Club News for September 2023

Rachel at the Junior World Championships in Romania

There’s a lot going on in September and into the Autumn that we’ve summarised in this article. 

We’ve also included Dave Vincent’s Newstrack puzzle below.

Club Championships

We’re excited about our Annual Club Champs at Shipley Park on 23 September, followed by the presentation of our 2022/3 Awards. Entries close on Sept 16th. Find out more and enter here!

Night MapRun series

Also in September, we’re launching the Derby Night MapRun Series. Our Club Development Officer Chris has arranged 8 mass-start, 1 hour Score events to promote orienteering to local running clubs. We hope club members will join us too. See details in this post

Please note the event on Wednesday 20 Sept will start at 6pm rather than 7 as advertised.


Rachel’s JWOC Talk to start our AGM!

Please join us at the Family Tree, Whatstandwell, for our AGM on Wednesday 18th October at 7:30pm. To begin … Rachel Duckworth will speak on Zoom about her experiences at JWOC.

Then … we’ll hold the business part of the meeting.

Free tea and coffee and a paid bar. 

Agenda for the business part of the meeting

Election/appointment of officers

The following posts will become vacant, and nominations are invited or are as follows:

Chair – Sal Chaffey is stepping down after 3 years, and Jane Burgess is proposed as new Chair.

Committee Member – vacant. The role of the Committee Member is to attend meetings or contribute by email. This post would suit a new member with a fresh pair of eyes.

Other items

Possible introduction of a Club membership fee

The DVO membership fee is £0 but we have the chance to increase it should we decide to at our AGM. The EMOA fee is currently £3 per adult, included in the £15 British Orienteering fee. Both bodies have their AGMs before ours, so these fees may rise.

Event Entry Fees

The Club Constitution states that we must review entry fees at each AGM, and at £8 for members and £10 for non-members at regional events. These fees have been in place since 2015.

Rachel’s Presentation

I’m going to be discussing my recent experiences racing at the Junior World Orienteering Championships in Romania. I’ll cover my races and the terrain out in Romania, mainly focusing on my lessons learnt and what I will be taking forward to future internationals.

September Puzzle: Another O needed…

Well done to Tom Hartland, Dave Nevell, Mike Gardner, John Hurley, and Graham Johnson, who all successfully determined the start times: 11:02, 11:03, 11:12, and 11:59.

The bonus/alternative challenge about the children’s names however, proved more challenging. The names, Pip, Tom, and Craig, are all one letter different (added or changed) from control features. So: pit, top, crag. A brilliant entry which I had not foreseen myself was Bridge(t) – excellent! I wonder if there are others?

Fresh from the White Rose, with its enjoyable quiz, this episode’s puzzle is a series of anagrams – a new version of some that I produced during lockdown.

Each clue leads to two words, one of which is an anagram of the other with an added letter “o”.
Either the “o” word or the other might be clued first.

1. Brick – on a necklace?
2. Dreary sort of game
3. She rules the night – with a mineral?
4. Number of hairs
5. Schedule a chicken
6. Exterior jobs
7. Lift specific article
8. Current in one direction expired
9. Results in a plant
10. Merge two languages in a basket

Answers to David Vincent by 15 October please.

New Members

A warm welcome to new members Katherine and Rowan Brook and Imogen Satherley – great to have you in the Club!

Autumn Events

Entries are open for our East Midlands League event at Longshaw, and there is a new Lidar-based map.



Future events

Saturday 8 June 2024
Darley Park

Thursday 13 June 2024

Saturday 22 June 2024
Allestree Park

Recent results

Sunday 19 May 2024
Hardwick Park

Sunday 3 March 2024
Shipley Country Park

Saturday 10 February 2024
Elvaston Castle

Routegadget (view routes)

MapRun Results

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We’re supported by the Orienteering Foundation

In 2023, thanks to a grant from the Orienteering Foundation, our Club is focusing on offering training courses for newcomers and help at local events in the Derby Area and beyond, but open to people from across Derbyshire.