It was the last Friday of half term, and lots of HH juniors turned out to do some training at Haberdashers’ Boy’s School, where we are always given a warm welcome. The early action was fast and furious, as everyone warmed up with a control symbols relay, before dividing into groups for some outdoor activities.
The weather stayed reasonable as we pondered the mysteries of handrails and attack points, and compared the symbols on the maps with the features out there in the grounds. The novices enjoyed using the new map of the prep school area while the middle group pondered whether having an attack point might get them there faster – they certainly did some running. As for the more advanced group, they were too fast to ask what they were working on.
In the afternoon teams had to come up with a good strategy for the Pooter Relay – here they are plotting team tactics – how to get each of the controls visited by one member of the team in the quickest possible time.
The next training event is combined with the Christmas social on 28th December – at the Willow Tree Centre, Ruislip
Big congratulations to the junior team of Beth Hanson, Becky Young, Sam Fielding,Tom M’Caw, Josh M’Caw and Mark Purkiss who came sixth in the Peter Palmer Relays on 8th September. We were the only southern team to make the trip, and took on some big teams to get this excellent result. The competition area ran between the Hawes End centre and Derwent Water, so it was a very picturesque setting.
This scheme aims to encourage young orienteers by rewarding them for locating controls. It is ideal for the younger or less competitive who might not be able to qualify for the colour coded awards. Every time the young person visits an orienteering event, permanent course or training exercise they record how many controls they locate in a logbook [Download here].