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New MapRunF courses at Marbury

published: 21/12/2020

Just in time for Christmas, Matthew McCreadie has planned 3 new MapRun courses at Marbury Country Park.

Details and maps are all here.

TD5 Coaching at LOC

published: 20/12/2020

LOC are running coaching sessions for orienteers who normally run TD5 (Green and upwards). Full details in the LOC website and scroll down until you find "The new Spring 2021 series".

Club Championships Cancelled

published: 29/10/2020

We are very sorry to report that the decision has been made that it is not feasible to run the Club Champs at Marbury in December, as the park has had an increase in numbers of public there which makes it difficult to comply with Covid regulation through the styles and gates etc.

Rebecca has courses ready to go as soon as the situation improves.

Terry Harper

updated: 11/08/2020

We are sad to report that Terry Harper has died after being admitted to hospital and contracting Covid-19.

Terry's funeral will be at Northop Crematorium at 13:00 on Tuesday 18 August, followed by Highfield Hall which is just around the corner from the crematorium.

There will be a limit of 20 people in the crematorium; some may wish just to assemble outside to remember Terry. Facemasks will be compulsory inside.

The funeral will also be streamed so that you can watch it online. Details of how to do this will be posted here later on.

Please let Jenny Harper () (tel. 01244 816216) know if you intend going to Highfield Hall afterwards, so that she can tell them how many will be there.

First self-timed event at Halkyn, and now 4 MapRunF courses

published: 05/08/2020

John Padget has planned our first event back in real orienteering terrain: Halkyn on the weekend of 22-23 August. Details here; maps available nearer the event.

Also we now have 4 MapRunF venues up and running: Marbury, Raven Meols, Little Budworth and Easthem. Full details here.

MapRunF course at Marbury

published: 22/06/2020

Clare Crocker has been busy setting up a course for members to try using just a mobile phone to record their run. She writes...

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

The test one at Marbury Country Park (Northwich) is free and your help is needed.

Download the App to your phone, get the access code and print a paper map if required. Then go to Marbury Country Park in your own time and complete the course.

Complete either a Score or Light Green course.

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

Available: June 22 to August 31st 2020.

Further Back to Orienteering events are being planned around the region so watch this space.

To have a go contact Clare Crocker () for all the information

Further MapRunF courses can be found from MDOC and POTOC.

Lockdown Orienteering - DEE enter Teams Competition

published: 18/05/2020

In case you hadn't spotted it, Lockdown Orienteering (prop. C Smithard) has been staging virtual orienteering events to keep the world orienteering cummunity busy during lockdown. There have already been an Easter weekend (500 entries including Thierry Gueorgiou and Simone Niggli), a Sprint and a Classic weekend plus a World Orienteering Day event, attracting entries from many UK clubs as well as a wide range of international entries.

Now there's an inter-club Teams event, again with international entries, running from 21-24 May. DEE have entered two teams:

Open Class

  • Adam McCreadie
  • Rebecca McCreadie
  • Evelyn Elmes
  • Hannah Hateley
  • Rebecca Marshall
  • Helen Marshall
  • Dan Weaver

Masters Class

  • Mike Smithard
  • Jon Hateley
  • Elaine Sutton
  • Clare Crocker
  • Pat Moody
  • John Brammer
  • Caroline Brammer

We believe that Jon Hateley will shock the world with technicolor leggings so outrageous that even he wouldn't dare wear them at a physical event.

Let's have applause for both our teams, and wish them every success. Results will be on the Lockdown Orienteering website, where you can also find other upcoming events.

Martin Cranny Funeral

published: 10/05/2020

Martin's funeral will be on Friday 15 May at 11:20. Those wishing to follow it online can use the instructions below, which are taken from Michael's Facebook page.

On behalf of Mum, Sean and I thank you for the emails/cards/gifts etc that have been sent through - Mum is doing well (answering multiple phone calls and receiving in excess of 130+ cards, gifts, food parcels). Sean has had to stay in Australia in the current times or face 4 weeks of self-isolation.

The service will be accessible online. It won’t be interactive but the Vicar from Saughall is performing the service and I’m sure Mum would appreciate your virtual support.

Please refer below if you would like to attend Dad’s funeral - this is Friday 15 May from 11.15am to 12.05pm. The funeral cortège will be travelling from the corner of Timberfields and the Ridings to Hermitage Road from 10h55 so people can wave him off at a safe distance.

Let me know if you have any questions or need any assistance with the links provided.

Michael Cranny

The service will be available by webcast from Obitus.

To view the webcast, sign on to Obitus with

  • Username chester4165
  • Password 536264

You can login to Obitus at any time to view a test connection (and they strongly recommend you do this) but you'll only be able to view the live Webcast between approx. 11:15 and 12:05 on Friday 15 May.

Donations, if desired, can be made to the British Red Cross in memory of Martin.

Martin Cranny

published: 24/04/2020

We are sorry to have to pass on the sad news that Martin Cranny has died. He was hospitalised some weeks ago due to his dementia and, unfortunately, caught the Covid-19 virus. Our thoughts are with Carol, Sean, Michael and their families.

Martin was a great athlete over many distances and a very active helper with his wife Carol in Club events. Until quite recently he had competed in every Scottish 6 Day event.

