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Orienteering on Esher Common

Published on 25/02/18

There can surely be few activities more pleasurable or exhilarating than running through a beautiful sunlit forest on a crisp winter morning, which explains why hundreds of orienteers from all over the south east foregathered for the Southern Navigators event on Esher Common last weekend. The courses were well planned, challenging and exciting, and the common was bathed in glorious sunshine. The three members of the Claremont Fan Court School Orienteering Squad who took part certainly made the most of it and strove valiantly to improve their league position in this penultimate event in the SN Junior League season.

Alexander O had a very good run on the Short Blue course, competing against the best senior men, and was very pleased with a time of 60:01. This was the fastest time for a junior on the course, putting him in 30th position and giving 105 league points for the school squad. Nathan J on the Light Green course did well to finish 28th in 52:58, picking up another 85 league points. But the real star was Jack P, who comfortably beat all the other juniors on the Light Green course to take 2nd place in an excellent time of 37:37 gaining a whopping 148 league points. Unfortunately, league positions are determined by the best six scorers from each school, and although the three boys had done all they could to keep the squad in contention, their scores were overtaken by three teams all fielding six or more runners and the school remains in 4th place in the league.