Orienteering Success for IES Student

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(image courtesy of Roger Glännefors)

A 31 minute run in Dalecarlia saw an IES student take first prize at the Swedish School Championships in Orienteering.

Fredrik Glännefors, from class 8E at Internationella Engelska Skolan Enskede, was one of around 20 students who took part in the competition, near Vansbro, in western Dalecarlia.

He recorded a time of 31 minutes and six seconds over a course of 4.7km in the H14 Skol-SM.

He said: “It was a good race. It was pretty hard orienteering, but I completed the course with no mistakes. It was tough terrain to run and there was a lot of hill climbing.

"I had no clue how well I would do, but it felt good when I was running. When I came in at the finish I had some thought of winning."

Fredrik was one of the first to run the course and then needed to wait to see how the other competitors managed.  In the end he shared the first prize as another young man, from nearby Borlänge, came in with the exact same time - 31:06.

Fredrik said: “It’s a waiting game, I was with my friends, they ran in another class so I could talk to them too.

"I heard that there is a control in the forest where you can hear what time the other runners have, and I heard that it was very close. I thought I had beaten the other person by one second but when the result was announced we had the same time. I was happy for him that he had done so well too."

Fredrik has enjoyed the sport since he was five-years-old and feels like the mental and physical aspects of the sport are equally important.

He said: "It’s a balance, if you run too fast then you make mistakes, but you also have to have a good pace. You can lose a minute with a mistake, and five minutes with a big mistake.

“I have always loved orienteering. I have some high goals for myself in the future, I want to be the best and run in the world championships.”

Mr Robert Clark, Principal of Internationella Engelska Skolan congratulated the year eight student on his success.  He said: "I am of course very proud of Fredrik`s achievement and am a firm believer in the importance of physical activity as one prerequisite of a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle."