DFOK Juniors “Running Wild”
Orienteering Programme for Juniors in Bexley, Dartford & SE London
“Running Wild” is a regular programme organised by Dartford Orienteering Klubb (DFOK) for
children & young people from 5-18 years old. If you like exploring outdoors, walking or running, or
looking at maps, this could be for you!
The junior programme has three aims:
a) Help children get started with orienteering
b) Provide regular training & events to learn and improve
c) Make friends, socialise and have fun!
We think orienteering is brilliant fun, and you’ll meet other children who think so too!
If you would like further information please contact the club junior development officer at
What is Orienteering?
Orienteering is a sport involving running or jogging, with map-reading and navigation. It takes place
in the countryside, local parks and sometimes urban areas. There are regular orienteering events at
Take a look at this video, courtesy of British Orienteering: video
Junior After School Programme
The DFOK Junior group meets on Wednesdays after school during term-time in the Bexley area for
practice, training and practice. This is a great way to start orienteering with other juniors. The latest
schedule is shown here.
How do I get involved?
You can come along for a “taster” session on a Wednesday to check out if you might like
let us know you will come along.
To join the programme regularly, you should join DFOK orienteering club as a junior member. This
can be done online via the club website here.
How much does it cost and what do I need?
It costs less than £5 per year to join as a junior member of DFOK. Then you can attend the weekly
junior training, and also other orienteering events. Weekend events cost juniors approx £3-6 each to
To participate, you need training shoes, running top and tracksuit trousers or leggings to protect
your legs. You will need a compass, but if you don’t have one, we can provide one for you to
A copy of the DFOK junior safeguarding policy can be found here.
See the flyer here.
Kent Junior Orienteering Festival
There were some excellent runs from a very varied group of participants including the Hackney squad, Maxime Pesenti’s birthday party group and some newcomers, all of whom did very well. There was good feedback on the courses too.
It was excellent to see everyone staying afterwards for the prize giving. I am sure this was helped by the face painting, colouring and numerous other activities going on as part of the Family Fun Day. There were certainly some interesting faces on medal winners so the photos may be different from most other events! A summary of the winners in each year group is below. This will be added to the Kent Junior Orienteering Roll of Honour off past winners on the DFOK website very shortly.
Thanks are due to Tony Connellan, Heather Brown and the several DFOK members who assisted with the putting on of the event. But without you it would have been pointless so a big thank you to every one of you for coming and making it an enjoyable event for me to be involved with.
The Eade Trophy
Fynn Bearfoot received The Eade Trophy, our new award for Junior Achievement, at Hargate on 19th November 2016 from Andrew Evans, Chair. The trophy was generously donated by Chris Baker in memory of a long standing club member and former chairman no longer with us.
Bexley Primary Schools Orienteering Championships
This year's Bexley Primary Schools Orienteering Championships took place at Danson Park on Tuesday 23 May 2017. Over 170 children took part from six local schools, including first time participation by Parkway Primary School and Northwood Primary School. The individual results from the morning can be found here and the afternoon results here. For the school competition the results were:
1st Barnehurst Junior School - 725 points
2nd Parkway Primary School - 718 points
3rd Northwood Primary School - 681 points
1st Gravel Hill Primary School - 732 points
2nd Barrington Primary School - 721 points
3rd Bedonwell Primary School - 671 points
Morning and Afternoon Winners Only Combined:
1st Overall - Gravel Hill Primary School - 745 points
2nd Overall - Barnehurst Junior School - 735 points
Well done to all those that took part and in particular Gravel Hill Primary School in winning the trophy this year. See you all again next year.
British Schools Orienteering Championships 2016
On Sunday 19th November, David LeFevre took 12 Hackney school children up to Sutton Park in Birmingham to compete in the British School Orienteering Championships, several of whom were DFOK members or regular competitors in the KOL and NWK leagues. Holly Page, who had also been entered for the event, joined them there.
It was a cold and wet day and for some of the orienteers, it was the largest event they had ever been to. For all the Hackney school children, it was their first time at the BSOC so nerves were inevitable. Despite this, they competed well and achieved excellent results.
For the year 8 girls, both Myla Stiling and Ruby Andrews had excellent runs, finishing 8th and 10th out of 29 respectively and for the year 7 girls, Immy Sheaff, in her first line course, finished a very creditable 28th out of 36. In the competitive year 12 girls race, Holly Page was 4th out of 13, finishing about 75 seconds out of the medals but with the fastest time on 5 of the legs.
For the year 11 boys, Tel Robinson did well to finish 18th out of 28, and in the year below, Sam Parker did equally as well to finish 34th out of 43rd. The year 9 boys had one of the largest numbers of competitors with 67 and so all 5 Hackney boys did well to finish just out of the top half. Cosmo Siddons was 37th, Fynn Bearfoot 40th, Alfred Duchars 41st, Linus Sheaff 44th and Joseph Dickson 46th. Finally, Hackney had two competitors in the year 8 boys, who also competed well, with Joseph Gibson finishing 31st and Jake Hodkinson 45th out of 55.
Overall, the Hackney City Academy School team managed a very creditable 9th and hopefully everyone not only enjoyed the experience but learnt lots from it too!! Below are some links to photos taken on the day.