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Elvaston Castle – Sunday 23/05/2021

Permission to run this event has now been obtained and entries are open. The event is pre-entry only with payment on the day, preferably contactlass. You can enter via the Elvaston Castle link in the Forthcoming Fixtures list in the right hand column.

Sharpen your O’ skills

A short training exercise is offered at the DVO local events, to practice the orienteering techniques needed for Light Green or harder standard courses.

  • having a plan for the leg using aiming off, compass bearing setting and simplification techniques.

Enter the SHORT course and use the special training map sent to you by Ann-Marie Duckworth (EMJOS coach). Use the allocated start time but use the training map you will print at home or will be sent to you.
Full details of the coaching points and a pdf file to print off the special training map, will be sent out prior to the event.
Emails and names to Ann-Marie () – Friday before each of the events (check the DVO Fixtures list for dates)

Markeaton event date changed

In order to avoid a clash with a funfair the Markeaton event has been postponed a week till Saturday 15th May.  You must register using the button on the event details.  There is no entry on the day to meet Covid rules. Note that the car park requires coins, (£2.50 for two hours, £3.90 for 4 hours).  Nearest free parking on Prince Charles Ave, Mackworth, DE22 4BG around 750m away.

Midland Championships 2021 – Updated

The 2021 Midland Long Distance Championships are to be incorporated within the SpringTime in Shropshire event, which has now been reduced to a one day event on Sunday 30th May 2021.

Entries opened on Friday 30th April on Fabian4. Priority for orienteers eligible to take part in the Midland Champs will be allowed for 10 days before becoming available to all other orienteers.

Entries for the event are limited to 350.

See the SINs website for more details.

Training Opportunities

The Club has 2 training/coaching activities coming up soon, one online and one in the real world, specifically on Oker Hill.

Oker Hill 13 May 5–7pm
A Medium course and a Contours-only course on Oker Hill. Numbers aren’t likely to be limited, but we need to know how many of you are coming (for map printing/distancing/parking etc).
Followed by a drink and chat afterwards at the Square & Compass.
Names to stuart.swalwell2412@me.com by 8 May. Cost £3, payable on the day.
Open Meeting 25 May at 7pm on Zoom
Usual DVO business followed at 7:30pm by an interactive coaching workshop presented by Judith, Stuart and Sal, based on High Dam & Summerhouse Knott (areas to be used in the LOC June 5/6 events).

Do join us for one or both of these, as well as our local events, which are re-starting 15 May.

Thanks & all best wishes

Sal Chaffey
DVO Chair

Finding Our Way back to Orienteering

At last, there is hope that we can return to the forests, moors and urban areas!

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of the relaxation of restrictions on Monday 22nd February we held a DVO Fixtures Committee to consider the pattern of events we would look to put on over the rest of the year. We are obviously waiting for further guidance from the Government and British Orienteering as whatever events and activities we put on will necessarily operate within these guidelines.
Continue reading Finding Our Way back to Orienteering

Free online coaching conference

For anyone interested in coaching, British Orienteering have several live e-learning presentations from the 9–19th January.

Some sessions cover safety in remote terrain and how coaching might be delivered in a Covid-safe manner, and even virtually. Sessions are free, and can be booked here.

DVO events and MapRuns over the winter

We hope you’re all managing to keep fit and motivated over the winter. DVO respects British Orienteering’s suspension of all orienteering activities in Tier 4 areas, and their recommendation not to travel to other areas to train. As a result, we have postponed our events and same-day MapRuns, at least until Derbyshire moves into a lower tier.

In the meantime, we are offering MapRuns and Permanent Orienteering Courses for individual/household completion, or distanced with one other person. These should be undertaken using quieter areas close to where you live, and must follow Government guidelines on exercise.

We look forward to seeing you in the forest later in 2021!

Sal Chaffey, DVO Chair

A Date For Your Diary




Covid-19 and Forestry England allowing, CLOK is planning to put on a “definitely not the JK” Acorn Weekend of events in the Whitby area over Easter 2021. The idea is to use some of the areas, maps and planning that would have been used for the 2020 JK.

More Maprun Courses

Mackworth,Derby now available. Long and medium linear courses on an OOM map.
Bakewell map now available. Long, medium and short linear courses on an ISSOM map. (note short course still to be validated).
Long and Medium courses now available in Chellaston. See the Maprun courses page.
Also good opportunity to run the Allestree 40 control score course whilst there is no golf during lockdown.
Note that Burton Swans has been removed as the Arts Festival has finished
Melbourne Courses will be reinstated after the Urban Event there.