THE longest day proved to be the most exhausting and challenging for the 200-plus orienteers taking part at Carsington at the weekend.
Organised by the Derwent Valley Orienteering Club, the orienteering club for Derbyshire, the hot temperatures and steep terrain tested the runners in this exciting navigational sport.
The high number of competitors who retired was disappointing but only to be expected considering the conditions.
Eight courses were offered, colour-coded according to difficulty, with the white course for the children new to the sport progressing to the green, blue and brown courses for the experienced orienteer. These more difficult courses differed only in distance.
It proved a one, two, three for the Nottinghamshire club on the premier brown course with Richard Robinson, Andrew Llewellyn and Andrew Powell taking the respective honours.
White, 2 Alexa Lindsay; Yellow, 1 Peter McNee; Orange 1 Rachel Duckworth, 5 Isbella Edwards.
Light Green: 1 Sarah Duckworth, 5 Kevin McNee
Short Green (34 runners): 1 Mark Goodhead, 5 Pauline Ward, 11 Ann Armistead, 12 David Parkin, 13 Terry Peach, 16 Cathryn Goodhead, 17 Tom Palmer.
Green (54 Runners): 3 Mike Godfree, 4 Murray White, 14 Stuart Swalwell, 18 Michelle Mackervoy, 21 Andy Hawkins, 25 Kim Buxton, 26 Russell Buxton, 27 Paul Wright.
Blue (53 runners): 2 Dave Chaffey, 5 Andy Sykes, 9 John Hurley, 13 Graham Johnson, 16 David Skidmore, 17 Roger Hodgson, 19 Andrew Mackervoy, 20 Paul Goodhead, 21 Sal Chaffey, 24 Mike Gardner
Brown (26 runners): 4 Richard Parkin, 6 David Bennett, 7 Dai Bedwell, 8Chris Millard, 10 Louis Forshaw-Perring, 11 David Pettit