Orienteering their way to the top

January 19th, 2016 | Outdoor Education School News

The New Year brings with it a new challenge and Writhlington and Mendip Studio School Year 10 and 11 students are taking on the ultimate challenge, Ten Tors which is a gruelling 35 and 45 mile challenge across some of the UK’s toughest terrain. Students will independently navigate their way across Dartmoor National Park carrying all of their kit weighing up to a third of their own body weight.

School Volunteer Co-ordinator, Sophie Mcdonnell, commented:

‘This is a really tough competition and students have to train exceptionally hard just to be considered for the team. Only 6 people will be successfully selected and that brings a really lovely element of competition to all the training. No one student can do it without the other so despite the competition, there is still a great deal of camaraderie and that is a really rewarding experience to be part of.’

Students took part in an orienteering event organised by BOK, the Bristol Orienteering Klub in conjunction with British Aerospace and Rolls Royce. Our students completed the course in an exceptional time with the girls team in first place.

Year 11 student, Lydia Simmons said:

‘It was a really fun day, people came from as far as Torquay to take part so it was really quite competitive. It really helped reaffirm my navigational and micro nav skills. I think I am ready for the 45 mile challenge and I really hope I make the team.’