Judith wins top accolade

Judith Holt of Derwent Valley Orienteers
Judith Holt of Derwent Valley Orienteers

Derwent Valley Orienteers members have been delighted by the news that Judith Holt has been awarded the Derbyshire Dales Veteran Sports Person title.

The accolade was awarded following a year of achievement in orienteering competition at regional, national and international level.

Judith has been orienteering for over 20 years, first discovering this exciting sport when she lived in Leicestershire and her then ten-year-old son encouraged her to come along to try the sport.

Judith moved to Tansley last year and was pleasantly surprised to find that running on the surrounding hills improved her fitness and consequently her results. In January she became the Midlands Orienteering Champion in the Women over 60 class.

International duty beckoned in February, representing England at the Interland six nation competition in North West Germany, again gaining a first place in her class. May saw second places in the British Orienteering Championships in Sheffield in both the individual and team relay events in Sheffield.

Not content with running Judith has also put a lot back into the sport. In April, with partner John Cooke, she planned a successful major event on Crich Chase. Judith has also used her training and experience to promote local orienteering, taking on the role of lead coach in Community Orienteering Club nights in the Matlock area.

These sessions will commence on November 9 at the ARC Leisure Centre, between 6.30pm and 8pm.

If Judith’s achievements have inspired you, visit the club’s new website www.derwentvalleyorienteers.org.uk or call 01629 734042.