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26.11.17 - Club Mapping session
The club is to hold an introduction to mapping session for club members on 2nd December at the home of Club Chairman, Nigel Wright. The session is to cover British Orienteering mapping requirements, standards, symbol sets, map drawing tools (OCAD, OOM, other graphic programs), OCAD in more detail and how to get started (mapping resources). Further details from Rob McKenna.
11.11.17 - Forest Challenge board game
After a break of several years NGOC is again offering the orienteering board game 'Forest Challenge' for sale - deal for Christmas, birthday present or club prizes. Details of the game can be found here. Contact Alan Brizen for further information.
18.10.17 - Club AGM 16.11.17
The club's Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, 16th November 2017, starting 7pm at the Cadet Centre, Chester-le-Street. All members are invited to attend. Last years minutes can be found here.
16.10.17 - October Odyssey 2017 update
Final results are now available - could class winners of the October Odyssey and NE Champions please conact the organiser with your address details so that certificates can be posted out.
12.9.17 - October Odyssey 2017 update
Following much frantic deliberation the venues for the OO have been confirmed as Washington Central (urban) for the Saturday and Hamsterley Windy Bank & Low Redford for the Sunday. The event status will be downgraded to regional due to the technicality and previous use of the areas. Full details will appear on the NN website shortly.
9.8.17 - October Odyssey 2017
This years October Odyssey is to be hosted by NN and plans to hold the event at Bewick Moor have hit an access problem. The area is an SSSI looked after by Natural England and they feel that the event would cause disturbance to some breeding birds at this time of the year and have unfortunately put an unworkable exclusion zone on the area. Plans are being made to try and move the event to Hamsterley, using the forest on the Saturday and one of the moorland areas on the Sunday. Hopefully the situation can be resolved.
10.7.17 - Scott Watson completes Bob Graham Round
Elusive NN member Scott Watson has successfully completed the Bob Graham Round, one of the toughest challenges anywhere in fell running - a fantastic achievement. It involves a 66 mile circuit of 42 of the highest peaks in the English Lake District within 24 hours, climbing 27000 ft, starting and finishing in Keswick. Most attempts end in failure with only one in three attempts successful - Scott now joins an exclusive club of victors.
Details of the Round can be found here.
17.6.17 - Durham City Night event
Due to access problems this event has had to be cancelled. NN apologise for any inconvenience.
26.4.17 - JK 2017 results
The JK was held in the South East this year over the Easter weekend. A number of club members travelled down, but well done to Yolanda Hamshire-Wright who was 3rd overall in the W10A class. Full results can be found here.
31.3.17 - British Orienteering 50 years old – almost!
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the formation of the British Orienteering Federation. The inaugural meeting was held at 7.30 p.m. on 17 June 1967 in Barnard Castle, and the first British Orienteering Championships were held in Hamsterley Forest, Co. Durham the following day. For a fuller report click here.
21.3.17 - World Orienteering Day
The date for the next World Orienteering Day has been set for May 24th 2017. Details of pre-registered events can be found here.
12.3.17 - CompassSport Trophy results
A tremendous effort by the NN team saw us narrowly beaten into third place by much bigger teams from NATO and CLARO. Well done to all members who helped contribute and well done to CLARO who carry our best wishes in their trip to the final. Full results can be found on the CLOK website.
24.2.17 - CompassSport Cup & Trophy 2017
The first round of the CSCup & Trophy is to be held on Sunday, 12th March this year, hosted by CLOK at Cringle and Cold Moors on the NW edge of the North York Moors near Carlton in Cleveland. Debbie Warren is the current club team captain and is co-ordinating team entries. Details of the event can be found on the CLOK website.
5.2.17 - NE Night Championships - 4.2.17
The NE Night Championships were held at Stocksfield on Saturday, 4th February. Although night events appeal to only a limited number of people the following club members managed to win their classes and become NE Night Champions for 2017 - Saskia Warren (Womens Open), Nigel Wright (Mens Vets), Debby Warren (Womens Vets) and Jeneba Hampshire-Wright (Womens U16) - well done. Full results can be found on the NATO website.
For those interested in night events, the Northern Night Champs are to be held at Knapton, nr Malton on Saturday, 18th February and the British Night Champs are to be held at Great Tower, nr Newby Bridge on Saturday, 25th February.
The Northern Championships (day) are to be held at Bigland, nr Newby Bridge on Sunday, 26th February.
