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Round the Walls Race - Boxing Day 2012

published: 27/12/2012

Mike Smithard reports

Due to waterlogging of the race course, this year's Round the Walls Race was shortened to 5k - Chris Smithard reckoned he did a 5k pb despite the climb and steps on the walls to finish 3rd in 16 mins 25 seconds so his training must be working. First 2 had opened a 20m gap by 1.5k with Chris a clear 3rd and that's how it stayed all the way.

An elite squad w/e focused on sprint O is on the first w/e in January with a week in Portugal in February for Dave and Chris training and racing also planned - thereby missing our winter w/e and CSC heat.

Yvette Baker Final - 6th for DEE juniors

published: 09/12/2012

Mike Smithard writes

A 'truncated' DEE junior team of 13 just missed out on a top 5 placing in this year's final of 11 clubs down in SARUM-land. Illness, injury and other more pressing matters meant 5 possible counting juniors couldn't make it but the results show that those who did performed well with Chris Owens and Lachlan gaining 2nd places, Hannah Hateley 4th, Rosie and Michael Landon both 5th and Sas Jones 9th in the top 10 of their classes. Helen and Evelyn Elmes and Katie Wilson completed our 9 counters with the others not far behind. Thanks to all those who made the trip down yesterday. Bristol won, knocking OD off the top for the first time for years with Lakeland 3rd.

Next year a change in timing means that the NW heat is on March 10th with the final at Grantham on July 7th.

Full results here.

New GB squad re-announced

published: 09/12/2012

Club Captain Mike Smithard reports

Following a little more consultation in October/November, the Elite Development Squad has re-appeared on the BOF website and still great news for DEE as Chris Smithard and Dave Schorah are still in the Elite Development Squad following their great performances this year. The number of men in the EDS has risen from 12 to 16 with several TDS members moving up. Prior to the UK Cup final in October, Dave was leading the competition with all 8 counting results in the top 8 but, with the Final counting for everyone in addition to the previous 8 best and Dave not runnng, he dropped down the rankings. Chris had not completed 8 races due to injury so was also placed further down but timed his effort in the Final to finish 2nd in the Final after running in a 3 man group behind Murray Strain in the mass start race over 10.6km. With Liz Campbell now appointed as the squad coach, they have had 2 weekends already and details of these are now appearing on the BOF website news pages. Chris had a great run at Bethecar on the extended squad course finishing 3rd, 3 minutes down on Doug Tullie over 16km.

Rhys makes comeback?

published: 09/12/2012

More from Mike

Former DEE member Rhys Findlay-Robinson, currently holidaying/working in New Zealand, has persuaded BOF that he is fit enough to run for GB in the World Cup races in NZ in early January. Not much recent orienteering so we will see! Nick and Jane Campbell will be out there then so perhaps some photos to come.

Lachlan selected for World Schools Champs

published: 28/11/2012

Many congratulations to Lachlan Chavasse on his selection to compete in the World Schools Championship Orienteering in Portugal in April 2013.

Full selections here.

Winter Weekend Update

published: 25/11/2012

There are 40 bookings so far. The Youth Hostel is keeping the vacant beds available for us for another month or so, so if anyone else wishes to join us, please contact Mike Smithard () tel. 01244 380565.

The weekend will be at Windermere Youth Hostel from 15-17 February 2013. There is a special offer of £12/head B&B. Activities include walking, running, training and the CompassSport Cup heat on the Sunday. See the full details v2 and booking form v2.

There has been a small increase in the cost and content of the evening meals since the original announcement. For those who have already paid, we can sort any difference out when we meet or you can send another payment electronically if you have paid that way.

Thanks to BSOC helpers

published: 24/11/2012

Mike Smithard writes

Thanks to all Deesiders who helped in any way last weekend, it all went very well. Emails have gone out to you all but with so many, we may have missed someone and emails have gone astray in this event's preparation.

My comments going into the printed results will be published here in due course.

British Schools Championships Weekend in Delamere

published: 22/11/2012

DEE hosted the British Schools Orienteering Championships and World Schools Orienteering Championships UK selection races in Delamere over the weekend 17-18 November 2012.

