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9th December

Final Details and Start Lists for Kinver Edge Regional Event on 16th December are here.
28th November

Details for WEE#2 are here
(now confirmed!)
23rd November

Details for WEE#3 are here
24th November
From John Bennison:

(1940 2007)
Alan died on 17 November after a mountain bike accident. He was a founding member of Harlequins OC in 1968, Manager of the British Squad from 1975 to 1981 and the driving force behind the establishment of orienteering in South Africa in 1982.

Alan's cheerful personality and enthusiasm for everything in life made friends everywhere. He was always encouraging and ever helpful to Squad members ... and to all of his friends.

During a job in the Philippines, he came to love the country and its people. Although most had little material wealth, they were rich in the generosity of their hospitality and the warmth of their friendship. He returned often and made a significant difference to the lives of many young people there, paying for the education they could not afford.

He is greatly missed.

John Bennison

Read the full text of John's tribute to Alan here. This includes details for the funeral service (13.00 on Tuesday 11 December at the Robin Hood Crematorium, Streetsbrook Road, Solihull).
23rd November
WEE #1 Results
20th November
14th November
Ad HOC Online
November edition of Ad-HOC can be found here.
14th November
Club Championships
Details of the club championships on 22nd December at Frith Wood, Wellington Heath, Ledbury can be found here.
14th November
Best Sports Venue for Vegetarians
Wilf's has been nominated for the Vegetarian Society's award for the Best Sports Venue for Vegetarians, one of a series of awards recognising businesses that make more effort to cater for vegetarians. Please support this by voting online at:
Give the Venue name as "Wilf's Cafe Event Catering" and a reason why you think Wilf's deserves the award, even if you are omnivore, carnivore or cannibal! If you like Wilf's food, this is your chance to say so. Closing date is 30 November.

John Bennison
14th November
The HOC Winter Evening Events League kicks off this Thursday at Highgate Common.
This is your chance to win a trophy or receive a certificate or just brighten up a dull November evening and keep in trim doing it. Birches Coppice car park OS Map reference SO841900. From the East travel through Swindon, up the hill, bear first right, car park on left after 1.5Km.
8th November
Two sets of results and the updated Night Street League Table... here

7th November
Details for NSL #3... here

Congratulations to Chris McSweeny, who crashed through the brambles and thorns of Salcey Forest to emerge as the 2007 M35 Midlands Champion.

His trophy was presented to him at the HOC Worcester Night Street event, and the photo shows him proudly displaying it.
6th November
BIMM 2007 Photo Gallery

BIMM 2007 (Venice)
31st October
HOC Forum...

The HOC Forum is now open for posting!

This is a closed forum for HOC members only. When you first visit the forum you will need to register.

Please use firstname.surname for your username. The password is up to you. Your membership then has to be approved by the forum manager, Mike Farrington, and you will get a confirmation email.

If you have suggestions for forum categories please let Mike know.

There is a private section for committee business, all other areas are open to all members.
31st October
Bert Pardoe handicaps have been updated...

Bert Pardoe Trophy - Current Handicaps

27th October
WMOA League after 9 events...

OD 6994
HOC 6846
WCH 5876
WRE 4992
POTOC 2631

Everything still to play for... full tables and details of event 10 are here
14th October
Desperately seeking...

The first Harlequins Logo?

The earliest appearance of "the little HOC man" in the newsletter achives is July 1971. In this newsletter 'badges' are mentioned and 'certificates' - so it is possibly that Harley was first created for these. Or perhaps the newsletter editor copied the logo from a map. Can anyone help?

Click here to see all the logos.
14th October
Winter Evening Event fixtures are here

and the first UK NSL details (Worcester) are here.
1st October
WM Championships - Fownhope Park results
27th September
Sicilian Godmother? I received this email today:

3 Days International Orienteering Event in Sicily (19, 20, 21 October)
Special Offer reserved for the international athletes of foot-o (foot orienteering)
More the 150 athletes from at least 15 nations including some champions of the foot-o" specialty
International biker, is the godmother of the event

You can find the 1MB .PDF here. It looks like a fun event - lots of EVO!
10th September
Here they are... the NSL 2007-2008 fixtures
9th September
Uffmoor Wood results
24th August
Worcs County Council have decided to make savings and close their Outdoor Ed centre , Llanrug in N Wales (although this means a reprieve for Malvern which was also under threat) . A petition has been set up on the Prime Minister's web site at http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/llanrug

If you would like to visit this site and 'sign' the petition perhaps we can stop the closure of another Outdoor Centre.

