Partridge’s world bronze

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Hedingham School pupil Daisy Partridge got her ISF World Schools Championships quest off to a flying start with a bronze medal display.

With a total of 24 nations competing in the championships in Tekirova, Turkey, Partridge impressed in the long distance event, claiming a ninth-place finish in the orienteering race with two of her national colleagues, whose three combined top 10 finishes put England into a strong medal position going into the Middle Distance two days later.

However, things did not go to plan with the junior girls struggling in the difficult conditions in Beycik with Partridge losing her footing on the stony ground early on in her race and although her navigation was spot on she struggled to get up to speed due to injury.

And although she was only 12 minutes down on another top ten finish she could only manage 32nd in this tight race over the much shorter distance.

The England junior girls only managed to get three other finishers home but their combined time when added to the three impressive times achieved in the long distance saw them win World Schools Championship bronze.

England also won gold in the junior boys and silver in the senior girls.