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New Zealand Tour – Orienteering Success

Inter Boys

Our last two days were spent taking part in the NZ North Island Schools Champs. Friday was the individual day with relays on Saturday. Although the Ulverston party would not be entitled to any trophies we were determined to show why UVHS are the best in Britain.

Inter Girls

There were many more entrants then at the Nationals 2 weeks ago and the standard was high. Havelock North HS had been at World Schools Champs in 2008 and Napier Boys and Girls Schools were in Spain in 2009. Both were well represented here. Nearly all orienteering in NZ takes place on farm land and in this instance it was grass covered sand hills with patches of gorse and impenetrable box thorn. Some of the water courses were quite deep as Meghan found out. With contours marked at 5m intervals instead of the usual 2.5m in English sand dunes, navigation was tricky.

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New Zealand Tour – Ups and Downs

Once back on N Island we were billeted again by the Havelock North families. This time our day with their school group was more informal as they were in their Easter break. We started with a trip to the local chocolate factory (a certainty to go down well). Time was then spent in Napier, known for its Art Deco architecture after the re-building in the 1920’s following a massive earthquake. We then went indoor rock climbing followed by orienteering in a maize maze.

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New Zealand Tour – Thrills & Spills

Our first adventure after the orienteering was white water rafting. This took place on the Kawarau River at Queenstown. UVHS joined with the Havelock school and 6 mixed rafts set off down the river. Our first challenge was to get into the river to experience the flow and cold. Fortunately, the wet suits did their job and the only problem was to get back into the raft (which some found more challenging than others). After that the activity became quite frantic – the rapids became progressively bigger, and in the flat water there were raiding parties between rafts which resulted in more people in the river then the rafts!!

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New Zealand Tour

UVHS orienteering club are travelling around New Zealand for three weeks as part of an overseas tour. We were invited over by Havelock North High School who we met in Scotland at the World Schools O Champs in 2008. We will experience the culture, nature, geography and adventure that NZ has to offer as well as taking part in the NZ O Champs and N Island Schools O Champs.

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Gowbarrow, Ullswater – Cumbrian Galoppen 21/03/10

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!

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Easter plans

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.

Mitredale, Eskdale – Cumbrian Galoppen 07/03/10

This weekend the orienteering club travelled the scenic route to Mitredale in Eskdale. The sunny weather of the last two weeks gave beautiful views across to the Scafell range topped with snow.

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.

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Ilkley Moor, Yorkshire – Regional 28/02/10

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.

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