This represented a massive organisational effort by the club, supported by BSOA. Particular thanks go to

  • Overall Organiser Mike Smithard, working hard on this for two years
  • Saturday Day Organiser Pauline Smithard
  • Sunday Day Organiser and overall Management Consultant Jane Mockford
  • Planners Jon Hateley (Qualifying race), Peter Hills (Training), Andy Payne (Maze), Sara and Andy Campbell (Championships)
  • Controllers Brian Jackson of SROC (Qualifying race and Championships) and Andrew Tarr (Training)
  • All the Team Leaders
  • and everyone in the team of 70 helpers

plus a big thankyou to the companies who generously provided prizes

  • Cotswold Outdoor (Chester branch)
  • Buff® headwear
  • PGL, the activity centre company
  • Roberts Bakery of Northwich (gingerbread men for every finisher)

and a special round of applause for Jenny Beasant, who iced 1000 gingerbread men with an orienteering kite logo!

On Saturday afternoon 170 competitors in the Boys and Girls 14 & 16 age groups competed in a Special Qualifying Event in Delamere North for places in the Great Britain team for the 2013 World Schools Orienteering Championships to be held in April in the Algarve in Portugal. Parking was in the Whitegate (Christmas Tree) car park, with shuttle buses to and from the start and finish. There was also a Training Event, and a Maze course in the Christmas Tree area.

On Sunday 935 competitors from 128 schools around the UK ran in the British Schools Orienteering Championships in Delamere South to compete for both individual and team trophies for school years 5–13. No-one who was there will ever forget the finish arena complete with spectacular run-in, download, map reclaim, commentary, catering, NWJS cakes, first aid and sponsors.

Commentary was provided in expert style by Quentin Harding, Nick Campbell and Jon Hateley. We expect them to take over Test Match Special next year.

Prizes were presented by our member Chris Smithard, current British Sprint Orienteering Champion and SROC's Quentin Harding, double M50 gold medallist at WMOC 2012.

A number of DEE junior members represented their local schools in the championships and took home gold, silver and bronze medals in their individual races. Congratulations to

  • Olly Williams (Sandbach School). Olly ran a fast, accurate race to secure 1st place and become B13 British Schools Champion.
  • Lachlan Chavasse (The Grange School, Hartford) B8 British Schools Champion.
  • Hannah Hateley (Weaverham High School) 2nd in G7.
  • Katie Wilson (Davenham CE Primary School), Deeside’s youngest competitor and a product of the Chester Club Nights, 3rd in G5.

Local primary school Mickle Trafford, making their first appearance at the competition, exceeded expectations with a fine 2nd place in the Girls Year 6 Team competition by counting runners Megan Brocklehurst, Elizabeth Goodwin and Isabel Roberts. Well done to them, and to teacher and coach Liz Jackson.

See the

Top tip for cross-training

published: 19/11/2012

Those of you who get out on your bikes for a bit of cross-training might like to emulate Thierry Gueorgiou. To see what you need to do to become a world champion, follow the links to

OMM successes for DEEsiders

published: 28/10/2012

Congratulations to

  • Tom Beasant, 1st in Class A with Alasdair McLeod
  • Chris Owens, 1st in Class C with Jonny Malley, also from Sheffield Uni. A triumph for bubble-wrap - see their quote in the Day 2 Press Release
  • Nigel Beasant and Chris Wilcox, 4th in Medium Score

Full results here.

Social / AGM Lost Property

published: 23/10/2012

One man's lined blue flecked knitted sweater, size large, make Blue Harbour from M&S. Email Jane Mockford () to claim it.

Christmas goodies from NGOC

published: 18/10/2012

NGOC is again offering the orienteering board game “Forest Challenge” for sale, with profits donated to the Woodland Trust – they have recently given £300.

Also on offer this year is a booklet of amusing orienteering reports and poems done in the style of various well-known authors. This is being sold in aid of the S.W. Junior Squad.

Details of the game and booklet here.

