West Midlands League results
The fourth league event was held at Highgate Common, Swindon, near Stourbridge, and organised by Harlequins Orienteering Club and representing current league leaders Octavian Droobers Thomas Chapple M10 came 3rd orienteering round the Yellow 2.3km course finding 16 controls in 35 minutes. Club members took the first three places on several courses including the Orange 2.9km course: Florence Lunn W12 1st in 33.33mins, Rachel Alexander W55 2nd in 33.57mins and Philip Lunn M45 3rd in 37.27mins. On the Light Green 3.9km course Felix Lunn M14 was 1st in 36.05mins and Oliver Lunn M14 was 2nd in 43.41mins.
Tom Jeffries M45 was 1st on the longest course the Brown 10.3km, taking 75.29mins and Kin Kwan Kwok M20 was 3rd in 80 minutes. Peter Carey M70 came 2nd on the Short Green 3.9km course taking 37.38mins.
Oxford City Orienteering Race attracted a number of club members and runners were able to experienced high speed navigation through the University Park, streets and several College grounds. On the M21 Elite Sprint course Matthew Elkington was 3rd in 19 minutes. Iain Embrey M21 was also placed 3rd on the Men’s Open event taking 42.06mins and Nathan Lawson was 5th in 44.10mins. Christ McCartney was 4th in the Men’s Vet (M40+) course in 41.23minutes. Freddie Walker won the men’s mini M12 and under race taking 36.55mins and Sheila Carey came 2nd in the Women’s Ultravet class (W65+) taking 35.06mins.
The next club event is at Bentley Wood, Atherstone, on Sunday, March 22, with starts from 10.30am until 12 noon. Full details about start times, courses 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. 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 www.octavian-droobers.org or call (01926) 632189.