Fran Britain

Q1 Name and age class

Fran Britain (W45)

Tell us about when/where/how you started orienteering.

I once tried it as a Girl Guide when I lived in Surrey - that was a looooong time ago, and we had to use manual punches.  I took Joshua to our first Moravian event sometime in 2011. It was at Spynie and we went round the yellow course, it was a beautiful day and the forest was gorgeous. Such fun trying to find the kites. We were hooked!

Why do you like it?

It's brilliant for families, which is why I started out.  You get to explore glorious parts of the country that you might not get to otherwise.  Due to my determination to get maximum value for money out of my events, it's great fitness training. It's outdoors.

Your best orienteering memory?

hmmmm that's tricky as there have been a few. It's pretty cool when I actually find a control without blundering around ... I loved the Scottish 6 Days this year though.  It was exhausting and there were tears and tantrums. But climbing up the hill on Day 4, in the sunshine, with all these other people sharing the same passion ... the views were stunning ... was the best feeling

Your worst (and/or funniest?) orienteering memory?

my worst ... when I decided it was time to step up to Green, so June 2014, Craig Leach ... OMG, out for over two hours, covered 6 miles for the 4km it was meant to be. Many many tears, a bit of help from Stephen Wiseman. I refused to quit but it was close ... and when I finally came into an empty finish, someone said it probably wasn't the best place to try my first Green!!

Your favourite O area?

Culbin probably as it's close and rather wonderful. I do like Anagach as well though.

A top O tip for others/favourite piece of kit?

Don't rush (as a runner this is hard!!). Take your time. And keep a little list in your kit box (top tip from Jane Haliday) of the things you need to take to the start.

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

I LOVE running, trail and mountain. I love the solitude of the hills and often take off on my own when I get a chance, for a run or a hike or occasionally a bivy. And in-between I teach Pilates and am attempting to do up the house I bought back in March ... that's an interesting project!!

What's your orienteering ambition for the next year?

Just to improve, try and stay less broken and continue to enjoy