Ward Junior Home Internationals

published: 14/10/2012

Your Celtic Correspondent writes

Well done to all four DEE juniors who competed in the Ward Junior Home International in deepest Surrey at the weekend. Chris Owens recorded an excellent podium finish in the individual event (3rd in M18) at Headley Heath on Saturday, then went on to captain the England team to overall victory in the relays at Ockham on Sunday. With Ciaran out injured, Niall, Kitty and Nina all contributed towards Wales regaining the Judith Wingham Trophy from Ireland. Nina suffered a bad fall early on in the individual race, but soldiered on with a sore back to score some vital relay points.

Club Night Blog

published: 12/10/2012

Jane Mockford will be blogging

  • Details of activities at the next Club Night
  • Reports on previous Club Nights
  • Hints and training tips for all

See the blog.

Talent Development Squad

revised: 13/10/2012

Good news for DEE as Ciaran Allen joins Olly Williams in the Talent Development Squad.

DEE Winter Weekend 15-17 February 2013

updated: 12/10/2012

The club Winter Weekend will be at Windermere Youth Hostel from 15-17 February 2013. There is a special offer of £12/head B&B. Activities include walking, running, training and the CompassSport Cup heat on the Sunday. See the full details v2 and booking form v2.

There has been a small increase in the cost and content of the evening meals since the original announcement. For those who have already paid, we can sort any difference out when we meet or you can send another payment electronically if you have paid that way.

Completed booking forms to Mike Smithard () by 8pm on October 21st at the latest please (Club Championship day) to guarantee places.

Lancashire Hotpot Weekend

published: 08/10/2012

Congratulations to

  • Chris Smithard, 2nd to Murray Strain in the UK Cup final on Sunday
  • Lachlan Chavasse, clear winner of Light Green on both days
  • Chris Owens, 4th in the Future Champions Cup race

Full results here.

The weather on Sunday was glorious for the first event on Hameldon Hills. Lots of DEEsiders enjoyed themselves; the only disappointment was that the hotpot was a coldpot owing to microwave failure. There was quite a lot of mud around, and one runner collected some to take home.

Le Bri'O Tour

published: 02/10/2012

Nick and Jane Campbell ran in the Bri'O Tour in the Paris, France area at the weekend. Three races, including a midnight sprint O in Disneyland - some would call that Mickey Mouse Orienteering. Everything was shut, the lights were off but Disney songs were playing over the PA system. The next Dee News will reveal all about the multiple levels in the caves of the Pirates of the Caribbean zone.

Well done Jane for coming 2nd overall in W50+ and winning in Disneyland.

Nick and Jane met a new friend.

London City Race 2012

updated: 24/09/2012

A sizeable contingent of DEEsiders travelled south to compete in the London City Race. Notable performances came from:

  • Dave Schorah 3rd in Men's Elite
  • Mike Smithard 2nd in Men's Ultra Vet (M60+)
  • Jane Campbell 2nd in Women's Super Vet (W50+)
  • Isabel Hill 3rd in W12-

Full results here.

Junior Home Internationals selection

updated: 14/09/2012

Congratulations to DEE juniors who have been selected to run at the Junior Home Internationals to be held in southeast England on 13-14 October 2012.

Selected for England

  • Chris Owens M18

Selected for Wales

  • Ciaran Allen M18
  • Niall Allen M16
  • Kitty Jones W16
  • Nina Jones W14

MDOC-DEE Challenge 2 September 2012

published: 06/09/2012

The Challenge this year was hosted by MDOC at Savio House, Bollington. By all accounts it was an outstanding event in a great location, with superb weather and highly original variations on orienteering - Olly Williams running round carrying a brick comes to mind.

Although the result was initially announced as a shock away win for DEE, leaving us with all the bragging rights for the next twelve months, subsequent analysis has resulted in MDOC gaining the traditional home win. We quote in full the correspondence about the result that we have received from MDOC's Andrew Gregory:

Thanks to everyone from DEE who came to the event at Savio House, and helped to make it an enjoyable and sociable occasion.

At the event we did some rapid calculations, which involved transferring names and times to a spreadsheet, and I announced the sad news that DEE had won! However one MDOC competitor was inadvertently put down as being from DEE, and a recalculation shows the even sadder news that MDOC have now narrowly won!

There may of course be other errors still to be discovered, which could swing the result the other way again.

