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North West Night League prizes for John and Chris Embrey.

published: 25/11/2015

Congratulations to our member John Embrey, and to son Chris (MDOC), on winning prizes in their classes in the North West Night League 2014-15. This season's fun starts on Saturday 28 November at Sizergh Castle near Kendal, details here.

British Schools Champs results and our newer juniors.

published: 25/11/2015

Report from Club Captain Mike Smithard

Good results from 3 Deeside juniors at Sandringham recently – Hannah Hateley 1st in G10, Connor Smith 5th in B12 and Katie Wilson 6th in G8. Just one bad control from Connor and Katie knocked them off the podium so hard luck to them.

Full results here.

Other junior news is that we seem to be slowly increasing our numbers again, so hopefully the younger brigade will stay with us as they develop and we should start thinking about some junior sessions again after a bit of a lull. Please get to know them and give help whenever possible (none of their parents are orienteers - yet) – at Hightown, we had Elizabeth Goodwin of West Kirby (G9), Seren Dovey-Evans of St Brigids (G7) on orange and Jacob (M8) and Daniel (M6) Shanahan and Robin Glover (M7) on yellow along with their parents. The Shanahans came to some SEE’s this year and the Glovers (who have relations in WCOC) came along later in the summer.

40 members enjoy Sandstone Trail Social

published: 25/11/2015

Forty members sat down to a two-course meal and drinks in the Lord Binning, Kelsall for the Sandstone Trail Social. This marked the 39th running of the Sandstone Trail Race by the Club, and helpers from the race day received a subsidised meal as thanks for their contribution.

You can see photographs of the social here.

Thanks go to Jill Barnes for organising a very successful Social.

DEE NW Night League change of venue

published: 25/11/2015

The DEE event in the North West Night League will now be held at Little Budworth. This will give much better night orienteering than the previous venue, and we hope to see a good turnout from Deeside.

So on 19 March there will be two events:

  • Cheshire & Merseyside Schools League at Sefton Park in the morning
  • North West Night League at Little Budworth in the evening

The evening start will be quite late (probably from 19:30), so there will be plenty of opportunity for rest & recuperation between the two events!

Discount on headlights

published: 14/11/2015

Our North West Night League sponsors, who have provided prizes for the league for the past 4 years, have set up a discount code which gives 10% off headlights for all club members - the code is NORTHWESTNIGHT (no spaces all uppercase) and can be entered during checkout. It currently applies to headlights but will be extended to other lights too. Any questions please contact Trevor Jackson () Tel. 077917 32313

UK Orienteering League 2015

published: 13/11/2015

Great news - we finished 3rd in this year's National UK Orienteering League Club Competition and had 14 top 10 places in the individual competition.

The individual competition is based on best 10 scores from a designated 19 events held around the country. The club team competition is based on the 15 best individual club members’ total scores as follows:

  • 3 men/women from age classes 16-21
  • 3 from age classes 35-45
  • 3 from 50-55
  • 3 60+

plus any 3 additional scores.

Each team must include at least 5 men and 5 women. Sounds complicated but shows that orienteering is truly a sport for all ages.

The results were:

Bristol Orienteering Club6386
South Yorkshire Orienteers5783
Deeside Orienteering Club5754

Our contributing runners in the team competition were:

  • Bob Verity
  • Pauline Smithard
  • Elaine Sutton
  • Mike Smithard
  • Dave Schorah
  • Jean Payne
  • John Padget
  • Elizabeth Jackson
  • Steve Ingleby
  • Catherine Hill
  • Hannah Hateley
  • Duncan Harris
  • John Embrey
  • Lachlan Chavasse
  • Sara Campbell

Our individual top 10s in their age classes were:

  • Lachlan Chavasse
  • Hannah Hateley (2nd)
  • Olly Williams
  • Dave Schorah (2nd)
  • Duncan Harris (2nd)
  • Sara Campbell
  • John Embrey (2nd)
  • Steve Ingleby
  • Jean Payne
  • Pauline Smithard
  • Mike Smithard (2nd)
  • John Padget
  • Bob Verity
  • Malcolm McIvor

Well done everybody!

Lots more results, plus the 2016 Event Schedule, on the UK Orienteering League website.

Winter Weekend

published: 24/10/2015

Winter Weekend - book now!

Proposed for 19-21st Feb at Arnside Hostel. If you haven't received details via a yahoo group email, please contact Mike Smithard () Tel. 01244 380565 for them asap. First closing date for bookings for this often sunny and/or snowy club weekend is Monday 2nd November.

Junior News

published: 21/10/2015

Reported by Pauly-D Jones

Good luck to Hannah Hateley and Saskia Jones who head over to Northern Ireland this weekend for the Junior Home Internationals, representing England and Wales respectively.

