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British Sprint Relays - Leeds - Saturday 11 June 2022

published 21/04/22

by Mike Smithard

First Closing Date for this (and the Individual) is 1st May. If you wish to go on the list for a relay run, please email me with age class asap so I can enter some if not all teams at the lower rate. Details are here. 3 person teams, at least one woman (except Elite with 4 at least 2 women), Elite, 40+, 55+, 65+, 16-, 12-, adhoc. If you will be unsure till after 29th April, let me know that please.

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For individual (Sunday) and weekend information see here

JK2022 Report

published 20/04/22

by Mike Smithard

A lovely weekend in South Wales, chilly sometimes in the wind but dry and pleasant and distinctly warm/hot sometimes with the sun cream out most days. Whilst some cruised round each day without a spot of bother (or nearly), there were many results which were plainly not, disasters even (this refers generally not to DEE members particularly). Some winning margins were surprisingly large whilst other classes had bunched top 5’s or more, seconds apart. So, how did the DEE contingent fair? Top place for consistency was Sara Campbell, W55, 3rd in Sprint (2nd Brit, top 5 within 7 seconds of each other), 3rd in combined (1st Brit). 2nd on her relay leg enabling her team to finish 2nd on the podium with Liz Jackson and Catherine Hill in the W165+ class, behind FVO with Heather Fellbaum and Vicky Thornton assisted by a SCOT! (what, running for ex-pat united FVO?), Rona Molloy, mother of you know who (see last DEENEWS if you don’t).

Next, Chris Calow, M70, 2 second places in the individuals, but eased out to 3rd overall, 32 secs behind the winner and nearly 8 minutes clear of 4th. I somehow picked up 2nd in the Sprint, despite 4 wriggles and so many good people coming up to M70 this year, 3 of whom failed to finish, and had my best run of the weekend in the relays as I think did Jane Campbell and maybe Nick as well but we were just pipped out of 3rd in the M/W210+ class. Duncan Harris, in a large 84 strong M55 class, just missed out in the Sprint, 4th, and 7th in the combined with John Padget (1st in M75S) and Pat Moody (2nd W65S) also doing well and maybe out for long enough on their courses in the rather rough terrain especially on the Sunday (and with a 2.5k walk to assembly and back). In a closely packed 41 strong M165+ class, Jon H, Richard Hill and Duncan finished a creditable 8th with Duncan 2nd fastest on the 3rd leg to pull up 13 places. All results etc on the JK2022 website.

DEE NEWS coming soon

published 12/04/22

Mike Smithard writes

Hi, next DEENEWS publication planned for end of April. Pl let me know if u would like to write something, eg about the JK (after it happens) or the Lakes w/e after that. I have a lovely cover photo already but, you never know, something even better may come my way - photo of a lesser spotted migrating orienteer maybe? Who knows? Since that would be so rare and sensitive, I may hide its photo away on page 24 so as not to frighten it. Also, spotted at Bryn Alyn, some newbie orienteers - they had great fun, covering more ground on Orange than I did on Blue - so they got their money's worth! Next committee meeting I believe is on 19th April.

Robin and Barbara Tilston

updated: 07/04/22

We are sorry to report that both Robin and his wife Barbara passed away on 28 March.

Robin's funeral will be at 13:30 on 14 April at Pentrebychan Crematorium (Wrexham LL14 4EP) and afterwards at Robin's house 69 Liverpool Road, Chester CH2 1AW.

Night Street League final league tables

published: 28/03/22

Our Night Street League final league tables are now published:

  • Overall winner Mark Burley, full table here
  • Handicap winner Paul Shannon, full table here

Well done both of them, and all those who participated this year.

Thanks also to all the Organiser/Planners for putting on interesting courses. Paul Shannon improved his final scores by getting "Organiser Points" for his event, giving him his second-best score in other events for the one he organised, and lifting him to 1st in the Handicap league; now there's an incentive to organise a league event next year.

Bronze for Sara at British Championships

published: 27/03/22

Another medal for Sara Campbell: bronze in W55 at the British Champs. On a day of tough courses and long times, only 35 seconds separated the top 3.

Mike Smithard's report here

Full results here

DEE Golds at British Middle Distance Championships

published: 09/03/22

Congratulations to

  • Jordan Larne - M35 Gold by a clear 6 minutes
  • Sara Campbell - W55 Gold to add to her Long Distance gold

That's more golds than Team GB at the Winter Olympics

Full results here

CompassSport Cup at Hawse End, Derwentwater 13 February 2022

published: 02/02/22

Club Captain Mike Smithard writes

Thanks to those who ventured north to this faraway land, we managed a full team turn out (26) though the numbers were going up and down and eventually went down by another 4 on the day. Commiserations to those who didn't make it due to injury or health. As forecast, it rained but, once I was out there, I didn't notice it, it was sheltered and warm enough that without gloves, I could easily undo my laces afterwards so I obviously didn't get cold. The weather didn't help socialising afterwards so, apart from knowing that at least 2 tried or succeeded in running off the map to the north in the 'easy' parkland/outdoor centre area and my own lack of discipline at 2 controls, I have no feedback. The area was as the previous map showed, all white forest with heavy dead bracken in some open areas so good from that respect. But we knew the score competition-wise beforehand (ie we were not going to beat LOC) and, for once, apart from spreading us out so we had no more than 4 on a course, any tactical decisions were irrelevant. On seeing the start list, I was surprised to see how few runners from LOC were on some courses, I think we out-numbered them on a couple – no M18/16's? LOC won by 4 points from WCOC, sadly due to a WCOC runner mis-punching at the 2nd last control thus losing them 14 points.

On a different note, perhaps the Rules need to be changed as the Supervet class M80/W70, a designated Small class (100,98,96,94.....) was one of the largest classes! I think our 3 runners in that class can 'double' their score (or halve their deduction at any rate) adding 28(?) to our team's score. I noticed how many in these age classes were at the recent WCH event and mused that the so-called 'run-in' up a vertical hillside wasn't the most considerate arrangement! Entry on Short Green course is getting near that on the Green course.

Was the last WCOC heat DEE went to the one on the open fell above Whinlatter Forest at our winter weekend, when the forecast was so bad (snow and freezing wind) that quite a few quite rightly went home instead esp. with young children?

Team scores via WCOC Home page here
detailed results on their Results page here.


CompassSport Cup Heat entries

published: 14/02/22

Team Coordinator Mike Smithard writes

I've emailed our team re this so, if you have told me you wish to take part and you haven't received it, that's my mistake so let me know asap, thanks.

If you now fancy a w/e in the Lakes, there's still time for me to include you.

DEE successes at Chatsworth and Sherwood Forest

published: 31/01/22

DVO Chatsworth (UKOL)

  • W55 – 1st Sara Campbell
  • W65 – 3rd Pat Moody
  • M21 – 2nd Jack Smith
  • M55 – 1st Duncan Harris

Midland Championships (UKOL) – Sherwood Forest

  • W55 – 1st Sara Campbell, 2nd Liz Jackson
  • M16 – 3rd Matthew McCreadie
  • M35 – 3rd Jordan Larne

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