So well done MDOC, and thank you for a superb event.

See the full results here.

Euromeet - Austria, 10-12th August

published: 12/08/2012

Report from Mike Smithard

Chris and Dave were selected for this competition and training camp, Dave deciding not to go. After Chris' recent injuries, not sure how hard he was running in the seemingly rough terrain (based on the min/km of the winners). 17 countries sent teams of varying standard and numbers, however good practice against some high class opposition. Sprint race on Friday in Innsbruck saw Chris finish 17th about a minute down. No obvious mistakes from splits, lots of uncrossable features on map so could be easy to be caught in 'compounds'. 2nd Brit behind Kristain Jones who was 4th. Middle distance on Saturday, Chris again 2nd Brit, 4 minutes behind Peter Hodkinson, another 10 behind Lundanes of Norway (top WOC finisher). Todays long race saw him well behind but easy to imagine him worrying about these injury issues esp with a week's training to come. Cat Taylor (BOC sprint champion) was best lady, 2nd in sprint and 5th in long, excellent results.

Maps and results here.

Harvester Relays report

published: 02/07/2012

InDEEfatigables finished 6th in this year's Harvester Relays, thanks to some unorthodox training methods. Read Jon Hateley's report.

Buffera Ltd to sponsor the Cheshire and Merseyside Schools League 2012/13

published: 24/06/2012

Following an article in CompassSport Magazine the Club applied to Buffera Ltd for prizes to be awarded for winners of the various individual classes in the senior league. Buffera has agreed to provide 40 items of Original BUFF® multifunctional headwear each with a minimum retail value of £13.

Event Safety Workshop

published: 23/06/2012

DEE will be running an Event Safety Workshop at the Catholic High School, Chester on Saturday 8 September 2012 from 10:00-12:45.

This is part of the roll-out of the British Orienteering Event Safety Workshop. Three DEE members (Norman Hall, Jane Mockford, Mike Smithard) attended one of the original British Orienteering workshops, and all spoke very highly of it. Norman will be leading this workshop, using British Orienteering workshop materials. The workshop includes experience sharing, and working in small groups.

This workshop will be relevant to:

  • Experienced event organisers, who can share best practice with each other
  • Prospective event organisers, who can learn from those who have done it before

So whether you have organised scores of events, or have never organised an event but think you might like to, this workshop is for you. Please send expressions of interest to Bob Elmes () asap.

Veteran Home Internationals 16/17th June

published: 19/06/2012

Club Captain Mike Smithard reports

England won this year in Northern Ireland with two Deesiders running - Sara Campbell for England and Andy Allen for Wales. Congratulations on their selection.

  • Results
  • Photos showing a rather wet Saturday for the individuals - that's the second time in three years.

EuroMeeting and Elite Development Coaching Camp

published: 16/06/2012

Congratulations to Chris Smithard and David Schorah who have been selected to run in the Euromeet competition for GB within an 11 day training camp in Austria this August. They are 2 of the 7 M21 and 4 M20 men selected who BOF think can improve and challenge for GB team places in the future. Luckily, Chris' Olympic tickets are for the 6th August so he can still make that.

DEE Clubmark accreditation renewed

updated: 18/06/2012

Clubmark logo

DEE's Clubmark accreditation has been renewed, valid until 2016. The club's thanks are due to Jenny Palmer who did a lot of hard work in masterminding the submission, which was described as Ed Nicholas, the British Orienteering Development Manager, as "a very comprehensive and well thought out Clubmark folder".

Clubmark accreditation demonstrates that DEE provides a well-rounded and supportive environment for orienteers of all ages, backgrounds and abilities whilst providing the necessary resources in the form of events and coaching etc for competitors to improve their skills and contribute to the club.

