Two teams from Torquay Boys' Grammar School have just returned from a week in Antalye, Turkey where they represented England at the World Schools' Orienteering Championships.
A fantastic experience with challenging orienteering in the mountainous and very rocky forests in behind the coast. Looking at your map whilst running over rocks is an art form and bumps and bruises were guaranteed.In addition to the two competitive events there was also the friendship relay and loads of social interaction between the athletes of all the nations
As always the standard was very high with many runners using the event as a practice for JWOC. Some good runs in both teams with the stand out one being Harry Fox 12th in the Middle Distance M14. For individuals being used to being close to the top of the results its a sobering thought when you run really well and are placed in the 20's or 30's. All it's done though is to make them more determined to close the gap.
For the record the Junior M14 team came 8th and the older M16's( including one M18 runner) came 12th out of the 22 countries represented.
Juniors : Harry Fox, Sam Kneath, James Condon, Ben Stevens, Matt Birdsall
Seniors: Sean Rowe, Sam Peat, Oli O'Brien, James Dean, Harry Jamieson
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