Five girls from Kenilworth School have just completed two highly technical races, one in long format and the other in middle distance format to come top in the World Schools Orienteering Championships being held in Trentino, Italy. Facing stiff competition the 15 year olds; Julie and Rachel Emmerson, Francesca Slade, Tamsin Alcock and Elizabeth Davies produced some fine orienteering and their combined performances were sufficient to beat the New Zealand school team into 2nd place by the narrow margin of 2.16 minutes. 

On the long race on Monday the 3 top runners were Rachel 3rd in 39.18mins, Julie 6th in 41.48mins and Francesca 18th in 50.52mins. Today in the middle distance race top runners were Julie who came 2nd in 17.52mins, Rachel 6th in 20.03mins and Francesca 14th in 23.51mins. The team has worked very hard over the past 12 months training with their coaches Paul Furness and Melanie Elkington and thoroughly deserve their win.  

Tomorrow the girls will participate in a friendship relay joining in with other participants from around the world.  

Hamish Rogers 15, also from Kenilworth School was chosen to represent England in the combined schools select team at the event. He had a magnificent run coming 2nd in the long distance race on Monday in 37.43 minutes and his team of 5 orienteers from around the country succeeded in winning the bronze medal in that class.

Full details of the event and results are on  

25th May 2011

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