ORIENTEERING: Octavian Droobers

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Have a go at Coombe Abbey on Sunday

Fifty five Octavian Droobers enjoyed the woods at Postensplain in the Wyre Forest, near Bewdley in Worcestershire, and many scored good points to help the club in the West Midlands league battle for top position. There were added attractions of fallow deer and a rare sighting of some two-barred crossbills with several groups of birdwatchers in tow.

Class winners were Lesley Ross W45 who took 69.45mins on the Blue 6.7k course with 190 metres of climb and Barry Elkington M55 98.49mins on the Brown 8.8k course with 305 metres of climb. Stephen Elkington M16 won the Green 4.4k course in 41.24mins, and other class winners on the same course were Mike Hampton M65 42.52mins, Trevor Simpson M70 60.55mins, Heather Rogers W16 50.06mins, Margaret Willdig W60 56.03mins and Sheila Carey W65 52.39mins. Roger Hailey was top M75 and took 53.26mins on the Short Green 3.5k course and Hilary Simpson top W70 in 65.38mins. Felix Lunn was the top M12 on the Yellow 2k course in a very fast time of 13.58mins.

The national urban league has now been completed for 2013 and after 16 races which were held throughout the UK, culminating in Edinburgh, 4 club members took top 10 places after taking the results of their best 7 performances. They are: Liz Phillips W45 3rd place in the Veteran Women 40+, Mike Hampton M65 4th place in the Ultravet Men 65+, Harrison McCartney M16 7th in the Junior Men and Sheila Carey W65 10th in the Ultravet Women 65+ classes.

Next Events

The next club event, the final event in the West Midlands league will be at Coombe Country Park, Coventry, on Sunday, December 8 10am–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.