ORIENTEERING: Octavian Droobers

Success for members around the UK

JK 2011

The four day international JK event with over 2000 competitors was staged in Northern Ireland for the first time and attracted a good number of club orienteers. The first day was a sprint around Stranmillis University, Belfast, and Aimee Morse W14, Lesley Ross W45, Sheila Carey W65 and Mike Hampton M65 with Mike beating Pete Carey by only 1 second into 2nd place. In the M20 Elite race Robert Gardner was 2nd and Matt Halliday 3rd. Third places were achieved by Harrison McCartney M14, Matt Elkington M16 and Trevor Simpson M70.

The combined results of Day 2, on sand dunes at Tyrella just north of Newcastle County Down and Day 3, Slieve Croob, Mourne Mountains, produced two JK champions from the club. Matt Halliday M20E and Lesley Ross W45 had great runs on both days coming in first on each day and were presented with trophies. Matt Elkington M16 also had a successful weekend coming 2nd overall and Riina Kuuselo W21 was 3rd after both events.

At the relays on Day 4 Matt and Stephen Elkington and Will Gardner were 3rd and Rachel and Julie Emmerson and Aimee Morse were 4th.

GB SELECTIONS

As a result of good performances at the JK and other races the club congratulates Matt Halliday for being selected to represent GB at the Junior World Orienteering Championships to be held in Poland on 2 – 9 July. Congratulations also to Will Gardner and Matt Elkington who will travel to Czech Republic for the European Youth Orienteering Championships 23 – 26 June.

WEST MIDLANDS SCHOOLS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Congratulations to club juniors who came first on their courses, representing their local schools, at Park Hall, Staffordshire: Sophie Oliver, Jamie Nicolson, Harrison McCartney, Julie Emmerson, Hamish Rogers, Emma Kettley and Matt Elkington.

HILLFIELD PARK RESULTS

Nearly 80 competitors competed at the local Hillfield Park, Solihull, on Wednesday evening event and on the easy course Rhiannon Cope W14 (KH8 School) was 1st in 12mins, Sam Hart and Dan Hague M12 2nd 14.51mins and Zoe Nicolson W14 3rd 15.16mins. Sandra and Steve Boot (Ind) were 1st on the Medium course in 16.16mins ahead of Sheila Carey W65 21.02mins. Dan Halliday came 1st on the Long course in 22.35mins ahead of Riina Kuuselo W21 24.24mins and Thomas Honniball M21 25.06mins.

Next Event

Warwick University, 18 May 6 – 7.30pm, is the place to be if you are a beginner or an experienced orienteer. The campus is an ideal venue for runners or walkers of all ages to try out this adventure sport. For details see www.octavian-droobers.org or tel: 01926 632189.