29.1.17 - Shaftoe Crags 29.1.17
This was the first event in the NEOL for 2017 held on a brisk winters day, although it did brighten up once the event got underway. Apart from the queues at registration and a few problems with 'dead' E-tags things seemed to be going well. The number of competitors who turned up caught us out a bit and a strain was put on the number of maps printed. This is nornmally based on previous events on the area and other NEOL events so should generally have been sufficient. Fortunately a few competitors agreed to us re-cycling their map which helped us out of an embarrassing situation and we are grateful to them for that. Electronic copies of those maps have been sent out, but if anybody has been missed them let me, Rob Mckenna know and I will forward one to you.
11.1.17 - CompassSport Cup & Trophy 2017
The first round of the CSCup & Trophy is to be held on Sunday, 12th March this year. The nearest venue for our club will be hosted by CLOK at Cringle and Cold Moors on the NW edge of the North York Moors near Carlton in Cleveland. This is one of the premier club team competitions and being a small club we will be entered in the Trophy. The winner of this round of the Trophy will make it through to the final so it is important that club members keep this date free in there diary. Entry fees will be paid by the club - Debbie Warren is the current club team captain and will probably be in touch nearer the date.
5.2.17 - Controllers Grade B course (18.2.17)
There is to be a Controllers Grade B course held on Saturday, 18th February at Hardwick Hall, Sedgefield. The course is for Grade C controllers wishing to upgrade and will be ran by Paul Talor and Ray Barnes on behalf of NEOA. If you have not already expressed an interest then please contact either Paul Taylor or Duncan Archer for further details.
26.12.16 - Houghall Woods (26.12.16)
The club held its annual charity event at Houghall Woods today on a brisk winters day. Things seemed to be going well until the first competitor came to download. EMIT was being used and a system of allowing us to have a mass start was being tested for the first time. This involved competitors entering an inductance loop which should have acted like a start box in that it cleared the tag and once a competitor left the loop the timing would start. This was the theory and it had worked well for standard events, but unfortunately, for some reason failed this time. We are currently seeking help to resolve the situation, but at the moment no results are available. We must apologise for the lack of results and hope this did not spoil your run on the day.
Well done to Duncan Archer of CLOK who managed to visit all 33 controls in about 48 minutes. If you made a note of your finish time and list of controls you visited could you please email them to Rob Mckenna and we will try to formulate a simple set of results.
David Aspin has kindly shared some photos from the event - follow this link.
Proceeds from the event (£276.50) are to go to St.Cuthberts Hospice, Durham.
7.12.16 - NN AGM minutes (15.11.16)
The club's Annual General Meeting was held on 15.11.16. Minutes are available here. Treasurers report will be sent separately to club members.
1.12.16 - NEOA Delegate Conference (20.11.16)
The NEOA Delegate Conference was held at West Moor Community Association following the NATO Urban event at Killingworth on 20th November. There was a very limited attendance but minutes of the meeting can be found here. Chairmanship of the Association is currently circulated round the three member clubs, with Alasdair Wilson-Craw (NATO) taking over from Peter Archer (CLOK) for the coming year.
20.11.16 - NEOL & NEUL final positions 2016
The NE Orienteering League and Urban League have now finished and final standings for 2016 can be found here. There were some creditable performances from club members with the following topping their respective classes - Debby Warren (NEOL Womens Vet), Jeneba Hampshire-Wright (NEOL Womens Junior), Maya Hampshire-Wright (NEOL Womens Young Junior), Yolanda Hampshire-Wright (NEUL Womens Young Junior). Well done to all who took part over the season.
16.11.16 - NN Annual Dinner (10.12.16)
The club's Annual Dinner will take place at Namaste (Indian Restaurant), Meadowfield, Durham on 10th December. Debby Warren is making the arrangements and will be in touch with members shortly, so if you wish to come along then keep this date free in your diary.
16.11.16 - NN AGM (15.11.16)
The club's Annual General Meeting was held last night with a limited attendance. Minutes will be available here shortly, but briefly there was no change in the structure of the committee other than Kate Hampshire taking over fixtures from Gary Russell.
4.11.16 - NE Score Championships
The NE Score Championships were held at Bishop Auckland Park last weekend and a number of NN members did quite well. Congratulations to the following members who have become NE Score Champions for 2016:
Kate Hampshire (Open and Vet 40+), Saskia Warren (Junior 16-) and Maya Hamshire-Wright (Young Junior 12-)
1.11.16 - NN AGM (15.11.16)
The club's Annual General Meeting will be held this year on Tuesday 15th November at the Cadet Centre, Picktree Lane, Chester-le-Street, starting at 7pm. All club members are invited to attend.
