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News Archive 2010

News items posted in 2010

01st Jan 11

Good results for MDOC juniors at British Schools Orienteering Championships
Posted on November 24th, 2010

MDOC Juniors put in some good performances at last Sunday's (British Schools Orienteering Championships) BSOC in Wormley Woods just north of the M25.

Alistair Thornton (pictured in action at the event below) was 2nd in the Year 9 boys category
Laura & Carolyn Hindle both came 4th in their respective Year 7 & Year 9 girls classes.
The McCann boys were out in force with James 14th (Year 6), Tom 17th (Year 9), and Alex 7th (Year 11).
Matthew Fellbaum 8th (Year 8), Kristian Birtwhistle 27th (Year 10), and Alannah Birtwhistle 12th (Year 12) were all part of a 40-strong Fallibroome contingent.

Finally Tom Horton (also pictured) was 10th individual in Year 12, leading the Fallibroome team to overall team victory in Year 12.

Well done to all concerned.


Tom H

.Full results and more photos on the BSOA website

At last! A new book on Orienteering
Posted on November 13th, 2010

Crowood Sports Guides - Orienteering By Carol McNeill
ISBN 978 - 1 - 84797 - 206 - 4
£9.99 from Crowood Press via their website, Harvey's and other 'O' shops

Basic skills, advanced techniques, practical information on training and up to date input from Graham Gristwood and Pippa Archer.

Over 200 maps & photographs in full colour.
An ideal Christmas present.

2 Golds and 2 Silvers for MDOC juniors at British Schools Score Championship
Posted on October 17th, 2010

MDOC medalists

Dave McCann reports ...

Witton Park near Blackburn was the venue for the annual Schools Score Orienteering Championship on Saturday 9th October. Schools from all over the country sent competitors to race for medals.

The weather was dry but windy and the ground underfoot was mostly firm and fast running.

About 500 runners from years 5 up to 13 (from schools all over the country) competed this year. Local medallists, who are all members of Manchester and District Orienteering Club (MDOC), were Laura Hindle (Poynton High School) who won girls year 7, Alistair Thornton (Tytherington High School) winning boys year 9, Alex McCann (Hazel Grove High School) second on boys year 10/11 and Tom Horton (Fallibroome Academy, Macclesfield) coming second on boys year 12/13.

Some good results were also had by other MDOC juniors:

James McCann - 7th on Year 6 Boys
Matthew Fellbaum - 7th on Year 8 Boys
Carolyn Hindle - 4th on Year 9 Girls (6th and 8th were Ellen Wilkinson and Laura Harrington from Fallibroome)
Alannah Birtwistle - 8th on Year 12/13 Girls

Well done to all of you!

Full results at

MDOC juniors contribute to England win at Ward Junior Home Internationals
Posted on September 15th, 2010

Three MDOC juniors - Tom Fellbaum (M18), Alice Fellbaum (W18) and Alistair Thornton (M14) - ran for England at the Ward Junior Home Internationals (JHI) held in Scotland last weekend. The England team won, scoring 135 points overall against Scotland (119), Ireland (61) and Wales (45), and taking both the Relay and Individual trophies.

Jeff Butt (England JHI Team Manager) comments on the Relays: 'All eight English teams performed very well on the day with the men's teams finishing second, third, fourth and seventh with the women finishing first, third, fifth and tenth'.

In the Individual competition, Alistair won the M14 age category and Tom came 4th (2nd England) in M18, while Alice was 5th (3rd England) in W18.

Well done, all of you!

Full results on

JK results at the European and World Trail-O Championships
Posted on August 18th, 2010

13 Trail-O events in 3 weeks! John Kewley ('JK') returned recently from an epic trip which saw him competing in the O-Ringen Trail-O Elite class and the European Trail-O Championships in Sweden, and the World Trail-O Championships in Norway.

The highlight of the trip was gaining a Silver medal in the Open Team competition (with Clive Allen and Dennis Mews) at the European Trail-O Championships.

JK's individual results were as follows:
O-Ringen Trail-O Elite class: 18th out of 57 (best result of the 5 days: 6th)
European Trail-O Champs Open Class: 9th out of 72 and Silver medal in Open team (2nd Brit: Clive Allen was 3rd )
World Trail-O Champs Open Class: 26th out of 52 ('... but for my time penalties on day 1 I'd have been in 13th place. I was still top Brit')
World Temp-O Trophy Open Class: 9th out of 50 ('... top Brit and 1 error off equal for the Bronze')

Well done, JK!

Tom selected to represent GB at the Junior European Cup
Posted on August 18th, 2010

Congratulations to Tom Fellbaum (M18) who has been selected to run for Team GBR at this year's Junior European Cup, Thursday 23rd - Sunday 26th September in Scotland.

