Orienteers’ efforts rewarded

Our orienteers were out in the field again this weekend, this time enjoying the wide open spaces of Hornchurch Country Park which included some unexpected ponds and a large hill!

Nine pupils took part in the competition and three were awarded Colour Coded Badges which are presented to competitors who have achieved the Colour Coded Standard for that colour course on three separate occasions.

Fifth Year Luke Cooper achieved another excellent result coming in at 3rd place on the 4km Light Green course. Second Year Emma Bowie-Britton and First Year Theo Williams battled it out on the 2.5km Yellow course, resulting in only 16 seconds between them to achieve 6th and 7th places respectively. 

Third Year Valentin Ivanov achieved an excellent time on the 3.5km Orange course, coming in at 7th place, ensuring he receives his colour coded badge for achieving three Orange courses in below par times. Colour coded badges were also presented at this event to Emma Bowie-Britton and Luke Cooper.

Head of Orienteering, Mrs Rachel Barford, praised the whole team for their sterling efforts. “The next orienteering event will be at Harlow Town Park on 14th February; all pupils are welcome to join us,” she said.

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.