Bugthorpe are orienteering champions

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After qualifying at the Pocklington and Market Weighton cluster of schools orienteering event held at Pocklington Infant School in March, two pairs of boys took part in the East Riding Finals held at Burton Constable Hall in early May.

The event, organised by H.A.L.O. (Humberside and Lincolnshire Orienteers) involved the teams navigating a 1.8km course using a map, set in the grounds of the historic building, as quickly as possible. Failure to go to a checkpoint incurred a time penalty. Timing was done electronically using “dibbers” that the children wore on their fingers. Upon completion of the course the data from the “dibbers” was downloaded on to a computer and everybody’s times compared.

Over 100 children (50 teams) took part in the year six event and 70 children in the year five event. Because Bugthorpe’s team involved three year sixes and a year five, they took part in the year six competition. Both teams from Bugthorpe performed brilliantly with Henry Palmer and Ned Lyon winning the race with a time of 11 minutes and 34 seconds (a full minute ahead of the next placed competitor) and Alex Stones and Thomas Darke finishing in joint sixth in 14 minutes and eight seconds.

The first two teams for each school had their times combined to achieve a school score and Bugthorpe finished as champion school ahead of Airmyn, Hook and South Cave - a terrific result from one of the smaller schools in the East Riding. Both teams have now qualified for the Humber Games in Scunthorpe in July.

A big thanks from all the competitors to H.A.L.O.- all your hard work is much appreciated. Anyone interested in orienteering can visit http://halo-orienteering.org.uk.