Club members had some great orienteering venues, with very varied terrain, to choose from this weekend. Derwent Valley Orienteering Club organised a Level B event at Shining Cliff, and many club members had some successful runs on the very steep rocky areas.

The longest, steepest course, Black 7.6km with 350 metres of climb saw William Gardner M21 finding all 25 controls in a splendid time of 67.45mins, Andrew Llewellyn M21 from Nottingham was 2nd in 68.09mins, Richard Robinson M35 also from Nottingham was 3rd in 68.21mins and Nathan Lawson M20 was 4th in 70.47mins. On the Short Brown 6.4km course with 265 metres of climb Kirsten Strain W21 took 69.56mins and was placed 8th, and Anne Straube W40 was 7th in 65.30mins on the Blue 5.5km with 220 metres of climb. Stephen Bates M65 was 6th on the Green 3.6km course in 59.50mins and Sheila Carey W70 8th in 61.10mins.

Young junior Max Straube-Roth M10 was in top form winning the White 1.3km course, finding 9 controls in 18.13mins and Cameron Williams-Stein M14 came 4th in 45.36mins on the Light Green 2.8km course. Katherine Stein W40 was 2nd on the Yellow 2km courses in 33.43mins.

At Hawley and Hornley, Hampshire, the annual Concorde Chase, organised by Berkshire Orienteers, was held on wooded areas with some interesting path networks in frequent use by the military.  Lesley Ross was top W50 on the Blue 7.7km course in 59.24mins, Trevor Simpson was 2nd M75 on the Green 5.2km course in 62.21mins and Sue Hallett was 2nd W70 on the Short Green 4km course taking 56.21mins.

31st Jan 2017

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