The beginning of half term found the Ulverston orienteering club taking a short journey to Ulpha Park at the bottom of the Corney Fell road. This area provides a complete range of terrain. All the courses went through the lower slopes of deciduous woods. The yellow & orange courses finished past the fields next to the Duddon River, while those on light green went into a new wood previously unusable because of dormice (ferocious creatures!). This area of beech trees is very welcome as it enables the longer courses to gain access to the open land around Frith Hall by climbing gradually. From there they entered the dark, coniferous plantation, and the rough open land of Penn before finishing with the steep drop back to the finish.
Every year the school orienteering club holds a training weekend based at Coniston Holly How YH. After the poor weather in January this was the first time most of us had been out running this year. Fortunately, we were blessed with some lovely sunshine on Saturday as we ran through all the tourists at Tarn Hows. Sunday’s overcast weather dropped the temperature and the only way to keep warm was to keep running!