British Champions – again!
The St. Andrew’s School orienteering squad have returned from the BSOC at Shipley Country Park in Derbyshire as British Champions for the second year running. An exciting weekend away included swimming, falconry and orienteering training, and the squad stayed overnight at a modern youth hostel near Swadlincote. The main event on the Sunday saw hundreds of youngsters aged from 8 to 18 from all over the country competing in their different age groups, with the children from St. Andrew’s amongst the youngest to take part in this prestigious national event.
There were individual silver and bronze medals for our children in the G7 (girls’ Year 7) and B6 (boys’ Year 6) classes. Our B6 boys came second as a group in their age class, while the G5 girls (all aged 8 or 9) won gold medals and the G5 trophy. When the final scores were added together, St. Andrew’s were declared the winners in the Middle/Prep Schools’ category for the second year running, with a total of 12 points (lowest score wins); our nearest rivals notched up 29 points. The splendid trophy has come home to Berkshire, and every member of the squad has received a gold medal for their team effort.
We now return to normal Saturday or Sunday morning events locally in the beautiful Berkshire countryside – and further afield – and we are already looking forward to our next weekend away in Yorkshire in November 2014, when we shall defend our national title once again.