The last event before Easter took place on Gowbarrow. This open fell is on the north side of Ullswater, close to Aira Force. After leaving Ulverston in thick mist it was a surprise to travel over Kirkstone Pass and into the sunshine. Luckily this held for the day giving all the runners some stunning views over the lake. It almost made the hard climb worth it!
Over Easter some of the O club will be travelling south to Devon for the annual JK Festival. Others will be taking the slightly longer journey to New Zealand for the tour of a lifetime. UVHS orienteers will be staying with pupils from Havelock North School, Napier and taking part in the NZ champs as well as the N Island school champs. The 3 week tour will also include white water rafting, glacier walking and swimming with dolphins. Our pupils will try to keep the website up-to-date with all their activities.
Unfortunately, the forest was not so nice. It had not been used for a few years and had not improved in that time. The terrain was very rough underfoot with brashings and boulders making it very difficult to make quick progress. Finishing times were very long and anyone who finished felt they had had value for money! To make matters worse runners on the longer courses found the print rubbing off the map which made the map reading quite difficult.
25 members of the school orienteering club travelled to Yorkshire a week ago. This regional event took place on the northern slopes of Ilkley Moor with the longer courses covering the moor further south. This undulating moorland (with several large marshes) was a complete contrast to the steep north slope. All courses started by trudging uphill through marshes. The controls were well placed in ditches and re-entrants and proved tricky to find. After contouring along the top everyone descended quickly through the boulder strewn ground. The numerous paths, crags and boulders had many people confused and the best runners had to keep in close contact with the map.