Uphill task for orienteers

Derwent Valley Orienteers at Crich Chase
Derwent Valley Orienteers at Crich Chase

Life is an uphill struggle, so they say, and for orienteering on Crich Chase that was certainly true.

Over 250 orienteers were tested by Judith Holt and John Cooke’s very well planned but demanding courses.

Crich Chase is a perfect area for orienteering. Semi-open with many features, the orienteer is guaranteed interesting courses and with the heavy snowfall last winter there was the added bonus that the bracken had been well flattened. Eight courses were on offer, colour-coded according to difficulty with the white course for young children through to the green, blue and brown courses for the experienced orienteers.

John Duckworth from Crich Carr won the premier brown course in a very impressive 58 minutes 52 seconds. Not to be outdone, John’s daughters took the honours in the junior courses, Rachel winning the white and Sarah the yellow.

The club is indebted to William Bailey Ltd, D T Engineering, Ambergate Country Furniture, National Grid and the Lockwoods Group for car park facilities, and to National Grid and the estate of Mr Smith of Allestree for granting use of the Chase.