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News - September 2016

AGM Date - Monday 24th October

The SELOC AGM will be held at Edgworth Cricket Club on Monday 24th October at 8pm. Most of the current committee members are willing to stand again but there will be a few vacancies to fill, so we would like to invite anyone who is interested to join us. As stated in the constitution we will be holding specific elections for the following positions

  • Chairman - currently Annmarie Thetford (willing to continue)
  • Secretary - currently Caroline Barcham (willing to continue)
  • Treasurer - currently Alan Heron (stepping down from office and committee)
  • Committee members
The roles of Fixtures Secretary and Minutes Secretary will also become available.
If anyone wishes to stand for any of the above roles then please send your name and the position you would like to Annmarie by Friday 30th September if possible.  We will also accept nominations in person on the night. Formal agenda to follow.

Date for the Diary

Our Christmas Event and Social will be held on Tuesday 27th December, further details to follow!

Compass Sport Final - 16th October 2016 at Tankersley Wood

The final is only weeks away now and it's time to step up to the challenge and commit your attendance. Competing in this final requires the whole club to come together, again. I repeat what was said earlier in the year, EVERYONE in the club, however young, old or o-proficient, can make a contribution.
Lets hope for a great turnout - Please confirm your attendance in an e-mail to Alan Heron by 18th September.
The club will pay ALL entry fees for this event. 
Here is a link to the SYO Compass Sport details for Tankersley Wood.

Liverpool Big Weekend - Thank-You

Thank you to all members who helped in any way towards the success of the Liverpool Big Weekend, your support, as always, is appreciated.
We would particularly like to thank out our organisers Steve Round and Caroline Barcham without whom it would never have happened!

News - March 2016

Fantastic Weekend at the JK
Congratulations to everyone who took part over the 4 days. Special mentions for our podium finishers 2nd place for Matt Driver on Friday in the Sprint (Mens Open) and 3rd Place at the Relays for Rachel Mercer, Cath Wilson and Elspeth Ingleby.

Overall we had 8 top 10 finishers:
Day 1:- Matt Driver (2nd, Mens Open) and Elspeth Ingleby (5th Womens Open)
Day 2:- Roy Stevenson (9th, M70s) and Alan Heron (10th, M80)
Day 3:- Elspeth Ingleby (9th, W21L) and Cath Wilson (7th, W35L)
Relays:- Rachel Mercer/Cath Wilson/Elspeth Ingleby (3rd, Womens Short) and Joe Mercer/Matt Driver/Pete Kidd (6th, Mens short)  

 We're through to the final of the Compass Sport Trophy
Congratulations to everyone who took part on 13th March at Bickerton Hill.  The results couldn't have been any closer we won by 1 point - but that's all we needed!

The final will take place on Sunday 16th October 2016 at Tankersley and is being organised by SYO. Clear your diaries we need you!

News - January 2016

Happy O-New Year for 2016

We hope everyone has had a great festive period and are looking forward to new challenges in 2016.  If you haven't already you will recall that it is now a very good time to consider renewing your SELOC and BOF membership!  This can be done on line at the BOF website.

Our first race of the season will be on Saturday 30th January when we host the North West Night League at Alkrington Woods.  This race is run in the darkness and a torch is essential.  There are beginners courses available for those that haven't tried this format before.

Please note that the Compass Sport Trophy heat this year is on Sunday 13th March.  This competiton requires the whole club to come together to compete against other local teams.  It is not an exaggeration to say that everyone in the club, however old or o-proficient, can contribute to our chances of qualifying for this years final.  Lets hope for a great turnout and a winning performance this year after so many near misses in recent years.  This race is free to SELOC members as it is paid for by the club in recognition of your commitment and club membership fee - see paragraph above!

News - December 2015

Haigh Hall - Saturday 28 November

Just a little reminder about Saturday's event.  The start times are from 10:30 to 12:30 on instructions from the park management so as to avoid clashing with the park run starting at 09:00.  The SELOC Junior champs are taking place here.  Also, there is a 5.6km blue course for the big kids.

The registration tent will be set up on the grass area between the main car park and the stables building.  The start and finish will be nearby.  There is a car park fee, I think about £1.50, which is an all day ticket.  The Stables cafe and shops will be open all day.

Please also note that the area to the north west around the Hall is out-of-bounds to all competitors, whether or not it is fenced.  Also, the miniature railway will be in operation so crossing the track may only take place at the designated crossing points shown on the map.  DO NOT STOP ON THE TRACK TO LOOK AT YOUR MAP - MAKE SURE IT IS CLEAR BEFORE YOU CROSS.

The weather could be bad so bring your cags - they may be compulsory!

