ORIENTEERING: Octavian Droobers

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Droobers are class winners at Breakneck Bank

Congratulations to club members who competed well at Breakneck Bank, in the Wyre Forest in Shropshire earning points for the club in the West Midlands league. The challenging event was organised by the Harlequins Orienteering club and competitors ran through the forest down steep banks and through undergrowth including brambles to complete the courses.

On the long Brown 9.4k course with 285 metres of climb Iain Embrey M21 came 2nd in 66 mins over all and in his class and Chris McCartney was 2nd in the M40 class in 91.06mins. Hamish Rogers M16 had a very good run winning the 6.6k 185 m Blue course outright in 58.27mins, easily winning his class. Also on the Blue course Lesley Ross W45 won her class in 73.57mins and Barry Elkington M55 was 2nd in his class in 69.58mins.

On the Green 4.6k 125m course, visiting 17 controls, Pete Carey came 3rd overall and 1st in his M65 class. Also on the Green course Trevor Simpson was 2nd in the M70 class, Janet Richardson 2nd in the W60 class. Junior Stephen Elkington was 1st on the Light Green 4k course in 75.20 and Tom Ross 2nd in their M14 class.

Sheila Carey W65 scored full points for the club in the league by winning the Short Green 3.4k course in 46.57mins and Hilary Simpson W70 also scored top points in her class.

Club Juniors representing GB

The club wishes Matt Elkington M16 and William Gardner M18 every success in the European Youth Orienteering Championships being held this weekend in the Czech Republic.

Swift Valley, Rugby Results

Club member Thomas Honniball M21 won the Green 4.6k event in 33.05mins just ahead of junior Hamish Rogers M16 33.23mins and John Embrey M50 from Harlequins in 34.54mins. On the Orange 3.1k course Bill Nicolson M45 was 1st in 29.58mins, Liz Phillips W45 2nd in 31.41mins and first time orienteer from Rugby Steve Carter M50 was 3rd in 38.27mins. Sam Hart M12 easily won the Yellow 2.1k course in 26.35mins and Jason Adams M10 took 31.36mins and Nikhil Mistry M10 32.37 both from King Henry VIII junior school in Coventry.

Next Events

Octavian Droobers are holding a series of orienteering events on Wednesday evening and occasional Sunday mornings throughout the summer months. Families and beginners are especially welcome and help is always provided. See www.octavian-droobers.org or tel: 01926 632189.