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Tweet Sunday 22nd September 2019

2019 City Race Euro Tour heading to Liverpool on 5 - 6 October 2019

By Deeside and South-East Lancashire Orienteering Clubs


The City Race Euro Tour brings orienteering events to major European Cities with enthusiastic spectators, courses visiting city highlights and plenty of time for tourism. There are courses for everyone from 10 to over to 70 years and for newcomers, experienced orienteers and elite athletes.


The 2019 tour takes all participants to some wonderful European Cities and includes spectacular controls in some of the most beautiful and iconic tourist spots in Europe. Participants can combine the Middle and Long distance urban races together with the culture and sights of the cities, good accommodation, traditional food and enthusiastic spectators!

Having already visited Porto, Ostend, Graz, Darmstadt and Zagreb, the City Tour 2019 is set to arrive in Liverpool on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October before heading off to Rome (1-3 November 2019), Barcelona (9-10 November 2019) and then finally to Valle de Ambroz (30 November-1 December 2019). 

Deeside and South-East Lancashire Orienteering Clubs are delighted that their 2019 Liverpool Big Weekend will be part of the Euro City Race Tour series and, on Sunday 6 October, the UK Urban League.

The weekend will kick off with a middle distance urban/park race on the afternoon of Saturday 5 October in a new area about 20-30 minutes walk from the city centre. Competitors will enjoy great views over the city, the River Mersey, the Wirral peninsula and out to the Irish Sea.

On Sunday morning, 6 October, the classic distance Euro City Race and UK Urban League race will take in the sights of Liverpool based in the RIBA North building in the UNESCO waterfront.

If you can visit for longer, there are opportunities to orienteer on a permanent course in the sand dunes close to Liverpool and accessible by train.

Enter now at Fabian4.  The closing date for entries is midnight on Sunday 29 September.

The newcomer's course, available at Sunday’s event only, is intended for runners who wish to try orienteering. The actual distance run on the course will be in the range 6-8km.

Pete Owens, Chair of Deeside Orienteering Club, says: 
“We are delighted to be working again with our friends at SELOC and looking forward to welcoming orienteers from at least 15 countries to the famous city of Liverpool."
Annmarie Thetford, Chair of South East Lancs. Orienteering Club, says:  “Really looking forward to another quality event from the experienced SELOC and DEE team in the fabulous city that gave birth to the Beatles, Steven Gerrard, William Gladstone, two Dr. Who’s – and me.”










Above competitors competing in Liverpool.  Photo credits:  Peter Cull (MDOC)

Above competitors competing in Liverpool.  Photo credits:  Peter Cull (MDOC)

Photo credits:  Peter Cull (MDOC)

ROBA North assembly building
Waterfront with Ferry

For more information, visit: or facebook @liverpoolcityrace

Tweet Saturday 21st September 2019

Good experience gained from Euromeeting 2019 in Vitipalu, Estonia

By Mike Pedley, East Pennine Orienteering Club (EPOC)

Euromeeting 2019 / XXXI Suunto Games in Estonia

This year's two day Euromeeting was held alongside the Suunto Games, Estonia's largest annual orienteering event.  It provides an opportunity for international competition to some on the fringes of the GB elite group and to juniors moving into the senior ranks. 

The women's event was won by Latvia's Sandra Grosberga from Finland's Amy Nymalm. Cat Taylor (SYO), there to gain experience of terrain similar to European Orienteering Championships 2020 (EOC 2020), was 24th and Fay Walsh (EUOC) 34th of the 38 starters.

The mens race attracted a larger field of 72 runners and was won overall by Olli Ojanaho (Finland) who overhauled local favourite and Day 1 winner, Timo Sild, in the rain drenched Day 2 chasing start. Duncan Birtwistle (OD) was first in 31st place (24th on Day 2) with Josh Dudley (MAROC) 36th, Josh Beech (EBOR) 45th and Alasdair Pedley (EUOC), still M20, in 46th.


Full results can be found here

Photo credit:  Mike Pedley, East Pennine Orienteering Club (EPOC)

Euromeeting Day 2 - Cat Taylor
Tweet Friday 20th September 2019

British Middle Championships 2019

By Sal Chaffey and Ranald Macdonald, Derwent Valley Orienteers

British Middle Distance Championships
Sunday 15 September 2019

Organiser Sal Chaffey from Derwent Valley Orienteers, comments:

Our day for “the Middles” was a foggy one, amidst days of blue autumnal skies. This was certainly true on the Friday, when a small team met at Piece Farm to place the eight temporary stiles on the moor, and on Saturday when the marquee arrived and we set up the arena, cheered by news of Derwent Valley Orienteers' medals at the British Sprint Championships in Loughborough. Again, the Monday and Tuesday after the event provided excellent drying days for the soggy assortment of kites and kit!

However, on Sunday morning you couldn’t see the portaloos from the marquee – it was like being on another planet and I was relieved when the first non-DVO competitors emerged from the mists as I knew that others would surely follow.

Above photo on left:  The Arena on Saturday. Piece Farm (on the left), Lantern Pike (on the right). 

Above photo on right:  The first brave spectators set up tents in the mists of Sunday morning!


And they did. Some 877 competed on the day, 859 of those on Championship courses. 

We had about 80 helpers from DVO, most of whom undertook an array of different jobs as the day progressed – thank you all!  Thank you to Viv Macdonald who liaised with the DVO Teams and dealt with road signs, making my job so much easier. Mike Godfree handled entries.  

Thanks also to the Prize-giving Team of Val Johnson and the Duckworth and O’Donnell families who enabled the Hallam family from Piece Farm to be involved. 