JIRCS selections

updated: 06/06/2012

Congratulations to DEE juniors selected to run in the Junior Inter-Regional Championships, 23/24th June at Sandringham:

  • for the North West
    • Lachlan Chavasse (first year in class)
    • Philip Vokes
    • Olly Williams (first year in class)
    • Chris Owens
  • for Wales
    • Ciaran Allen M18
    • Niall Allen M16
    • Kitty Jones W16
    • Nina Jones W14

If someone can devise a suitable scoring system, we could take side bets on a DEE Inter-Regional Championship :-)

Dee member sets new world record

published: 29/05/2012

Dave Scorah writes

On 20 May 2012 I ran the Sheffield Half Marathon dressed as a pantomime camel with John Rocke. We ran a time of 1hr 40min and have broken the world record for the fastest 2 person pantomime costume 1/2 marathon (still to be authenticated by Guinness).

This was the hardest race I've ever done, not helped by the heat but was all in aid of 2 very worthy charities so if you have a moment to spare and feel you can, please visit our justgiving page and donate a little or a lot - Thanks!

We hope this heat training will have helped Dave's preparation for the World Student Championships in southern Spain in July (predicted 30' C).

Results of Primary School Orienteering Competition

published: 28/05/2012

Nine Primary Schools from Chester met at Upton High School’s Brookhirst playing fields on Thursday 24 May for an inter-school competition and a second chance for some competitors to complete a white course on their way to meeting the standard to be eligible to run at the British Schools Orienteering Championships in Delamere Forest later this year. Schools fielded teams of three runners and it was great to see some familiar faces from the first competition earlier in May and some keen newcomers.

The two white courses had a tricky first section through the school buildings before a fast run around the field perimeter to the final controls. Careful navigation was required due to gaffling of the controls, replicating a competition situation.

The team results were:

  1. Mickle Trafford 2
  2. Mickle Trafford 1
  3. Mill View 1
  4. St Oswald's 2
  5. Mill View 2
  6. Tarvin 1
  7. Duddon 2
  8. St Oswald's 1
  9. The Arches
  10. Duddon 1
  11. Chester Blue Coat 2
  12. Chester Blue Coat 1
  13. Tarvin 2
  14. Belgrave 2
  15. Delamere 1
  16. Belgrave 1
  17. Delamere 2 (one runner absent)

Congratulations to both Mickle Trafford teams. Special mentions for Duddon, Mickle Trafford and The Arches whose runners all completed their courses accurately with no penalty points.

On individual performances, the fastest boy and girl with all controls punched correctly and, therefore, no penalty points were James Chidlow with a time of 9 min 56 sec and Isabel Roberts with a time of 11 min 29 sec, both from Mickle Trafford. Well done to both of them on fast and accurate runs.

Thanks to Deesiders Barbara Jones, Duncan Harris and Mike Smithard for their help.

Talent Development Coaching Camp selections

published: 16/05/2012

Congratulations to Ciaran Allen, Olly Williams & Chris Owens who have been selected for the BOF Talent Development Coaching Camp in the Cairngoms this summer.

DEE member wins the other Sandstone Trail event

published: 15/05/2012

Last Saturday saw the Sandstone Trail Challenge event, organised for the second time by Helsby Running Club and DEE member Andy Robinson. The course is the entire 33 miles of the Sandstone Trail; and it is described by the organisers as

an LDWA-style challenge walk that also supports runners. Note that it is not a race

In spite of this, our member Duncan Harris won the event in a new record time of 4 hours 10 minutes. Well done Duncan.

You can read about Helsby Running Club and the event here, and you can see Duncan's nice trophy here.

European Championships Live

updated: 15/05/2012

Notes from Mike Smithard.

The European Championships start Monday 14 May. You can follow Chris and Dave's progress for the GB team here.

Further reports from Club Captain Mike Smithard will appear in the DEEside Orienteering Club at European Championships blog. Check it out for updates. Chris is running the middle distance, sprint and relay and Dave is doing the sprint and relay. The middle distance and sprint qualification races are on Monday and Wednesday with the finals on Thursday and Saturday. The relay is on Sunday. The finals and the relay are live on Swedish TV and via a weblink which they hope will be accessible outside Sweden! Unfortunately, the Sat and Sun clash exactly with the start times at the Twin Peaks. Anyone know how to record live web broadcasts? For weblinks see This appears to be a blog - to get it in 'pidgin' English, put the web address into Google or use Google Chrome.

Note that time in Sweden is one hour ahead of time in UK.

