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Lakes 5 Days 2018 Accommodation

published: 07/12/2017

The club have booked 20 places at the George Starkey Hut, Patterdale. This is a mountaineering club hut with:

  • 2 dormitories: men's with 14 places, women's with 6 places. Bunk beds.
  • Kitchen with plenty of cooking facilities
  • Showers, toilets, drying room
  • Comfortable lounge with open fire

Full details of the hut here.

The hut is centrally placed for the events of the Lakes 5 Days.

We have booked from Saturday 28 July (because we are helping on Sunday, so most people will want to be there on Saturday night) to Thursday 2 August inclusive (last event is on Friday, then drive home).

Cost is £60 per person for six nights.

To reserve your place, please pay £15 non-refundable deposit:

  • Pay by bank transfer to the club account quoting reference Lakes5, and email Bob Elmes to let him know.
  • or pay by cheque to Deeside Orienteering Club and send the cheque to Bob Elmes, 4 Erindale Crescent, Frodsham WA6 6DZ.

If you want to save admin by paying the whole £60 now, please do.

Early booking is recommended.

Sara Campbell wins W50 UK Orienteering League

published: 17/11/2017

Congratulations to Sara Campbell, winner of the W50 UK Orienteering League competition.

Other DEE top 10 finishers are:

  • Lachlan Chavasse (5th) & Connor Smith (8th) in M18
  • Duncan Harris (5th) and Jon Hateley (9th) in M50
  • Liz Jackson (9th) in W50
  • John Embrey (5th) in M55
  • Jane Campbell (10th) in W60
  • Mike Smithard (6th) in M65

The individual competition is based on 10 best scores from the 20 events.

In the team competition which is based on the best scores by 3 runners in age classes M/W16-21, 35-45, 50-55, 60+ plus 3 other highest scores from any age class, we finished 12th. Our counting runners were Connor Smith, Philip Vokes, Mike Smithard, Liz Jackson, Jon & Hannah Hateley, Duncan & Ruth Harris, Edward Halliwell, John Embrey, Lachlan Chavasse and Sara, Nick & Jane Campbell.

Full UKOL results for individuals and clubs.

3 Gold and 2 Silver for DEE Juniors in British Sprint & Middle Champs

published: 07/10/2017

Great performances by juniors last weekend. Podium places for:

British Sprint Championships:

  • M10 Gold Johnathan Bendrey (and Joshua 5th)
  • W14 Silver Anna Harris

and other high placings for

  • Men Open Silver Chris Smithard (FVO)
  • W60 4th Jane Mockford
  • M55 5th John Embrey

British Middle Distance Championships:

  • M10 Gold Jonathan Bendrey (and Joshua 6th)
  • W18 Gold Hannah Hateley
  • W14 Silver Anna Harris

and other high placings for

  • M18 4th Lachlan Chavasse
  • W50 4th Sara Campbell

Congratulations to all of them. Special congratulations to Johnathan, who is now British M10 Champion at Long, Middle and Sprint distances!

Gwanas Junior Home Internationals and public event

published: 06/10/2017

News from our Wales correspondent Pauly-D Jones

Good luck to young DEEsiders Anna Harris and Hannah Hateley (for England) and Saskia Jones (for Wales) who have been selected to represent their countries in the Junior Home Internationals near Dolgellau this weekend.

If you'd like to try a similar course to the elite juniors an enter-on-the-day regional event follows after the juniors' individual race on Saturday - see the flyer and full details. Cymru am byth!

DEE non-comp team of 2 come 5th in Peter Palmer Relays

published: 10/09/2017

Congratulations to Anna Harris and Connor Smith who ran three legs each to finish 5th (but non-competitive) in the Peter Palmer Junior Relays at Sutton Park today.

Here's dad Duncan's rundown to how we happened to send a team of 2 to a 6-leg event:

  • Couldn't find a sixth member of our team despite trying 8 eligible people.
  • Decide not to enter.
  • Few days before conversation with organiser leads eventually to "why don't you come anyway as we have spare maps".
  • Only Anna and Connor really interested in going at this short notice.
  • They come 5th overall (albeit non-competitive) and only 5 mins behind 3rd.
  • Anna runs over 15km and Connor over 20km actual distance.

Full results here.

Anna and Connor's result:

  • 5am Start
  • nc DEE Deeside 205:39
  • 1 Anna Harris 154014 F 03 44:19 (Red (long TD3), dark)
  • 2 Connor Smith 139176 M 99 37:01 (Red (long TD3), twilight)
  • 3 Anna Harris 154014 F 03 37:10 (Light Green (medium-long TD4), dawn-daylight)
  • 4 Connor Smith 139176 M 99 20:11 (Orange (short TD3), daylight)
  • 5 Anna Harris 154014 F 03 16:08 (Yellow (short TD2), daylight)
  • 6 Connor Smith 139176 M 99 50:50 (Green (long TD5), daylight)

Very well done both, and well done Duncan for getting them there.

