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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.


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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