Published: Oct 21st 2014, 2:53pm
Hedingham School Orienteering Team achieved some good results at the British Schools Score Championships held in Worcestershire this weekend. A 'Score Course' is slightly different to the normal orienteering event because instead of navigating a specific course, all runners have just 45 minutes to navigate to as many controls as possible, with penalties for going over the time limit. It requires the orienteers to make significant decisions about route choice and to judge the time required to locate each control to avoid any time penalties – all very difficult when you are running flat out across challenging terrain!
Hedingham School Upper Secondary Girls team of Harriet Vinter, Annie Northfield, Tia Coster, Laura Smith, Jasmine Clackett and Daisy Partridge won bronze medals. The outstanding individual performance was from Daisy who, running in the Year 10 category when she is only in Year 9, won herself her first individual British Schools Championship Gold Medal after successfully navigating a class, winning 22 controls and earning the team 220 points.
The Year 10 boys managed a very high score including 240 points for Josh Partridge, 190 for Ollie Smith and 185 for John-Henry Love, with solid runs from Charlie Partridge and Joe Powers. With only five runners they were unfortunately one man short of a full team but were the highest scoring incomplete Upper Secondary Boys team and in fifth place overall.
Daisy, who is 14 years old and lives in Sible Hedingham, has recently been selected for an Active Essex Inspired Athlete award in recognition of her achievements over the past 12 months. Daisy will now become an Essex Ambassador to help inspire other children to take up sport. She will attend various sporting events where she will talk about what she has achieved and encourage other children to follow in her footsteps. Daisy will receive her award and a cheque for £500 at the Active Essex Sports Awards on 1st December. Daisy commented, ‘I am very proud to have been selected for this award and I plan to use the money to help me to train in more challenging environments such as the Scottish Highlands.’