, John and Andy at the prizegiving.


Southern Championships 2015

Well done Andy Mac-gregor, who won the M75 class at Sheepleas & White Downs in the Surrey Hills


Southern Nights Champions

Home territory suited Katie Blackford who won W18, and Tony Ludford who won M70. Congratulations to both and an honourable mention to John Harrison who was second in M65.

Veteran Home Internationals

Dave Watkins reports: I had a great time at the VHI event in the Forest of Dean this weekend.
The Forest of Dean is a wonderful area with terrain not too dissimilar to what we are used to in parts of SCOA region.
It was a real honour to be selected by Wales but I was extremely nervous having to compete against some of the best in the UK. Not only that but I was asked to run up an age class in M50 rather than my actual M55.
This meant running 7.6k with 290m climb on a short brown length course which was being used for both the M45 and M50 VHI classes. So I was delighted to find I had not only finished in a decent time but had also beaten an Irishman, a fellow Welshman and a Scot who was ranked 305 on the BOF rankings.

The three-person relay event on the Sunday was held in steep coniferous woodland with plenty of charcoal burning platforms and small depressions and I was asked to run a long leg of 4.3k. Out of 32 runners on the same distance I came 16th out of 32 runners, so very pleased with that.

England won the overall event quite easily from Scotland, with Wales beating Ireland quite convincingly to retain the Stonewall Trophy, the prize for the winning team out of Wales and Ireland.


Dave Watkins
Dave Watkins


Success for Tony Ludford in Spain

Serena and Tony Ludford participated in the "II International Event Diputación de Palencia" in the mountains of northern Spain. It's a five day event held in August every five years with excellent terrain, good contour detail and lots of boulders and crags. Every evening there is an "antiofficial" event; sprint, micro-O, maze or mobile phone-O.
Tony is holding an ORCA, which was given to all prize-winners. He says "It proves I had a whale of a time".
Serena had a 4th and a 7th place in a big field of competitors


tony finishing
Tony approaching the Finish.
tropy presentation
Tony receiving 2nd prize in M70.

Basing Wood event featured in the Gazette

basingA report of our Come-and-try-it event back in June has finally appeared in the Basingstoke Gazette


Relay Successes

BADO teams did well at two recent summer Relay events, winning the Moonraker Trophy and coming second at the Furrowhoppers.

tropy presentation
Alan Kersley presents the Moonraker Tropy to Mike Frizzell.
tropy presentation
Dave, Alan, Mike, Andy and Bernie at the Furrowhoppers


Istanbul 5-day event - report

"Just a quick report on the success of BADO members at the Istanbul 5 Days last week. Competing against Norwegians, Swedes, Danes, Finns, Germans, Swiss, Bulgarians and a host of Russians, two Silver medals were won.
In the main event of 4 days, John Harrison was 2nd in the M65 class.
Istanbul 5-dayIstanbul 5-day The fifth day was a Sprint in the Grand Bazaar. It was extremely technical, including controls at different levels using control circles of different colours and for good measure a maze is included, and Serena Ludford achieved 2nd place in the W45 class.

In all, a great achievement for the club.

I should have got a Silver in the Sprint - perfect navigation to controls and good speed. However I kept being caught by the planning and taking controls in the wrong order. I redid some twice and my time would still have been OK, but I also mispunched in the maze. They said. My course had the highest number of mispunches so I am suspicious of SI. But if I had checked control numbers off in order I would not have gone wrong. I used the red lines to indicate the next control, but this did not work in all cases. Serena checked meticulously and it worked.

I can recommend the Istanbul event. The organisation arranges transport to competitions with coaches and boats (one day was on an island in The Sea of Marmara), Hotels are cheap in the centre of the historic old city with famous mosques and bazaars, and there is time for sightseeing. Flights are by BA and Turkish Airlines to Ataturk Airport."

Tony Ludford