SELOC Christmas Bash - Monday 28 December

A provisional booking has been made at the Charnley Arms in Standish for the post Christmas run-around at Ashfield Park in Standish.  We have paid a small deposit to secure our booking and they have confirmed that they will cordon off an area for us.  We have asked them to hold spaces for 40+ people.  The website is as shown below, which shows the festive and standard 'comfort' menus available to us.  The website to view the details is as shown below.

http://www.fayre-square.com/pub/charnley-arms-standish-wigan/p1244/

News - November 2015

North West Night League Sponsorship

BrightBikeLights are again sponsoring the NWNL this year.  A 10% discount code is available which gives 10% off headlights - the code is NORTHWESTNIGHT (no spaces all uppercase) and can be entered during checkout.  It currently applies to headlights but I will expand it to other lights too over the next day or so - if anyone has any issues in the meantime they can contact me”

That is Trevor Jackson  77917 32313  or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

North West Night League

SELOC will be hosting our round of the BrightBikeLights North West Night League at Alkrington Woods on Saturday 30 January.  This is in the evening and is on our newly mapped area, adjacent to the M60 near Middleton.

The other events in the league are:

28/11/2015 SROC Event Sizergh Castle, Kendal

05/12/2015 PFO Event Nick O Pendle, Clitheroe

09/01/2016 LOC Event Birkrigg Common, Ulverston

30/01/2016 SELOC Event  Alkrington, Middleton,Manchester

13/02/2016 MDOC Event Phillips Park, Bury + Northern Championship

19/03/2016 DEE Event Little Budworth Country Park, near Tarporley, Cheshire

Compass Sport Trophy Heat

Next year the club will attend the DEE qualifying round of the Compass Sport Trophy at Bickerton Hill in Cheshire. This is on Sunday 13th March and we require the whole club to support the event to achieve the best possible result.

Christmas Event, Lunch and Prize Giving

Our Christmas event and meal will be on Monday 28th December.  The "race" in the morning will be at Ashfield Park, Wigan at 11am. THe venue for the meal will likely be Chandley Arms in Standish with food from 1pm.

Event Safety Course

DEE are holding an Event Safety Course on Saturday 21 November, which is available for SELOC members to attend.  My understanding is that it will be run close to Hightown Dunes, near Crosby, following DEE's event of the same day, which is in the morning.  If anyone is interested in attending this course then I suggest you contact me in the first instance for more information.

The Event Safety Course is a very useful introduction to all things safety associated with putting on an orienteering event, including completing risk assessments which are a mandatory requirement of BOF insurance. I have attended such a course in the past and, although a little dry in places, I would suggest the course would prove useful to anyone involved in planning/organising any orienteering event from our local Saturday morning events upwards.  You are required to attend a course if you have aspiration to organise/control events of level C or above.  Once you have attended the course there is no requirement to attend refresher courses.

Sorry for the short notice on this one but I would expect there to be other opportunities to attend this type of course within our region fairly soon and the committee will keep you posted.

This vent will take place at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre from 2 - 5pm following our Schools League Event at Hightown Dunes. Contact Norman Hall for more information - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SELOC Club Championships

At the AGM it was agreed through a vote of the assembled membership that this years club championship would be held within the CLARO event at Brimham Rocks, which is quite close to Harrogate.  This event will be on the Sunday 22nd November and is entry on the day only.  Club champion prizes will be awarded at our christmas dinner, based on peoples performance on the day relative to their overall ability as indicated by the BOF ranking points.

There has since been a slight change of plan for the Junior Club Championship.  This change does not effect the senior competition which will still be run on Sunday 22 November as part of the CLARO Brimham Rocks event.  However, the committee concluded following further considerations that it wasn't an ideal venue for the junior event because it is fairly likely that attendance by SELOC juniors will be low. 

It was therefore decided that the Junior Club Championship would be held within our own Haigh Hall event on Saturday 28 November.  Clearly this should be much more accessible to our juniors and we would hope as many as possible will be able to attend.  As originally planned, prizes for both the senior and junior competitions will be presented at the Xmas event on 28th December.

The committee have resolved to consider the format of the club championships for next year earlier in the calendar with a view to choosing an event that will suit seniors and juniors alike.

SELOC AGM

The SELOC AGM was held on 19th October.  Annmarie Thetford was elected chair of the club for the coming year.  Pete Kidd will continue to support Annmarie as vice-chair through the coming weeks as she finds her feet in the new role. Over 20 club members turned out for the AGM.

After the AGM we had our annual quiz, which was set by last years winner Mark Seddon.  After 30 questions testing orienteering, geography and music knowledge David Rose emerged victor by a single point and wins the opportunity to set the quiz next year. Yet again the hospitality at Edgworth Cricket Club was great and there wasn't much of the pie and peas left over.  

This year club night was held in Edgworth prior to the AGM. Matt Driver had drawn a new map and the results are shown below.  Joe Mercer as winner will set a course before the AGM next year.

 Posn Name Time Points 1 Joe Mercer 43m 680 2 Mark Seddon 44m 650 3 Paul Turner 44m 650 4 Rachel Mercer 44m 640 5 Jason Middleton 44m 640 6 Steve White 44m 570 7 Paul Booth 42m 470 8 Steve Round 43m 440 9 Toby Middleton + Janet 42m 380 10 Oliver Heib 44m 330

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