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Pupils enjoy Moray orienteering festival

Orienteering festival
Orienteering festival

More than 200 youngsters put their navigational skills to the test yesterday at the Moray Schools Orienteering Festival.

About 20 primary schools, as well as Forres and Elgin academies took part in the event at Gordonstoun.

Schools have been practicing orienteering since the summer holidays, with smaller festivals being held last month for all the different school clusters.

Mike Rodgers, regional development officer for Moray, said: “The standard was so good and it lets the kids learn in a fun way by looking at maps. It was a lovely day.

“The grounds at Gordonstoun are complicated and it’s a secure environment. The PE teachers give the kids basic training and then they pick the best kids to run.

“We had British sprint distance champion Kathryn Barr running for Forres Academy and the top under 13 boy in Scotland, Daniel Campbell, represented Elgin Academy.”

The festival, now in its sixth year, is organised as part of a partnership between Gordonstoun School, the Moray Council’s active schools team and Moravian Orienteers.

Active schools manager John McMulkin said: “It’s the culmination of the local schools orienteering season. PE teachers have been teaching skills in class while most school groups have had their own mini festival in the lead up to this finale.

“We have great forestry blocks in this part of the world such as Culbin, Quarrelwood, and Roseisle.”

Organisers are hoping that yesterday’s event will spur younger competitors on to compete in the 2015 World Championships in August.

In the secondary schools category, Forres Academy came out tops this year. In the boys primary school category, Bishopmill came first and Kinloss second. In the girls primary category, Kinloss won while Milne’s and Bishopmill coming second.

The overall winner of the primary schools trophy was Kinloss.

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