ORIENTEERING: Octavian Droobers

Haywood in the rain!

The heavy rain on Sunday morning did not deter the 150 runners from around the West Midlands who participated in the league event near Baddesley Clinton organised by the Elkington family. It was pleasing to see so many new members running in their first league event amongst the 60 club members.

On the short White 1.5k course, Leicester member Sian Edwards W10 came 1st in 19.59mins, 2nd Aoife Anson-O’Connell W10 22.34mins and 3rd Stanley Stringer M10 24.04mins. On the Yellow 2.5k course Ewan Lloyd M10 from Potteries Orienteering club came 1st in 23.29mins, 2nd Emanuel Betz M10 30.01mins and 3rd Sophie Grew W10 31.26mins.

Heather Craig W12 from Walton Chasers was 1st on the Orange 2.8k course in 35.01mins, Annabel Rayner W14 2nd 37.41mins and Sophie Oliver W12 3rd 76.07mins. On the Light Green Course 3.5k Sue Hooper from Happy Herts W55 was 1st in 40.17mins, Elizabeth Davies W16 2nd 47.17mins and Peter Dunlos M21 3rd 55.10mins.

The short Green 3.7k course was won by Anthony Walker M45 35.28mins, Ian Byrne M50 South Midlands was 2nd 56.16mins, and Alison Sloman W75 from Harlequins 3rd 56.20mins. 54 competitors battled it out on the Green 5k course and club chairman Robert Brandon M60 was 1st in 39.11mins, Suzanne Humphries W45 was 2nd 42.58mins and Guy Ross M16 3rd 44.55mins. The long Blue course 7.4k was won by Romualdas Stupelis M21 in 46.08mins, 2nd David Newell M50 51.14mins and David Williams M45 3rd 52.01mins all three of whom are members of Harlequins.

At the twin peaks two day event in the Lake District Sheila Carey W65 came 1st on day 1 in the middle distance event at Bleathwaite and on Day 2 Mike Hampton M65 came 1st on the long distance event at Torver Bank. Hilary Simpson W70 achieved 2nd overall place after running in both events.

The club wish the six club members: Aimee Morse W14, Matthew Elkington M16, Sophie Kirk W20, Robert Gardner M20, Lesley Ross W45 and Sheila Carey W65 representing England, every success for next weekend in the Interland competition in Germany.

Next event

The club welcomes beginners and experienced orienteers to Rough Close, Tile Hill, Coventry on Saturday 19 March to experience this challenging outdoor adventure sport. Start times are from 10.30 – 12noon. A range of courses from 1.5k to 8k, suitable for walkers and runners, have been planned, specially drawn maps and electronic timing devices are supplied, bring a compass if you have one. Full details are on website: www.octavian-droobers.org or tel: 01926 632189.