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The final race in the 2017 World Schools Orienteering Championships took place at Ficuzza, near Palermo in Sicily, on Thursday with medal winning performances from both the English and Scottish teams.

The Middle Distance race was again very technical, in similarly challenging terrain to the Long race. Both nations had individual medal winners.

Schools W2 - Gold - Merryn Stangroom - Ulverston Victoria High School (England)
Schools M2 - Silver - Felix Lunn - Kenilworth School (England)
Schools M2 - Bronze - Grant Mcmurtrie - Aboyne Academy (Scotland)
Select M2 - Silver - Edmund Grierson (England)

Team results are based on the combined results of the Long and Middle races, with three teams making it onto the podium:

Schools W2 - Silver - Ulverston Victoria High School - Jessica Ensoll, Lucy Gibson, Eleanor Simmonds, Merryn Stangroom and Alice Wood, moving up from 4th place to within three minutes of the winners from Spain.

Schools M2 - Bronze - Kenilworth School - Nathan Chapple, Oliver Flippance, Felix Lunn, Oliver Lunn and Cameron Williams-Stein , maintaining their team position from Monday's Long Race behind the winners from the Czech Republic and Silver medallists Italy.

Select M2 - Silver - England - James Bailey, Adam Conway, Oliver Fox, Edmund Grierson and Charles Rennie, improving one place to finish behind the winners from Spain.

Congratulations to the medal winners, and to all the competitors who have represented the schools from England and Scotland during the week.

For photos from the event, please see 2017 Palermo - Illustrated Report
The 2017 World Schools Orienteering Championships is taking place in in Palermo, Sicily, from the 22nd to 28th April. Both England and Scotland have teams taking part.

Sunday afternoon saw the Opening Ceremony take place with all the teams walked through the streets with their flags (although unfortunately the English team were given a GBR flag rather than the cross of St. George).

Monday was the Long Distance race at Ficuzza, with very challenging terrain. Low visibility requiring careful compass work and fine navigation followed at the end with a short sprint in the town of Ficuzza which many found challenging after being in the forest.

Both nations had some good individual results.
Schools M2 - Gold - Matthew Gooch - Aboyne Academy (Scotland)
Schools W2 - Silver - Merryn Stangroom - Ulverston Victoria High School (England)
Select M2 - Bronze - Peter Molloy (Scotland)
along with an excellent Kenilworth School team performance in Schools M2 from Oliver Lunn, Felix Lunn and Oliver Flippance in 6th, 7th and 9th places respectively positioning them well for the Middle Distance race which takes place on Thursday (team results are based on the combined results of the Long and Middle races).

For photos from the event, please see 2017 Palermo - Illustrated Report
The selections for the ISF World Schools Championships 2017 being held at Palermo, Italy are published here.
Pictures from BSOC 2016 can be .
Final Details for BSOC 2016 & the World Schools Selection race can be . These details have also been sent to all participating schools.

DIARY

2017
Sat 7th Oct
BSOA committee meeting, Holiday Inn Express, Stoke on Trent. ST4 4EG 10.30 to 15.00.
Sat 14th Oct
British Schools Score Championships, Rother Valley Country Park,Sheffield , Yorkshire
Sun 19th Nov
British Schools Orienteering Championships, New Beechenhurst, Forest of Dean
2018
Sat 13th Oct
British Schools Score Championships, Moors Valley Country Park, Bournemouth
Sun 18th Nov
British Schools Orienteering Championships, venue tbc
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