Deeside Orienteers Shine at Schools Championships

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47 youngsters from Deeside recently travelled to Drumpellier Country Park in Coatbridge for the annual Scottish Schools Orienteering Festival.

26 youngsters from five Aboyne cluster schools and 21 from Banchory and Drumoak made the trip to join over 300 pupils from throughout Scotland.

Senior Maroc coach Sarah Dunn said: “It was well worth the journey with many placings amongst the regular Maroc orienteers.

“Several youngsters also ran their first solo event gaining heaps of experience in the process. “

Aboyne Academy’s Matthew Gooch and Grant McMurtrie were presented with framed maps in recognition of their World Schools Championship medals. Matthew also had an impressive win in the S2 Boys class. The trio of Craig Smith, Marlon Whitehead and Calum Smith won the P7 Boys school title for Ballater Primary taking 3rd, 4th and 6th placings.

Catriona Chapman from Finzean and Charlotte Reynolds from Aboyne were 2nd and 5th in the P7 Girls class. Ewan Musgrave was pipped into 2nd place by 10s in the S1 Boys class with Joel Gooch finishing 6th, whilst Iona Kellas was also 6th in S1 Girls. Grant McMurtrie and Ralph Silcock were 4th and 6th in S3 Boys. Aboyne were very grateful to receive funding from RunBalmoral towards their transport costs.

Meanwhile Banchory also had some super results.

Holly Broughton and Alice Lewsey ran as a pair to take 3rd in the S1 Girls section with their classmates Kirsty Rough and Ruby Lumsden finishing in 4th position.

Amber Graham was 2nd in the Girls S2 class and Alistair Chapman and Luke Graham were 1st and 3rd in the S4 Boys.