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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 ()

Newton NSL Food Orders - Urgent

published: 31/12/2019

If you are coming to our Night Street Event in Newton, Chester on 7 January and you plan to eat at the pub, here is your reminder that the pub would like to know what you wish to eat by end tomorrow (1 Jan). You can email after that date to reserve your map after that but no guarantee of your preferred choice of food.

Menu, event details and who to email here.

Two new challenges for DEEsiders

published: 17/11/2019

The DEE committee is spicing up your orienteering in 2020 with two new challenges.

The first is the DEEside DARE - 25 activities that cover all aspects of the club and orienteering. Start now and complete them all before the end of July and you will be entered into a special prize draw. Complete horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines of 5 along the way and win mystery spot prizes. What are you waiting for? Download your DEE DARE chart now and get started.

The second challenge is the DEE Orienteering League, a competition open to all club members starting in January. It pits M/W16s and upwards against each other using a handicapped scoring system. There is a separate competition for each of the M/W 10, 12 and 14 age classes based on the UK Orienteering League system where the first places DEEsider scores 50 points, the second 49 points, etc.
The aims of the league are to provide an ongoing competition during the year in addition to the summer Galoppen and to encourage everyone to try out different event formats and visit areas outside of DEE. Updates on the league scoring will be posted during the course of the year.

The Club Individual Championships (for the various trophies) will continue with the event being part of the League.

Download the DEEside O League document for more information and the event schedule.

50th Birthday Dinner

updated: 11/10/2019

Following the success of the Alyn Waters activity and afternoon tea, with 80 present and past members attending, we are holding a 50th Birthday Dinner at the Willington Hall Hotel near Kelsall on Saturday 16 November.

We are planning displays of material, maps, photos and other items spanning the 50 years of the club. Please contact Jane Mockford () if you have material that you think would be of interest.

The menu is here.

All members should have received an email inviting them to contact Jane Mockford () to book their place, and to pay a £10 deposit to the club's account.

British Sprint and Middle Distance Championships Successes

published: 17/09/2019

Some great results for DEEsiders.

Saturday 14 September, in the sunny British Sprint Championships at Loughborough University, it was

  • John Embrey Gold M60
  • Mike Smithard Gold M70
  • Johnathan Bendrey Bronze M12
  • Liz Jackson Bronze W55

and near misses for the Harrises

  • Anna 4th in W16
  • Duncan 4th in M60

On Sunday 15 September at Chinley Churn for the Middle Distance Championships it was in or out of the mist depending on your start time. Podium places for

  • Chris Calow Gold M65
  • Hannah Hately Silver W20
  • Anna Harris Bronze W16
  • Mike Smithard Bronze M70

Click for full results for Sprint and Middle.

CSC Final - do we have a team?

published: 03/09/2019


As some of you will remember, we qualified for the final last March. The final is a little distance away, being about 240 miles from Chester but we have travelled such a distance before. And, if you take a 3 year rolling average, we are pretty well placed to get to many finals, eg last year (and next year, should we make it to the final next year – Sutton Park).

Venue is Pippingford Park near Nutley in Sussex. Usual classes, fees paid by DEE, start times 1030 to 1330. Please let me know if you can make it, any start time preference and any change to your SI card number. SO THAT PEOPLE CAN CONFIRM TRAVEL AND ACCOM, please let me know asap. I will advise whether we have a team by 20th September.

Prelim details on the Mole Valley website.

Mike Smithard () Tel. 01244 380565

Happy 50th Birthday DEE

updated: 03/09/2019

The inaugural meeting of Deeside Orienteering Club was held at Chester YMCA on 22 May 1969. 50 years on we are still going strong. Two events to celebrate our birthday:

31 August afternoon - Alyn Waters - orienteering activity and afternoon tea.

79 members and former members attended in various capacities, and a good time was had by all. The afternoon tea laid on by Alyn Waters was scrumptious - and it all went. The training-type orienteering activity was great fun. The times recorded are here.

