Orienteering with lights off!

THE Allestree Park Night Orienteering event was intended to be staged last December, but heavy snow necessitated that the event was postponed.

However, it was well worth the wait to experience Ann-Marie Duckworth’s carefully planned courses.

Night orienteering is the same as the saner day orienteering. The only difference being the runner carries a torch usually strapped to the head.

Allestree Park was an ideal venue for this event with moonlit open areas suitable for the novice courses and dark woodland to test the mettle of the more experienced orienteer.

Four courses were available, yellow for juniors, orange for those new to night orienteering and green and blue for the experienced.

Chris Bourne won the 4.5 km green course and Richard Robinson from Nottinghamshire won the 6.3 km blue course.

The next event in Derbyshire will hopefully be staged under clear blue sunny skies on Sunday, January 15, 2012, at Shining Cliff Woods near Ambergate.

Please see www.derwentvalleyorienteer.org.uk for further details or telephone 01629 734042.

Local results were:


1 Sarah Duckworth

2 Ben Mackervoy

3 Peter Mackervoy

4 Rachel Duckworth

6 Samuel Davis

7 Alice Crane.


3 Joe Uprichard

5 Ed Hoon

6 John Webster

8 Jeannine-Ann Bastard

9 Segar-John Bastard


1 Christopher Bourne

2 Mike Godfree

4 Judith Holt

6 Rachel Davis

7 Ian Hodson

8 Stephen Mead

9 Sian Mead

10 John Cooke


3 Stephen Kimberley

4 Andy Sykes

9 Russell Buxton

11 Mark Spendlove

13 Ben Crane

16 Kim Buxton