ORIENTEERING: Octavian Droobers

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Have a go at Wednesday evening events around the county

Club member Mike Hampton organised a very successful event introducing a new element, urban running around Kenilworth town streets adding to the Abbey Fields park race. This attracted competitors from around the midlands and visitors from Spain en route to the international Scottish 6 day event.

The new map drawn up by Mike was used for two courses, a 5.6k long and a 3.6k medium. Matt Halliday M20 easily won the long course taking 35.53mins, Tom Honniball M21 was 2nd in 41.56mins only one second ahead of Alan Segar M35 41.57mins. On the Urban medium course Stephanie Ellis-Gray was 1st in 34.33mins ahead of John Bowman M65 40.15mins and Jackie Stuart M55 44.59mins.

Two courses were planned around the park and on the medium 3.6k course Paul Taylor M35 was 1st in 22.04mins, 2nd Sam Hart M12 29.18mins and 3rd John Ward M65 29.56mins. Alfie Bullus M12 won the short 2.2k course in 24.41mins, Finn Donaldson M8 2nd in 25.07mins and first timer Bradley Powles M10 was 3rd in 26.05mins.

Next Events

Octavian Droobers will be welcoming new and experienced orienteers to three Wednesday evening events during August: 10th Ryton Pools, 17th Brueton Park, Solihull and 24th Coundon Hall Park, Coventry. Individuals and families can experience running, walking and navigating around the parks using a specially drawn large scale map.

The club will have courses, from 1.5k to 6k, for all ages, 5 – 85 years, and abilities. Help will be provided and start times are from 6.00 – 7.30pm. To find out more see website www.octavian-droobers.org or tel: 01926 632189.