ORIENTEERING: Octavian Droobers

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Have a go at Draycote Water on Sunday

OD HELP ENGLAND TO VICTORY

Julie Emmerson W20 and Nathan Lawson M20 were selected to compete for England in the annual Interland tournament between teams from the Netherlands, Belgium (2 teams), Germany and France. England’s 20th consecutive win was achieved with some great performances including Julie Emmerson coming 2nd in her W20 race scoring 8 points. This score helped the juniors secure the Junior Cup again and added towards England’s overall score of 246 points, well ahead of the second placed VVO, the Flemish Belgian, team score of 190 points.

Andy Simpson M40 came 1st on the High Peak, Caldbeck Fells, event near Wigton. He took 64.36mins on the Brown 9.2k course with 475 metres of climb. His wife Toni O’Donovan W35 was third placed woman on the 6.4k Blue course with 350 metres of climb taking 64.32.

The tough physical Shining Cliff area event organised by Derwent Valley Orienteers, compensated by lovely sunshine, did not deter the 300 competitors including several club members. Liz Phillips W50 was 3rd on the Short Green 2.5k course with 120metres of climb, in 53.22mins. Bruce Bryant M55 won the Green 3.6k course with 180 metres of climb in 53.35 and Suzanne Humphries W50 came 2nd in 58.46. Anne Straube W35 came 3rd on the Blue 5.6k course with 280 metres of climb in 74.30. On the longest course, Brown 7.8k with 415 metres of climb, Chris McCartney M45 came 9th in 112.16.

Next event

There are two events this weekend one at Warwick University campus, near Coventry, on Saturday, April 5, 10.30–12noon and the other for beginners at Draycote Water Country Park on Sunday, April 6 11am – 4pm. Full details about start times and costs will be 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. Several courses 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.