Once again the orienteering club chose the wrong day to go out – this time we woke up to snow on the fells. Fortunately, little had settled on the roads so we managed to get to the event safely and were able to enjoy the scenery as we travelled through the Lakes. Whilest the first snow of the year made the hills look very dramatic it was slightly worrying that we were soon going to be out running in the stuff! However, as we went over Dunmail Rise the snow disappeared from the lower slopes and by the time we reached the event the ground was just very wet. Unfortunately, there was a strong cold wind blowing so everyone still had to go out in cags, hats & gloves.
The weekend of the British Schools Championships was also part of the selection process for the World Schools Championships to be held near Madrid, Spain in April 2009. Selection was based on the results from the championships on Sunday and a selection race held on the Saturday.
British Schools Orienteering Championships – North West Evening Mail
Orienteers at Ulverston Victoria travelled to Hampshire at the weekend to take part in the British Schools Orienteering Championships. In one of the closest competitions for some years they returned with some impressive results.
Every orienteering article talks about the weather and, although it should not affect our results, it can make such a difference to an event. This Sunday the club took 45 pupils to Birkett Common near Kirkby Stephen – an open fell area with no trees or shelter. Instead of the sunshine from last week runners were faced with strong winds, heavy rain (with some hail mixed in) and a marked drop in temperature. Conditions were such that everyone went out in cags, hat and gloves. The wet conditions underfoot made the feet very cold and several runners retired.
The end of half term found the orienteering club taking a short journey to Torver in bright sunshine. Once again the terrain was open fell with views across to Coniston Old Man and Dow crag. There were extensive rock features with some steep slopes and intricate contour detail. The numerous marshes and streams proved helpful as well.