On Sunday 21st October, Norfolk took part in the final of orienteering's national cup competition for the first time ever.
The team of 35 included 11 pupils, parents and staff from Norwich School. The Blyth-Bartrams, Denbys and Prices were all represented by 2 generations. Pupils William, Tom, Steven and James all scored more points than their parents, on their respective courses. Norwich School also had Patrick Thomas on the M18 course, and Dr. Richardson and ON Rob Frost on the M40 course.
In the overall competition, Norfolk finished in a distant 11th place. However, Norwich School very nearly came home with the Golden Boot, awarded for the quickest time on the 200m run-in to the finish. Tom Bartram held the lead for most of the morning, and his time of 27s was equalled by Steven Denby and Dr. Richardson. The British champion caught victory by 1 second.
Most of the team were in action again on the weekend 28-29th October. James Price and William Bartram were the top two juniors at a local race near Thetford. Meanwhile, Dr. Richardson teamed up with Mr. Hudson to take part in the 51st Original Mountain Marathon, which took place this year in the Black Mountains in Wales. Carrying their kit on their backs, they covered 30 km with over 1000m of climb, and managed to find all 12 checkpoints by the end of Saturday, camped out overnight, then did the same on Sunday. Apart from being a little chilly, and a wee bit of snow on Saturday, the weather was relatively kind. Having covered over 60km in the process, they finished in a time of 8 hours and 52 minutes, in 9th place on their course.