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On Friday 5th June it was the day of the orienteering competition. In the morning is was the secondary schools SEN competition and the primary schools competition in the afternoon session. The competitions were held at Wilson’s playing fields and  featured woodland routes that the participants had to navigate in order to find all 20 controls in the quickest time possible.

The secondary schools competition saw the participants take part in numerous orienteering type activities to help develop the skills required for the competition. The highest placed Hyndburn School and the highest placed Ribble Valley School qualified for the Lancashire school games competition on 30th June in Blackpool.

Participants were split into pairs, (pair A, Pair B and Pair C) and once they  set off they had 20 minutes to find as many controls as they could,  if they finished after the 20 minutes then they incurred penalty points . It was Oakhill who were first back meaning they will represent the Ribble Valley and representing Hyndburn will be St Christopher’s narrowly beating Accrington Academy by 1 point.

The primary school competition saw 32 teams compete for the right to represent their borough against all the other teams from across Lancashire.  As with the secondary school competition the highest placed Hyndburn school and the highest placed Ribble valley school will represent there boroughs in the Lancashire school games finals.  The same rules applied where participants were split into 3 pairs,  each pair had 20 minutes once started to find as many controls before they start to get penalty points.  Below are the scores from all the teams.

School Name A B C Total
Gisburn A 160 170 150 480
Gisburn B 150 140 120 410
Oakhill B 130 140 140 410
Benjamin Hargreaves C 150 120 130 400
Benjamin Hargreaves B 160 110 110 380
Oakhill A 140 100 140 380
St Bartholomew’s 130 120 130 380
St Mary Magdalene 160 60 120 340
St Wulstans B 130 110 100 340
St Wulstans A 100 120 110 330
St Marys Oswaldtwistle A 90 70 130 290
Peel Park 50 120 90 260
All Saints A 50 120 70 240
Brookside A 50 110 70 230
Brookside B 80 80 70 230
St Charles B 90 80 60 230
St Charles C 60 90 80 230
St Marys Oswaldtwistle B 40 80 110 230
Benjamin Hargreaves A -30 120 110 200
St Charles A 50 70 60 180
Green Haworth 50 80 40 170
All Saints B -70 0 130 60
All Saints C 30 -20 50 60
St Anne & St Josephs C -90 100 40 50
All Saints E 0 10 20 30
St Marys Langho 70 20 -80 10
St Anne & St Josephs D -80 -10 70 -20
All Saints D -100 10 60 -30
St Anne & St Josephs A -90 -80 110 -60
St Anne & St Josephs B -70 0 -70

Gisburn A  won with a score of 480 points with Gisburn B in joint second on 410 with Oakhill B, Benjamin Hargreaves C finish 3rd with 400 points. Gisburn A will represent the Ribble Valley and Benjamin Hargreaves C will represent Hyndburn at the finals.

A big thank you to Pendle Forest Orienteer’s who ran the event without you it wouldn’t be as successful and as popular an event as it is. Well done to all schools who took part and good luck to those schools representing their boroughs.

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