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Orienteering at Ightham, Kent

Published on 11/01/18

Five members of the Claremont Fan Court School Orienteering Squad travelled to Ightham in Kent for the first event of 2018. One of the most interesting features of Ightham Common is Oldbury Fort, an Iron Age hill fort dating back to 100 BC. Once grass-covered open land, the summit of the hill is now densely wooded, but the high steep earth ramparts remain and provide a significant physical challenge for orienteers. Although the wind chill made an already cold January morning feel even colder, the mile-long uphill walk to the start provided a useful warm-up, as well as a warm-down on the way back from the finish.

Four squad members opted for the Light Green course. Robert G was the quickest of the four, coming home 6th in 51:50, closely followed by Nathan J and Jack P in 8th and 9th positions respectively, in 52:56 and 53:39. This was a good performance for Jack on his first Light Green course. Also stepping up to Light Green, but not quite so successfully, was Joe B, whose imprecise navigation unfortunately resulted in his disqualification for failing to find control 13. Alexander O, meanwhile, maintained his steady rate of improvement with his best run to date on the Green course, coming 35th in 69:11. After his run, he Alexander was presented with the Mole Valley Junior Flyer Trophy by the MV Membership Secretary Mike Bolton for his performance at Ash Ranges in December.