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World Schools Orienteering Championships – two GOLD medals for Florence

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madrid long distanceOk well…..after running up the JK relay run-in, I set offΒ  on a coach to London with the rest of the England team. We stayed over night in London and caught a plane mid afternoon to Madrid. We then travel to our hotel about 20mins outside of Madrid and rested. Over the next few days we did some training and had a look at the type of orienteering around Madrid. We also had the opening ceremony where we all marched down a street in Madrid with lots of people watching.
The first competition was the long distance. I had about 4km and managed to make no mistakes but was still surprised when I came 1st! I kept my concentration for the middle and came away with another gold medal. The worst part was the fact that the only climb on the course was on the run-in. They managed to put the finish on the biggest hill on the map! Throughout the trip I met lots of foreign athletes and even had a look around the Real Madrid football stadium. It was overall a fantastic trip and would definitely like to do it again.

Thanks to the Jack Bloor fund for helping me with the cost of the trip.

Florence Haines