The first 17 in each heat qualify for the A final. With 6 runners from each nation, Chris reckons it will be harder to qualify for the A finals than at WOC. He reckons they will have to finish within a minute of the heat winner to get to the sprint final which, with a clean run, he thinks is attainable as Scott Fraser and Murray Strain are world class and he was just over a minute down on them at the JK and lost time. The sprints are partly in forest and part in urban.

Good luck to them and the other Brits.

Mike Smithard will be reporting on Chris and Dave's performances on the DEE Euros blog.

British Orienteering Long Distance and Relay Championships

published: 07/05/2012

Ciaran Allen 1st M18E, Chris Smithard 3rd M21E, and more podium places and good runs. Full report from Mike Smithard here.

Chester Primary Schools Orienteering Competition

published: 04/05/2012

Report from organiser Jane Mockford

Seven Primary Schools from Chester met at Bishops' Blue Coat High School on Thursday 3 May for an inter-school competition and a chance for competitors to complete a white course on their way to meeting the standard to be eligible to run at the British Schools Orienteering Championships in Delamere Forest later this year. Each school fielded two teams of three runners and it was great to see some familiar faces from last year's competitions and some keen newcomers.

The two white courses had a tricky first section through the school buildings before a fast run around the field perimeter to the final controls. Careful navigation was required due to gaffling of the controls, replicating a competition situation.

The team results were:

1. Mickle Trafford 1
2. St Oswald's 1
3. Huntington 1
4. Mickle Trafford 2
5. St Oswald's 2
6= Chester Blue Coat 1
6= Huntington 2
8. Chester Blue Coat 2
9. Duddon 2
10. Duddon 1
11. Tarvin 1
12. St Theresa's 1
13. St Theresa's 2
14. Tarvin 2 (one runner absent)

Congratulations to Mickle Trafford 1 who just pipped St Oswald's by 2 points. A special mention to Duddon who were the only school to have all 6 of their runners complete their courses accurately with no penalty points.

On individual performances, the fastest boy and girl with all controls punched correctly and, therefore, no penalty points were James Cooper with a time of 11min 8 sec and Megan Brocklehurst with a time of 13min 38 sec, both from Mickle Trafford. Well done to both of them on fast and accurate runs.

Thanks to Deesiders Sheila and Peter Hills and Mike Smithard for their help.

New Class for Galoppen at Summer Evening Events

published: 18/04/2012

Now that some of the Summer Evening Events have a Short Green course, the Galoppen rules have been changed so that Senior Ladies C and Senior Men C must run the Short Green when available (as opposed to Light Green) in order to qualify.

See the amended Galoppen rules for chapter and verse.

Breakthrough for DEEsiders!!

published: 13/04/2012

by Club Captain Mike Smithard

Great news for two of our younger seniors following their performances this year - Dave Schorah selected for the GB team for the World Student Championships in Spain in July; and Dave and Chris Smithard selected for the GB team for the European Championships in May in Sweden.

Dave especially has been consistently up there in the top few in BUSF, BOC sprint and Middle and at the JK. Chris had his great run at the JK sprint and has been consistent though a few places, sometimes by seconds, behind Dave at the other races. These two have been friendly rivals since their M12 days and their commitment to training and improving, despite the setbacks and disappointments they have both had over the years, does them great credit.

Full details on the BOF website. Congratulations to both!!

Letter to Forestry Commission regarding Delamere development plans

published: 27/03/2012

The Club has sent the following text to the Forestry Commission:

From: Deeside Orienteering Club Secretary
Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 9:39 PM
Cc: Barry Barnes
Subject: Delamere Forest development plans

Dear Sir,

I write on behalf of Deeside Orienteering Club in relation to the Forestry Commissions development plans for Delamere Forest. Our club is privileged to hold several events each year in Delamere, which we regard as our most important orienteering area.

We understand the Forestry Commission’s need to raise additional revenue from the forest in the light of cutbacks in government funding. From an orienteering perspective the smaller the developed areas of the forest (including roads and bike tracks) and the less fragmented the remainder, the better; on the other hand we appreciate this is a working forest with many competing interests.

