The scout team scored 64 points from a maximum possible 66, with five event victories and one second place. Second place St Andrews School scored 54 and Tomlinscote had 50 in third.
In B7 and under, Idris Wills came first and William Emmerson came second, both from 1st Hinchley Wood.
In B8-9, Benedict Davidson took first place and Thomas Arnison came second, both from 1st Oxshott.
Also in the B7 age group and in their first season of orienteering, Alex Dall came ninth on the back of four runs, and Jamie Bingham came 15th with only three runs and a great result at the penultimate competitive event – both from 1st Claygate – showing great improvement over the series.
Esher Scouts Orienteering Club (ESOC) has had a great start to the orienteering season, winning the first two events in the Southern Navigators’ Saturday Series. This gives the club 22 points, six points clear of St Andrew’s School and Tomlinscote in joint second place.
At the first event of the season – Frith Hill near Camberley – ESOC runners Thomas Arnison, Idris Wills and William Emmerson took third, fourth and sixth places on orange. On yellow, newcomers Sophie Hutchison & Lucie Tinkler took 9th place and Christian Nicholson 14th.
The club had strong results at the second event at Bramshill in Berkshire. On the yellow course, pairs of scouts secured tightly-contested third, fourth and fifth places with less than 20 seconds between them. On the longer and harder orange course, individual runners William Emmerson, Benedict Davidson and Idris Wills were placed second, third and fifth respectively. Individual runners and those running without adult support score higher points in the competition.
The third event of the Saturday Series takes place on Saturday 12 November at Eagle House School, between Sandhurst and Crowthorne near Bracknell. This is a change from the previously advertised location (Ash South).
Esher Scouts Orienteering Club has continued its run of form in 2016 by winning the Surrey Schools & Youth O-Festival. The competition was organised by Mole Valley Orienteering Club and held on Monday 27 June in Norbury Park, across the River Mole from Box Hill south of Leatherhead.
The two courses – Yellow and Orange – were more challenging than the team were used to and vegetation was particularly high after the recent rain. However that didn’t hold the team back.
William from Hinchley Wood won the Yellow course by 40 seconds, with Idris also from Hinchley Wood, in fourth place. Their younger siblings Cai & Bronwen and Harry & Nicholas finished as pairs in eighth and ninth place.
Oxshott Scouts Thomas, Benedict and Sofié secured fifth, sixth and eleventh places on Orange respectively.
Despite fielding a relatively small turnout, and with everyone still in their first year of orienteering, Esher Scouts took first place with 72 points ahead of George Abbott School with 65 points and Tormead and Boxgrove in joint third with 63.
Dates have been announced for the 2016–17 Saturday Series of orienteering competitions organised by Southern Navigators. Esher Scouts orienteering club won the 2015–16 Saturday Series, and so we hope to have another great turnout in the coming season.
The events take place on Saturday mornings, and scouts from the Esher District usually meet at Hinchley Wood scout hut at 9am to travel down together. Return is usually at 12:30–1pm, but depends on how far away the event is.
17 September 2016
Frith Hill, Camberley
15 October 2016
Bramshill, Wokingham (changed from Velmead)
19 November 2016
Eagle House School, Bracknell (changed from Alice Holt)
Esher Scouts Orienteering Club have won the Southern Navigators’ 2015-16 Junior League. This is the first time that the club has won in the thirty years of the series. The win is particularly notable as the trophy has been shared between two schools for 19 of the last 20 years!
The team of scouts includes boys from 1st Hinchley Wood and from other groups in the Elmbridge District had wrapped up the competition ahead of the final round, but individual trophies were decided at the final event, with three going to orienteers in their first season.
Idris from 1st Hinchley Wood won the Alex Lane trophy for most improved runner during the series, and achieved fourth place in the B7 category. More details are available from South London Orienteers.
Over 30 scouts turned out during the course of the series. The scouts’ orienteering will continue with a set of one-off events through the summer and the Saturday series will resume in September.