Youngsters impress at Scottish Schools Festival of Orienteering

ABOUT 300 young people took part in an orienteering race which is back after being postponed for two years.

The Scottish Schools Festival of Orienteering took place within the grounds of Scone Palace, near Perth.

The routes were suitable for ages and abilities, with those for elementary school students following paths through the woods for about one to two kilometres.

The routes lengthen and become more difficult for each age group, up to 4 km for final year students, and the controls placed on smaller elements away from the trails.

Thanks to the efforts of East Lothian Outdoor Learning and East Lothian Active Schools, a team of nearly 30 students from East Lothian traveled to the event.

Although attendance is the main focus of the event, competition is also important and the youngsters from East Lothian did this with great success.

Three first places and one second place were achieved by individuals and a third place by team was also recorded.

The individual medalists were Jonah Henderson, first in the P7 boys from Longniddry Primary School; Calum Robertson, first in S2 boys for Preston Lodge High School; Emily Atkinson, first in S2 girls for Ross High School; and Emily Fairfull, second in the P7 Girls at Longniddry Primary School.

Melody Goodluck and Connie Robinson also did well with a fourth place finish in the P5/6 Girls for Windygoul Primary School; fifth places for Lorna and Rosemary Morrison, girls P7, Windygoul Primary School; Thomas O’Hara, S2 boys, Preston Lodge High School; Joel Atkinson, boys S4, Ross High School; and a sixth place for Ben Davidson-Ellis, P5/6 Innerwick.

Other schools represented were East Linton Primary School and Haddington Primary School.

Windygoul Primary School sent the largest group and their P7 girls took third place in the team competitions with, in addition to Lorna and Rosemary in fifth place, Anabelle Paterson in sixth and Julia Janeczek and Nicole Dickson in ninth.

Dino J. Dotson