Thanks to Jane Mockford for organising such a successful celebration of our half-century.

16 November evening - Willington Hall Hotel - celebration dinner

Congratulations to Matthew and Adam McCreadie

published: 01/07/2019

The McCreadie family have been doing well lately:

  • Matthew, after attending an open day and a recent full training day at Tockholes, has been invited to join the NW Junior Orienteering Squad. The invitation rounded off a good weekend for Matthew as, the day after Tockholes, he became NW M14 Sprint Champion at the Horwich Festival.
  • Adam, who only started orienteering a year ago, has been selected to run for Wales in the Veteran Home Internationals in Scotland in September.

DEE 50th Anniversary Celebrations

published: 12/05/2019

DEE is 50 years old this year. To celebrate this, we plan two events:

  • Saturday 31 August. Venue tbc. An orienteering event, followed by food. Get the date in your diaries now.
  • A proper sit-down dinner, to which we hope to invite members past and present. Venue and date tbc - sometime in the Autumn.

Pauline Smithard

published: 01/06/2019

We are sorry to report that Pauline passed away on Sunday 26th May, peacefully at home.

We send the Club's sympathy to Mike, Chris and Zoe. Pauline was a very active and much-loved member - we will all miss her.

Summer Talent Camp Selection

published: 27/04/2019

Congratulations to Anna Harris, who has been selected to go to the British Orienteering Summer Talent Camp in the Cairngorms. Quote from Head Talent Coach about the Camp "helps those who are in the early stages of their Talent squad careers to experience further development opportunities and allow us also to bring along the most promising first-year M/W16's and assess whether they are ready to make the next step up into the Talent squad at the start of next season."

Full British Orienteering announcement here.

CompassSport Cup Heat - DEE Qualify for Finals

published: 19/03/2019

Well done to all DEEsiders in the CompassSport Cup heat at Sherwood Pines on 17 March. DEE finished 3rd in a strong heat. SYO won, so 3 teams qualify for the final. It's on Sunday 20 October 2019 at Pippingford Park near Crowborough (Surrey). Get the date in your diaries!

Full event results here.

Night and Day, They Are The Ones

published: 12/03/2019

DEE competitors achieved super results in the Northern Night Champs, British Night Champs, and the Northern (Day) Champs recently.

Northern Night Championships at Ilkley on 16 Feb 2019

  • Anna Harris (W16) running up on the Blue course came 3rd in the Women Open class, behind Chloe Haines and Alice Leake who are both W21. Fantastic result.
  • Dad Duncan was 3 minutes ahead of Anna, narrowly missing a podium place in M40+.
  • Jon Hateley, John Embrey and Iain Bell finished well in 5th, 6th and 7th places in M55+ (Green).

Full event results here

British Night Championships at Muir of Dinnet on 23 Feb 2019

  • Anna Harris is W16 British Night Champion. Running in her own age class, she won by 11 seconds. Congratulations Anna!
  • Duncan Harris 3rd in M50

Full event results here

Northern Championships at Wharncliffe on 10 March 2019

By 'eck - they only went and won

  • Philip Vokes M21 Elite
  • Liz Jackson W55
  • John Embrey M60
  • Chris Calow M65

Well done to them and to all the other DEEsiders who got round some very demanding courses.

Full event results here

Interland 2019

published: 12/03/2019

Sara Campbell was part of the England team who won the Interland competition in northern France. Well done Sara and all the team.

Event results here

Relay and CSC Heat entries

published: 25/02/2019

From Club Captain Mike Smithard

Lists of runners/teams have now gone out to those on the lists for JK, BOC and Sprint relays, so if you haven't received them and want to run, please let me know asap.

Draft start lists for CSC heat will be out in a day or two, so again, if you don't receive it and want to run, let me know asap after Tuesday.

CompassSport Cup Heat 17 March 2019 Entries

published: 29/01/2019

Message from Club Captain Mike Smithard

Hello all


Please let me know asap that you wish to go and any preference on start time, new dibber number, new age group, who you might travel with. So I can sort our entries out and consult on start times allocated and any possible moving people between courses, I would like to know all entries by February 24th.

