November 2018: Fifth place for Year 7 orienteers

ORIENTEERS Neve Butcher and Millie Shortt took part in the British Schools’ Orienteering Championships in Blackburn and came fifth.

The Haslingden High School students are both 11 and members of Pendle Forest Orienteers.

Neve has been an orienteer for three years and Millie for two.  Both took up the sport when they were pupils at Edenfield Primary School because one of their teachers also competed.

They have taken part in lots of local competitions but they said the event at Witton Park was the largest they had participated in. There were 22 in their class, including other pairs and individual competitors.

Every Wednesday evening they attend training sessions either at BRGS or at Marl Pits in Rawtenstall where, as well as completing courses, they also undergo fitness exercises.

Millie said: “I am in the school netball team but I don’t do many sports but I really like orienteering.”