Hardy orienteers brave the elements

Ten hardy Brentwood School pupils took part in Sunday’s Chigwell & Epping Forest Orienteering Club’s premier competition held in the heart of historic Epping Forest. 

The pupils, ranging from First Years to Sixth Formers, competed across a variety of courses with some notable successes. Second Year Jessica Mills was beaten into the runners-up spot by only 50 seconds on the Yellow (1.6 km) course, and Fifth Year Luke Cooper achieved 2nd place on the 2.9 km Light Green course. 

Fourth Year Catriona Kadirkamanathan was first girl home on the Orange 2.5 km course and Third Year Valentin Ivanov was 3rd on Orange, which was an excellent result for him.

Head of Orienteering, Mrs Rachel Barford, said: “The rest of the team also had good runs, although Theo Williams stepped in a bog up to his knees in icy, muddy and smelly water!”

Orienteering is an exciting outdoor adventure sport which involves walking or running whilst navigating around a course using a detailed map and sometimes a compass. The aim is to navigate in sequence between a set of control points and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time.