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Orienteering at Horsell Common

Published on 11/02/19

Waterlogged pitches may have forced the cancellation of most sporting fixtures last weekend, but a little torrential rain and ankle-deep mud does not deter orienteers, and the four hardy members of the Claremont Fan Court School Orienteering Squad who travelled to Horsell Common for the fifth Junior League event of the season achieved their best collective result so far. The lessons learned from navigation training videos are clearly starting to bear fruit.

Despite making a costly navigational error at the 4th control, Thomas F had his fastest ever run on an Orange course and was 5th in 31:32, with the best split times for 6 of the 14 legs. Robert G on the Light Green course had his fastest run of the year too, getting round the 3.9 km course in 42:35 for 10th place. Jack P and Nathan J, also on Light Green, both set off in determined fashion and tussled throughout for the lead. Nathan was nearly a minute ahead at the second control before Jack caught him up and established a 99 second lead by control 8, but over the long and complex leg from 8 to 9 Nathan’s more focused and efficient route choice allowed him to open up a gap over Jack which he never surrendered. The two boys came home in first and second places in 35:12 and 37:47 respectively to produce a brilliant result for the team which moved them up to third in the league. If everyone maintains this rate of progress and runs equally well in the next league event on Saturday 9 March, second place is within their grasp.