We have once again been allocated to the heat requested viz Sherwood Pines, organised by Nottingham OC. We went there in 2015 and qualified. Again there will be 6 teams, so 2 go through as well as SYO who always (well, nearly always, (DVO beat them one year) win their heat. So, ignoring SYO whose result does not affect qualification for the other teams, we have to finsh in the top 2 of DVO (always close), Norwich, Leicester, EBOR and ourselves.

We entered Sherwood Pines as the best guess at the best option to qualify. There are 3 heats all about the same time away so not like last year, when we went to Nesscliffe as, being nearby, we thought that would maximise our numbers as a club day out. Not sure that worked number-wise but we had the right people there! We have a couple of members who live over that way who hopefully will be available and should be able to get there as their local clubs are running.

NEW RULES - as below. Firstly following consultation on splitting the Short Green course results into 2 'courses', they have done that but in a different way to that proposed so, therefore, more people in the older age groups can now count. Still 25 to count overall.

Secondly (not below) - I'm glad to see that they have set a rule that map boxes at the start should have ALL of colour, course number and age classes on which sorts out the frustration of people taking wrong maps because not all the info is there.

Best wishes, Mike Smithard () Tel. 01244 380565


Information for Club Captains

Please find attached the draw for the Compass Sport Cup qualifying rounds to held on 17 March 2019. All clubs have been allocated to their first choice venue. This does create an imbalance of numbers at some events, but as the rounds move geographically it gives different clubs the opportunity to qualify for the Final.

Changes to Rules:

a. Course 7 Short Green is now M70+ and W60+ and remains a large course for scoring purposes (ie 100,99,98...., up to 4 to count)

b. There is a new course 10, Short Green, a small course for scoring purposes, which is M80+ W70+. (ie 100, 98, 96, 94.....up to 4 to count) This is planned as a separate course from Course 7 but can be the same as Course 8B. (Note - that's the W18- course)

c. If the organising club uses an on-line entry system, then ALL clubs in that round MUST enter ALL their runners on the system by the closing date. Changes and further entries are at the organiser's discretion but MUST be shown on the on-line system.

The Compass Sport Coordinating Group seek women members to join the Group to widen their representation. There are no meetings. The Group discusses, via email, queries by clubs, reviews the rules and is a consultation process for the Coordinator when a decision is required over contentious issues.


Welsh Champs Nash Woods, Presteigne SUnday 3 March 2019

published: 27/01/2019

The Welsh Orienteering Championships will be held at Nash Woods near Presteigne on Sunday 3 March 2019.

CompassSport Cup Heat 17 March 2019

published: 07/01/2019

Message from Club Captain Mike Smithard

Somewhere but quite far away, wherever.

Draw will be announced about 14th January but try to keep date free. Will be nearly 2 hours away from Chester but that's no furher than Cannock Chase far end. Slightly good news is that two of our (non-counting) over-populated M60+ class have matured enough to have to only run the Short Green course this year - so a 1st and 2nd please would help (you know who you are, no pressure). Not sure if a possible split of the Short Green course will be implemented yet, news on that with draw I expect.

Yvette Baker Heat, Wrekin event 20 January 2019

published: 07/01/2019

Message from Club Captain Mike Smithard

DEE juniors are running in this heat at Boreatton Park, a PGL site between Oswestry and Shrewsbury. Gets it done before the exam season starts. New format this year with competition split between 'big' (25+ juniors) and 'small' clubs similar to CSC/CST competition. Duncan Harris is co-ordinating our team (which has to be pre-entered) and has circulated details round our juniors. Any juniors running in the school league are eligible to run for us (unless their school is affiliated to another club). I imagine OD might be running here but, as they finished in top 5 last year, if they win here, the next club will qualify also for the final. Any junior (M/W18-) who hasn't already be contacted and is interested/could be persuaded, contact Duncan asap 01244 399854.


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