ORIENTEERING: Octavian Droobers

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NORTHERN CHAMPIONSHIPS AND GB SELECTIONS

Congratulations to club juniors who have been selected to represent Great Britain. Julie Emmerson W18 will be travelling to Bulgaria to compete in the Junior World Orienteering Championships from 21 to 28 July. Also competing for Great Britain is Harrison McCartney in the European Youth Orienteering Championships in the Mens 16 year old category at the event in Strumica, Macedonia on 25 until 29 June.

Harrison McCartney was on top form at the three day Northern Championships event staged around Newby Bridge and at Kendal in the Lake District. He came first on both days at Newby Bridge, winning his Middle Distance 4.4k, with 240 metres of climb, race on Summerhouse Knott in 34.25mins. On Day 2 at Blake Holme and Gummer’s How on a most challenging tough, both physically and technically area he won his age category M16A 5.1k course with 250 metres of climb in 48.36mins, nearly 3 mins ahead of the nearest competitor.

Hilary Simpson W75 came 4th on the Very Short Green course in 50.33mins and Anne Straube W35 5th in 47.39mins on her 4.4k course with 225 metres of climb at Summerhouse Knott. On Day 2 club members found the courses tricky and Anne Straube W35 came 4th as did Trevor Simpson M75 and Hilary Simpson W75 5th on their respective courses. On the short courses Bruce Bryant M55 came 1st on the 3.9k course with 200 metres of climb taking 47.08mins as did Stephen Elkington M18 and Daniel Roth

M40 came 2nd.

Day 3 was an Urban event around Kendal and Anne Straube W35 was 3rd best in her age group taking 56.46mins on the Brown 6.7k course with 210 metres of climb as did Liz Phillips in the W50 class taking 49.52mins on the Blue 5.5k with 150 metres of climb. Hilary Simpson was 2nd W75 and Sue Bicknell 4th W70 on the Short Green 3.3k course.

Next event

The next events are one for beginners at Daventry Country Park on Sunday 11 May, from 12noon until 4pm and at Bentley Woods, Atherstone, on Wednesday 14 May between 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.