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News Archive 2011

News items posted in 2011.

01st Jan 12

British Schools Orienteering Championships 2011
Posted on November 24th, 2011

Congratulations to MDOC members and other students of schools in the Manchester area for their excellent performance at BSOC 2011, which was held last weekend at Beecraigs Country Park in West Lothian.

Top ten placings were achieved by:

Laura Hindle - 2nd, Year 8 Girls (1sec behind 1st)
Carolyn Hindle - 2nd, Year 10 Girls
Ellen Wilkinson - 10th, Year 10 Girls (Fallibroome)
Alannah Birtwistle - 7th, Year 13 Girls
Matthew Fellbaum - 3rd, Year 9 Boys
Alistair Thornton - 5th, Year 10 Boys
Tobias Halsy - 8th, Year 11 Boys (Fallibroome)
Tom Horton - 1st, Year 13 Boys
Oliver Harvey - 10th, Year 13 Boys (Fallibroome)

In the Age Class Team competition, Fallibroome took 2nd place in Boys Year 13, and 3rd place in Girls Year 13, Boys Year 9 and Boys Year 11.

Fallibroome also came 7th in the Large Secondary category in the Whole School Team competition.

Full results at

Club Championship Results announced
Posted on November 23rd, 2011

The final event in the 2011 Club Championship took place last Sunday at Clowbridge, so the results are now decided.

The winners are:

Junior Men White: Ben Dempsey
Junior Women White: Lily Riley
Junior Men Yellow: Ben Dempsey
Junior Women Yellow: Hannah Proud
Junior Men Orange: James McCann
Junior Women Orange: Rosie Martland
Junior Men Light Green: Matthew Fellbaum
Junior Women Light Green: Laura Hindle
Open: John Britton (M60)

Congratulations to all of them.

Full results at:

North West Night League 2011/2012 - Press Release
Posted on November 23rd, 2011

[] This year's North West Night League 2011/2012 is being sponsored by BrightBikeLights at
UK importers of the popular high power (900 lumen) LED head torch.

The North West Orienteering Association are using the prizes of two top-quality headlights donated by the sponsors to encourage more participation and to tempt more 'newcomers' to Night Orienteering.

In typical orienteering fashion they have devised a novel scheme for the awards that rewards turnout as well as success, with an added element of chance thrown in for fun.
A slightly different system is in place for newcomers and lapsed night owls returning to the League, which is, like its daytime equivalent, open to orienteers from all regions and not just NWOA
So if you fancy winning a top-notch headlight and getting some quality night orienteering in over the winter, full details of the event formats and rules can be found here.

The list of North West Night League events for your diaries is:

Saturday 10th December 2011 PFO event
Venue: Brun Valley Forest Park, Burnley

Saturday 17th December 2011 SROC event
Venue: Worden Park, Leyland

Saturday 21st January 2012 MDOC event
Venue: Woodbank Park, Stockport

Saturday 28th January 2012 SELOC event
Venue Beacon Country Park, Skelmersdale

Saturday 11th February 2012 LOC event
Venue: Bigland East

Saturday 3rd March 2012 DEE event
Venue: Arrowe Park, Wirral

For more details see appropriate Club website or the NWOA website

Success at the OMM 2011
Posted on October 31st, 2011

Congratulations to Dave & Alex McCann who won Course D, and John Britton & Andy Hemsted (HOC) who were 1st Vets (age adjusted) on the Short Score (5th overall).

Full results at:

Chairman's Report 2011
Posted on October 28th, 2011

Did you miss the AGM last week? If so, you can read the Chairman's Report here.

First place for Vicky at VHI
Posted on October 14th, 2011

At the Veteran Home Internationals (VHI) last weekend in Scotland, Vicky Thornton won her class W50 (and was the only English team member to win their class). This helped England win over Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

Well done, Vicky.

Full results are available on the Scottish Orienteering website:

JK's results at WTOC
Posted on August 31th, 2011

British Team at WTOC

At the recent World Trail Orienteering Championships (WTOC) John Kewley of MDOC finished 10th in the Open class, after an excellent start (placed 3rd after day 1). A consistent performance by the whole British team on Day 2 put them on the podium in 4th place.

