Our partner Ulverston Victoria High School shone on the team stage at the British Schools Orienteering Championships, taking almost half of the 14 gold medals on offer at Sandringham.
The 53-strong team adapted well to the different terrain of the royal estate in Norfolk, as they battled close to 600 other youngsters from around the country.
Despite being more used to the Lake District terrain, they coped well with a course featuring few contours, crags or streams, while the Queen’s foresters had made things even more tricky by felling timber in some parts after the maps had been printed. Nevertheless, the group – backed by 14 adult supporters – came home with a large haul of medals and trophies.
While there were no individual victories, the team achieved four second places through Harry Scott (Year 11), Daisy Fletcher-Cooney (Year 12), Jess Ensoll (Year 9) and Merryn Stangroom (Year 8).
Lizzie Hampshire, in her first year of orienteering, and Anna Lister both finished third.
It was in the team competitions, however, that Ulverston were outstanding, coming away with six gold medals out of the 14 on offer.
Charli Smith, Sarah Johnston, Ellie Simmonds, Lucy Gibson, Harriet Wood, Aurora Park, Megan Bartlett, Tilly Tirribochi, Fiona Newby, Eilidh Miller, Isabel Allen and Anne Wulff all won team gold for the girls. Stewart Allison and Sam Yates triumphed for the boys.
The overall school competition was the closest ever and Ulverston lost out at the top by a single point to county rivals Cockermouth School, with Torquay Grammar a further point behind in third.
Article taken from the North-West Evening Mail.
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