Devon Orienteering


Susan Hateley

It is with great sadness that I would like to inform club members that Susan Hateley died on Friday,16th March, at her home in Northam, North Devon.

Funeral arrangements are provided below. 

Please see the attached appreciation of Sue's orienteering life. 

Funeral Arrangements

The funeral will take place at Barnstaple Crematorium on Friday 13th April at 2.20pm.

Subsequently, a wake will be held locally to which attendees are invited. The venue for this has yet to be decided; information will be available after the ceremony. 

The family have requested family flowers only. 

Sue Hateley -An Appreciation

Sue must have been one of the founder members of Devon Orienteering Club. She was there when I joined with Roger in 1984, running very fast and always willing to help newcomers. In her teenage years and early twenties she had been a very proficient middle distance runner, representing Devon on numerous occasions. This translated well into orienteering and, as I grew more competitive, it was always my aim to beat her, as we were of a very similar age. I rarely succeeded!

Over the years, Sue was a constant presence at orienteering events large and small. On many occasions Sue, Carol Simpson and I made up a Devon relay team for British Championshsips and JKs. We even won some medals. Sue kept up orienteering into her seventies and after the death of her husband Roger. Between us four we had clocked up over 100 years of happy marriages. It will be sad to come to orienteering events and not see her cheerful face.

Jill Green 

Susan was an orienteer and member of Devon Orienteering Club for many years and was a recent and regular competitor in her age class, taking part in events in Devon and, quite often, much further afield.  The attached photograph shows Susan participating in the 2017 Scottish 6 Days event on Deeside.

Not only did Susan edit the Devon Newsletter for some considerable time, but, amongst other volunteering activities and committee roles, she also edited the SWOA Newsletter. Sue was an active participant in Devon relay teams at the JK and elsewhere. In the near future, Susan was intending to assist with the organisation of the Tamar Triple at Braunton, relatively close to her home in North Devon. 

Bryan Smith


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