ORIENTEERING: Octavian Droobers

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BENTLEY WOODS AT ITS BEST

The club hosted a Level B ranking event at Bentley Woods, near Atherstone, on Sunday and over 350 competitors, travelled from around the midlands and further afield to run around the superb woods in beautiful sunshine. With courses to suit all abilities including following the string course for toddlers and young children to taxing complex terrain with steep climbs there was something for everyone, from beginners to experienced orienteers to enjoy.

Harrison McCartney M18 was in superb form and finished first on the longest Black course, 11.5km, with 420 metres of climb, finding 28 strategically placed controls in 63.52mins, just ahead of Jegor Kostlylev M21 from Oxford University Club 64.23mins and OD’s William Gardner M21 66.36mins. Toni O’Donovan W35 was the fastest woman on the Brown 9.8km taking 80.33mins. Nathan Lawson M18 came 2nd on the Short Brown 8.2km course taking 50.31mins ahead of father David Lawson M50 57.17mins in third place, and on the same course Julie Emmerson W20 was top woman in 5th place in 58.27mins.

On the Short Blue 5.9km course with 150 metres of climb Mike Hampton M65 was 3rd in 57.58mins and Robert Brandon M65 4th in 59.18mins. Top OD’s on the Green 4.5km course were Stephen Elkington M18 3rd in 42.54mins and Peter Carey M70 4th in 45.49mins and club chairman Liz Phillips W50 was top woman in 6th place taking 47.30mins.

Club juniors had good runs and Oliver Lunn M14 won the Light Green 3.6km course taking 41.29mins and John Cherry M14 was 4th in 60.30mins. Florence Lunn W12 and Peter Markham M12 shared first place on the Orange 2.8km course both taking 38.09mins, Pippa Smart W12 was 4th in 43.08mins and Luke Cherry M12 5th in 44.26mins. On the Yellow 2.6km course Chris Markham M10 was 5th in 41.56mins. Josie and Lucy Smart won the short White 1.6km course in 19.46mins.

Next event

The next club event takes place at Warwick University Campus, Coventry, on Saturday, March 28, with starts from 10.30 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 website www.octavian-droobers.org or call (01926) 632189.