Orienteers are out in force for the British championships

Belper orienteer Graham Johnson''Photo by Wendy Carlyle
Belper orienteer Graham Johnson''Photo by Wendy Carlyle

The strangely named British Middle Orienteering Championships were staged last Sunday by the Derwent Valley Orienteering Club, the orienteering club for Derbyshire.

Middle Orienteering is a short distance cross-country race over a technical area with an aim of a winning time of about 30 minutes, about half the distance and duration of a traditional race.

The emphasis is on fine navigation rather route choice.

Originally known by the more appropriate name “Sprint Orienteering”, these races have now been renamed.

Nevertheless, Stanton Moor was the ideal area for the this fast intricate navigation race with almost 1,500 runners from across the country turning out to compete at this prestigious event.

The competition attracted runners from under ten to over 80.

Indeed the youngest ‘runner’ was only six months old, however they were carried all the way round by their mum.

There was only one local success with Sarah Duckworth from Crich Carr winning the W12 sprint the race for girls aged 11 and 12.

Full results are available at www.dvo.org.uk

which also gives details of the future events suitable for beginners.