This year's Junior Inter Regional Championships were held on Cannock Chase at the end of September. Hannah and Lachlan Chavasse contributed to a strong second place for NWOA behind the all conquering SOA team, with Saskia helping WOA to 8th out of the 12 regions.

Pat Spoonley

published: 15/10/2015

We are sorry to report that Pat Spoonley died on Sunday 11 October. Our thoughts are with Brian, Rachel and David.

The funeral service is on Thursday 22 October, 1:30pm at Christ Church, Willaston followed by Landican Crematorium, Woodchurch.

There will be a small gathering afterwards at The Sheiling, 19 Hooton Road, Willaston, CH64 1SE.

Family flowers only, donations to Claire House Children's Hospice.

CompassSport Cup Final

published: 10/10/2015

Mike Smithard writes...

64 Deesiders are entered for the final at Helsington Barrows on Sunday 18 October. That's nearly twice our entry last year (including, for Deeside, a shocking 5 M21's!) - so, are we going to do as well against stiffer opposition? If your availability has changed or you've forgotten to contact me, let me know and I'll see what I can do.

DEE at WOC and Scottish 6 days

published: 18/08/2015

See Mike Smithard's report here.

Double Deesiders for WOC!!

published: 13/07/2015

by Club Captain Mike Smithard

Just announced is the final team for the World Championships - and, the amazing news for Deeside is that both Dave Schorah and Chris Smithard have been selected for the Sprint Relay in Nairn on the Saturday. Congratulations to them both.

They will be running with Hollie Orr and Catherine Taylor. This is following the final selection races in Scotland at the weekend. Nail biting time since Sunday morning with the last 2 years performances influencing the decision together with the athletes' own commitment over the last year.

Great news and all good wishes to them both.

DEEsiders selected for development trips in the autumn

published: 24/06/2015

by Club Captain Mike Smithard

Olly Williams has been selected for the Antwerp international Sprint weekend in September for potential future GB sprint athletes and Dave Schorah and Chris Smithard are selected for Euromeet in Estonia (where WOC 2017 will be) also in September. Congrats to all three for showing their commitment. Full details via here


WOC selections update

published: 19/06/2015

by Club Captain Mike Smithard

Several more selections now on BOF website and positive indications that 'sprinters' will not run both individual and relay as on successive days and seconds will count in the final of the individual. So, Murray Strain and Kris Jones selected for 'a' sprint - it's up to them which, which means one (?) or two more selections to come, based on record and final selection race on July 12th somewhere within an hour of Inverness. Both Chris and Dave therefore in the frame (as far as I know). Cat Taylor now selected for all races except Individual Sprint.

Harvester Relays

published: 17/06/2015

by Club Captain Mike Smithard

Good luck to our 5-man Harvester team on 27/28th June: John Embrey, Philip Vokes, Rob Normanton and Paul and Lachlan Chavasse. Not qualifying for any of the B race classifications but could be a good battle if 4 or 5 of the top 6 FVO ladies come down. A last-minute rush of entries has given a better look to the race with 25 B entries so far.

Final Details for the Harvester here.

World Championships Selections

published: 17/06/2015

by Club Captain Mike Smithard

No more news yet I think. Chris Smithard seems to be back at his former speed with a PB (running off the front of the pack) at the Leeds (Woodhouse Moor) 5k parkrun last Saturday (15.49) but failed to beat either Murray or Chris Jones in Denmark (6th in the Danish Sprint Champs, just behind Murray), again just behind both in his leg time in the World Cup Sprint Relays in Halden, and again behind Chris J, Scott and Murray in the voided WC Sprint race in Sweden after being the leading Brit at halfway, but later having to return to punch at 3 non-contactless ‘contact-less’ controls. A nother race in Stirling this w/e and a possible sprint selection race in early July in Scotland. Dave Schorah was also at the World Cup and was slightly behind Chris in both sprint races.

NWJS selection for Anna Harris

published: 17/06/2015

by Club Captain Mike Smithard

Congrats to Anna Harris who has been invited to join the North West Junior Squad. Despite her appearing at a SEE in a (former) British team O top, she has yet to reach this level. Rumour has it that there are no new M12’s joining – where have all the junior men gone?

Mid and North Wales Double Weekend

published: 04/05/2015

MWOC and ERYRI are staging a Welsh League Double weekend on 16-17 May. Details:

DEE teams 3rd and 4th in M165+ relay at JK2015

published: 07/04/2015

DEEluded (Chris Calow/Steve Ingleby/Duncan Harris) beat DEEgenerates (Jon Hateley/Malcolm Irvine/John Embrey) by just 9 seconds to take bronze in the M165+ relay at Graythwaite.

