Another Gold medal for one of our Juniors - this time for Barney in the Y10 Boys class at the British Schools Orienteering Championships at Black Park, near Slough, on 17th November. James was also part of the Barnardiston Hall team which one Bronze in the Y5 Boys competition. Congratulations!
The East Anglian Schools' Championships were held as part of Norfolk Orienteering's Hockham event on 10th November. Alesha took Gold in the Y11 class (& 5th overall on the Light Green course) while James was in 3rd place in the Y6 boys (& on the White course). Congratulations to them both, & to all who took part in this interesting but tricky area.
The British Schools Score Championships took place on October 12th in Heaton Park, Manchester, in excellent weather. James achieved a silver medal in the Year 5 Boys class with 150 points, just 10 points behind the winner, & his brother Ben finished 10th in the highly competitive Year 10/11 Boys class. Both the boys' and girls' teams from Barnardiston Hall School came second in the Middle Schools Category. Congratulations to all who took part.
We had planned, together with our neighbouring club, WAOC, a forest-and-urban weekend, & had promised two contrasting events, but had not anticipated quite how much difference there would be! Saturday's event at West Harling was held in beautiful autumnal sunshine while Sunday's weather was the subject of a Met Office severe weather warning. The warning, together with early heavy rain & difficult driving conditions, discouraged some participants, but those who did attend had a second day of excellent orienteering.
Links to both sets of results, together with Routegadget maps, UKUL & SEOUL listings, comments from event officials, & to Steve Rush's excellent photos of the urban, taken despite the difficult weather conditions, are on our Results page.
Our thanks to all those who helped to make the events such a success - & to those who allowed us to use the venues.
We've had the first event, in the forest at West Harling today (you can view the results here), & our first-ever complete urban event in Bury St Edmunds is tomorrow, Sunday. There'll be courses to suit everyone, whatever your age or fitness level, &, in the urban, special "Taster" courses for newcomers. On-the-day entry is available for the "Taster" & for the competition courses - it's best to plan to arrive early in the registration period to enter your preferred competition course, as we have a finite number of maps still available for each one.
Our most recent Events Newsletter has information on Autumn in Anglia & on our other events over the winter, with links to more detailed information.
Urban orienteering's great fun - & the Junior courses are virtually traffic free so it's good for youngsters, with or without family support on the actual course!