Schools impress at Darley Park

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The 2012 Derbyshire and Derby City Schools Championships took place at Darley Park, Derby at the weekend.

The organisers were pleased to welcome this year an increased number of competitors and participant schools to this competition.

Darley Park offers ideal orienteering terrain for the young orienteer with open running areas along with some intricate technical areas, all at the correct level.

Honours were shared by the north and the south of the county with regular participants in this competition,

Holmgate Primary School of Clay Cross, held off stiff competition from Little Eaton Primary School to take the honours in the primary school competition.

Crich Carr Primary School finished in third, with St Giles Primary School (Matlock) and Darley Dale Primary School in fifth and sixth respectively.

The Pingle School of Swadlincote were clear winners in the secondary school competition, with Bakewell’s Lady Manners School coming in second and Anthony Gell School from Wirksworth finishing fourth.

The Derbyshire Schools Orienteering Championships is an annual competition open to all schools and youth groups from across the county.

Similarly, a competition is also held for schools and youth groups in Derby although this year the competitions were combined.

Next year Derwent Valley Orienteering Club will welcoming schools from across the United Kingdom as they host the national British Schools Championships 2013.

Any school or youth group interested in participating should visit www.dvo.org.uk for further details.