The summer holidays are drawing to a close, and school is starting soon. This month, we interviewed Ciara K, one of 25 Juniors across the country who attended Lagganlia. Lagganlia is a training camp for select M/W14's, usually held in Scotland. However, Lagganlia this year was virtual, so held over Zoom video calls. Aside from qualifying for Lagganlia, Ciara is also very competent at Catching Features, and put in very strong performances at Lockdown Orienteering.
- When/how did you start orienteering? I started orienteering when I was 9 years old. I ran a white course in Endcliffe Park for a school competition.
- What’s your best achievement? Either coming second in the British schools or qualifying and completing the Lagannlia camp.
- What big events and club competitions are you doing this year? I am going to try and get to the World Schools.
- Who's your main rival? I don’t really have a main rival.
- What training do you do? I often go out for runs and before lockdown I did a running coaching session once a week. I am normally busy on Wednesday Club Nights but I come to as many as I can.
- What’s your orienteering goal? To try and beat my previous run. If I aim for this every time I run a course it means I am improving. I would also like to win a major competition.
- What comes to mind when told ‘We’re going orienteering’? Normally the last area I ran in. But mostly just an image of a forest and a compass
- What other sports/activities do you do? I do lots of running, so athletics and cross country. I also do tae-kwon-do twice a week
- What's your favourite meal? Spaghetti bolognese or cottage pie
- What’s your orienteering top tip? Make sure you are prepared for an event . Make sure you have seen a map of the area before you run and and make sure you know what kind of area it is.
And a couple of bonus questions....
- What did you learn from virtual Lagganlia? I learned about how to use contours as line features and how to use them more often for navigation.
- What are you most looking forward to about returning to orienteering competitions, and why? Seeing people and just getting back to orienteering. I am looking forward to all of it.