17.10.16 - Former NN member Russ Snowdon dies
Former NN member Russell Snowdon has died of pancreatic cancer. Many older members may well recall the Snowdon's who were active at a time when we had a few family groups from the Royal Grammar School's and in this case Dame Allan's school in Newcastle. The funeral takes place on Thursday, 20th October at Newcastle Crematorium, West Road at 1245hrs and afterwards at the Westerhope Golf Club. Our sympathies go out to his wife and family.
10.10.16 - October Odyssey results
The October Odyssey, the North East's premier orienteering competition was hosted this year by NATO at Simonside and Slaley Hall last weekend. The Simonside event incorporated the NE Championships and looking at the provisional results several members of NN did well becoming NE champions for 2016 (pending verification). Congratulations to Yolanda Hampshire-Wright (W10), Maya Hampshire-Wright (W12), Jeneba Hampshire-Wright (W14), Saskia Warren (W16), Debby Warren (W50). Full results can be found following this link.
27.9.16 - Event Safety and Welfare Workshop
If members can't make the NATO workshop (26.11.16) and there is enough demand from within the club then Phill Batts may be able to put on another course. Please email the club secretary so he can ascertain numbers. It is very important that any member who would like to organise, plan or control any event needs to attend a workshop before the end of the year.
19.9.16 - Event Safety and Welfare Workshop
British Orienteering have indicated that it is their intention to insist that all Event Officials – Organiser, Planner, and Controller - have attended an Event Safety & Welfare Workshop by 1st January 2017. NATO are planning to host a workshop on Saturday 26th November 2016 and are offering places to members of NATO and other clubs in the area. The course will take place in Whitley Bay from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., following a low-key Saturday LOPS at nearby Seaton Sluice. If you would like to attend this workshop then please book your place asap (numbers will be limited by the size of the room!) by emailing Tricia Davies.
5.9.16 - Barney Warren injury
Barney Warren, one of the clubs up and comming juniors sustained a bad leg injury at the recent White Rose event. Whilst competing at the night event he tripped and broke his left femur (upper leg). Fortunately a few following competitors came to his aid and the mountain rescue was alerted who got him to a track so that an ambulance could rush him to hosiptal. The leg has been stabilised using a meal rod and pins which will stay in place for at least 6 weeks. Its a sad end to the summer break for Barney and we wish him all the best and hope he makes a speedy recovery.
31.8.16 - The Cragg Estate (11.9.16)
Due to a change of ownership and loss of permission to part of the area, NN apologise that the next event scheduled to use The Cragg Estate on 11th September will now be a Middle distance type event. Generally shorter courses, more controls and frequent changes of direction.
12.8.16 - Frank Major, update
It's been almost three months since his operation which in surgical terms was successful and he is recovering well, but is undergoing radio therapy treatment at the Freeman hospital which is a six week programme of daily 'zaps' each of about four minutes duration. There are expected bouts of tiredness following this treatment but he is trying to get back to a 'normal' routine with some light running.
4.6.16 - CompassSport Trophy
It was a valiant effort for all the members that managed to make it to the CompassSport Trophy event at Timble Ings, with some fine performances by some competitors. Unfortunately due to a depleted team (only 9 competitors) we finished last, but well done to SROC who triumphed on the day and will represent the north in the Trophy final. SYO proved too strong for the other 'big' teams in the Cup competition. Full results are available on the website.
31.5.16 - Frank Major
Good and bad news - Our former chairman and long standing club member, Frank Major was admitted to hospital last Friday to undergo serious neuro surgery at the RVI for the removal of a suspected brain tumour. He is expecting to be discharged from hospital this week if all goes to plan, but may be out of competitve orienteering till a full recovery is made. We wish him all the best and hope to see him at an event in the near future.
5.5.16 - Yvette Baker Trophy, 15 May
Here is another chance to represent your club and earn your O-top. This is for juniors only, but is open to all juniors of any standard. It is the North East round of the Yvette Baker Trophy, on 15 May, at Silton Forest. It is an inter-club competition for juniors and the main way of doing well is to have a lot of people in the team. Please let Nigel Wright know if you are able to come along. Entry fees will be paid by the club and I'm sure spaces will be available in vehicles to the event if that helps. The event will also have courses for adults to run at the same time and place, but separate from the Yvette Baker competition.
25.4.16 - CompassSport Cup - new date
A new date of SATURDAY, 4th June has been set for the re-arranged first round of the CSC and Trophy. The venue is to be the same at Timble Ings - click here for full details.
