Hundreds of orienteers tackle challenging course at Crich

Belper's Graham Johnson in action at the Crich Chase orienteering event.''Photo by Terry Fletcher
Belper's Graham Johnson in action at the Crich Chase orienteering event.''Photo by Terry Fletcher
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The normally peaceful hillside of Crich Chase was a hive activity on Sunday when in excess of 300 competitors turned up to Derwent Valley Orienteers Club’s latest orienteering event.

The event followed hot on the heels of Derwent Valley’s impressive display to win the qualifying round of the Compast Sport Cup 2013 and make it through to the national final, to be held last this year.

Dai Bedwell was the planner of some very good courses at Crich Chase on Sunday, which fully utilised the area.

Eight courses were on offer, colour-coded according to intended age group and ability.

Crich Chase is one the harder areas in the Derwent Valley for orienteering purposes and as a consequence some long times were recorded by some of the less experienced runners.

Despite the hard winter, brambles were still prevalent on the hillside, causing many a runner to slow down.

However, some of the elite runners were able to take the area in their stride with notably Alistair Buckley of South Yorkshire coming first on the brown course, taking less than 50 minutes to complete the course.

The club is indebted to The Hurt Arms, at Ambergate Cricket Club, Mather Jamie (Crich Chase) and TransCo (The Hagg).

Full results for the event and further information regarding this sport in general can be found at www.dvo.org.uk