24 Mar Orienteering
On the sunny blustery morning of Tuesday 21st March, Stubbers Outdoor Centre hosted the very first Havering orienteering primary competition.
Nearly 300 children descended on the Centre ready to take part on the courses set by Josh Jenner. The year 5 children were already in their teams of 3 to 5 and couldn’t wait to get started on either course B or C both of which were set around the lakes and culminated on a run down from the hill to the finish. Before they embarked on this challenge the children worked in groups with the Stubbers instructors to learn the basics of map reading through different activities. They also learnt how to use the electronic dibbers which they had to use at each of the checkpoints on the courses. This enabled the times for each group to be recorded accurately.
In their teams the children were then directed to the 2 start points and went off at 45 second intervals with maps in hand looking for the 8 controls on their course. There were screams of delight as children ran as fast as they could around the courses and the downhill finish saw many children literally sprinting for the last control point. The atmosphere at the finish was electric as children cheered for their respective schools in the hope of winning the overall trophy.
The winners of Course B were the Superstars team from St Josephs in 7 minutes and 51 seconds and on Course C the Adventurers team also from St Josephs were victorious by 1 second in 8 minutes and 55 seconds. The team trophy was also awarded to St Josephs.
Sincere thanks have to go to Josh Jenner for mapping the courses and providing the expertise to co-ordinate the event and also to the staff at Stubbers for their enthusiasm and professionalism. The day was summed up perfectly by a child who said “today has been the best day I have ever had”