We would like to raise a number of points in relation to the development plan, focusing on the safety of orienteers (and indeed of other members of the public on foot in the forest):

  • First and foremost, we feel that the access route for the new cabins is by far the worst option. This will result in a large number of vehicles travelling on tracks through the forest. Even with a gravel surface, speed limits and traffic calming measures, it will bring traffic into close contact with orienteers, runners and other forest users. From a safety perspective, this is highly undesirable. It will also reduce the peace and quiet that so many people come to the forest to experience.
  • Second, we would prefer to avoid any extension of bike trails, also for safety reasons. Bikes travel at high speed and are virtually silent; the larger the area in which bikes are encouraged the more chance there is of a collision with a pedestrian, and particularly with a runner.
  • Third, and on a more positive note, we would support your efforts to introduce speed limits on the existing public roads through the forest.

Additionally (though this is not a safety issue) we would ask that the lay-bys along the east-west road through the forest remain open. These are particularly useful for informal training runs; they allow access at all times; and they reduce the clusters of people that would result if a smaller number of car parks were used.

On behalf of the club, I would be grateful if you would give these points your consideration when considering the plans further.

Yours sincerely,

Richard Hill
Deeside Orienteering Club

British Sprint and Middle Distance Championships

published: 27/03/2012

For the first time for 25 years, a Deesider has won an Elite Gold! Congratulations to Chris Smithard, British Sprint Elite Champion.

Full report on Chris's win and other DEE successes here.

British Sprint Champion Chris Smithard with his trophy. Click on him to see more photos of DEE successes.

North West Night League 2011-2012 Results

published: 07/03/2012

The NWNL results for the 2011-2012 season have now been published. Congratulations to DEE runners

  • Jon Hateley 1st M40+
  • Iain Bell 2nd M40+
  • Hannah Hateley 1st W18-
  • Beatrix Calow 1st W19-39
  • Maggie Hateley 2nd W40+
  • Siân Calow 3rd W40+

Large Re-Development Plans for Delamere Forest

published: 04/03/2012 Martin Pickering

Yesterday, our Club Chairman asked me to pen a short article to raise awareness of the Club's Membership concerning the recently published plans of the Forestry Commission and Forest Holidays for a large development of Forest Lodges, a new Visitor Centre, extensive new Car Parks, Retail Units and several kilometres of new roads in the Forest.

Details about the plans can be obtained for the Forestry Commission Website. There have been articles about the plans in several local papers this week including the Chester Chronicle. There is also a website created by a group opposed to the planned development called Communities against Delamere's Destruction.

The public consultation process entered into by the Developers prior to their actual Planning Permission Application is very short and currently due to be completed by the end of March. There are three drop-in sessions to view and discuss the development proposals taking place at the Linmere Visitors Centre:

  • Tuesday March 6, 10AM - Noon
  • Wednesday March 7, Noon - 5PM
  • Thursday March 8, 5PM - 8PM

Both the Forestry Commission and Forest Holidays will be on-hand at these sessions to explain and discuss their plans. They have stated that they will try to take account of all views expressed during the Pre-Planning Consultancy Phase prior to submitting their two Planning Applications, probably in May: one for the new Visitor Hub and the other for the Forest Lodge Developments.

DEE Members do not need reminding that Delamere Forest is the only Deeside area suitable for Regional Standard Orienteering Events and that a reduction in the forest area suitable for such events could mark the end of Regional Events held in Cheshire with consequential impacts on Orienteering in the County. So please would all Club Members, and especially the Club's Committee Members look at the planned developments and take a view on their possible impact.

CompassSport Cup Heat

published: 24/02/2012

DEE finished 4th, so miss the final. Congratulations to OD, HOC and Walton Chasers who all go through; and well done to all those who turned out, especially our scorers.

Further reading:

First Aid Course

updated: 07/03/2012

We are holding a short first aid course for DEE members on Saturday morning 17 March in Chester. The course is suitable for new or renewing First Aiders. Cost will be paid by the Club.

The course is now full.

MDOC Lymm Night Street O Challenge

updated: 24/02/2012

MDOC are holding the last of their Night Street O events in Lymm on Thursday 15 March. They have suggested that this would be a good one for DEE members to attend; and if we get enough runners, it could become an extra MDOC/DEE Challenge.

