Orienteering in St Leonard's Forest, Sussex
Published on 24/04/18
The contrast between the weather conditions for the last orienteering event of last term and the first event of this term could not have been greater. Ice, mud, biting winds and driving snow were replaced by blue skies and the warmest April temperatures for seventy years! Two members of the Claremont Fan Court School orienteering squad travelled to St Leonard’s Forest in Sussex to take on the navigational challenges and physical obstacles presented by the remains of 16th century ironworks covered and overlain with thick bracken, brambles and fallen trees.
Nathan J tackled the Green course with caution, deciding to walk most of it rather than try to run through the dense undergrowth, and came home in 36th position in the creditable time of 83:25. Attempting his first ever Blue course, Alexander O found some of the controls very elusive and also struggled with the thick vegetation. He was relieved to finish in under two hours, coming 37th in 116:29. But spending two hours in the forest on a beautiful spring day was arguably more rewarding than recording a fast time, and the boys thoroughly enjoyed their courses.