Faith Kenyon

Name and age class

Faith Kenyon W14
Tell us about when/where/how you started orienteering.
I got into Orienteering because The Coutts family invited us to an event near Elgin. I remember Fergus,mum and me were going up a big hill and we bumped into Paul Coutts and Mum asked him where we were but I'm sure Fergus and me knew where we were.
Why do you like it?

I like it because it is more interesting than cross country and you have to really focus on what you are doing and where you are.

Your best orienteering memory?

It was not long ago on the 17th of January it was one of the northern night cup my mum was going round with Fergus and I was going on my own. At the start mum saw the map and was getting really worked up about me going by myself in a big scary dark forest that I had ran in hundreds of times before! Also my mum and Fergus got a bit lost at 5 so decided to skip and few out, secretly mum was really happy about this because it meant she could get back quicker to see if I was okay! My mum took my dogs around that course and Lucy was very very scared too, she was barking at any person who appeared out of the abyss (off the path) in front of her!!! I find this so memorable because it was so funny that both mum and Lucy are scared of the dark woods! I have lots of other good memories too.
Your worst (and/or funniest?) orienteering memory?

It was the BASOC summer league and I was doing one of my first oranges by myself. Mum and me both happened to be going to the same control but from different angles, we both saw it at the same time, by a boulder and both sprinted to get there first. As I was almost there I tripped and knocked the control over and landed on the boulder. My mum thought it was so funny she was in hysterics. We had both punched it and were heading away when mum asked "did I punch that?" I said "no" even though I knew she had! Mike R was nearby and said he had never heard people laughing so much on an Orienteering course!

Your favourite O area?

Definitely the Trossachs for 2 reasons: Mum and dad had a nightmare on their courses and I found the area really enjoyable. Also I was out early on my course, I was running down a massive ride when I spotted 2 lions in the distance and shouted "GO AWAY, SHOO, GO AWAY!" But they turned out to be two deer bottoms, they looked exactly like the manes and heads of two lions. But why would lions be roaming free in the Trossachs?!
A top O tip for others/favourite piece of kit?

When you go to a control check it's the right one and the next control number at the same time. Do the same at each control.
Favourite kit has got to be gaiters because Fergus and me both got some before mum and dad,and they moan about the scratches on their legs. (They still haven't got any).

In your other life... what do you like doing when you're not orienteering?

Most of the time I'm orienteering or at school but I like running, spending time with my dogs and being with my family.
What's your orienteering ambition for the next year?

To go all over Scotland again, do as many events as I can and do well. We went all over Scotland last year and we had lots of fun. I'm looking forward to the Lakes 5 Days in the summer.
Anything else you would like us to know?
I love being a member of Moravian and the social part of it after my runs. I loved the ceilidh.