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National Orienteering Success

Dom Dakin (S4) recently travelled to Aberdeen in Scotland with the Yorkshire & Humberside Orienteering Squad, to compete in the Junior Inter Regional Championships. This is a fiercely-contested annual competition between the 12 regions in the UK, including Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. The competition courses are planned to challenge the most able orienteers.

Each region can enter a total of 24 juniors, in the six age categories: Men and Women 14s, 16s and 18s. Dom was one of 4 boys running M16 for Yorkshire.

Saturday was the individual race, in the pine forests at Cambus o’May, close to Balmoral. Dom came a creditable 7th place out of 35 (he is currently the younger of the 2 years in M16 age category), running a 6.4km course with 300m height gain in a time of 73 mins, on a physically demanding course due to the underfoot heather and rocky terrain.

Sunday was the relays (3 consecutive legs M16, M14, M18), with the M16s running first leg on the heavily contoured and technical sand dune area at Forvie, on the coast, North of Aberdeen. Dom had a good run on his 4km course, coming 6th on his leg out of 30 teams, with his team finally finishing in 5th place.

Overall, after combining the results from both the individual and relay races, Yorkshire came 3rd out of the 12 regions; a great result for the squad, with many good runs on both days.

If you would like to try Orienteering, you can give it a go at the Sheffield Schools League (that’s FREE for school pupils Y3-Y13!) – follow the link to South Yorkshire Orienteers, or ask Dom, for details.

Photo credits: Wendy Carlyle

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