ORIENTEERING: Octavian Droobers

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Have a go at Coombe Abbey on Sunday, December 8

Octavian Droobers now top the West Midlands League having scored a total of 6207 points ahead of Wrekin Club’s 6033 and Walton Chasers 5767. Of the 15 competitors who count across all ages Stephen Elkington M16 and Sheila Carey W65 have both achieved maximum points of 500 points having come first in at least 5 out of the eight events so far this year. With two more events to take place this year OD hope to win by a clear margin. The next one is at Postenplain, near Bewdley, Worcestershire, on 1st December and the final one takes place at Coombe Country Park, Coventry.

Tudor Grange, Solihull, attracted many families and younger juniors who thoroughly enjoyed the sunshine and courses planned by organiser John Middler. New junior Charlie Glover M8 went round the short 1.5 Yellow course in 13.39mins; Felix Lunn M12 was 2nd in 13.56min and Peter Markham M8 3rd in 22.05mins. Sisters Tabitha Lunn W10 and Florence Lunn W10 were separated by only 1 second, 23.14mins and 23.15mins respectively.

On the Orange 1.9k course and visiting 13 controls around the park Sam Leadley M14 came 1st ahead of Felix Lunn M12 14.15mins (on his second run), Oliver Lunn M12 was 3rd in 16.12mins, new junior Ruby Donaldson W12 was 4th in 17.11mins and Pippa Smart W10 5th in 21.59mins. Alex Ivanovs M21 won the Green 3.8k course with 21 controls taking 22.41mins, Rob Smart M45 2nd 29.58mins, Mike King M55 3rd 31.26mins, David Leadley M45 4th 31.36mins and Robert Rose M21 from HOC 5th 32.41mins.

Leicester Orienteering Club hosted two events over the weekend and several club members competed. Pete Carey came 4th on the Ultra Vet 4.1k course taking 36.39mins around the town of Ashby de la Zouch on Saturday. On Sunday the event was based at Conkers Discovery Centre on the Leicester/Derbyshire border and the conditions underfoot, boggy marshlands, water features and new plantations, taking in part of the new National Forest proved challenging.

Top club juniors were Harriet Lawson W18 who was highest placed girl on the Blue 7.1k course taking 64.36mins and Alfie Bullus M14 who came 4th on the Light Green 4k course taking 42.00mins. Toni O’Donovan was top women competitor taking 87.41mins on the long Brown 9.2k course and Ondrej Bajgar was 3rd M21 on the same course taking 87.50mins. Lesley Ross W40 took 1st place in her class on the Blue 7.1k course in 69.07mins. Mike Hampton was leading M65 on the 5.7k Short Blue course 59.00mins, Trevor Simpson M70 and Hilary Simpson W70 both won their classes on the Green 4.8k course taking 60.59mins and 75.30mins and Roger Hailey M75 came 2nd on the Short Green course in 55.1mins.

Next Events

The next club event will be at Coombe Country Park, Coventry, on Sunday 8 December 10.00 –12.30pm. Full details about start times and costs will be on British Orienteering and 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. Several courses of between 2k and 8k have been planned and help is available to all newcomers. 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.