Town test for orienteers

Urban Orienteering came of age last weekend in Wirksworth.

Originally conceived as a response to the foot and mouth epidemic in 2001, this type of orienteering has now evolved to be an integral part of the orienteering stable.

Using a special map of Wirksworth, drawn to international specification, competitors had to navigate through the streets and paths.

The course was not fixed, competitors having to decide on the best route between controls. A small chip carried on the finger of the runner was used to confirm that the control had been visited.

The event was the third urban event held in the East Midlands region, a series overseen by the East Midlands Orienteering Association.

The Open course was won by David Schorah of Deeside and the Women’s Open by Jaimie Buckley of South Yorkshire.

Traditional crosscountry orienteering returns to Derbyshire on the weekend of Oct 27-28 with the White Peak Weekend.

Saturday’s event is in the Goyt Valley and Sunday’s is at Carsington Pastures.

Go to www.dvo.org.uk

and www.mdoc.org.uk for further details or telephone 01629 734042.