Ellie picked for elite orienteering camp

Ellie Wright, one of the top 24 in the country for orienteering''w113107''Picture: Ceri Oakes
Ellie Wright, one of the top 24 in the country for orienteering''w113107''Picture: Ceri Oakes
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A FOURTEEN-year-old Castleton girl is celebrating after being selected for an orienteering excellence training camp to be held in Scotland later this month (July).

Ellie Wright, who is going up from Eskdale School to Whitby Community College after the summer break, was nominated by coaches to represent the north east at the training camp at the Lagganlia Centre, near Aviemore.

The camp, from 23 to 30 July, is an intensive week of technical orienteering training in some of the most complex orienteering terrain in the country, with only 24 specially selected participants from across the UK.

Ellie is the only participant from the whole of the north east.

A member of Cleveland Orienteering Klub, Ellie has been orienteering since she was a baby – she was carried round her first course when she was just six days old.

She competes most weekends, along with her family, and has run for Eskdale School in cross country and athletics.

Ellie said: “Orienteering is an exciting outdoor adventure sport which involves walking or running while navigating around a course using a detailed map and a compass.

“I love finding my way through forests and across moorland, even in the rain and I am really looking forward to going to Lagganlia where I hope to improve my orienteering technique and my overall fitness.” Orienteering can take place anywhere from remote forest and countryside to urban parks and school playgrounds. 

It’s a great sport for runners, joggers and walkers who want to improve their navigation skills or for anyone who loves the outdoors. 

If you would like to try orienteering, check out www.clok.org.uk for details of events in the local area.

Help will be available for beginners.