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.
These championships are held at the beginning of each school year. They are run on a handicap basis, where in theory everyone will finish at the same time. The champion is the pupil who beats their handicap and is the first runner to finish. The maths department would be impressed with the calculations needed. All events over the previous year are taken into account with the time taken and the distance covered being used to find every runners average minutes per kilometre. Start times are given to the second and runners set off hoping for a clean run.
The weather this Sunday was quite miserable with a steady rain falling throughout the event. However, this did not deter the O club with 32 pupils taking part on various courses. The terrain was typical for the Lake District – open fell, thick tussocks, small features and no trees to hide behind. As usual the year 8 pupils completed 2 courses (orange followed by yellow). This helps with their stamina training and is good practice for British Schools Champs. Their results were outstanding with almost a clean sweep on both courses. William and Angus coming 1st & 2nd respectively on the orange and yellow course.