Additional reporting by Mike Smithard ...

If Duncan Harris and John Embrey (who both finished, let us say, somewhat behind in the individual) setting off together in first and second place had known who was chasing them on the 3rd leg, they might have collapsed with fright - Charlie Adams SYO, winner of M50 individual, Mark Saunders BOK, winner of M55, Jon Musgrave MAROC, 3rd place M50. The first 2 caught them but not Jon so double congratulations to Duncan and John for 2 great runs on last leg and to Chris Calow and Steve Ingleby (exhausted/invigorated? by his 12 hour day beforehand) for Duncan and Jon and Malcolm for John who set up the finale and commiserations to Jon, Malcolm and John for missing out on a medal.

Results for the M165+ relay here.

DEE finish 3rd in heat of CompassSport Cup and qualify for final

published: 18/03/2015

Club Captain Mike Smithard reports:

Good news from Sherwood Forest as the 58 Deesiders muster enough points to finish 3rd in the CSC heat and so qualify for the final on 18th October near Kendal. Top scorers were Steve Ingleby, 1st, Sara Campbell and Mike Smithard 2nd and John Embrey and Liz Jackson 3rd. Full results here.

MDOC/DEE Challenge 13 June 2015

published: 10/03/2015

MDOC have issued the Challenge:

Having been soundly walloped by DEE last year, I issue a challenge to come and try to repeat the performance on our home ground, if you dare!

A date has been carefully selected by trying to select a weekend when nothing much else is on, 13th June is what we are going for.

Final location is not fixed but it is within 1 hour's drive of Manchester. The theme is taking shape nicely and looks like being a drug inspired team event (very) loosely based on Scrabble.....there is a clue to the location in this so get guessing.

Please ask your club members to reserve the date.

Dave McCann

DEE podium places in Rab Mini Mountain Marathon Series 2014

published: 03/02/2015

DEE runners achieving podium placings in the 2014 Rab Mini Mountain Marathon  series were:

  • Sian Calow 1st Solo Lady 50+
  • Darren Baker 2nd Solo Vet Man 40-49
  • Nigel & Jenny Beasant 2nd Mixed 50+ Team

Well done to them, and to the other DEEsiders who competed.

North West Night League successes for DEE

published: 29/01/2015

Congratulations to DEEsiders achieving top-3 placings in the North West Night League 2014-15:

  • Ed Calow 1st M18-
  • John Embrey 2nd M40+
  • Iain Bell 3rd M40+
  • Anna Harris 3rd W18-
  • Siân Calow 1st W40+
  • Jacky Embrey 3rd W40+

Full league results here.

CSC heat 2015

published: 16/01/2015

We have been allocated to the East Midlands heat at Sherwood Pines (Mansfield) on 15th March against 8 others clubs - so 2 or 3 go through to the final. Entries via Mike Smithard. See next DEENEWS for more details.

JK Relays 2015

published: 16/01/2015

Names to Mike Smithard please by 31st January so I can enter teams at the lower rate. I have 22 names from the Turkey Trot so far. Classes as last year. Any queries re courses, preferences and a note if you have changed age class this year please. 2nd legs shorter than others, classes and lengths on BOF website

Lyn Williams

published: 13/01/2015

Lyn and Joy Williams

Lyn Williams, M80 and a former member of DEE, died on 10 January 2015. His son David has sent us these notes.

My father Lyn Williams, a former member of DEE, planner of JK84, Mammoth 80 and many subsequent events died in his sleep on Saturday morning.

Although Lyn and Joy moved south in the early 2000's I am sure that many of the more senior DEE members will remember my father - as an active orienteer and also, doing what he enjoyed most, a fiendish course planner.

The last time I saw my father orienteering was at the 2000 British Champs and subsequent to a ruined fence initiated heavy fall in Fownhope Woods it became clear that something was not quite right. Lyn was later diagnosed with Multiple System Atrophy including Macular Degeneration and, as a result, had been in a nursing home for the last several years.

Lyn only managed to beat me once at orienteering (Green Course, Penycloddiau) but his athletic prime was in the late 1950s - cycle time trialling in the West Midlands - notably against Laurie Bradley (future member of Walton Chasers and renowned organiser of the Cannock Chase 1st January Score Event).

David Williams (HOC now but DEE 1976 to 1986)

DEE Early Music Ensemble

published: 12/01/2015

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Hill as Artistic Director of the newly formed Deeside Orienteering Club Early Music Ensemble. Richard will utilise his experience as a former Club Secretary, as well as in industry, to optimise the exploitation of club resources in the performance of music from (provisionally) c.1400 to 1650.


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