ORIENTEERING: Octavian Droobers

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Super six juniors help England win

Congratulations to Harrison McCartney, Aimee Morse, Julie and Rachel Emmerson, Matt Elkington and Will Gardner for great performances representing England this weekend at the Junior Home International Orienteering Championships in Northern Ireland. The six club juniors joined 18 other 14 – 18 year olds from around England to produce a fantastic comprehensive win over Scotland, Wales and Ireland in both the individual and relay events.

On Saturday at the individual event in Co Fermanagh the low mist and tricky open hillside did not deter Harrison McCartney M14 who had an outstanding individual win coming 1st on the 3.52k course in 29.43mins, over 2 minutes ahead of 2nd placed English team mate Tim Morgan. Aimee Morse W14 was placed 4th taking 35.16mins to run her 2.72k course and Julie Emmerson W16 5th on her 4.19k course in 47.43mins.

The relays on the Sunday were staged at Necarne Equestrian centre and much of the course was on open parkland allowing spectators great viewing opportunities. England excelled with the boys and girls teams taking the top 3 places. Harrison McCartney ran well coming in 1st on his leg and with his two England team mates ensured 1st place in the boys relay team and good performances by Matt Elkington and Will Gardner put their team in 2nd place just 3mins behind. The top three girl’s teams, from England, were only separated by 6 seconds and the winning team of Julie Emmerson (1st on her leg) and Aimee Morse, joined by Zoe Harding, won by only 1 second!

Andy Emmerson, club captain, said how pleased he was to see so many juniors from the club being selected to represent England and achieving such great results.

With many club juniors running this weekend in the British Schools Score Championships in the New Forest the club staged two events at Elmdon and Hillfield Parks, Solihull, with extra coaching and support. At Elmdon Park on the short 2k course Oliver Weaver M16 came 1st in 23.02mins and on the long 5.3k course William Gardner M18 won in 34.41mins. The score event, punching a maximum of 30 controls in under 60 mins was won by Alan Segar M35 30 controls in 51.19mins, Anne Straube W35 30 controls was 2nd in 55.50mins and Penny Oliver W16 3rd 29 controls in 59.28mins.

Hillfield Park was the setting for the Tony Haw charity event and raised over £290 for Leukaemia Research. The 60 minute event with 32 controls was won by Barry Elkington M55 who punched all 32 controls in 46.30mins. Also punching all controls was visitor Clive Wilson from South Yorkshire 2nd 51.19mins and Stephen Elkington M14 3rd in 52.43mins.

Next Event

Octavian Droobers will be welcoming new and experienced orienteers to the autumn programme of Saturday morning events around the county. The next will be at Kenilworth Common on Saturday 15 October with starts from 10.30am until 12 noon. Individuals and families of all ages, 5 – 85 years, can experience the challenging outdoor adventure sport of orienteering by running or walking and navigating through the woods and the common using a specially drawn large scale map. Coaching and help is provided. To find out more see website www.octavian-droobers.org or tel: 01926 632189.