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Year 6 pupils become national orienteering champions

Four Year 6 pupils are national orienteering champions after a nail-biting competition, defeating schools from all corners of England.

Leni, Louisa, Honor and Isabel gave great individual performances at the 2km British Schools Orienteering Association (BSOA) event at Witton Country Park in Blackburn.

When their scores were combined and mapped against fellow runners, they found themselves placed 1st in their age group.

They then discovered that they had also won bronze in the overall Primary School competition – a tremendous outcome and a further indication of how well they had done in their one and only race.

Jamie Hayward, Year 4 teacher and co-manager of the Redmaids’ High Orienteering Squad, said: “The girls applied everything they have learned, demonstrating great spirit, physical strength and mental agility.

“They were up against mixed teams who had the chance to gain more points from different classes so they really proved themselves to be a force.

“The support from parents on the sidelines was much appreciated and added to a truly memorable event.”

The squad, also including Amy (Year 9), travelled north on Saturday, fitting in a training session to complete their preparation.

Amy, who put in  an excellent individual performance on her own course, earning 21st place, has  been volunteering as an assistant coach  for the younger members this year and provided invaluable support to the girls on their way to victory.

This year’s Avon Schools League is nearing half way, with Redmaids’ High competing with a Bath school for the lead.

You can follow the fortunes of the Redmaids’ High Orienteering Club on Twitter.

Photo: Ray Barnes

Date Posted: 21 November 2018
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