|(Junior) Mungo Bone trophy|
Christmas eve brings us one of the biggest races of the year. The Walton Chasers Mungo Bone handicap pursuit race. Mungo was Peter and Marlene Palmers' Dog and the bone is the giant deer antler that he found on Cannock Chase while out on a walk years ago. The antler was mounted on a plinth and is now the Mungo Bone trophy.
Peter was a founder member of Walton Chasers orienteering club. His vision was demonstrated by his initiative to start a junior orienteering squad in the Stafford area many years ago. The youngsters from this developed into World championship level competitors in later years. :-Marlene Palmer
I'd opted out of running this year as I was full of cold and decided to act as a sweeper for the juniors on their 2km course.
In typical 9 year old style Henry usually legs it as fast as he can then has to stop/start when he reaches critical mass i.e exhausted. This time I told him to just stay behind the leaders as long as he could, not too fast, then if he had enough left to give it some and overtake near the end. Sound tactics I thought.
Before they all started I moved to about 2/3rds along the course to watch out for them. I was waiting a hell of a long time and then I realised why, Over the brow of a hill I could see Henry at the front - walking. I shouted for them all to get a move on and then I continued to run along side. I asked Holly Craig, who was in second place why she was walking. "My Mum and Dad told me to stay behind the leader until near the end and the overtake". This could be a long day.
|On the home stretch - photo Cath Williams|
|Well done Henry! Photo - Cath Williams.|