Student is best orienteer around

03 October 2005

Should you ever get lost in the woods, you wouldn't have much to worry about if you had Ake Fagereng and Peter Beighton in your party. Although it's unlikely you would have gotten lost in the first place if they were at hand. Fagereng, an honours student in geology, won the short-distance (3.8km) event at the SA Orienteering Championships held at Pelindaba, just west of Pretoria, two or so weeks ago. He finished in 25 minutes and 30 seconds, more than three minutes ahead of the second orienteer in - a fairly big margin for a short course, everyone agrees. In the competition's M70 category, Beighton, an emeritus professor of human genetics at UCT, also took top honours. Beighton successfully defended his title, he jokes, by virtue of having "outlived most of the opposition".

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