World Schools Day 2

The English team have had a great second day at the World Schools Orienteering Championship which is being held in Butgenbach, Belgium, this week.

Overall team positions have not yet been finalised after the middle distance race, but the younger select girls and boys teams are hopeful of a podium finish.

Emily Garside stamped her authority on the select girls with a second consecutive victory soundly backed up by Alice Butt in second place and Emily Benham in fourth. Jack Wood took fifth place for the boys with Dan Hartmann putting in a workmanlike 11th from a very early start and Chris Smithard coming in in 13th pace 11 seconds later.

In the older select boys Andy Llewellyn came seventh and Ed Cochrane 12th, while for the girls Jessica Halliday staged a remarkable recovering from her JK ankle injury to gain fifth place with another early starter Tessa Hill in ninth and Jo Thomson in 11th.

In the school teams the younger boys lead the way with Ross Thistlewaite fourth and Michael McIver sixth for Ulverston High School. Ulverston girls Emma Taylor and Charlotte Bragg were eighth and 11th.

Tom Winsor of Lancaster Royal Grammar School came 9th for the older boys and Rosanna Brocklebank of Ulverston 8th for the older girls.

Scotland was represented for possibly the first time ever at this event by a team of boys from Biggar High School competing in the older age class where there performances improved throughout the competition.

The Championships finish with a Friendship Relay tomorrow with youngsters from all countries joining together to form international teams.

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