Top half finish for young orienteer

YOUNG orienteer Jack Cryer battled the weather and faulty equipment to secure a top half finish at the Scottish Six Days event in Oban.

Jack, of Bottomley, Walsden, had a problem with his compass for the first three days - he later found out it had been de-magnetised.

With a fully functioning compass for the final three days of the competition, the 12-year-old worked his way up the leaderboard to finish 18th out of 40 participants in the 12A class.

Paul Cryer, Jack’s dad, said: “If he had a compass that was working for the first three days he would probably have finished in the top 10, but that’s the way it goes.

“It was his first time there. It was a learning experience for him. He learned a lot and he will come on from that.”

Orienteers from all over Europe and America headed to Scotland last week for the event, which is one of the most prestigious competitions in the sport.

Jack was recently selected in the North West of England junior squad after a string of impressive performances.

He is now turning his attention to a training week in the Forest of Dean before competing in the White Rose three-day competition in Scarborough at the end of the month.