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Birkenhead School successes at British Schools Champs

published: 29/11/21

Congratulations to @birkenheadschool orienteering team who came back from the British Schools Orienteering Championships held at Stowe Park in Buckinghamshire with an assortment of medals.

  • Isla Barnes won the silver medal in the individual Y11 girls class.
  • In the team age class competition, both the boys and the girls Year 11 teams won gold medals.
  • In the whole school team competition the school came second in the Small Secondary category.

Great work by everyone.

Full results here.

DEE Annual General Meeting

published: 25/10/21

The Club's Annual General Meeting will be held online, using Google Meet, at 19:30 on Tuesday 9 November 2021.

Details have been emailed to all members. If a member hasn’t received the email they should check their junk mail, then check with other DEE members in their household, and if they still don’t have it contact Jane Mockford who will send them a copy.

British Sprint Championships Weekend 21-22 August 2021

published: 23/08/21

Congratulations to the DEEsiders who organised, helped and competed in the British Sprints Weekend in Skelmersdale.

Podium places for:

  • Mike Smithard, Liz Jackson and Duncan Harris - Bronze Supervet Relays
  • Mike Smithard, M70 Gold individual
  • Liz Jackson, W55 Silver individual
  • Duncan Harris, M55 Bronze individual

Massive congratulations to Norman Hall who coordinated the entire weekend, and organised the relays on Saturday. Also to Pete Owens who planned the relays. And many thanks to all the DEE members who helped on one or both days.

It was great to see so many orienteers from all over the country taking part in a weekend of top-class sprint orienteering. We received many compliments on the area, the planning and the organisation. All that and medals too. Well done everybody.

Mike Richardson

updated: 24/07/2021

We are sorry to report that Mike Richardson, DEE founder member and Level 1 Controller, died on Saturday 3 July. The Club and his many friends send their condolences to Nicolette and all of Mike's family.

At Mike's funeral in Backford church the orienteering community was represented by several of DEE's more experienced members and former members: Malcolm McIvor, Steve O’Brien, Tony and Jo Thornley (now Airienteers), and Carol and Andrew Tarr. And of course Nicolette and their sons Mark and Simon.

Mike’s O-top was among the decorations atop the coffin.

Upgrade from MapRunF to MapRun6

published: 24/03/2021

We strongly recommend you upgrade your mobile phone from MapRunF to MapRun6. The planner for Frodsham Hill has gone so far as to say that the courses only work properly with MapRun6. We suspect that navigation on other courses may be improved by using MapRun6.

How to create MapRun courses from CONDES

published: 11/03/2021

Norman Hall has described the process for creating MapRun courses using CONDES. Full document here.

More MapRuns on the way

updated: 11/03/2021

We are planning 11 MapRun events so that members will be able to get back into orienteering after March 29 (when we should move on to the next step of the government Covid-19 roadmap). The maps will be progressively released after that date, along with the necessary guidance.

The areas planned are Caldy, Thurstaston, Snidley Moor (ie Frodsham Hill without the steep escarpment), Runcorn Hill, Eastham, Ainsdale, Halkyn, Frodsham Urban (including Castle Park), Helsby Urban, Chester Urban, Crewe Urban. Paper maps will be downloadable from the DEE web site. You will need the MapRun App on your mobile phone.

John Padget

History of DEE maps

published: 05/03/2021

Our member Malcolm McIvor has produced an archive showing the development of mapping over the years. Click here to access the archive. For technical reasons, only the Wirral maps are fully accessible on the website at the moment: our best people are working on this (thank you Duncan).

Thank you Malcolm for all your hard work producing this archive.

British Orienteering Safeguarding Policy

published: 23/02/2021

BOF have issued a new version of the O-Safe policy which deals with safeguarding procedures for children and vulnerable adults.

You can view this policy here.

In support of this, BOF are planning to publish a new orienteering welfare e-learning programme early next month, aimed at committee members, coaches, parents and volunteers, which will provide an understanding of the importance and processes surrounding Safeguarding. We will publish details of this course as soon as it becomes available.

Paul Sinclair

updated: 17/02/2021

We are sorry to report the death of Paul Sinclair who, before his long illness, was for many years an active member of the club. Paul died peacefully of Covid-19 on 4 February.

His friend and colleague Peter Hills has provided us with this obituary.

Paul's funeral will be held on 23 February. Sue asks that people who want to view the webcast of the funeral contact her by email to get the password: details of how to do this are here.

Online Strength & Conditioning Sessions

published: 04/02/2021

Jane Mockford is running Online Strength & Conditioning sessions (for Club members only)

  • Monday evenings, 18:15-19:15
  • Suitable for M/W14+
  • No special equipment or prior experience required

For more information and to sign up, contact club coach Jane () .


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