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World Orienteering Day at Knole Park

Published on 23/05/19

World Orienteering Day occurred on Saturday 18 May and three members of Claremont Fan Court School’s orienteering squad made sure they celebrated it by running and navigating in one of the loveliest areas in the south east. There were several events in the region on offer. The one at Rewell Quarry and Gobblestubbs Copse was very tempting because of its wonderful name, but it was just too far away, and the choice was made to travel instead to Kent, where Saxons orienteering Club were holding an event in the beautiful 1000 acre deer park surrounding the great Tudor manor house at Knole.

Although quite hilly, Knole Park is generally fairly open and runnable, and fast times were likely. Apart from negotiating the numerous fallen oak trees and branches, the only hazard was a potential encounter with one of the hundreds of deer that roam the park. Ellis A navigated accurately round the 2.2 km Yellow course with his fastest run of the year so far, finishing 7th in 26:44. On the 4 km Light Green course, Robert G also had a good run to come 11th in 44:27. Determined to improve on last week’s run, Thomas F produced his best performance this year, completing the Light Green course in 40:14 for a well-deserved 6th place. All three delivered results worthy of World Orienteering Day.