Well done, Tom!

Three MDOC juniors selected to race for England at Junior Home Internationals
Posted on July 16th, 2010

Three MDOC juniors have been selected to represent England in the Junior Home Internationals to be held in Scotland in September:

Alice Fellbaum (W18)
Alistair Thornton (M14)
Thomas Fellbaum (M18)

Congratulations to you all!

JK selected for British Trail-O Team
Posted on May 13th, 2010

Following his success at the British Trail-O Championships, John Kewley has been invited to join the British Team for both the European and World Trail O Championships, which take place in Sweden and Norway in August. Well done, JK!

British Orienteering Training Camp Selections
Posted on May 9th, 2010

Congratulations to Thomas Fellbaum (M20) who is one of the 10 athletes selected to attend the British Orienteering International Racing Camp this summer. The camp runs from Saturday 31st July - Sunday 8th August, in Gdansk, Poland.

Also to sister Alice (W18) who has been selected for the Talent Coaching Camp, which runs from Saturday 24th - Saturday 31st July, in Cairngorm, Scotland.

This is the 4th year that Tom has been selected for a BOF summer training camp, and the 3rd time for Alice.

British Trail-O Championships 2010
Posted on May 9th, 2010

Congratulations to John Kewley who became joint British Champion in the Open Class at the Trail-O Championships at Hednesford Camp on Cannock Chase last weekend.

There was a dead heat between John and Ian Ditchfield (MV) who both got 22 correct controls out of a possible 25, and had identical aggregate penalty times of 39 seconds for the four time controls.

British Championships 2010
Posted on May 2nd, 2010

Congratulations to MDOC members who won prizes and medals at BOC 2010 on Cannock Chase:

Tom Horton, 3rd in M18L
Andrew Gregory, 3rd in M75
Stephanie Bryant, 3rd in W18L

Heather Fellbaum, Jane McCann and Vicky Thornton, 2nd in W40

Full results at

More good news for Tom in team selections for European Youth Championships
Posted on April 25th, 2010

There was more good news for Tom Fellbaum this week - he has been selected for the European Youth Orienteering Championships, Thursday 1st to Monday 5th July 2010, Soria, Spain (2hrs north Madrid). Well done, Tom!

Wins for Tom and Andrew at British Elite Sprint Championships
Posted on April 25th, 2010

Following on from their success at the Middle Distance Championships, Tom Fellbaum (M18) and Andrew Gregory (M75) were on the podium again the following day, winning their respective age classes at the British Elite Sprint Championships in Chorley.

Congratulations to them both!

Tom wins U21 British Middle Distance Championships
Posted on April 24th, 2010

Congratulations to Thomas Fellbaum (M18) who won the Under-21 Elite trophy at the British Middle Distance Elite and Age Class Championships at Haverthwaite last weekend, beating all the M20s.

Congratulations also to MDOC winners in the Age Class competition:
James McCann, 1st in M10
Andrew Gregory, 1st in M75
Vicky Thornton, 2nd in W45 (1st place going to ex-MDOC member Karen Parker)

JK 2010 Prize Winners
Posted on April 12th, 2010

Congratulations to all members who won prizes and medals at JK 2010 in Devon:

James McCann, 3rd in M10
Thomas Fellbaum, 2nd in M18E
Andrew Gregory, 1st in M75

James McCann, 2nd in M10A
Thomas Fellbaum, 2nd in M18E
Andrew Gregory, 1st in M75L

Alistair Thornton, James McCann and Matthew Fellbaum, 3rd in M/W40-
Liz Britton, Stephanie Bryant and Alice Fellbaum, 3rd in Women's Short

Full results at

Northern Champions 2010
Posted on February 7th, 2010

Congratulations to our new Northern Champions, from the National Event at Baslow, Curbar and Froggatt edges on 31st January: James McCann (M10), Alice Fellbaum (W18), Vicky Thornton (W45) and Rae Lomas (W65).

Tom selected for World Class Talent Squad
Posted on February 7th, 2010

Congratulations to Thomas Fellbaum (M18) who has been selected to be a member of British Orienteering's inaugural World Class Talent Squad.

Alistair, Vicky and Tom selected for Interland 2010
Posted on January 8th, 2010

Congratulations to Alistair Thornton (M14) and Vicky Thornton (W45) who have been selected to represent England in the Interland Cup 2010 on 7 March at Hechtel, Leopoldsburg in NE Belgium. And to Thomas Fellbaum (M18) who has been selected as 'travelling reserve'.

They will compete against two Belgian teams (Flemish and French speaking), the Netherlands, the Nordrhein-Westfalische (NW Germany) team and a French team from LNPCCO.

The full team is listed on the Orienteering England website.

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