DEE Entries for British Mixed Sprint Relays

published: 22/06/2017

Mike Smithard has so far received 18 names offering to form part of teams for this. If you want to run but haven't yet put your name forward, please contact Mike Smithard () asap so he can propose teams and get reactions.

Blast from the Past

published: 19/06/2017

As part of their celebration of 50th anniversary of the British Orienteering Federation, Moravian Orienteering Club staged an event at Culbin where runners brought out lots of 1960s kit. Pictured here is Beryl Blackhall, formerly of this parish, sporting an original Deeside hat: note the DOC (not DEE) name. Does anyone still in DEE have one of these?

Photo by Beryl Blackhall / Moravian Orienteering Club.

DEE successes in North West Sprint Championships

published: 18/06/2017

Congratulations to DEE runners in the NW Sprint Championships in Skelmersdale.

Gold for:

  • Johnathan Bendrey M10
  • Duncan Harris M50
  • John Embrey M55
  • Steve Ingleby M60
  • Bob Verity M75 Gold
  • Anna Harris W14
  • Saskia Jones W16
  • Hannah Hateley W18

Also a good crop of silvers and bronzes, to be updated later.

Full results here.

British Orienteering Championships 2017 - Golds for Johnathan Bendrey and Bob Verity.

published: 26/05/2017

Some excellent performances by DEE runners at the British Orienteering Championships on 6 May at High Dam.

  • Johnathan Bendrey M10 Gold (and brother Joshua came 5th)
  • Bob Verity M75 Gold
  • Sara Campbell W50 Silver
  • Chris Calow M65 Bronze

Johnathan follows in Dan Weaver's and Lachlan Chavasse's footsteps by winning M10; Bob improves with age. Very well done to both of them.

Full results here.

Anna Harris wins W14 at Interland in Belgium

published: 28/05/2017

Belated congratulations to Anna Harris on winning W14 in her first international selection at Interland.

England were overall winners.

Event report and full results links on the Orienteering England website.

World Cup Sprint Races, Finland

published: 25/05/2017

from Mike Smithard

Chris Smithard is part of a 13 person GB team in Finland at the moment in budget accommodation (a 3 bedroom house kindly lent by Finnish orienteer currently in South Wales I believe, (trip has no funding)). Yesterday saw the mixed sprint relay with Chris in the GB2 team which finished a very creditable 10th with the first team in 3rd place. Chris had the 5th fastest time on his leg and was also the fastest GB man on either leg but it was very close (all 4 within 16 seconds). Today, Chris fnished 33rd in the qualifying race with 40 to run in the final, again very close to qualify but seemed to do better this afternoon and finished 20th. Lots of top 3 splits but a few seconds here and there drops you down the list. Middle and long races this weekend here and worldofo for comment and maps.

British Mixed Sprint Relays Helpers

published: 25/05/2017

from Norman Hall (Organiser)

We need helpers for the British Mixed Sprint Relays at Edge Hill University on Sunday July 16th 2017. If you are able to help please let Norman Hall () know as soon as possible.

There will be a half price individual discount for helpers although this will not be available through the Fabian4 online booking; you will get a refund after the event. With short running times, double shifting won't be possible for jobs during the race but there will be jobs before or afterwards.

British Mixed Sprint Relays Teams

published: 25/05/2017

from Mike Smithard (DEE team co-ordinator)

Details of classes are now out for these via our events page here. There are the normal urban event age classes. Team sizes are:

  • 4 for Open class (2 men and 2 women)
  • 3 for Age classes (at least 1 man and 1 woman in a team

I'm happy to collect names of those interested in running and hope that some who don't normally do sprint races will boost our numbers and enable teams to be made up. Can't promise that everyone will be able to run in their right age class but course lengths shouldn't put anyone off running up and would hope that everyone who wants to run will be able to do so.

Please let Mike Smithard () know by June 15th so he can think about teams and liaise with Norman before the Closing Date.

JK Relays - Podium for Deeside Juniors and Ex-Deesiders find success at last.

published: 20/04/2017

Report by Club Captain Mike Smithard

DEE might have had a meagre 3 teams in the relays but our junior girls got on the podium with a 3rd place in the W48- relay. Anna Harris ran first, returning in 3rd place just behind 2nd, Sas Jones came back in a bunch in 8th place, just over a minute down on 4th and Hannah Hateley had the edge on most to overhaul that bunch and, with another team fading on the 3rd leg, came back in a clear 3rd place. Congratulations to them and to Anna who won so many Easter eggs during the weekend that she was giving them away by the end.