Mike Farrington
HOC Chairman

19th August
Here are the details for the next YBT event on 23rd September
19th August
Flyer for Uffmoor Woods (9th September) is here
Updated to version 2.0 on 24th Aug
19th August
Harlequins @ Speyside

Dear All

Just returned home to find that www.scotlandontv.tv has a great little video article on Spey 2007 taken at Inshriach West on day 3 including a few almost carefully hidden Harlequins. Take a look and see if you can spot Suzette Spears, Lynden Hartman and Lesley Brown carrying out their pre-race exercise.

Lynden again picking up her map; a figure suspiciously like Robert Farrington and another looking like a camera shy Lizzie White. Finally watch for a great George Chambers cameo inclusive of hat!

Great event, very tired but already preparing for Tayside 2009.

Thanks for all the great HOC support, company and banter.


Lester and Judith Evans

You can a very (large number) of photos here. Thanks to Lester Evans and Sue Chambers
12th August
Those of you who orienteered in the 70s and 80s will remember TJ, a member of HOC from the early days, who died on friday 3 August.

Orienteers arewelcome to the funeral service at 13.00 on Thursday 16 August at Robin Hood Crematorium, Streetsbrook Road, Solihull. This is on the South side of the B4025 road, about 800m East of the Robin Hood Island on the A34 (Map ref 139/118 803).
12th August
ITV want you! - providing you are
"a single, athletic and fit man aged 20 45 who is passionate about being active, sporty and clean living"

Here is the message sent to Harlequins:

Hi David,
I'm working on a new ITV series which brings together people with differing views or lifestyles and I wondered if you might be able to help as we're looking for someone very sporty and active to take part.
The programme is all about two 'opposites' going on a date together. We're looking for a single, athletic and fit man aged 20 45 who is passionate about being active, sporty and clean living. He also needs to be interested in trying something completely different and showing an attractive single woman how he lives his life.
He would get to spend 4 days with an attractive single girl who has a completely different lifestyle. They would each have 2 days to show the other how they live the idea being that they each experience a different way of living and then see if romance blooms! As well as addressing important lifestyle issues, it will also be lots of fun. We'd like to talk to anyone who's interested as soon as possible.
I've also attached a flyer and would be really grateful if you could pass this info on to your members. Anyone interested should contact myself:

Isabel Cook
020 72618199
It would be great if we found someone through your club! Thanks and don't hesitate to contact me should you have any queries or know anyone personally who might like to take part.
Best wishes,
12th August
Bert Pardoe Handicap update - here

125 handicaps now active. 5 have lapsed due to lack of event attendance. Rankings in red are improvements, those in blue have worsened and those in green are unchanged
12th August
Arrow Valley results
23rd July
Worcester Beacon SEE results are here

16th July
Sandwell Valley Results are here

Congratulations to this years SEE champions

 Susan Ford, Chris Embrey, Rachel White and Richard Dearden

16th July
Cotwall End Jungle Run Results are here
26th June
West Midland Champs - 30th September - Fownhope Park details are here
25th June
Hartlebury Results are here
24th June
June Jaunter results are here

Also note that details for Arrow Valley Local Event (8th July), Cotwall End SEE (12th July) and Sandwell Valley SEE (17th July) are now available

and David's email address (hoc@....) is working again!
23rd June
Highgate Common Results are here
19th June
Saltwells Results are here
11th June
Do not try to use any any address ending in "@ddwilliams.net" to contact the webmaster.

The evil people who took over my ISP and hijacked my domain have taken the 30 they demanded to transfer my email account but have not given me the transfer code. However they have turned off my access to my email. Please use the email address given in the membership booklet and in AdHOC
11th June
CLENT HILLS JUNE JAUNTER - Thursday 21st June 2007

Time to think about the June Jaunter again! Harlequins' traditional Midsummer event is in the 2007 programme!

