Easter outing for small but determined band of Orienteers

A small but determined Brentwood School orienteering squad put in a sterling Easter holiday performance at Chigwell & Epping Forest Orienteering Club’s Wanstead Park event.

On a sunny Sunday, with bluebells in the woods, some excellent runs were achieved by the Brentwood School pupils. Fifth Year Luke Cooper won the Light Green 3.3km course with an outstanding time, over seven minutes ahead of his nearest rival!

Second Year Emma Bowie-Britton put in another good performance to take 2nd place on the 1.9 km Yellow course, and fellow Second Year pupil Jemima Parasram did well to finish in 6th on her first solo run on the same course. Jemima was just pipped at the post by her three younger brothers and parents, who took part as a family. 

Third Year Valentin Ivanov did well to cover long distances between controls on the 2.2km Orange course, and Second Year Jessica Mills had a navigational error near the beginning which slowed her overall time on the Yellow course. 

Head of Orienteering, Mrs Rachel Barford, said: “Many team members were away during the holidays and unable to orienteer, however, I was very impressed by the mature attitude shown by pupils who were competing in an unfamiliar location. 

“I am also grateful for the unstinting support of the parents and families who turn up at remote locations in the middle of the countryside to support their children. We are looking forward to our next events in Hatfield Forest and Thorndon Park in May.”