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Orienteering Events

As we slowly return to real orienteering, here is our first self-timed event on Halkyn, together with 4 MapRunF courses, and of course the DEE Covid-19 O League events which you can revisit to see whether your StreetView skills have improved.

Event Officials

Click here for a list of officials and vacancies at coming DEE events

Deeside Orienteering Club Fixtures
Date Venue Details
Real orienteering in terrain
Sat-Sun
22-23 August
2020
Halkyn

Self-timed training event

Details here

Virtual Orienteering
MapRun courses

We are setting up a series of informal orienteering events using the MapRunF mobile phone App to be done in your own time.

Download the App to your phone, get the access code if one is required and print a paper map if you want one. Then go to the venue in your own time and complete the course.

The MapRun App will track your progress and the route you took. Results appear on their server.

You can read how to set up and use your mobile phone for MapRun here.

Covid-19 continues to impact our sport. Please ensure you follow the Code of Conduct for Participants published by British Orienteering here.

These are unsupervised events so you complete at your own risk. Please let others know where you are going.

5 August - 31 October 2020 Eastham Country Park

GR SJ 365818. Signed from A41 N of M53 junc 5. Car Park at Eastham Ferry.

Yellow course map
Light Green course map
Score course map

To access the event in MapRunF, Search Event/UK/Cheshire.

Questions about the event to Sara Campbell ()

19 July - 31 October 2020 Little Budworth Country Park

Follow brown signs towards Oulton Park. If approaching from North, Little Budworth Car Park is just before you reach Oulton Park.

45 minute Score course map from 20:00 on 5/8/20
Yellow course map from 20:00 on 5/8/20

These maps are valid from 20:00 on Wednesday 5 August. If you still have maps that you printed before that time, please discard them and print these new ones. We have made this change in order to use a different start location, which we hope will mitigate the problems some people have had getting MapRunF to recognise the existing start.

To access the event in MapRunF, Search Event/UK/Cheshire.

Questions about the event to Barry Chambers ()

15 July - 31 October 2020 Formby Raven Meols

Parking at Lifeboat Road National Trust Car Park, Formby, Liverpool L37 2DD. From the Junction of the A565 and B5424, followthe Brown signs to Lifeboat Road Beach' Free for NT members, £7.50 for others.

40-minute Score Course Map
Light Green Course Map (more like a Green course)

To access the event in MapRunF, Search Event/UK/Cheshire/Merseyside.

You will need a PIN code for this event. It's available from Norman Hall ()

Questions about the event to Norman ()

22 June - 31 August 2020 Marbury Country Park, Northwich

Parking charge

Score Course Map
Light Green Course Map

You will need a PIN code for this event. It's available from Clare Crocker ()

Questions about the event to Clare ()

DEE COVID-19 O League

Graham Nilsen, Nick Campbell and Jane Mockford are bringing you a series of Virtual Orienteering courses that you can complete on your own or as a family to help pass the time until we can get back to proper orienteering.

Completed answer sheets to Jane Mockford () . If you wish, include your time and whether you took the traditional or helicopter approach.

If you want Jane to check your answers and include you in the virtual results, then get your answers in by the closing date shown for the event. You can of course go back to any of the previous virtual events and do them at your leisure.

19-25 July 2020 Event 12 - Lancaster A3 map if you can print it
A4 map 2 pages for the rest of us, Sellotape not provided
Question Sheet

Planner: Graham Nilsen
Controller Anna Nilsen
We are grateful to SROC for allowing us to use their map

8-14 July 2020 Event 11 - Chicago - The Windy City Map 1
Map 2
Question Sheet

Planner: Bruce Metz (CAOC)
We are delighted to have a guest planner for the next in our Virtual O series. Bruce Metz, member of Chicago Area Orienteering Club has been taking part in our Virtual O Events and has kindly planned a course on his home turf for us to enjoy. Bruce's top tip is to use the Chicago overhead railroad (known locally as the "EL"), mapped with the railway line in blue, as a catching feature. Thanks to Bruce and enjoy your North American orienteering experience.
24-31 June 2020 Event 10 - Bilbao Map 1: S-5 & 18-F
Map 2: 6-17
Question Sheet

Planner: Jean Payne
Controller: Jane Mockford
13-19 June 2020 Event 9 - Bruges Map
Control Descriptions
Question Sheet

