Jake shows orienteering spirit at the Scottish Championships


Banchory teenager Jake Chapman showed off his orienteering spirit in Scotland’s Central Belt at the


The S3 pupil from Banchory Academy won both U16 categories at the Scottish Orienteering Urban Sprint Championships and the Scottish Night Orienteering Championships .

Jake is one of the 14-strong team who will be travelling from the academy to represent Scotland in the World Schools Orienteering Championships in Turkey in April and is definitely one to watch!

The Banchory schools team are continuing their fundraising mission for the trip, bag packing in Morrisons supermarket at the weekend and organising the Scottish heat of the Compass Sport Cup at Balnagowan Forest, Aboyne, on March 15.

It will bebased at Aboyne Leisure Centre.

This large scale event will see local club Maroc battling with Orienteering teams from all over Scotland to qualify for the prestigious UK Compass Sport Final in the Lake District in October.

Banchory Academy orienteers have also been working hard throughout the winter making and selling much appreciated chilli, soup and tasty homebakes at local orienteering events including the hotly contested Deeside Night Cup series.

The final night event of the season is at Scolty next Wednesday, February 25, Look out for the runners and their head torches which can be seen racing all over the hill from around 6pm!

This Sunday, February 22, neighbouring club Gramp are to hold an orienteering event in the beautiful surroundings of Crathes Castle and gardens. Registration starts at 10.30 with classes available for all ages and standards.

Crathes is an ideal family friendly venue to take part in orienteering for the first time so why not pop along and give it a try?

Detailed information is on the Grampoc.com website and using the email early entry system is recommended.