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Orienteering at the Nower

Published on 14/06/19

Three members of the Claremont Fan Court School orienteering squad took part in a local event on The Nower in Dorking on Sunday 9 June. Although covering a relatively small area, The Nower is a technically difficult and physically demanding venue, with a long ridge falling steeply away to the north and intricate ground features made harder to identify by the abundant summer undergrowth.

Ellis A and Ellis B, running together, opted for the shorter of the two courses on offer. They made a good job of navigating round most of the course, but became confused by the multiplicity of paths available at the top of the ridge and were unable to locate their fifth control. This inevitably meant they were disqualified, despite finishing in the respectable time of 44:45. Running the long course, Robert G found the steepness of the hill and the dense undergrowth as tough as any previous course he has done, but did well to finish 10th in a time of 72:07.