Pupils from Ulverston Victoria High School more than held their own when competing at the World Schools Orienteering Championships in Estonia last week.

The school's head of physical education, Amie Bird, and the Lakeland Orienteering Club travelled out to Otepaa, where there were actually brief flurries of snow during the five-day competition.

UVHS took a senior and junior girls team out there with them, while Dylan Kenny was selected to be part of the junior select boys team.

They were part of the 595 athletes from 23 countries that took part in the Championships, which was being staged for the 18th time.

The senior girls, in particular, impressed against some of the best orienteers on the planet as they finished third overall, with Jessica Ensoll having fantastic individual runs on both days alongside teammates Catherine Bloom, Eleanor Simmonds, Lucy Gibson and Philippa Bell.

The junior girls - made up of Rebecca O'Donovan, Laura Brown, Emily Turner, Gillian Turner and Lizzie Hampshire - finished seventh in their category and had some excellent results against extremely hard competition.

The winners in the junior girls came from even further afield, as St Cuthberts College from New Zealand took the title ahead of Latvia's Smiltene Secondary School.

In the senior category, the top two were both Scandinavian as Finland's Mäkelänrinteen Lukio followed Eksjö Gymnasium of Sweden.

Kenny was still representing UVHS, but he was competing for his country in the junior boys select team, with England finishing in sixth place overall.

Kenny was competing alongside Max Moebus, Sam Crawshaw, Ben Squire and Tom Perry in a category that was topped by Spain.

Overall, it was an amazing experience for the pupils to compete at the highest level of international competition and the whole team enjoyed the trip as they did UVHS proud.

Amie Bird said: "The behaviour of the pupils was outstanding throughout the week and I felt extremely proud of how they represented themselves in competition.

"What an amazing event and experience for the pupils."