ORIENTEERING: Octavian Droobers

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Over 120 entrants enjoyed the beautiful weather running round the Country Park at Burton Dassett Hills. Organisers junior Aimee Morse and her family were kept very busy as was junior Harrison McCartney putting out the controls and collecting them in at the finish with extra help from Sue Bicknell. A large number of young juniors and beginners tackled the short Yellow 1.3k course with 60 metres of climb and club junior Pippa Smart W10 came in first in 12.53mins just ahead of fellow junior Felix Lunn M12 in 12.57mins. Newcomer Nicholas Connolly was 3rd in 15.46mins. The club also welcomed 10 Duke of Edinburgh participants with their helpers from Harbury.

On the Orange 2.4k course with 80 metres of climb Rob Smart M45 won easily taking 19.52mins, Andrew Buckley M45 was 2nd in 29.47mins and keen Felix Lunn M12 did a second run and took 30.33mins to finish in 3rd place. The more technical Green 3.1k course with 140 metres of climb was won by visitor Charles Nelson M60 from Harlequins in 37.48mins only just beating club juniors Alfie Bullus M14 who took 37.48mins and Heather Rogers W16 38.29mins.

The most popular, with 42 competitors, and the longest course was the Blue 4.8k course with 200 metres of climb. Visitor Ben Windsor M21 from Leicester Orienteering Club raced around winning in a great time of 28.33mins. Hamish Rogers M18 had a good run and came in 2nd in 32.22mins and Chris McCartney M40 was 3rd in 34.38mins.

GB ELITE AND TALENT DEVELOPMENT SQUAD

Congratulations to Octavian Droobers juniors who have been selected to become members of the GB Squads for 2013 – 2014. William Gardner M20 joins the 22 athletes in the Elite Development Squad. In the Talent Development Squad of 33 athletes will be four club juniors: Matthew Elkington M18, Harrison McCartney M16, Julie Emmerson M18 and Harriet Lawson M18. We wish them well with their training and look forward to seeing some great performances in the future.

RESULTS ROUND UP

At Sheringham in the Norfolk Dumpling event Sheila Carey W65 came 1st on the Green 4.08k course in 55.12mins and Pete Carey M65 was 4th on the Short Blue 4.69k course in 74.16mins. The Stamford Town Urban Mens Open 7.3k race was won by Robert Gardner M21 in 41.43mins; brother Alistair M18 was 9th in 45.46mins. Mike Hampton won the M65 3.9k race in 27.59mins and Bruce Bryant M55 was 2nd in 30.10mins. Richard Gardner M55 was 2nd on the M55 4.6k course in 36.28mins, Keith Willdig M60 7th 42.48mins and John Middler M60 8th in 43.25mins. Liz Phillips W45 was 4th on the W40 4.6k course taking 41.25mins and Margaret Willdig W60 was 3rd on the W55 3.9k course taking 40.56mins.

Next Events

The next club event is the annual charity event raising funds for Leukaemia Research at Borough Hill, Daventry on Saturday 26 October, registration 10.15am with a mass start for the score event at 11am. An additional beginners course is also planned. Full details about start times and costs are on the club website. Runners and walkers of all ages, 5 – 85 years and abilities will be welcome to come along to try out this outdoor adventure navigation sport. A large scale map and electronic timers are provided; bring a compass if you have one. To find out more see website www.octavian-droobers.org or call (01926) 632189.