Victoria victorious in large schools orienteering championships

First published in Sport The Westmorland Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

ULVERSTON Victoria High School wrested back the trophy for Large Secondary Schools at the British Schools Orienteering Championships, held this year in Delamere Forest, Cheshire.

There were some excellent individual results. The school won a silver and two bronze medals with Alex Foster taking second place on the Boys’ Year Seven course, Katie Wright third on Girls’ Year 12 and Angus Dobson third on Boys’ Year 12.

Ulverston’s greatest strength was the large number of orienteers who competed for the age class trophies.

From 14 classes UVHS won four trophies and achieved two seconds and a third.

One of the highlights was the success of the Boys Seven team. With only two months of training behind them, Alex Foster (second), Will Bannister (10th) and Francis Smith-Ward (11th) finished as class champions.

Sam Yates (sixth), Harry Scott (14th) and Stewart Allison (22nd) took the Boys Eight trophy.

Another highlight was in Boys 12, where Angus Dobson (third), Will Rigg (fifth) and Patrick Rigg (14th) won their sixth consecutive class trophy.

The girls were not to be out done, with Mary Barron (eighth), Daisy Fletcher-Cooney (10th) and Grace Pugh (16th) taking the G9 trophy.

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The overall school success is nothing new for UVHS with a run of 15 consecutive wins up to 2009 but then slipping to third and second positions in the last two years respectively.

Other performances contributing to the school’s recovery this year were Heather Ball, fourth G7; Lois Jefferson, fourth G11; Meghan Hallett, fifth G13; George Hudson-Chang, sixth B9 and Adam Bartlett, sixth B11.

Other local successes in the championships included Natalie Beadle’s individual gold medal in G11, representing Cartmel Priory School, and Hannah Cleary-Hughes’ silver medal in G12, representing Lancaster Girls Grammar School.

Barrow Sixth Form College won the Tertiary School trophy with Sarah Jones second, Chloe Bell 19th and Amy Pryer 20th in G13.

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