Unclaimed medals and maps will be available at DVO’s Regional event at Longshaw on Saturday 26 October. Longshaw is a beautiful National Trust area just 10 miles SW of Sheffield, and the event is part of the East Midlands League.

It’s been great to be part of an event of this scale, and it certainly makes you appreciate the efforts put on behind the scenes by other clubs and by staff at British Orienteering. We are privileged to be part of a sport in which there’s always room to learn, and where age is no barrier in participation, as borne out by our competitors, who ranged from 8 to 88!

Planner Ranald Macdonald, Derwent Valley Orienteers, comments:

Scheduling the British Middles in the first half of September is always going to limit the areas a club like DVO can use because the undergrowth is at its worst. However, we do have a couple of upland areas that are more suitable. The first we looked at was deemed unsuitable for the level of event and we have subsequently had significant access issues with that area. We had only used Chinley Churn a few times since its initial mapping in 2015 and, whilst it also has limitations, it seemed worthy of consideration.

The area comprises tiered quarry workings and steep scree/boulder fields on the eastern side, marshy moorland on the top and then fields sloping down to the west and the assembly area on Piece Farm. The area is divided up by uncrossable walls and fences meaning that we had to construct eight stiles to provide reasonable straight line routes or to avoid stiles on public rights of way that could be busy on an early autumn Sunday as it’s a very popular walking area.

I had never planned a championship/level A event before and was really only third or fourth choice as other potential planners were too busy in their work or were injured. The whole exercise was therefore a very steep learning curve for me, though greatly assisted by the ever-patient Chris Burden (AIRE), my Controller.

The Finish was largely determined by the area chosen for Assembly and car parking. It provided a good arena with visible final controls across the skyline and downhill to the Finish.

Finally, some thank yous:

  • To Sal and her assistant, Viv, for a very well organised event
  • To the DVO teams who once again rallied round in large numbers to ensure the event ran smoothly
  • To Chris Burden for his help, advice and support when needed – I learned a lot about planning and controlling from Chris
  • To Paul Addison and Dave Chaffey for their help in various ways, not least control hanging and waking up, and supporting Stuart Swalwell when dealing with the injured competitor
  • To the small army of stile installers on the Friday before the event, helped by the farmer who transported six of them to the top of the area
  • To Mike Godfree for administering entries and map printing and constructed the stiles as well as managing the Download team.
  • To Richard Parkin, for his excellent map and forbearance when we asked for even more map changes
  • To Andy Yeates (WCH), BOF Major Events Consultant, for his support and advice on all aspects of the event.
  • And of course, to the landowners, Henry and Jason Hallam for allowing us to park at Piece Farm and run on their land, Judge George Needham and George and Steven Wainright for letting us use their land as our temporary stadium. Without their help we could not compete. Jason Hallam, in particular, couldn’t do enough to help and he and his wife, Beth, seemed to be delighted to be asked to do the Prize Giving, along with Amanda Roberts, EMOA Chair.
  • And finally to you, the competitors, all 877 of you, who made the effort over the last two years all worthwhile, not least with your positive and constructive comments.

Photo credits:  Steve Rush (BOK)

Final results can be found here.

Results, as well as WinSplits and Routegadget, are here.


Event officials
Organiser: Sal Chaffey assisted by Viv Macdonald, both DVO
Planner: Ranald Macdonald assisted by Dave Chaffey, both DVO
Controller: Chris Burden, Aire
Mapper: Richard Parkin, DVO

British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the Organiser Sal Chaffey and all event officials, to Derwent Valley Orienteers and surrounding clubs for all their hard work and behind the scenes activities in making this a great British Middle Championships.

Tweet Wednesday 10th July 2019

Mixed Fortunes for Young GB Team In JWOC Middle Qualifier

Following the rest day on Tuesday the Junior World Orienteering Championships ramped up again with today's Middle Distance qualifiers. Split into three heats, the top 20 from each heat qualify through to the Middle final on Thursday. 

With quarantine adjacent to the arena and a short run to the start block, it was a very compact event set up, that made for a fantastic atmosphere as the weather again stayed dry and sunny with a light breeze keeping the heat off. The previous maps of the area and the work the team had done in preparing for the middle race suggested it would be very familiar terrain and so it proved to be with athletes listing a host of well known British areas as they recalled different parts of their races. 

The British athletes were split evenly across the six heats and all started early in their start blocks which meant some anxious waits once the running was done to see who would qualify for the A finals. Freddie Carcas had the earliest of start times at 10:01 but delivered a good solid performance that saw him stay in the top 10 until the last 20 runners began finishing and he eventually qualified in 18th position. 

Eilidh Campbell qualified comfortably in 14th place in what was the fastest of the women's heats with Megan Keith just missing out in 23rd.  There was a similar disappointment for Zac Hudd (24th), Eddie Narbett (25th) and Finlay Todd (29th) in their respective heats though all were holding top 20 positions with just a few runners to go. 

Laura King started after her injury in the Long race but ended up retiring as she struggled to concentrate on her navigation with the injury in the back of her mind. Niamh Hunter and Peter Molloy also missed out on qualification for the A final finishing in 31st and 35th respectively.

It was a less anxious wait than most for Fiona Bunn who came back first from her middle start block and eventually held on to win her heat just 22 seconds ahead of Grace Molloy in third. Last out was Alastair Thomas who delivered a strong, safe performance to finish 6th with some of the favourites for tomorrow's final ahead of him. 

You can find the full results, GPS and further event coverage on

The results today demonstrate there is hope for more success in the Middle final tomorrow and some strong chances in the relay to come on Friday.