John was also top Brit in the World Temp-O Trophy (speed Trail-O) finishing in 30th place.

Well done, John.

Full results are available on the WTOC part of the WOC results website:

Oban 2011 Prize Winners
Posted on August 13th, 2011

Five MDOC members achieved podium places in the overall competition at the Scottish 6 Days in Oban

Vicky Thornton - 1st in W50L
Rosie Martland - 1st in W14B
Andrew Gregory - 1st in M75L
Tom Fellbaum - 2nd in M20L
Liam Corner - 3rd in M40S

Vicky - 1st in W50L


Rosie - 1st in W14B


Andrew - 1st in M75L


Tom - 2nd in M20L


A further ten members gained top 10 placings in the overall competition

John Britton - 4th in M60L
Alex McCann - 5th in M16A
Rae Lomas - 5th in W70L
Martin Green - 6th in M55S
Steve Dempsey - 7th in M45S
Dave Mawdsley - 8th in M70L
Marie Roberts - 8th in W50S
Kath Speak - 9th in W50S
Alistair Thornton - 10th in M16A
Margaret Gregory - 10th in W70S

Congratulations to them all.

Full results on

JK Selected for World Trail-O Championships
Posted on June 4th, 2011

John Kewley has been selected for this year's World Trail Orienteering Championships (WTOC), although he dropped to 2nd in the selection ranking list (top 2 plus a wildcard are selected for the Open class). This is the third year in a row that JK will be representing GB at the World Championships in this form of the sport which will be concurrent with WOC. He will be trying to improve on his 40th and 26th at his previous two outings.

Full team details here

Scottish Orienteering Championships 2011
Posted on June 3rd, 2011

Winning Handicap 18+ points Relay team

A number of MDOC members travelled north to the Scottish Championships last weekend and came home with some good results.

In the Individual competition at Auchingarrich, John Britton came 2nd in M60L, Dave Bryant was 1st in M60S and Sue Birkinshaw finished 3rd in W70L.

Other results were Kate Bryant - 6th in W55L, Chris Rostron - 16th in M60L.
Dave Mawdsley was leading in M70L by over 5 minutes at control 9, but unfortunately then mispunched.
Roger Bryant (M20L) also mispunched.

The next day, in the Relays at Drummond Castle, Chris Rostron, Dave Mawdsley and John Britton somewhat surprised themselves by winning the Handicap 18+ points Relay:

Congratulations to them all.

Full results at

Alex selected to attend Talent Development Coaching Camp
Posted on May 23rd, 2011

Congratulations to Alex McCann (M16) who has been selected to attend British Orienteering's Talent Development Coaching Camp, which is being held from Saturday 23rd - Saturday 30th July in Cairngorm, Scotland.

Well done, Alex.

More details here.

British Orienteering Championships 2011 Prize Winners
Posted on May 15th, 2011

Congratulations to members who won prizes and medals at BOC 2011 in Sheffield this weekend:

Ben Dempsey, 1st in M10B
Rae Lomas, 2nd in W70L

Alistair Thornton, Alex McCann and John Dempsey - 2nd place in M18 Relay (all actually M16s)

Well done also to the two MDOC mixed teams who just missed out on podium places, coming back in 4th place:

Thomas Fellbaum, Alice Fellbaum and Tom Horton in Mens Short
Tom McCann, Laura Hindle and Matthew Fellbaum in M14

Full results at

JK 2011 Prize Winners
Posted on April 29th, 2011

Congratulations to members who won prizes and medals at JK 2011 in Northern Ireland:

Dave Mawdsley, 1st in M70
Andrew Gregory, 1st in M75
Rae Lomas, 3rd in W60

Vicky Thornton, 1st in W50
Andrew Gregory, 1st in M75

Dave - JK Sprint Winner in M70

Vicky - JK Individual Winner in W50

Andrew - JK Individual Winner in M75

Full results at

MDOC medal winners at the British Sprint and Middle Orienteering Championships 2011
Posted on April 17th, 2011

