To win the British Orienteering Championships in 2013 was a wonderful surprise, a once in a lifetime achievement. To win again in 2014 was beyond our wildest dreams!
On 16th November the seemingly impossible happened. Not only were St. Andrew’s crowned British Champions for the second year running, but the Year 5 boys and the Year 6 boys both won their age group team competitions and Lucy Walker was awarded the Year 6 girls’ individual silver medal. With St. Andrew’s name on 3 national trophies this is undoubtedly the school’s most successful team ever.
In front of the beautiful stately home at Temple Newsam near Leeds the competitors lined up for the start. Over the course of the morning a total of 650 young people navigated the complex network of routes laid out around the parkland and woods. St. Andrew’s runners all showed remarkable composure at such a major event. Evie Amos and Amy Skeet held their nerve and used their map-reading skills to complete the Year 5 girls’ course which included some tricky navigation in the finishing stages.
With Harrison Dixey, Thomas Leader, Thomas Martin, Zac Poter and William Press lined up ready to go there was strength in depth to our Year 5 boys’ team, which also included Jamie Hartnup, Ben Partridge and Oliver Prince from Year 4 who ran incredibly well against older opposition. The team were worthy winners of their age class, as were the Year 6 boys, Joel Hull, Liam Polley, Oliver Pringle and Ben Styman-Heighton, who formed a very strong unit and achieved an emphatic victory.
One of the last competitors to set off was Lucy Walker. She leapt almost to the top of the leader board as she raced home in 13 minutes to claim second spot and the individual silver medal in the Year 6 girls’ category. Harrison Dixey displayed great speed and navigation skills, clocking the 3rd fastest time in the Year 5 boys’ category, but unfortunately his dibber had failed to record at one checkpoint and he was unable to score. Also finishing in very high positions and just missing out on individual honours were Thomas Martin (4th), William Press and Jamie Hartnup (5th), Liam Polley (8th), Oliver Pringle (9th).
Former St. Andrew’s pupils continue to enjoy the sport and achieved medal success with Ramsey College and Hedingham School.
Mrs Hartley congratulates the children on their fantastic achievements and sends her thanks to their parents for their loyal support. St. Andrew’s sporting success reflects the enthusiasm and commitment of so many families.