The pupils eligible for the World Schools Championships have been training hard for the selection races held over the British Schools weekend. This has involved some excellent technical training on Wednesdays after school. This training culminated in a weekend on Holme Fell, just north of Coniston, with Saturday night spent at Estwaithe YH.
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.
The Fell Running Association held these Championships for the first time this year. Sedbergh School helped to sponsor the event with the races starting on their playing fields before ascending the slopes of Winder and returning again. It is only when you compare the height of Hoad Hill at 230’ with that of Winder at 1551’ that you realise what each race entailed. The distances were as follows:-