Paddock Wood KNC Orienteering – 20th November 2014

Firstly a big thank you to the 12 club members that turned up have a go at Orienteering, along with Janet Duffin who arranged the use of Paddock Wood Primary School.

Must say seeing runners going out from the Primary School brought back some memory’s (the clubs first home when we started out 28 years ago)

As far as I am aware everybody who took part enjoyed themselves along with the event.

Some people sounded keen to have another go. So if you want to try weekend orienteering, Kent Orienteering League events take place once a month in local woods and parks.

There are 4 graded courses, from short with controls on paths, to long with controls in the hardest places to navigated to.

The next one is at Hucking estate between Maidstone and Sittingbourne on Saturday 6th December.

Looking at the Thursday night events, events take place in Tunbridge Wells on Thursday 22nd January and Sevenoaks on 26th Feb.

If people are interested they could email for more information.

Now to put the results into context, there were some quite fast orienteers there.  

Orienteers that go to the bigger events get a national ranking. There are about 5000 people with a ranking.

Paddock Wood Men’s team were ahead of Ian Ditchfield with a ranking of 268th in the country, and only just behind Neil Crickmore, ranked 170th in the country.

So very well done James, Colin and Gareth, along with the other 9 members that turned out.

Richard Elliott

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