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British Schools Orienteering Championships 2015

The Royal Estate at Sandringham in Norfolk played host to this year’s British Schools Orienteering Championships and a large contingent of 53 Ulverston Victoria HS pupils, along with 13 adult supporters made the long coach journey to join around 600 youngsters from around the country.

The area was very different from our Lake District terrain with very few contours, crags or streams; and the Queens foresters had made things even more tricky by felling timber in some parts after the maps had been printed! Much of the area was covered with bracken or rhododendron and these factors made the orienteering difficult for the Ulverston pupils but nevertheless the group came home with a large haul of medals and trophies.

While there were no individual victories the team achieved four second places through Merryn (Yr 8), Jess (Yr 9), Harry (Yr 11) and Daisy (Yr 12). Lizzie (Yr 7) in her first year of orienteering, and Anna (Yr 11) both finished third.

It was in the Team competitions however, that Ulverston were outstanding, coming away with no less than six Gold Medals out of the 14 on offer. Lizzie, Charlie, Sarah (G 7), Merryn, Ellie, Lucy (G 8), Catherine, Megan, Tilly (G10), Anna, Fiona, Eilidh (G11), Daisy, Isobel and Anne (G12) all won Team Gold Medals for the Girls. Harry, Stewart, and Sam (B11) took Gold for the Boys.

The overall School competition was the closest ever and Ulverston lost out by a single point to Cockermouth School, with Torquay Grammar School a further point behind!

Duck Race for World Schools Orienteering Championships

On Wednesday April 8th a small band of children and adults descended on Gleaston village green for the biennial Duck Race. The purpose of this was to raise money to send seven pupils to compete at the World Schools Orienteering Championships in Anatalya, Turkey on April 18th – 24th. Many thanks to everyone who bought a ticket as we raised an impressive £785. The winners were:

  • 1st prize: Ticket number 679 Becks Hodgson sold by Tilly
  • 2nd prize: Ticket number 507 Sophie Wilson sold by Fiona
  • 3rd prize: Ticket number 863 Mike Cunningham sold by Ms Lomas
  • and the Last Duck Home prize was ticket number 468 Margaret Lawrence sold by Miss Evans


Bannisdale, Kendal – Cumbrian Galoppen 07/09/08

The weather this Sunday was quite miserable with a steady rain falling throughout the event. However, this did not deter the O club with 32 pupils taking part on various courses. The terrain was typical for the Lake District – open fell, thick tussocks, small features and no trees to hide behind. As usual the year 8 pupils completed 2 courses (orange followed by yellow). This helps with their stamina training and is good practice for British Schools Champs. Their results were outstanding with almost a clean sweep on both courses. William and Angus coming 1st & 2nd respectively on the orange and yellow course.

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