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!