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Orienteering at Frimley Fuel Allotments

25 March 2017

The forest at Frimley Fuel Allotments is much nicer than one would guess from its name, which apparently dates from Elizabethan times when the poor folk of Frimley were allowed into the forest to gather wood for fuel. On this day, however, it was the venue for the final SN Junior Orienteering League event of the season, which traditionally takes the form of a score event. This means that instead of prescribed courses with a limited number of controls to be found in the shortest possible time, all the controls are marked on the map and competitors have to find as many as they can within 45 minutes. There is usually a twist in these events, and on this occasion it was that the 19 controls could not be taken in quite any order; they were in two groups which had to be visited separately, with a switching control between them.

Out of 118 competitors over the full age range from 8 to 80, Robert G was 42nd with 170 points out of a possible 200 and Nathan J was 54th with 150 points. Both were reasonably happy with their runs, but agreed in hindsight that with a little more planning at the start they could have chosen routes which would have gained them at least 20 more points.

Performance in this event did not however count towards league positions, which had been sewn up at the previous event.

In every league event, each team’s best six scores count for the team’s total. Since the Claremont Fan Court School squad only has five members, of whom rarely more than three took part in any one of the seven events, gaining fourth place in the league is quite a respectable achievement and the squad feels satisfied and heartened. Both Robert G and Nathan J were awarded certificates for achieving three or more par times on Green courses. Robert also received a plaque for coming third overall in the Y10/11 Boys’ class, which was presented to him by GB International, Sarah Rollins. Nathan has actually outperformed Robert over the season, but since the Y8/9 Boys’ class is a much bigger one, he did not quite make the top three and had to be content with fourth place. Both have improved tremendously over the season and are aiming to complete a Blue course by the end of the year.

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