Martin was also part of the infamous DEE Trogs relay team who were almost unbeatable and won many JK and British Relay Championships over several age classes. Since their retirement, the extended Trogs meet weekly and so we think also of John Evans, Robin Tilston, Peter Edwards, Ron Williams, Brian Keegan and Terry Harper.

A fuller appreciation of Martin will appear in DEEside News.

Duncan Harris wins M50L at British Night Championships

published: 24/02/2020

Congratulations to DEE runners at the British Night Champs in Hambledon on Saturday 22 February. Leading results in the Long courses were:

  • M50L 1st Duncan Harris
  • M60L 2nd John Embrey
  • W18L 3rd Anna Harris

with special mentions for

  • W20S 2nd Saskia Jones
  • M55L 4th Jon Hateley

Full results here

CSC heat - entry deadline Thursday

published: 17/02/2020

Draft start times have gone to those running. If you haven't received it, I may have missed your entry. If you haven't yet asked me to enter you, you have until 27th Feb to do so.

Mike Smithard

Chris Smithard re-selected for GB squad

published: 14/02/2020

As on the BOF news website and newsletter, Chris has been re-selected for the squad, specifically for the Sprint discipline which is the WOC version this year. For the second year running, he will also be financially supported to a limited extent for his approved training programme as a member of the Sprint Relay squad. Congratulations to him for that and best wishes to stay fit. After a few injury free years, he had a succession of problems last year which he seemed to overcome in reasonable time with the help of a top athletic physio in Scotland and others. This year, he has had a few races in South Africa followed by 2 weeks altitude training there, then a series of top sprint races in New Zealand then training (with a bit of touring) with a car load of elites who happen to be there also. Soon a few races in Portugal, then home for a while (a bit of paid-for mapping maybe?) till the Mediterranean Sprint camp and a WOC training camp in March with BOC fitted in the 2 days in-between. Don't even think that the training grant pays for all this!! Let's hope that this pays off and he gains selection for this year's team in Denmark. You may be aware that the Orienteering Foundation (a charity) has had a specific fund raise to help support the GB team at WOC for at least 2 years as they would self-fund otherwise. Whilst most donations come from individuals, some clubs make a donation or give the income from one of their events. Individual donations attract gift aid, so one suggestion previously made elsewhere, is for event officials who otherwise may not claim their expenses, to do so and then, when the scheme opens, to donate them + gift aid. Every little helps. If you want to see some pictures of inappropriately dressed mountain runners in New Zealand, go to Chris' facebook page (4 people in trainers have just been rescued from an iced up gully near the top of Ben Nevis!!!)

Mike Smithard

CompassSport Cup Heat

published: 01/02/2020

Club Captain Mike Smithard writes


EPOC are organising our heat which is at Bradley adjacent to the M62 at Huddersfield. I will be sent our start times imminently and all entries will be through me with entry payment by the club. If you wish to run, please let me know asap and by 15th February with any start time preference assuming start times are 1030 to 1330/1400 AND if your SI card number is not as in the 2019 membership list. If I think it would be beneficial to the club for you to run up a class, I will discuss that with you beforehand.

I have been told that parking will be at a premium so we must minimise the number of cars so I will make assumptions/consult about probable car sharing in allocating times.

The competing clubs are as below so 2 teams other than SYO will go through to the final at Sutton Park, near Birmingham. we competed against the same clubs last year when only DVO beat us.

Competing clubs are:-

Classes as last year, MOpen (Brown), M40+ (short brown), 50+ (blue), 60+ (green), 70+ (short green), M80+ (very short green), WOpen (Blue), W45 (green), W60 (sg), W70+ (vsg), 20- (Green), 18-. 14- (orange}

Thanks, Mike

Email responses to Mike Smithard () please.

JK and BOC Relays

published: 19/01/2020

Club Captain Mike Smithard writes

Hi, it's that time of year again. First CD for both for individual entries is next weekend so, if by then, you know you are going and wish to run in the relays as well, please let me know by/at Bickerton, 2nd February. This will help for those arranging accommodation. I will then consider options if any and let you know when I know! 2nd CD is near end of February along with BOC relay entry date. After first draft, you will only get into a team if needed or agreed with existing team member. Classes are as previous, BOC is age class basis, Open, Short open, 14-, 18-, 40, 50, 60, 70; JK is sum of age classes, Open, Short open, 40-, 48-, 120+, 165+, 210+ but talk to/email me if you are not sure what is available or appropriate. Adhoc classes in both. If you have preferences, please let me know.

Emails to Mike Smithard ()

DEE Orienteering League - First Event

published: 05/01/2020

The DEE O League competition got off to a good start today at the Walton Chasers event at Brindley Heath. It was chilly but dry, the courses were planned to avoid the brambles as much as possible and there were a few ‘bingo’ pits to keep us on our toes.

22 DEEsiders running on the Short Green to Brown courses turned out to open their scoring in the competition. There was close competition between some runners on the individual courses so it will be interesting to see positions once the handicaps are applied.

Results on the Walton Chasers website here.

We hope to see Deesiders from all age classes on all the courses at future events. February’s fixtures are the NW Night League at Delamere East on Saturday 8 February and the Club Championships on the sand dunes at Raven Moels (Formby) on Saturday 29 February.

Find out more about our O League here or contact Jane Mockford ()


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