WITH no sun, no morn, no warmth, competitotrs were greeted by a true November day at Derwent Valley’s recent orienteering event at Calke Park.
The grey mist, stubbornly remained all day, gave an extra dimension to Dave Skidmore’s well thought out courses.
Competitors had to rely on their own navigational skills to complete their runs over the parkland, fellow competitors soon disappearing into the grey murky distance.
Using the extensive parkland and the surrounding woods competitors rose to the challenge and posted some very creditable times.
Nine courses were on offer colour-coded according to age and ability. Andrew Powell from Nottinghamshire Orienteers won the top course in an overall time of 56 minutes and 3 seconds for the 9.4-km race.
Notable results for Derbyshire Orienteers were a first places for Rachel Duckworth on the White course, Harry Graham on the Yellow course.
Sarah Duckworth was second and Nicholas Gordon third on the Orange course. On the Light Green course Louis Forshaw-Perring came fourth and Sophie Gordon fifth.
These junior orienteers are the future of the club and their success bodes well.
The next major event with course for beginners will be at Shining Cliff Woods, near Ambergate on January 15, 2012.
For further details regarding orienteering please visit the club’s new website www.derwentvalleyorienteers.org.uk or telephone 01629 734042