Primary pupils can’t get enough of orienteering

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Pupils at Alford Primary have caught the orienteering bug having organised their own event day after their Donside Schools win.

The P6 pupils eagerly took on the challenge of organising their own orienteering event on June 14 following their fantastic win in the sport at the Donside Schools Orienteering Festival, which took place at Bennachie in April.

Ten volunteers from P6 worked with Jessica Tuille of Scottish Orienteering to learn how to run a successful orienteering event. They planned the routes, organised advertising, prepared the maps, set up the courses and ran the event on the day.

The winner of the Experienced Orienteers Section was none other than Neil Maclean, Scottish Champion in his age group. The organisers were delighted that he had chosen to come along to their event. He said that he enjoyed the course and that the pupils had done a great job.

The winners of the Beginners Section were the Hopwoods, followed closely by Louisa and Will Ross with Wilbur their dog.

Several attendees had never tried orienteering before but, with the encouragement of the P6 organisers, everyone found their way round the woods and had a lot of fun.

The P6 pupils would very much like to thank Jessica and her parents, and Mar Orienteering Club (MAROC) who loaned equipment.