Orienteers back in action

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It was a welcome return to Lindop Woodlands on the Chatsworth and Haddon estates last Sunday for members of Derwent Valley Orienteers.

On a glorious sunny day, a direct contrast to the previous weekends this month, 300 runners turned up to test their skills on this rarely-used area.

Lindop overlooks the confluence of the rivers Derwent and Wye and comprises a mixture of woodland types.

The orienteer was provided with some very physical steep terrain, which fully tested the fitness of the runner while the technicality of the area tested their navigational skills.

The only local first place went to Rachel Duckworth on the junior yellow course. Father, John, was unlucky on the top brown course, being beaten into second place by Teenager Aidan Smith of South Yorkshire.

Full results are available on the club website www.dvo.org.uk. The next major event will be on Sunday April 15 on Riber Hillside between Lea and Cromford.