Over 800 school children descended on Shipley Park at the weekend for the British Schools Orienteering Championships 2013.
They came from as far afield as Inverness, St Helier, and County Down for the event, organised by the Derwent Valley Orienteering Club, the orienteering club for Derby and Derbyshire.
Shipley Park was not a new venue, having been used several times before for junior age group orienteering competitions but this was by far the largest event ever staged. Children in Year Five, and below, up to Year 13 competed in nine age categories with separate competitions for boys and girls.
Mud, mud, glorious mud was the flavour of the day after the recent wet weather. The competitors, however, were undeterred and positively revelled in some flying finishes, sometimes upright sometimes after an “accidental” belly flop.
The Primary School competition was won by St Andrew’s Halstead with local schools Crich Carr in ninth, Dore Primary tenth and Holmgate (Chesterfield) 11th.
The Middle School competition was won by St Andrew’s Pangbourne, Loughborough High School won the small secondary school competition and Ulverston Victoria the large secondary school competition.
Local individual successful runners were Rachel Duckworth from Crich Carr, who won the Year Five girls competition and her older sister Sarah from Anthony Gell School in Wirksworth, who ran up a year coming second in the Year Nine girls competition.
The club is indebted the Mayor of Amber Valley, Cllr Angela Ward, for presenting the many prizes, to Buff™ and Derbyshire Constabulary for prizes, to Derbyshire County Council, and especially to the Warden of Shipley Park and his colleagues.
Further information regarding orienteering in Derbyshire is available at www.dvo.org.uk