Perse orienteers map a course for national medals

Perse orienteers found a way to succeed at the British Schools Championships in Leeds.

A total of 29 Perse students, including one Prep pupil, formed the school’s biggest-ever team at the competition, held in the grounds of Temple Newsam country house.

They helped The Perse come runners-up in the whole school category – the school’s best-ever performance – with results based on the placings of the top nine orienteers within their individual sections.

Hebe Darwin followed up her victory at last month’s British Schools Score Orienteering Championships with another Gold in the Year 11 girls’ class, while Erik Biernacki-Jablonski also topped the podium in the Year 8 boys’ category.

Meanwhile, Hannah Wicks (Upper Sixth) and Amy Keen (Year 8) both secured Bronze in their respective girls’ year group sections.

There was also more team success with the Year 11 girls and Year 9 boys both claiming Silver and Year 10 girls and Year 7 boys taking Bronze.

Team co-ordinator Camilla Darwin said: “The students had an enjoyable time despite the weather and were in very good spirits throughout.

“Some of them ran fast and won on their courses, others found the courses challenging, but showed impressive determination to find all their controls.”

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