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20 years ago Cromford Moor was maturing nicely as an orienteering area. The trees were beginning to lose their low branches and the undergrowth had died through lack of light. But much of it was thinned letting in the light and brambles. Then some was clear felled and gales made a tangled mess of some of the exposed edges. Now another area has been felled and fenced with the aim of returning it to native moorland. But all the debris remains on the ground. So the map is ever changing and it hardly provides the best of orienteering areas.
It was a pleasure to work with Chris who was ably assisted by Ros and Lisa. All the timescales for planning were met with ease. I am sorry about controls 116 and 143 both being boulders and only 40m. apart. What started as a knoll and a boulder in that area ended up with 3 boulders because we were uncertain of the knoll and needed another control so each was only approached in one direction. I should have noticed that we then had two on the same feature too close together but there has to be some limit to the amount of time put into an event. I should also have realised that if we had difficulty when checking for control 114 that is was not a good site. The fence near the start is new since Chris and I checked the control sites and was only discovered after the maps went for printing.
Details of the event have beensent to local newspapers.
Changes at Cromford Clear Felled areas may have surprised seasoned orienteers who turned up to the Derwent Valley Orienteers latest meet at Cromford Moor and Black Rock but they certainly took in their stride, even if those strides were big ones and little ones owing to the sheer physicality the area has to offer the orienteer. Cromford Moor has been used for orienteering for forty years and the area has seen many changes but none so dramatic as the recent change. 230 runners turned up to take on the challenge of Chris Bourneís courseís. First on the Brown Course, the longest and most difficult was Shane Lynch from Sheffield. Andy Sykes continued his good form by winning the Blue course and Sarah Duckworth shows much promise with her top position on the White Course. For full details of the event and further information about orienteering please visit www.dvo.org.uk or telephone 01629 734042. The next club event is at Ilam Hall, Staffordshire on Saturday June 5th. Local Results Junior Courses White 1 Sarah Duckworth W10 4 Alice Crane W10 7 Charlotte Crane W7 9 Lucy Cundill W9 12 Sophie Vincent W10 15 Peter Mackervoy M8 Yellow 2 Ewan Jones M10 5 Monika Dent W6 Intermediate Courses Orange 2 Louis Forshaw-Perring M12 10 Nicholas Gordon M14 11 Kathryn Spendlove W45 12 Joe Uprichard M12 Light Green 3 Islay Sellar W16 7 Lorraine Jackson W40 10 Jess Addison W18 11 Sophie Gordon W16 14 Laura Kenny W21 16 Cathryn Goodhead W45 Senior Courses Green 3 Liz Godfree W60 9 David Vincent M45 12 Mark Goodhead M16 17 Val Johnson W50 18 Dave Skidmore M60 19 Ranald Macdonald M55 20 Samantha Vincent W18 25 Jean Sellar W18 27 Martin Farr M40 28 ZoŽ Gordon W45 31 Sue Russell W45 37 Tony Gordon M50 38 Roger Hodgson M50 41 Viv Macdonald W55 Blue 1 Andy Sykes M45 9 Rex Bleakman M65 11 Paul Smith M40 13 Robert Shooter M55 17 Stuart Swalwell M60 18 Mike Gardner M50 20 Derek Gale M65 32 Rebecca Perring W45 Brown 6 Paul Addison M50 10 David Clough M40 11 Russell Buxton M50 12 Brian Denness M55
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