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.
The orienteering club made its annual trip to the North East for the October Odyssey held over the first weekend of October. This is a low key event which has a friendly atmosphere in (usually) lovely autumnal weather. Problems with land permissions resulted in the two day competitions being separated by a large distance. Day 1 was near Hexham, just north of Hadrian’s Wall, while day 2 was north of Alnwick. However, this did give us an excuse to see both Hadrian’s Wall and Alnwick Castle. Sat evening and night was spent on the floor of the village hall in Rothbury.
Three minibuses carried forty members of the O club to this event. For the second week running we were able to compete in sunshine and enjoy meeting up with other competitors after the run. Parking is a problem in this valley and resulted in a 30 minute walk uphill to the start. However, this did mean that the height gain on the courses was kept down.
Forty members of the O club left school this Sunday in glorious weather. It was cloudier in Yorkshire, but the sun eventually came out and provided a welcome break from the rain of recent events. This was a popular event drawing large numbers to each course from all over the north of England. British Orienteering were using the event as a selection race for squads and future International races so this gave our pupils the chance to run against their own age group and see how they faired against stronger opposition.