17.4.16 - Northern Championships - club results
The Northern Championships were contested this weekend at Mulgrave Woods, preceded by an urban event around the streets of Whitby. There were a number of members from the club that made the trip down with varying success. Full results can be found on the CLOK website, but one outstanding performance from Maya Hampshire Wright saw her become the W12 Northern Champion for 2016 - well done to Maya. A fuller report with pictures is to follow - see the reports section.
30.3.16 - JK2016 club results
The JK was held over the Easter weekend this year at various locations over the YHOA region. There were a number of members from the club that made the journey down and full results can be found here.
Here are a few positions from the overall results - Barnaby Warren 7/11 (M20L); Nigel Wright 10/86 (M45L); Julian Warren 47/119 (M50L); Scott Watson 53/92 (M55L); Barry Young 57/92 (M55L); Boris Spence 68/86 (M60L); Yolanda Hampshire Wright 6/10 (W10A); Maya Hampshire Wright 8/25 (W12A); Jeneba Hampshire Wright 21/54 (W14A); Saskia Warren 22/54 (W16A); Kate Hampshire 14/56 (W45L); Debby Warren 32/73 (W50L). Bob Cooper mispunched on day 3 and was not placed. Frank Major, David Brook and Mike Bowden also travelled down but only competed on one of the days so did not feature in the overall results.
We had 4 teams in the relays - Mens short (Nigel Wright, Julian Warren, Barney Warren) 15/46; Womens short (Kate Hampshire, Debby Warren, Saskia Warren) 7/35; Juniors (Jeneba, Yolanda and Maya Hampshire Wright) 22/34; the Vet men (Boris Spence, Scott Watson, Dougie Nisbet) were not placed due to a mis-punch.
7.3.16 - CompassSportCup & Trophy 2016 update from Tim Moon
Bad news I am afraid, after yet more heavy rain the parking field is unuseable so the event has had to be postponed. The plan is to hold the event on the same area sometime in May or June, we already have permission to do so. Various fixtures secretaries are negotiating a date although one is unlikely to pop out until after the JK.
15.2.16 - Xplorer challenge at Shildon
An introduction to orienteering is to be included as part of ParkLife - Durham County Council has provisional plans for 6 sessions of multi-activities at Hackworth Park, Shildon, Co.Durham during the year. The orienteering will be based on the Xplorer package and is primarily aimed at novices and families. It is a family friendly navigation challenge that is educational and fun and gives children a sense of adventure as they explore the park to find the markers. It involves a healthy mix of physical activity and decision making that the whole family can enjoy together. At each marker children need to identify what is pictured and enjoy learning a fun fact to tell their friends. More details to follow when available.
14.2.16 - CompassSportCup & Trophy 2016 update
Initial event details including classes can be found here and an old (2011) map of Timble can be found here. Boris is co-ordinating entries at the moment and is looking into the viability of a mini-bus, so should be in touch soon - or better still, drop him a line and let him know your availability.
13.1.16 - NEJS coaching vacancy
Following Mick Garratt stepping down as head coach in charge of the North East Junior Squad, the region is now looking for a suitable replacement. Further details are available in the reports section.
13.1.16 - David Hale obituary
For those that may be interested, following the death of David Hale last year, his son Steven has written a short obituary for the Guardian. It can be viewed following this link.
30.12.15 - CompassSportCup & Trophy 2016
The club has been entered in the Trophy section of the CSC next year, which is to be held at Timble Ings, Harrogate, on Sunday, 13th March 2016. Being a really small club we rely on the support of all our members to be reasonably competitve, so I hope that you can keep this date free in your diary. Entry fees are normally paid by the club and if enough interest is shown then transport may be provided. Debby Warren is the club team captain and should be in touch nearer the date.
26.12.15 - Norman Harris (RIP)
It's more sad news - I've just heard of the death of Norman Harris on 20th November in Richmond. Although he joined our club, Northern Navigators around 2002/3 from, I believe Southern Navigators and remained a member until a few years ago, I know very little about this widely travelled and much experienced personality. My recollections are that he was a former chairman of the SEOA and an avid sports journalist, who frequently visted New Zeland. He was enlisted onto the committee in his early days with the club and played an active part in club affairs. He lived in Allendale - a remote but beautifull valley about 10km SW of Hexham in Northumberland. See the reports section for more details.
18.12.15 - David Hale (RIP)
It's sad to report that David Hale, father of Gill and Stephen, grandfather of Sam, passed away peacefully last night, after several years in a residential care home. Both David and Elizabeth were members of NN from the beginnings of the club and devoted some hours to promoting the sport. Elizabeth died a few years ago now, but they will both be dearly missed. David’s funeral will be at Kirkleatham Crematorium on Tuesday, January 05 at 1100, and afterwards at Fletchers Farm coffee shop, Great Ayton.
