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Orienteering at Frensham Heights

Published on 20/03/18

Conditions for orienteering were not ideal last weekend for the final event of the Southern Navigators Junior League at Frensham Heights, where competitors had to battle not only against a bitter wind and driving snow, but also a long sloping field of treacherous, ankle-deep, shoe-swallowing mud. Although the forested parts of the course were not quite so challenging, the snow and soggy ground meant that the fastest routes between controls were often not the obvious ones, and a few seconds spent in thought could save several minutes of running.

On the Light Green course, Jack P had another great run to finish 4th in 36:24. Alexander O had to work hard on the Short Blue course, but got round in a very respectable 56:04 which placed him 20th overall and 2nd out of the junior competitors. With this strong finish to a season of steady and increasingly confident performances, Alexander secured the trophy for Best Y12/13 Boy. This excellent result was unfortunately not enough to lift the team above its 4th place in the league, but it was not the squad’s only success. Despite his absence at this event, Nathan J had accumulated enough points in the previous six events to ensure taking the trophy for Best Year 10/11 Boy as well. Congratulations to both of them!