Meet at the Nimmings Car Park between 6.30 pm and 7.15 pm for a timed footpath run/mini Fell Race. Map ref: SO939807.
Free route choice; but you must visit the Four Stones on the top of Clent, the stile at the back of Clent church (no short cuts through the churchyard), and the trig point on the top of Walton Hill in any order. All very informal and good fun.
Please note that this is not a conventional Orienteering event, and will not count towards your score in the SEE League.

Can you beat the course record of 18 mins 59 secs set by Barry Parkinson which has stood since 1990? Or beat your own personal best? Or see how much faster/slower you have got over the years!
The only charge is for your car park ticket from the machine (if it is working), unless you feel the need to buy a map.

Any enquiries to Robert Vickers on 01384 377008 or email: rvhoc-jj2006@yahoo.co.uk
11th June
Train with Harlequins in Scotland July 2007

There are still 3 places available in shared self-catering accommodation at Newtonmore for any HOC members who'd like to join an informal training group in the week before the Scottish 6 days.
Accommodation becomes available on afternoon of July 28th, and will be around 80 per person for the week.
Sorry, no accommodation on offer for the week of the Scottish 6 days itself!
We'll be using all the wonderful areas described at


If you don't need accommodation, but would still like to meet up for training you're also very welcome.

Contact Ruth Lockley (contact info in the HOC handbook) for further details
6th June
Link now working again...

Highgate Common Details are here
2nd June
Details for MADO at Hollybed Common are here

Lynden says: "Please Note We are starting from a different location than previously advertised. This will help you avoid the Three Counties Show traffic is approached from the Upton-Upon-Severn direction. Traffic from junction 7 of the M5 is likely to be slow."
31st May
3-Legged Orienteering @ SINS 2007 From Ashley Ford)

30th May
A message from the club captain about Harvester Teams...

Dear all, sorry for the delay in sending this out. Unfortunately, SinS rather took up my time over the last few weeks. The list below shows the Harlequins who have indicated they want to run at the Harvester relays next weekend. I have entered us for one A team and two B teams, one of which I expect to be a women's team. If you are on this list, but no longer want to run, or if you aren't on it but do want a run, please get in touch with me immediately (richardd@gmail.com / 0121 471 2615). Those of you with question marks after your name, please get in touch and let me know either way.

continues here... here
30th May
Highgate Common Details are here
20th May
Lickey Hills results and updated SEE League table are here
7th May
Barry McGowan writes:

Most members, and indeed orienteers generally, will not be aware that Lynden was nominated at the BOF AGM for the Silva award which is annually given to that person who is considered to have contributed most to Orienteering. 6 persons were nominated and Mike Hamilton, BOF chief executive read out the submission for each nomination. Brian Parker was this years well deserved winner for his work on environmental matters and major event controlling and co-ordinating.

This is the notes of nomination read out by Mike Hamilton, as kindly supplied by him to me.

"Lynden Hartmann (HOC - Harlequins Orienteering Club)
Some of you will be surprised to realise that Lynden has only been an orienteer for 9 years. During this time she has established herself as an influential figure in the sport.
Lynden established Malvern District MADO which has been spectacularly successful in recruiting new members through a programme of publicity and local press coverage. Lynden has tried many innovative approaches such as actively involving more club members in activities and creating a welcoming atmosphere for newcomers
As the editor of the Club Newsletter Lynden introduced full colour and a lively journalistic style
Lynden has also worked hard and successfully on other areas of orienteering such as Event Centres and associated entertainment"

Observations anyone? - DDW
7th May
Callow Hill SEE results are here
30th April
MADO NEWS - Anyone intending to attend the Wyche Ridge event on May 12th - please take into account it is the Spring Gardening Show at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern and traffic will be VERY HEAVY from the M5 J7 to the Powick Roundabout. You may wish to find an alternative route.
27th April
Pitcher Oak SEE results are here
20th April
I have received the following:
  • An updated NSL results table from Brian
  • That information on this years White Rose can be found at www.whiteroseweekend.org.uk
  • That the the fees for Spey 2007 go up on 30 April (www.scottish6days.com)
  • Standard entry closes for SINS closes 23rd April ( Late entry commences 24th April, On line entry closes 16th May)
  • Andy's SEE is at Callow Hill on 3rd May
16th April
BOC Relays - Captain Dearden says:
Hi all,
here are the preliminary BOC relay teams. I'm going to send these off on Wednesday for our entry, so if you are on the list but can't run, aren't on the list or would like to run, or have any changes to suggest, please let me know.