Planner: Jean Payne
Controller: Jane Mockford
They recommend that, like Chester last week, it is well worth going round the whole course on street view. If you aren't familiar with Bruges, it will give you a real flavour of the city. [Does that mean waffles and chips? Ed.]
6-12 June 2020 Event 8 - Chester Map part 1 be patient while it loads
Map part 2 likewise. This part was originally an A3 map, but it's shown here as 2-and-a-bit A4 maps so you can print it on A4.
Question Sheet

Graham Nilsen has planned a scenic tour of Chester city centre for you

We strongly recommend that you do this event entirely on street view ie do not just drop in on the control sites. If you do the latter, you will miss the famous Chester walls, rows and other features.

It is worth taking the route along the city walls from 12-13 (see special symbol on the maps) and following the Shropshire Union canal for a while from 13-14.

You can cool down after the finish by following the road from the finish west to The Groves to enjoy the river DEE, the suspension bridge (the 1922 bridge replaced the original 1852 bridge) and the Old Dee bridge which dates from the 1350s although there was a crossing there from Roman times. There is a further bridge across the Dee in Chester (not on this map) opened in 1833. When completed, it was the longest single-span arch bridge in the world - a title that it retained for 30 years.
27 May - 2 June 2020 Event 7 - Venice Map
Question Sheet
We've splashed out on this one. International travel - no problemo.
18-24 May 2020 Event 6 - Halifax Map
Question Sheet
Control Descriptions
This week's planner is Steve Ingleby and we are grateful to Jean Lochhead at East Pennine Orienteering Club for getting permission for us to use their club's map. Some DEEsiders went to this event so it will be interesting to see how well you get on......
12-17 May May 2020 Event 5 - Coventry Map
Question Sheet
We are heading for Coventry thanks to DEE's Jean Payne for planning and to mapper Bruce Bryant of Octavian Droobers for permission to use his map.
The event was just last year so, if you went, you may find it interesting to try a different course or you can see if you remember how you tackled the trickier controls.
In planning and controlling the course, Jean and I fell foul of the multiple versions of Street View again. Hence you will note that the questions sheets sometimes tell you which version you need to be on to find the answer.
Also please be aware that if the question says "near the control circle", the object may be some distance away.
4-10 May 2020 Event 4 - Lincoln Map
RouteGadget
Control Descriptions
Question Sheet
Planner - LOG (to whom many thanks) and Norman Hall
24-30 April 2020 Event 3 - Liverpool Part 1 Map
Part 2 Map
Question Sheet
Planner - Graham Nilsen
Controller - Anna Nilsen
13-19 April 2020 Event 2 - Barcelona Virtual O Map
Virtual O Map Zoom Control 16-Finish
Question Sheet
Autumn 2020 - we have cancelled the Winter Saturday and Schools League events, and also the Urban Weekend. We hope to stage a number of local events - watch this space - and we hope to be able to resume Winter Saturday and Schools events in the new year.
Saturday
16 January
2021
Brereton Heath

Winter Saturday Series and
Cheshire & Merseyside Schools League Event 4

Open event - everyone is welcome to enter - both schools and individuals of any age.
Courses White to Green, suitable for beginners to experienced orienteers.
Come & Try It for newcomers.

Entry £4.50 Senior, £2.50 Junior.
SI card hire 50p; £30 if you lose it.

Sunday
31 January
2021
Thurstaston

National Event & Yvette Baker Trophy Heat

Saturday
27 February
2021
Delamere Forest

Winter Saturday Series and
Cheshire & Merseyside Schools League Event 5
and Primary Schools Championship

Open event - everyone is welcome to enter - both schools and individuals of any age.
Courses White to Green, suitable for beginners to experienced orienteers.
Come & Try It for newcomers.

Entry £4.50 Senior, £2.50 Junior.
SI card hire 50p; £30 if you lose it.

Saturday
27 March
2021
Stadt Moers Country Park

Winter Saturday Series and
Cheshire & Merseyside Schools League Relays

Entry £4.50 Senior, £2.50 Junior.
SI card hire 50p; £30 if you lose it.

Saturday
19 June
2021
Skelmersdale

British Sprint Relay Championships

Organiser: Norman Hall () tel. 01695 422919

Sunday
20 June
2021
Skelmersdale

British Sprint Individual Championships

Organiser: NWOA