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Ilkley Grammar School pair Lucy Haines and Laura King on England duty
10:07am Thursday 19th September 2013 in Sport
Two Year 10 students from Ilkley Grammar School helped their country to victory in the 2013 Ward Junior Home International Orienteering competition at the weekend.
Lucy Haines and Laura King, both 14, were selected to represent England against Wales, Scotland and Ireland in an event where each team fielded 24 of their best orienteers aged between 13 and 18.
Hosted by Wales this year's competition was held in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The open moorland terrain included complex contour detail and much evidence of former mining activity such as depressions, pits and sink holes.
The challenge is to navigate the course successfully whilst running at top speed.
Saturday's individual race was held at Mynydd Llan gatwg near Crickhowell.
Competing in the youngest girls’ class, Lucy and Laura came third and fifth in a field of 16 runners that included strong Scottish competition.
Sunday's team relay races were held in strong winds on an exposed area called Clydach Terrace.
The added challenge of running head-to-head with your rivals increases the risk of navigational errors. Lucy and Laura kept cool heads to post good times.
Overall England beat Scotland 135 points to 113 whilst Wales just beat Ireland 57 points to 53. Earlier the two members of the Airienteers secured places on a national orienteering training camp for up and coming young orienteers.
Held at Lagganlia in the Cairngorm National Park, this annual camp helps develop technical and physical skills in orienteering.
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