Sunday’s driving snow and freezing temperatures failed to deter Brentwood School’s hardy orienteers who battled their way through deep mud at Hartswood in Brentwood.
Despite the extreme conditions, and a hidden network of paths obscured by fallen leaves, the team triumphed over adversity producing a plethora of good times.
Fourth Year Emma Bowie-Britton came in second on the 3.4km Light Green course in a time of 57:08, while younger sibling, Kate Bowie-Britton, was fastest girl on the 2.9km Orange course in a time of 41:21.
Fifteen-year-old Jessica Mills was third fastest girl on the Orange course in a time of 44:36; Sarah Prior was next home in 54:15 and Heather Trevelyan finished in a time of 82:50.
Brentwood fared well on the 2.1km Yellow course with Joshua Elsworth finishing as the second fastest boy in 33:15 and Pranita Arun Prasadh the second fastest girl in 39:42.
Not far behind Pranita was Janie Horton in a time of 39:51 and then the rest of the team: Evie Jarman (42:47); Jemima Mamelok (43:04) and Samuel Lee (51:08).
Brentwood Preparatory School Year Six pupil Jake Horton was second on the 1.6km White course in 17:21.