We were approached by Cumbria Schools Orienteering who has lost their funding for 2018 and we donatd £1000.
This year’s County Championship was held on Low Rigg, Keswick and attracted 99 competitors ranging from Year 5 through to Year 13. The event was organised by West Cumberland Orienteering Club on behalf of CSOA and trophies were presented by Steve Birkinshaw, holder of the Wainright summits record. The Secondary Schools race was won jointly by Ulverston Victoria HS and Cockermouth School who each had four individual winners and three runners-up. Hayton School from Carlisle again won the Primary Schools event.
The year has been a tremendously successful one for athletes supported by CSOA in national and international terms. Dan Spencer, Niamh Hunter and Alistair Thomas all represented Great Britain at the World Junior Orienteering Champs, and all three have several more years of potential competition in this age group. All have also been selected to run in the European Youth Championships later in the year.
Athletes have to part fund both their attendance at JWOC and the training camps for JWOC and it is a key role of CSOA to assist athletes to represent their country. The Association contributed £150 to each of these youngsters. We also help runners earlier on in their career development by helping them to fund attendance at National training camps for younger age groups, and this year 10 pupils from Cumbrian schools have been helped to take part in such camps.
Other key functions of the Association are to help Cumbrian schools to take teams to the British Schools Championship held each November in a different region. Last year we helped two schools completely new to this level of competition from Barrow in Furness, and to their delight the children from Holy Family school won overall Bronze Medals in the Primary Category.
Our Association is a very small one but it is central in providing training and competition to hundreds of children across the County in their own localities, and supported by the three major Orienteering Clubs in Cumbria.
We are very grateful for the support of Epic Kidz and of the Montane events and the runners who take part in them.