To get a better idea of what is involved in these events, recommended reading is:

Please let Pete Owens () know asap if you are interested in running.

Winter Weekend 17-19 February 2012

published: 07/02/2012

Accomodation is booked at Coalport Youth Hostel in Ironbridge for Friday and Saturday nights at the special winter group rate of £16.95 per person half board or £19.95 full board. That's cheaper than the normal B&B rate for juniors and the bed rate for seniors. All rooms 6 bedded or less, some en-suite. No need to be YHA members. This is at the end of half term for some (possibly all) schools.

The youth hostel is a former china works and is next door to the china museum etc. See Ironbridge website and Ironbridge museums website.

There will be Walks or runs available instead of museums if you wish.

DEE helpers needed for BOC

published: 07/02/2012

The British Orienteering Championships 2012 are being staged on 5-6 May in the Lake District. DEE have been asked to provide as many helpers as possible for the Individual event on Saturday 5 May. Please can all those taking part endeavour to volunteer, and send your offer to help to Bob Roach. ()

North West Night League results after 4 events

published: 29/01/2012

Deeside continue to prosper in the North West Night League. After 4 events, leading DEE runners are:

  • M40+ 1st Jon Hateley, only 3 points off a perfect score
  • M40+ 2nd Iain Bell
  • W18- 1st Hannah Hateley, even though she didn't run in the most recent event
  • W19-39 1st Beatrix Calow consolidated her lead

Four down, two to go; best three of six to count. Final event at Arrowe Park.

North West Night League results so far

published: 26/01/2012

DEE runners are doing well in the North West Night League. At the half-way stage in the season, we have leaders in:

  • M40+ Iain Bell, well-known night O specialist
  • W18- 11-year-old Hannah Hateley !
  • W19-39 Beatrix Calow

With three down and three to go, there's everything to play for as the season moves towards its Arrowe Park climax.

For full results so far click here.

CompassSport Cup Heat

updated: 11/01/2012

from Mike Smithard on behalf of Jon Hateley

Pre-enter to Jon Hateley () by asap (Wednesday 25th January at latest)

The draw has been published for the CompassSport Cup heat on Sunday 19th February. DEE asked for and have been allocated to the WM heat on Cannock Chase along with 7 other clubs in the Cup and 4 in the Trophy competition. With 8 teams, the top 2 teams will qualify and, if OD are one of them, the 3rd team will also qualify. The other clubs are WCH, LEI, OD, NOC, NGOC, HOC and DVO. The Trophy teams are COBOC, ERYRI, WRE and POTOC.

Hopefully most of the 53 who are on the club weekend will take part plus another 20 (?) or so coming from home. The rules are as before, to remind you, there are ten courses and the classes are allocated as follows:

Men Open/ Women Open/ M45+ M20-/ W45+ W20-/ M60+/ W60+ M75+/ M18-/ W18-/ M14- and W14-

The top 25 scorers count, up to 6 from 2 courses - the men's open and the (M45+ M20-), 4 from the others except the juniors which can count up to 2. M and W14- course is orange, M and W18- course is light green. Yellow and White courses will be provided as well, can pre-enter or eod . With me being away, you have a new co-ordinator - Jon Hateley () tel 01606 889267 so don't email me as you won't get a response. Jon will collect names and money (£10 for adults, £2 junior/student, cheques payable to Deeside OC) if not sent electronically to DEE, and then assess if anyone should run up a class to cover any shortfalls. He would then contact you to see if that was OK with you. Early responses to Jon would be appreciated so he has more time to chase people and sort out any running up. Jon has the DEE start time schedule for him to complete so any requests for any particular start time block should be made when contacting Jon. Remind him if you have moved up a class to save him going through the membership list with a magnifying glass to check your date of birth.

As the competition is now run by Compass Sport, all the info and the Rules are no longer on the BOF website, they are here.

Counters have to be full or local members of BOF so club-only members cannot count.

The final is in the Scottish borders on the Tullies' farm (once used for the Harvester), 30 miles north of Carlisle on the 30th September.

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