Orienteering League Event 2- Saltram Park

Wednesday 26 March 2014

The second of two schools league events was started by Old Priory Academy. 14 competitors turned up at registration ready to run. A sharp shower reminded everyone of the need to have with you a light waterproof. However this was soon gone, as were the first pairs through the start gate and off up the hill on the white course. It took these children a while to settle down and remember to consider distance using the scale on their maps. In no time at all though, they were back and stopping the clock to record their time. Suitably warmed up and with a clearer idea of how orienteering works, they then elected to go again this time on yellow course. The third pair to set off came back first which with 2 minute gaps at the start is pretty normal. However there was some suspicion that a few might be missing. Ten in fact returned as expected and four worked out the mistake they had made and will likely be having another go one day to ensure it is not repeated.

While all this was going on the children began to arrive from Weston Mill and from High View schools. They had the experience from last week to work with and elected straight away to do the yellow course. The results when all the score cards are checked will show how they did and provide an opportunity for the mathematicians to look at the numbers against their performance. By now most competitors were familiar with using the following techniques.

  • Setting the map north.
  • Thumbing, keeping your thumb over your position on the map.
  • Predicting the distance between controls using the scale on the map, measured in finger widths.
  • Choosing points that are easy to spot close to the red control circles on the map, called attack points.
  • Reading the control description on route so as to know what to look for when they get to the circle.
  • Checking progress along their route, particularly to take the quickest route but also to notice mistakes early.
  • Staying together for safety and for sharing ideas.
  • Retracing steps when things go wrong.

Some strong competitors came from the girl’ schools and appeared at the finish running as strongly as they set out. They demonstrated the strong link between fitness and reasoning skills to select their route and not miss anything along the way. Clubs are always looking for young people to join and sustain their membership. Most of those who took part in this second event would now find that they could turn up to and enjoy a club event. Details are on their websites and further all those parents who came along to support can accompany their children on a club event and take brothers and sister along as well.

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Paul Roberts
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