Eat Natural Website – News Item

The following appeared on the Eat Natural Site a couple of weeks back –
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Mud, sweat and orienteers…

Stodge, Eat Naturalist and Orienteer emailed us the other day. If you are like me, you may be wondering ‘what on earth is an orienteer?’. I’ve since found out that orienteering is a ‘challenging, outdoor adventure sport that exercises both the mind and the body’. The aim is to navigate between control points on a map and decide the best route to complete the course, in the quickest time by jogging, running, walking (or even in some cases, mountain biking). Sounds brilliant but I think I’ll stick with my car and SatNav for now, if that’s OK? Stodge is also a keen cyclist and he sent in this picture of himself at a three hour, mountain bike orienteering event in December.

Sunshine and wildlife

With legs still very tired from last Sundays efforts at the Compass Sport cup I have had an easy week. Work has been tough with a huge presentation on Wed, then working till 3am upgrading 60 odd workstations. Thursday nights club run from the Garsides house had a great social feel to it, with Ray getting the Spam award for running the wrong course last weekend.
The weather today was amazing, bright sunshine, with only a little of the promised wind. I decided to just go out and enjoy riding round the Chase on my roadbike as I am out on the mountain bike with Alan tomorrow.
Within 15 mins id seen 5 deer, a fox and countless squirrels. The fox ran straight out in front of the bike near Chase Road Corner, probably the closest I’ve been to one. The views into the valleys were great with the Autumn leaves and bright blue skies above. Views out towards The Peaks and The Wrekin also spectacular, with no haze at all.

I stopped for lunch at Birches Valley Cafe, which is now very good, and then bimbled home, legs still struggling on the hills. Cath was back so we grabbed the camera and headed out into the conservation area where Chasers are holding the British Orienteering Champs in 2010 to get some publicity shots.

Having designed the logo I have got to put together a basic flier in the next month so it was fortunate to get some good weather.