Congratulations to those members who won medals in Sussex last weekend:

Irene Crawshaw, 1st in W65
John Britton, 2nd in M60
Dave Mawdsley, 2nd in M70
Heather Fellbaum, 3rd in W45

John Britton, 2nd in M60
Irene Crawshaw, 2nd in W65
Alistair Thornton, 3rd in M16

Full results on the British Sprint and Middle Championships website

Northern Champions 2011
Posted on March 30th, 2011

Congratulations to our new Northern Champions, from the National Event at Ray Demesne, Northumberland last weekend: Heather Fellbaum (W45), Vicky Thornton (W50), Irene Crawshaw (W65) and Rae Lomas (W70).

In the mens classes, congratulations and commiserations go to John Britton (M60), who finished in 2nd place just 1 second behind the winner!

Northern Champions 2011

Podium places at Northern Champs

Full results on the Northern Champs website

DEE/MDOC Challenge and Social - Saturday 7th May 2011
Posted on March 17th, 2011

This year's DEE/MDOC Challenge and Social will take place on Saturday 7th May 2011 at Beeston Castle - please reserve the date in your diary.

Read the Challenge and the Response.

JK at World Ski-Orienteering Championships
Posted on March 16th, 2011

MDOC's John Kewley is in Sweden for the World Ski-Orienteering Championships as the GB Team Manager. This will be the first time that GB has had a team since 1998. Web TV, GPS tracking and live results will be available from 22nd-27th March on the event website: for anyone interested in following their progress.

MDOC's award winners from the SROC Street League
Posted on March 7th, 2011

Award Winners from SROC Street League

Final league tables for the SROC Night Street League 2010-2011 have now been published on the SROC website.

Several MDOC members (pictured) were among the award winners:

Alex McCann placed 2nd in the Open class, and 2nd in the Age-Adjusted Junior class,
Steve Lang placed 3rd in the Open Class,
John Britton placed 4th in the Age-Adjusted class,
and Andrew Stimson won the Novice award for best over-21 newcomer 

North West Night League 2010/2011 results
Posted on February 9th, 2011

The final scores from the North West Night League are on the NWOA website.

Congratulations to the Winners of the 6 classes and as usual their prize is the proof and knowledge that they were better than the rest.

M18-     Alex McCann MDOC
M19-39 Steve Wilson PFO
M40+    Mark Seddon SELOC

W18-     Katrin Harding SROC
W19-39 Heather Gardner EBOR
W40+    Karen Nash SROC

Thanks to all the organisers and planners and finally thanks to the record 230 different competitors and even though SROC hosted the Northen Nights to boost the average attendance to 46 there were no events with less than 35 competitors. Five years ago no events reached 30 competitors. So keep encouraging everyone for next season.

Chris Rostron, NWNL Co-ordinator

Podium place for John Britton at British Night Championships
Posted on February 7th, 2011

British Nights M60L Podium

Congratulations to John Britton who came 3rd in M60L at the British Night Championships on Saturday. The Championships were held at Bentley Wood, Warwickshire. (Photo courtesy of Derek Fryer)

Full results at

Monday Evening Training Sessions start on 10th January
Posted on January 3rd, 2011

Have Fun and Get Fit!

MDOC will be running an exciting new introduction to orienteering, suitable for all ages, fitness levels and abilities (specifically beginners but also those who want to improve skills). There will be a regular evening "session" held at Hazel Grove Target Recreation Centre, every Monday from 10th January 2011. The sessions will be held between 6.30 and 8 pm and will be run by a qualified orienteering coach. A small charge will be made to cover costs, adults £2.50, children £1.50 and families £5.

The 'Have Fun Get Fit' sessions will involve learning how to navigate using simple exercises indoors and outdoors (weather permitting), they will also involve physical exercises to build your body strength and flexibility.

There is no need for special equipment, just come along in comfortable jogging/leisure clothes.

Details on the Begin / Train page.

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