Havering Orienteering Team – British School Championships

07 Dec Havering Orienteering Team – British School Championships

For the first time in the history of Havering, 10 school children represented the London borough at the British Schools Orienteering Championships. The prestigious competition, held in the Forest of Dean on the 19th November, saw over 500 children from across the country battle it out to be crowned the British Schools Orienteering Champion, 2017.

The Havering Orienteering team raced in the Year six and eight categories and posted outstanding results with the majority finishing in the top 25.

Results from the British Schools Orienteering Championships

Age Category Position Team Members School
Year 6 16th Thomas Brabin & Emily Lowry St Joseph’s Primary School
Year 6 22nd Lucas Afteni & Georgie Cole Upminster Junior School
Year 6 27th Harry Marquis & Jack Higgs Upminster Junior School
Year 8 Boys 24th Max Spencer & Harry Thomas Emerson Park Academy
Year 8 Girls 29th Olivia Purdie & Amy-Clare Sinclair Emerson Park Academy

The event marked the final stage of a brand new competition designed to get all schools across the borough of Havering taking part.

In October, The Havering Sports Collective and Josh Jenner, Orienteering Coach, joined forces and hosted a borough-wide championship from Stubbers Adventure Centre in Upminster.  Over 200 children attended the event and finished head to toe in mud, with ear to ear grins for completing the challenging orienteering course.  The top 3 pairs from each category were then selected to go to the National Championships and represent their school.

Results from the Havering Borough Championships:


1st Harry & Jack, Upminster Junior School
2nd Georgie & Lucas, Upminster Junior School
3rd Emily & Thomas, St Josephs


1st Max & Harry, Emerson Park Academy
2nd Olivia & Millie, Emerson Park Academy
3rd Summer, Caitlin & Amy-Clare, Frances Bardsley Academy.

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To prepare the team to compete at the top level, Josh Jenner invited the pairs to attend a local Orienteering competition at Langdon Hills. This was organised by the Havering Orienteering Club who regularly hold local competitions for children and adults in Havering and Essex.

Before having a go at the Yellow course, the team received some coaching from ex-GB team Orienteer, Josh Jenner. The quickest pair to complete the yellow course managed it in a very rapid 34 minutes which put them in 5th place.


Results from Langdon Hills Orienteering Competition – Yellow Course

5th Harry & Jack
17th Summer & Amy-Clare
23rd Georgie & Lucas
24th Max & Harry
25th Thomas & Emily

Due to the success and growing demand for Orienteering this year, 2018 will see a Festival of Orienteering in March, open to all school children. In October the Borough Championships and local competition will return with more places available to represent Havering at the national championships.