Well, Chris Smithard and Dave Schorah stuck with Deeside for years after leaving uni, hoping for that elusive relay triumph but thwarted by injury and other issues so, having both settled elsewhere in the past year, they ran for Forth Valley and Nottingham in this year's JK relay and hey presto! 1st and 3rd, just like that. It helped, of course, that FVO have 2 of the top 2 or 3 orienteers in the country and Nottingham have a squad and ex-squad member to help them along. Photo shows them both in the middle of their teams, Chris in the centre holding the 'trophy' and Dave in the right hand team. Somehow, FVO forgot to bring the real trophy back but a wicker basket stood in for it.

The third photo shows that elite runners check their descriptions even when running across a field to a drinks/spectator control having run about 14k in 65 minutes with another 6k to go. Congratulations to Chris Smithard who has rarely had a decent JK for some reason, but was 5th Brit in the Sprint, 5th in both the Middle and Long races to finish in 5th overall in M21E.

DEE's fantastic win in Yvette Baker Trophy heat

published: 20/03/2017

Club Captain Mike Smithard's ecstatic report:

Yvette Baker heat in West Midlands yesterday, DEE's minimalistic team of 9 plus the late addition of the Schools' Relays Primary gold medallists, Johnathan and Joshua Bendrey, smashed the multi YBT winners OD by winning 6, being 2nd in 2 and 3rd in 1 class out of 8 o record an unbeatable 896 points to 890. Whilst DEE would have qualified for the final in any event, it's great that this fantastic achievement means we have one less opponent in the final in July.

Our scorers:


  • Connor Smith 100
  • Dan Weaver 98
  • Hannah Hateley 100
  • Saskia Jones 99

Light Green

  • Sam Williams 100
  • Anna Harris 100
  • Isabel Hill 99


  • Jake Williams 100
  • Emma Weaver 100

Fantastic result! More strength to come from the Bendrey brothers in due course :-) (being M10 and under, they were running against non-gold standard 14's and under).

Full results on the HOC website here.

CompassSport Cup heat 12 March 2017

published: 21/02/2017

Mike Smithard () tel 01244 380565 has sent an email about the arrangements for the heat to all those he has remembered that wish to run. If you have not received that email but wish to run, please contact Mike asap as entries have to be in this weekend.

Entries please for CompassSport Cup Heat

published: 09/02/2017

DEE are competing in the CompassSport Cup heat near Stoke on 12 March.

This is the main inter-club competition in the UK. We need lots of runners in all Age Classes, male and female. You don't have to be a top orienteer to compete and to help the club. If you are able to run, please send your name by 15 Feb to Mike Smithard () tel 01244 380565 so he can sort out start times etc and circulate proposals before the closing date. This event is pre-entry only except for the non-competitive yellow and light green courses. Mike has 26 names so far.

More details in Deeside News which will be with members shortly.

Interland selection for Anna

published: 23/01/2017

Congratulations to Anna Harris on her selection in the England team for the Interland competition on 2 April 2017 in Belgium.

Full England team selection here.

DEEsiders doing well in North West Night League

published: 16/01/2017

It's not just Anna Harris who is doing well in the NWNL; well placed after 3 events are:

  • Darren Baker 2nd M19-49
  • John Embrey 2nd M50+
  • Iain Bell 3rd M50+
  • Chris Calow 4th M50+
  • Pauly-D Jones 5th M50+
  • Anna Harris 1st W18-
  • Saskia Jones 3rd W18-
  • Elaine Sutton 4th W19-45
  • Jacky Embrey 1st W50+
  • Sian Calow 2nd W50+

3 events to go, including our very own NWNL at Marbury on 4 March 2017. If you've never tried night orienteering, why not give it a go? Great for developing your focus on navigation. Normal O kit plus a good headtorch.

Full NWNL results tables here.

Cruel Father Abandons Daughter, 13, at Night in Freezing Forest full of Dodgy Characters

published: 16/01/2017

From Cumbrian nightly tabloid The Moon.

Masquerading as a decent, caring father this man – known to his associates only as “The Treasurer” – seized his 13-year old daughter and drove north to abandon her in a remote Lake District forest while he went off to indulge his perverted taste for “blue running”. He knew that the forest was full of dangerous adults, many of whom had such a record of deviant behaviour that they have to carry tracking devices so that their movements can be displayed on the internet as a warning to others. His final words to his daughter were “Have a good one”. She did.

With only a headtorch, map and compass for defence, plucky Anna ran so fast in her attempt to defeat the lurking adults – including several elderly men who would have been better off at home with a hot water bottle and the telly – that she evaded the lot and returned safely to the car faster than any of them.

The Moon says: well done Anna, and watch out Dad!

Further details for fact-checkers here.


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