Bearsden orienteer Emma is new British champion

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A young sporting starlet has been crowned British Orienteering Champion in her age group after beating tough opposition from across the UK.

Emma Wilson (13) from Bearsden was up against about 30 other youngsters in the under 14 age group finals at The British Orienteering Championships in Surrey.

She was more than a minute ahead of her nearest rival.

The Bearsden Academy pupil had to navigate over the rolling hills and forests in Surrey.

The Clydeside Orienteering Club member said: “I thought my chances of victory were gone when I made a mistake at control number six, but I didn’t panic and ran the second half of the course quickly and cleanly to win the British title for the second time.”

Last month Emma won silver at the World Schools Orienteering Championships in Portugal.

Clydeside Orienteering Club’s David Robertson, said: “Emma has a good balance between speed and focus. You need focus because orienteering takes a lot of concentration.”

Not to be outdone, Emma’s older brother Thomas teamed up with Simon Garder and Donald Petrie to win the Men’s Short relay title the following day.

He said: “It was great to get it right in the relay and fly back to Glasgow with a medal.”