Jonty is heading in the right direction

Jonty Eaton-Hart in action at the orienteering festival

Jonty Eaton-Hart in action at the orienteering festival - Credit: Archant

Colyton Grammar School student excels in orienteering

A 16-year-old Colyton Grammar School pupil has been tackling a tough challenge in the Lake District - seeking out the quickest routes between two points.

Jonty Eaton-Hart, from Payhembury, was chosen to compete in the Jan Kjellström International Festival of Orienteering.

The festival included two long races, in which Jonty, a year 11 pupil, came 23rd out of 60, and a sprint in which he finished 21st out of 59. He also represented Devon in a relay race, coming seventh on his leg.

The 3,000 runners taking part included the international elite preparing for the World Orienteering Championships in Scotland this summer.

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Recently, Jonty competed in the British Orienteering Championships, coming ninth in his age category.

Jonty said that the festival was: “A really valuable and enjoyable experience. I’d really encourage people to try the sport.”

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The aim of orienteering is

to navigate in sequence

between control points marked

on a unique orienteering map

and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time.

For more information about upcoming orienteering events

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