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.
Over 500 runners turned up on the day and some of the courses were very full. The Year 7 beginners had an excellent day with Andrew (7) finishing 1st on both the yellow & orange course. Hannah (7) & Jamie (9) were very pleased with their results of 4th & 3rd on the yellow & orange respectively. Despite a few niggardly injuries, Katie (9) had a good run to finish 3rd on the light green, 7 mins clear of the next girl. After finishing 9th on the short green Ben (9) is ready to move onto the longer green course next time out. There were just under 100 runners on the green & blue course so Meghan’s (10) 27th & Sam’s (10) 21st position were very good in courses full of experienced adults. Jack (12) seems to be getting better with every run. In a strong field, including some women GB runners, and despite a fall amongst the boulders, he came out on top.