The sun is shining, its getting warmer, and it looks promising that orienteering events are starting back up soon! This April we talked to Evan J, who is super enthusiastic about orienteering! Evan is a Catching Features veteran, who always attended our weekly sessions, putting in strong performances every time! He is also a super fast runner, and shows amazing potential for the future! Here's what he said...
- When/how did you start orienteering? I started in Y4 at a taster in Chelsea park then did my first schools league at Endcliffe park.
- What’s your best achievement? Competing at British schools and national events and doing well in them.
- What big events and club competitions are you doing this year? Some of the local events coming up this month and hopefully some bigger events later in the year.
- Who's your main rival? Probably Isaac Oliver because we are a similar level and know each other well.
- What training do you do? Usually I do the club nights but during lockdown I have done the weekly catching features and some running training.
- What’s your orienteering goal? I don’t have a main goal, but improving my map reading skills is a goal of mine and so is getting better results.
- What comes to mind when told ‘We’re going orienteering’? I try to focus on how to run the course best and sometimes what the area is like.
- What other sports/activities do you do? Athletics and also a lot of football.
- What's your favourite meal? Roast chicken!
- What’s your orienteering top tip? Always orientate your map at each control before running off because it can save a lot of time.
And a bonus question....
- How do you think playing Catching Features can help improve orienteering technique in the real world? It is based more on map reading than the physical side of orienteering, so you focus on the map reading more and improve your technical ability