13.12.15 - The Orienteering Foundation
The Orienteering Foundation is a registered charity, independent of British Orienteering. It was set up with money from a bequest of Bertie & Elsie Ward and is now raising further funds and awarding grants. Their objectives are to promote the sport of orienteering through enhancement, innovation, and alleviation of hardship. It has substantially revised its website which now includes details of how to donate, how to apply for funding, and reports from funded projects.
26.11.15 - Club AGM update
24.11.15 - Club annual dinner
The annual club dinner is to be held at Namaste - an Indian restaurant in Meadowfield, Durham - for Saturday, 12th December, 7.30pm. Follow this link to find out more. Debby Warren is co-ordinating things and you should have already informed her of your intention to attend - she can be contacted by email.
6.11.15 - Club AGM update
The Executive Committee remains mainly unchanged following the Club AGM last night although Debby Warren was voted in as an additional member. A fuller roport of proceedings together with abbreviated minutes will be available in the reports section shortly.
3.11.15 - Club AGM
A reminder that the Club is to hold its AGM on Thursday evening, 5th November at Chester le Street starting at 7pm. Follow this link for further details.
27.10.15 - NE Night Championships
The NE Night Championships was held on a mild, pleasant night in Durham City on Saturday, 24th October and attracted about 50 competitors. There were a few problems with the EMIT kit on the night, but everybody appeared to enjoy the courses set by Kate Hampshire and there was a good atmosphere in front of the Catherdral and around Palace Green. Jonny Malley (EBOR) put in a tremendous effort to win the main course, but Durham University student's, Michael Hallett and Katherine Bett claimed the Mens and Womens Open titles with some fine performances. See results page for further details. Certificates will be available at this weekends night event at Slaley Hall.
5.10.15 - NN top club
In a recent poll conducted by the CompassSport magazine, Northern Navigators were reported as best NE club based on results of their members at events across the country in 2015. This rankings list is adjusted for age and gender and shows the club lying in 12th position overall - a leap of 44 places over the year.
11.9.15 - NE Night Championships
The NE Night Championships are to be decided at Durham City on Saturday, 24th October. This was the area used earlier in the year for the popular Durham Light Race (see reports), but with a full set of courses to NE guidelines. Kate Hampshire has agreed to plan using her local knowledge of the City and organisation will be in the capable hands of Boris Spence. Fuller details will be available shortly.
14.8.15 - NEOA committee changes
At the NEOA Annual Delegate Conference in July, Patrick Smyth (Chairman / Secretary) and Mick Garratt (Coaching Representative), stepped down from those positions and thanks were given for their long service to the region. As no successors could be found it was agreed that the Chairman / Secretaries post will rotate round the regions open club's chairmen, with Peter Archer (CLOK) filling the position until the AGM next year. The Coaching position remains vacant and NEOA is seeking someone to take this vital role. The other officers were confirmed in post - Peter Firth (Treasurer), Duncan Archer (Fixtures), Paul Taylor (Technical) with additional club representatives to be appointed.
18.7.15 - Guidelines for NE Championships
Duncan Archer (NEOA fixtures) has drawn up some proposed guidelines for future NE Championship events, affecting NE Champs, NE Night Champs and NE Score Champs. His proposals can be viewed here and comments should be forwarded to him.
18.7.15 - Proposed NEOL & NEUL for 2016
Following suggestions at a recent NEOA fixtures meeting regarding the setting up of a NE Orienteering League and NE Urban League, Adrian Barnes has made some proposals for possible fixtures and rules. For a fuller report please follow this link.
2.7.15 - Boris retires as MLN secretary
Boris Spence retires as the MLN league secretary at the end of the 2015 season. For a fuller report please follow this link.
20.6.15 - Stick men create a warm glow at DLR
The Durham Light Race was the UK version of a series of events held in conjunction with UNESCO to celebrate our use of light. Held on a warm mid summer evening, 60 plus competitors enjoyed the fast, challenging courses set by Duncan Archer. For a fuller report please follow this link and also this link for a report in the Northern Echo.
1.5.15 - Saskia Warren selected for training camps
Congratulations to Saskia Warren, who has been selected for the Junior Regional Orienteering Squads Deeside Training Camp in August. She is one of a select band of only 18 athletes. The ‘Deeside’ training camp is based at Templars’ Park, Maryculter on the banks of the River Dee near Aberdeen and is aimed at M/W15-16’s. Saskia has also been invited to the Summer Talent Camp for M/W16-18's, which is to be held in Badaguish, Cairngorm 26th – 31st July.