Local youngsters on right track

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YOUNG orienteers from the Journal and Gazette area struck gold when they competed in the British Orienteering Championships in the Lake District last weekend.

Competing for their club Forth Valley Orienteers (FVO), Grace Molloy (12), from Linlithgow, and Eloise Lardet (11), from Bo’ness, joined Dunblane based clubmate Clare Stansfield (13) to win the girls under 14 team relay in 53.43 minutes, over three minutes ahead of the Sheffield and West Cumbrian teams.

Their win is the first time that Forth Valley has won the giant silver salver which has been fiercely competed over since 1984.

The girl’s younger brothers, Peter Molloy (9) and Pierre Lardet (8) also ran well in the under 12 relay race to finish in second place. They narrowly missed out on top spot, finishing just one minute 36 seconds behind the Bristol juniors over a 35 minute course to win a silver medal.

The race held at Helsington Barrow, just outside Kendal, in blazing sunshine saw over 1700 competitors from all over the UK take part. The organisers had placed over 200 controls across the area, behind bushes or in valleys.

In the women’s over 40 race, Grace and Peter’s mum Rona and Jen Leonard also won gold, when they beat their nearest rivals, Edinburgh and Manchester by over eight minutes.