ORIENTEERING: Octavian Droobers

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JUNIORS THROUGH TO THE FINAL

Octavian Droobers Junior Team held off a strong challenge from Walton Chasers to triumph at the Yvette Baker first round of the national interclub Trophy competition. Several newcomers joined the team and the terrain at Ercall, Shropshire, proved very tricky for some running through the hilly wooded area.

The 28 club members scored 895 points accumulated from the top 10 club members: Harrison McCartney M16 scored 100 points coming first in 35.23mins on the Green 3.6k boys course, Nathan Lawson M18 was 2nd scoring 99 and Thomas Lea M18 3rd with 98 points. Rachel Emmerson W18 was the winner on the girls green 3.6k course taking 64.24mins and also scored 100 points. On the Light Green boys course Sam Leadley M14 came 2nd with 99 points and on the Light Green 3.1k Girls course Ella-Rose McCartney W14 scored 100 points coming in 65.09mins in 1st place Rhiannon Cope W16 scored 99 points in second place. Callum Pearman M14 was first on the 2.6k Orange course taking 40.07mins and scored 100 points as did Oliver Lunn M12 on the 2.1k Yellow Course taking 17.50mins.

The junior team are now looking forward to the Yvette Baker National Trophy inter club final which takes place on Sunday 6 July at Ashington in West Sussex.

At the same venue senior club members also scored well. Chris McCartney M45 came 2nd on the 7.2k long Brown course in 94.26mins and Matthew Elikington M20 was 1st on the Blue 5.9k course.

Next event

The next event is at The Memorial Park, Coventry on Wednesday, April 23 6–7.30pm. 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.