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Grace Molloy 2019 Junior World Orienteering Championships Bronze Medallist

Sunday morning was the first race of the 2019 Junior World Orienteering Championships, a sprint race in Aarhus, Denmark. The weather was set fair and the team felt well prepared following their preparation and the model event the day before.  

In what was a superbly planned and tricky sprint race, Grace Molloy kept her head, after a challenging first control, to win the first Junior Women’s medal since 2004, when Alison O'Neil also won bronze in Poland.  

Grace’s medal result was backed up by a top 10 from Fiona Bunn, who put in top splits to the first and third radio controls and second fastest to the second, before a mistake dropped her down to a joint 9th finish.  The top British male result came from Eddie Narbett, who finished 27th, just 50 seconds back from the winner, highlighting how tight both the men's and women's fields are in the sprint distance. 

The British team were cheered on by a large cohort of British supporters watching from a bank overlooking the run in and spectator control. The organisation and execution of the event were fantastic, a great experience for both competitors and spectators.

The Womens race was won by Eline Gemperle of Switzerland and the Mens won by Australian Aston Key. Results for the British team 

Position 

Name 

Time 

Difference from Winner 

Grace Molloy 

12:32 (3) 

+00:14 

Fiona Bunn 

12:52 (9) 

+00:34 

27 

Eddie Narbett 

13:10 (27) 

+00:50 

33 

Eilidh Campbell 

13:38 (33) 

+01:20 

35 

Alastair Thomas 

13:27 (35) 

+01:07 

41 

Laura King 

13:45 (41) 

+01:27 

63 

Peter Molloy 

13:49 (63) 

+01:29 

66 

Freddie Carcas 

13:54 (66) 

+01:34 

66 

Zac Hudd 

13:54 (66) 

+01:34 

83 

Megan Keith 

14:52 (83) 

+02:34 

91 

Niamh Hunter 

15:08 (91) 

+02:50 

Finlay Todd 

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Full results are available here

The team now switch into recovery mode and start preparation for the Long race tomorrow morning before a rest day on Tuesday. 

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