ORIENTEERING: Octavian Droobers

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News from their latest events

This was a very active weekend for the club with juniors competing for their respective schools in the West Midlands Schools Championships, members running in the West Midlands League both in Staffordshire and volunteers organising a beginners’ event at Daventry Country Park.

Many club juniors achieved some great results at the West Midlands Schools Championships. Congratulations to those who gained top three placings: Harrison McCartney winner of Year 11 boys event taking 23.23mins on the 4.6k course, Stephen Elkington 2nd in 28.18mins and Hamish Rogers 3rd 28.50mins. Julie Emmerson won the Year 11 girls 3.9k course event in 22.24mins, Rachel Emmerson was 2nd and Rhiannon Cope 3rd in 35.55mins. Callum Pearman was 2nd in the Year 9 and 10 boys event 3.9k in 32.04mins. Ella-Rose McCartney was placed 3rd in the Year 9 and 10 girls 3.4k event taking 29.09mins. Felix Lunn won the Year 7 and 8 boys 2.9k event in 17.48mins and Oliver Lunn was 3rd in 20.51mins. Josh Jelley tied with Matthew Hartland from Walton Chasers as the fastest runner on the run in from the last control to the finish taking 14 seconds.

Octavian Droobers, current leaders, well ahead of Walton Chasers, competed in the league event at Mansty Woods. Top scorers on the courses were Florence Lunn W10 on the Yellow 2.1k coming 3rd in 25.05mins, Oliver Lunn M12 and brother Felix Lunn M12 1st and 2nd on the Orange 3.02k course 38.32mins and 41.27mins respectively, Sam Leadley M14 2nd on the Light Green 3.24k course taking 45.35mins and Peter Carey M70 1st on the Short Green 3.36k course in 31.25mins.

On the Green 4.21k course Suzanne Humphries W50 came first in 36.37mins ahead of Ian Prowse M60 37.11 and Robert Brandon M65 37.39mins.Andy Emmerson M55 came 3rd on the Blue 6.59k course in 48.30mins and Alistair Powell M35 was the top runner on the longest course the 8.87k course taking 58.15mins.

Karin and Phil Kirk and many helpers welcomed over 100 participants to Daventry Country Park as part of the annual Countryside Day. Two short beginners’ courses were planned and many families participated. Fastest runners were Chloe Andrews 6.30mins, the Robinson family of Jake, Ben and Sam Robinson, from Daventry, 7.14mins and Paul and Joe Quinney, from Harbury, 8.49mins.

Next event

The next event based at Abbey Fields includes an urban race around Kenilworth on Wednesday 21 May with starts from 6–7.30pm. 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.