The Perse School

Perse orienteer excels at international event

13 Mar 2013

Perse pupil Tim Harrison was the fastest English orienteer in his group, males 14 and under, in the Interland Cup at the weekend in Breda, the Netherlands.

While it was Tim's first time in the tournament, the England team took home the cup for an impressive 19th successive time.

Tim finished second overall in his group behind Sverre Buytaert of Belgium. Speaking earlier in the year about being selected to represent his country Tim, who is in Year 9 of the Upper, explained:

“Orienteering is an outdoor sport which is completed on foot. You have to navigate around a forest or mountain using a compass and a specially drawn map. On the course you have to visit control sites in the correct order, using an electronic device on your finger to record your presence and the time of your visit. The winner is the one with the fastest time on their course.

Typical courses for my age group are between 3 and 4 kilometres as the crow flies, though as you choose your own route the distance you run will be about one and a half times more.

This is the first time I have been selected, although I am in the youngest age group. I have worked hard over the last year to achieve the standard necessary and I am proud and excited to run for England.”

Well done Tim – what a great result!

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