The running orders aren't set. I'll let you change them as you see fit until the deadline for registering team members.


Class A: Men's Premier
Tom Horton, Jason Howell, Alex Morgan

Class A: Men's Premier
John Embrey, Richard Dearden, Chris McSweeny

Class B: Women's Premier
Tessa Hill, Lindsay McMillan, Rachel White

Class C: Men's Short
Rob Farrington, Julian Green, Tom MacKenzie

Class F: W40
Carol Farrington, Jill MacKenzie, Marian White

Class G: M50
Andy Hemsted, Brian Hughes, Mike Baggott

Class G: M50
Mike Farrington, Lester Evans, Andy White

Class G: M50
Eric Brown, Neil MacKenzie, Barry Houghton

Class H: W50
Lynden Hartmann, Lesley Brown, Judith Evans

Class J: M/W60
Alison Sloman, Mike Dugmore, Robert Vickers

Class J: M/W60
Colin Spears, Penny Hemsted, Barry McGowan

Class K: M18
Chris Embrey, Dan Hartmann, Alex Roberts

Class L: W18
Susan Ford, Rosemary Hartmann, Heather Hartmann

Class Q: Mixed Ad Hoc
Ian Hopkins, Elizabeth White, Jamie MacKenzie

Class Q: Mixed Ad Hoc
Lester Hartmann, Ruth Lockley, ???

14th April
Breakneck Bank results are here
13th April
Habberley Valley results are here
10th April
Mid Week Night Score League awards.
"Dave Williams has donated a very apt trophy for the 2006/7 league Men's Champion and the Houghton's have donated a nice trophy for the Ladies Champion. These together with certificates for 1st. 2nd. and 3rd. places were presented at the HOC tent at the JK relays on Monday 9th"
Barry Houghton
17th March

The HOC District Event Flyer has become a bit of a mess - there is no official proforma and the various examples in circulation have been through any number of versions of MSWord and are becoming increasingly difficult to format for the website. Important information is often missing.
I have designed a new version - I have kept the formatting simple and it does not look very 'attractive' but please have a look at the proposed version - here with notes and here edited for the Breakneck Bank event. Please make any suggestions for improvement - (content, form-of-words or advisory notes) to the webmaster.
13th March

REVISED Midweek Night Score League results and final table are here
13th March

CompassSport Cup - Round 1
Important Information for HOC Competitors

Captain Dearden says: "Hi David, could you possibly replace the earlier message about the CSC with the attached one, which has start times and a few other instructions. Richard.

Click here for Richard's message and current list of HOC runners/start times
9th March
The Bert Pardoe Handicap Scores have been updated - direct link here, a permanent link will be on the leagues page
7th March

The Night Street League is over - and the trophies have been presented:

Results from 6th March and the final 06/07 league standings can be found here
4th March

Hawkbatch results are here
Radio-O results are here
20th Feb

Lickey results are here

11th Feb

Walsall NSL results are here

8th Feb
All places in the HOC accommodation for the Lake District coaching weekend are now taken, but HOC members can still join in the coaching session on March 10th, if they have accommodation elsewhere. The cost is 5 per adult and 2 per junior. If you want to join us for coaching please send a message to Ruth Lockley before closing date of February 19th

2nd Feb

Castlevale NSL results are here

26th Jan

Erdington NSL results are here

23rd Jan
Invitation from the HOC coaching team
There are still places available in the accommodation at Lakeside YMCA for the HOC training/Whitbarrow Regional event on March 10th/11th. If we fill all the beds the accommodation will be around 11 per head. It is in 2 and 4 bedded bunkrooms, and there's a kitchen, lounge, several bathrooms and a drying room on site.

