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Indoor O

Bradford Grammar School

Martin, Jacob and Pete, Bradford Grammar School

Martin, Jacob and Pete, Bradford Grammar School
Credit: Wendy Carlyle

Published: Wed 21 Aug 2019

A format that's big in Scandanavia and most obviously of use when there's a whiteout in the forests! Pete and Jacob Shirvington and Martin Lewis tried it out during their grand O tour of Yorkshire. Pete reports.

Photos (Wendy Carlyle, Flickr)


Wow! This event surpassed all my expectations. I couldn't understand how this could be difficult, just running around indoors; I soon found out. Most people grabbed a map and then stood still for quite a while before setting off. I managed to get confused enough to somehow miss a control and thus get beaten by Martin the tortoise. Most of us also stood at control 17 for quite a while looking for number 18

- Pete Shirvington

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