In Orienteering, the Junior Home Internationals is a competition between England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Each country is represented by four boys and four girls out of each age group: U15s, U17s and U19s. This year the competition took place near Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales. The individual races took place on the Saturday.
Callum White (5S2) and Rowan White (3S2), both outstanding orienteering competitors, represented Scotland at the competition.
Rowan had a fantastic race and came 1st in the under 15s boys with a stunning 2 minute margin above 2nd place (also a Scot).
With the Scottish Universities starting on the Monday, three out of four U19s were unable to be at the competition, Callum and two of the other Under 17s were asked to ‘run up’ a class. Callum was placed 6th in this race and was the first Scottish U19 in – a fantastic achievement.
A ceilidh was a fun way for the youngsters of the four nations to spend an evening together.
The relays took place on the Sunday. In orienteering relays the U17s run first, followed by an U15 and then an U19. When Rowan came in his team lay in first place, but it was a lot to ask of the U17s who were running up to compete with their older English counterparts and the team dropped down to a respectable fifth place. Callum, also running up a class, did well to keep up the pace and managed to take his team into a fantastic third place.
Over the course of the weekend, England took overall victory, but Scotland was a very close second. No mean feat considering several of the Scottish boys/girls had run up a class. Wales was third and N-Ireland fourth. Next year the competition will take place in Scotland.
The school is delighted to be able to support Callum and Rowan at these competitive events. Well done.