Southern Orienteering Championships
Published on 03/12/18
On Sunday 25 November, five members of the Claremont Fan Court School squad took part in the Southern Orienteering Championships. This event, one of the biggest in the orienteering calendar, always attracts hundreds of runners, and since this year also incorporated the British Army Championships, the squad members found themselves lining up among a much larger crowd of competitors than usual.
To be worthy of the event’s prestige, the Southern Championships needs to present entrants with the most difficult physical and technical challenges, a requirement it managed comprehensively this year with a set of brutal courses on the steep slopes of the Devil’s Punchbowl at Hindhead. Robert G gave a gritty performance on the M18S course with 320m of climb to get round in 127:07, while Nathan J in M16B had slightly less climb but needed just as much grit to complete the course in 126:47, and looked just as drained at the finish. The best performance on a championship course, however, was that of Jack P whose time of 53:53 in M14B put him comfortably in first place over 10 minutes ahead of his nearest rival.
The two youngest and least experienced squad members did not compete in the championships but entered the colour coded Yellow course instead. On only his second outing, Ellis A did well to get round in 53:36 and learned some useful navigational skills on the way, while Thomas F sped round in a very impressive 29:06 to take first place by nearly 2 minutes. The squad is starting to put together some very promising results and we look forward to building on these.