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LEI Martinshaw Event – New Date (CANCELLED)

The LEI event that had to be cancelled on 16th February due to the storms will now take place on 5th April 2020.

LINACRE Event going ahead.

The Corona virus is going to get worse, in terms of numbers infected, before it gets better. As a
competitor, your risk of infection at the event is extremely low, and almost certainly lower than
anything else you might do that day, lower than going to a supermarket, certainly less than flying off
on holiday, and on a par with, for most people, going to work. The risk of the disease itself for active
orienteers is then minimal – it is only dangerous for “older people” and those with existing
conditions, esp. the immune-compromised and those with lung conditions. Even then, the death
rate is low.
The club will try to provide alcohol hand sanitisers at Registration ( if there is anywhere left with
them for sale ) but they will need to be used before filling in the form or handing over money.
Alternatively competitors may do their 20second hand-wash in the Toilets ( Proper toilets at this
event.) But these precautions are to protect the very small risk to the club volunteers on
Registration. The risk to competitors, I repeat, is much lower.
If you are in the at-risk category, have regular close contact with someone in this category, or are
otherwise worried, you could try to bring the correct entry fee: thus avoiding coins and notes that
have been handled by many people.

Advice from our National body ( BOF ):

At present the advice is that any competitor/spectator/official who falls into one of the categories
below cannot enter or attend any of our competitions and training camps (unless, in some cases,
they have complied and completed the self-quarantine provisions):

  • Hubei province in China in the last 14 days, even if you do not have symptoms
  • Iran, lockdown areas in northern Italy or special care zones in South Korea since 19 February, even if you do not have symptoms
  • other parts of mainland China or South Korea, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Japan, Laos, Macau,Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, or Vietnam, in the last 14 days and have a cough,high temperature or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are mild)
  • any parts of Italy , since 19 February and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are mild).

See the current Government list of countries with prohibitions at :
If the situation gets a lot worse, please look at this website again before you travel.

DVO Success at Interland

Interland 2020 took place on 1st March in Buckinghamshire, hosted by Happy Herts. DVO had three representatives in the winning England team, Rachel, who won the W20 class and Jake and Sal who both finished the top half of their respective classes. Congratulations to all three of them.

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Training at DVO Linacre event 8th March.

Do you want some ideas on improving your navigation skills whilst running your course?

Ann-Marie Duckworth is offering coaching ideas for the courses (Orange to Green) which will not invalidate your East Midland League run, but which may help you spike the control location with that feeling of confidence and success.

Email with name and course colour.

Event Safety and Welfare Workshop

For a number of years now it has been a British Orienteering requirement that all event officials attend an Event Safety and Welfare Workshop. Whilst this a requirement of our insurance policy, I also think it is good to discuss and reflect on our practices to improve the quality and safety of events and the well-being of competitors.

I have a least one person who needs to attend such a workshop. If anyone else is going to be an official in the future or would like a refresher – yes, some have attended on more than one occasion! – please let me know.

I guarantee that this is NOT a course but is an interactive workshop which draws on your experiences as an orienteer and being involved in various other roles in the club. It lasts for about two hours and involves a little bit of pre-reading.

A particular emphasis is on the identification of hazards and risks and what action to take to mitigate these. The preparation of the Risk Assessment is central to this.

If you are interested, please let me know by Sunday 8th March so that I can find a date and venue.

Ranald Macdonald

DVO Event Safety Officer and Grade A Controller

JK Relays 2020

The JK Relays are on Monday April 13th at Hutton Mulgrave + Skelder.

If you would like a run then please contact Christine Middleton Club Captain on email ( before Monday March 16th)

A list of the classes available can be viewed at JK Relay Classes

Alfreton Local Event 15th February 2020


Due to potential bad weather courtesy of Storm Dennis

EM League Event, Lindop 23/2/20

Results here RouteGadget here Ranking points here Winsplits here

CompassSport Cup Competition

Sunday March 15th at Fixby + Bradley

Thanks to everyone who has already entered but we still need lots more entries.

The area is 2 miles from Brighouse and 3 miles from Huddersfield.Google map gives around 1.5 hours from Matlock to Brighouse. Although it is a little further than we would have chosen, I hope as many of you as possible will feel able to enter. We will be competing against AIRE, SYO,DEE, EBOR and CLOK. If SYO wins 2 teams will go through to the finals.To have a good chance of making it through to the final we will need a really good turn out from the club. . Remember every runner will help to make us more successful.Some members may find themselves having to run longer or shorter courses than usual, but we can only maximise our chances of doing well if we put out a team as strong as possible across as wide a range as possible. Everyone can play their part, your club needs YOU.

There has been some discussion of arranging a bus and if you would be interested in this could you let me know.I will circulate more details of the event when I have them.

Entry is open to all DVO members who will only have to pay 50% of the entry. All entries will be submitted by me ( the Club captain). A single block fee will be transferred to EPOC on behalf of all members and I will send you details of how to pay the 50%

If you wish to take part, please let me know as soon as possible:
( please note new email address) Please send details of your age category , SI and BOF number.

If you have any specific needs with regards to start times, then please let me know

Christine Middleton Club Captain

Interland 2020

2020 Interland Competition between England, Belgium, Netherland & France, to be held on 1st March at Burnham Beeches.
Update: Sal Chaffey has now been selected for Interland 2020 in the W50 class.
Jake O’Donnell selected in the M14 class and Rachel Duckworth as 1st reserve in W18. Rachel has also been re-selected for the talent squad which is a major achievement.