Two orienteering siblings have just been selected to run for Great Britain in the European Youth Championships in Macedonia.
Alice and Aidan Rigby, will join teams of four boys and four girls in the U18 and U16 category from all over Britain to compete in a three-day competition at the end of this month.
This will feature a sprint race around a town on the first day, a long forest run on the second and a relay race on the third.
They will be facing teams from countries such as Sweden and Latvia where orienteering is one of the main national sports.
Orienteering races last about an hour (for the fast runners) and involve running through woods and terrain while navigating with map and compass – no GPS allowed – to find upto 30 electronic checkpoints hidden in ditches and pits.
Alice (17) and Aidan (15), whose father is Staithes GP Richard Rigby, have recently competed in the JK orienteering festival in the Welsh Brecon Beacons with 3,000 competitors from around the world.
The pair, from Guisborough, were also at the British Championships earlier this month in Northumberland where Aidan won the U16 class. They train every Monday night with Cleveland Orienteering Club CLOK in Guisborough woods which has also helped them to prepare for the hot conditions in Macedonia, have even been running on a treadmill in a heat chamber at Teesside University.
Alice and Aidan have a busy summer with a squad camp in the Lake District and a tour to Sweden in August.
Proud parents Richard and Carolyn also enjoy orienteering – but admit they take longer to get round the courses.
CLOK’s next event is an urban run around Whitby on Sunday June 29 with courses from 1.7-6.2km.
Richard said urban events are a good way of trying the sport and no equipment is needed.
Full details are at www.clok.org.uk