Kirstin makes good start to GB’s campaign, but loses way

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Jedburgh athlete Kirstin Maxwell had mixed fortunes at the World Universities Orienteering Championships in the Czech Republic.

She ran the first leg for the Great Britain team in the Sprint Relay, helping the side to a superb seventh place, nine seconds ahead of Finland and just 16 seconds down from a podium place.

Kirstin coped well with the pressure of running the first leg in a mass start with some of the world’s best orienteers and in front of the Eurosport TV cameras.

The individual sprint race two days later, however, was not on the type of terrain that the British runners had prepared for and didn’t go to according to plan, with a navigational error on the long leg costing Kirstin valuable time. A good run through the final controls, however, pulled her back up to a respectable 42nd position and second of the British athletes.

Kirstin’s final race of the week was in the Forest Relays on Saturday, where neither of the women’s teams excelled, but the experienced Great Britain men achieved the side’s best result of the week by finishing in fourth.