Orienteers out in force

John Cooke Tansley at the Longshaw Estate event
John Cooke Tansley at the Longshaw Estate event

Orienteering may not yet be an Olympic sport but over 300 competitors were spurred into action to attempt the tough, technical, physical but overall satisfying orienteering courses at Derwent Valley Orienteering’s (DVO) latest meeting on Longshaw Estate.

With the estate bathed in brilliant September sunshine, Ro Cole’s challenging courses truly tested the orienteer.

With a mixture of steep-sided woodland, open land and rough open moor the estate was an ideal location for the first meeting of the new orienteering season.

Orienteering is a sport suitable for all ages and abilities. With a string course for toddlers through to white and yellow courses for beginners and green, blue and brown for the experienced this is definitely a “Sport for All”. Indeed, several families attended with three generations competing.

If you too have been inspired by our Olympians and Paralympians and want to try orienteering, then DVO’s next meeting is at Carsington Pastures on Sunday, October 28. Please see www.dvo.org.uk for full details.