You can come for the training and the accommodation and the event, or any combination of the three. The training on Saturday is at Bishop Woods (site of the last Lake District JK relays) The HOC coaching team will be on hand to set exercises and lead discussions. Entries for the Whitbarrow event are open until February 19th. And don't forget the HOC feast (everyone brings something)on the Saturday evening!

This is a great chance to train on a complex bit of Lake District terrain, run at a high quality Regional event, and have a lot of fun with other club members at the meal and post-prandial evening activities.

If you want to join us contact Ruth Lockley or Marion White to book a place.
9th Jan
Prize Giving Social Friday, February 2nd 2006

The annual prize giving will again take place at the Londonderry P.H. Smethwick. Birmingham A -Z ref page 71, 1 G. Situated at the junction of Basons lane and Queens Road (Southern corner of west Smethwick Park). For those of you with Sat nav or use multimap the postcode is B68 9SP

Please make your choice's and contact me by phone, e-mail or Royal Mail ASAP no latter than 23rd January.
17 places booked as we go to press. Space is limited so book early or miss out.
Click for Menu

8pm for an 8:15 start. Please go directly upstairs to function room (where there is a Bar available). Entrance is the one facing the park.

A representative of the Air Ambulance has agreed to come along and give a short talk on the uses of the air ambulance.

Sue Chambers, Social Secretary.
28th Dec
Details of the Erdington Night Street League & Indoor Coaching are...here

Andy says

"Complex contour detail, wild open moorland, fiendishly fascinating sand dunes and mind-boggling mine-workings are not to be found in this section of The World. However, the map does include one of the most complicated motorway junctions in The Solar System."

Map Study and Exercises, from about 8 to 9pm. Analysis of the British Night Champs terrain plus extras. Non-runners welcome for this as well. Free!
28th Dec
A difficult choice at the club champs raffle - "The piece of white paper" or "The black bumbag"?

28th Dec
Midweek Night Score League - Event 3 has changed carpark... check out the flyer here
28th Dec
Training Weekend in The Lakes
The HOC coaching team have arranged group accommodation at South Camp House at YMCA Lakeside so that club members can attend the BOF training day at Bishops Wood, Graythwaite on March 10th, followed by the Whitbarrow national event (near Kendal ) on March 11th.

Entries have now opened again for the latter event There are still up to 12-14 beds available at the accommodation, which is self-catering ( another HOC banquet is likely) The cost for the accommodation will be between 8-10per person per night, depending on how many beds we fill. You can also come to the coaching day (under auspices of HOC coaches!) without using the accommodation.

Cost for the training day is 5 adult and 2 junior. Applications are submitted for the whole group by a HOC level 3 coach

Lakeside website is http://www.lakesideymca.co.uk/about-us.htm
Whitbarrow event website http://www.sroc.org/
and closing date for entries is 19th February for this event
If you're interested in a place at the accommodation and/or at the training, please e-mail Ruth Lockley
21st Dec
This was received from "The BBC" - if you would like to take part - please contact Anna directly (email address below)

Dear David

I apologise for e-mailing you unexpectedly but I couldn't find an alternative contact to request your permission first. I was wondering if it would be possible for you to forward this e-mail onto the correct person, I'm not sure whether it would be Henry Morgan or Chris Morris?

We are looking for people from all over the country to take part in BBC1's brand new Saturday night show 'The People's Quiz 2007' and I wanted to invite the members of the West Midlands Orienteering Association to participate. Whilst it is a competition for individuals we would welcome teams or groups of friends to come along and audition together and there is a massive six figure prize on offer for the winner.

I would be hugely grateful if you would be kind enough to spread the word that we are looking for quiz enthusiasts and pass the details to your members. If you would like me to send some information in the post please let me know your address and I'll send out a poster and/or some flyers.

We will be holding auditions throughout January starting at the Birmingham NEC on the 7th of January. Contestants must be 16 or over.

Many thanks in advance for your help.

Kind Regards,

Anna Dunkley Researcher, The People's Quiz 2007
T: 020 76196645 F: 0207 619 6667
United House, Unit 4.16, North Road, London, N7 9DP

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