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British Schools Orienteering Championships - Ilkeston, Derbyshire

posted 18 Nov 2013, 03:17 by Kathryn Davis   [ updated 18 Nov 2013, 20:56 by Lynnette Glossop ]
7 children represented the school in the British Schools Orienteering Championships. They all did a super job  competing against schools from across the country.  They raced against children aged from 8 to 18, from Cumbria to Bristol and gave great account of themselves. 
The competition was very strict with the runners only being given their maps at the start: they all had to run the course blind, relying on their map reading and navigation skills to get round unaided - teachers and parents were not allowed in the competition area to help.
It was quite nerve-wracking sending them off into the unknown but they all turned up at the finish line still smiling and only slightly muddy. Although it was competitive they said they all helped each other if someone was a bit unsure. It was a great experience for them and they all really enjoyed it.
Thank you to all the parents who came to support this event. I would have struggled to do it alone, running between girls and boys starts and the finishing line!
We came 10th overall in the primary schools category and 4th in the year 5 boys team category. Individuals placed 13th in Y6 girls, 24th, 31st and 33rd in Y5 boys and 42nd in Y6 boys. Well done team!