ORIENTEERING: Octavian Droobers

Roman Kotecky and Jane Stew coming into the finish at the Octavian Droobers' Warwick University Westwood Campus event at the weekend
Roman Kotecky and Jane Stew coming into the finish at the Octavian Droobers' Warwick University Westwood Campus event at the weekend

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Pictured: Roman Kotecky and Jane Stew coming into the finish at Warwick University Westwood Campus event

50TH WEEKEND CELEBRATIONS

Warwick University Westwood Campus in Coventry was the venue for the 50th anniversary event organised by club chairman Liz Phillips and Bruce Bryant. There was a very good turnout with approximately 150 runs completed by over 100 competitors. All competitors were presented with a special gift of a commemorative shoe bag from sponsors NFU Mutual, Stoneleigh branch. Appropriately the organisers planned a 5km course with 50 controls to find and punch. The fastest was Chris Rye M21, an ex Warwick University club member who took 29.31mins closely followed by another ex University member and OD club member Iain Embrey on 29.33mins. Robert Buckby M21 also ex Uni member was 3rd in 33.07mins and Kirsten Strain W21 was 4th, took 33.25mins, becoming the fastest woman. Top junior was Sam Leadley M16, 41.28mins. An alternative very short 1.4km course with 20 controls to find around the campus was won by Chris Rye M21 in 8.11mins and top OD junior was Joel Taylor M10 in 17.06mins.

Afterwards at the celebratory dinner held at Stoneleigh Park Golf Club Ted Norrish, founder of Octavian Droobers Orienteering Club spoke about the formation of the club from cross country runners at King Henry VIII School, its subsequent successes as a leading club, welcomed several original members and presented the annual Ted Norrish Trophy to the club member who had contributed most to the club. This year it was awarded to John Middler who has spent a tremendous amount of time and effort in successfully organising the club’s major events.

Junior Home Internationals

Harrison McCartney M18 travelled to Northern Ireland to represent England in the Junior Home International, staged at Magilligan on the North Coast. He helped England to victory in the individual races coming 2nd in the M18 class taking 42.21mins on the 7.8km course and his relay team came 3rd. Scotland won the relays with 129 points overall just ahead of England’s 124.

Ogden Water Results

Florence Lunn W12 won the Orange 2.1km course in 31.05mins running through the woods at Ogden Water, near Halifax, organised by East Pennine Orienteering Club. Sister Tabitha W12 was 5th in 40.36mins on the same course. Oliver Lunn M14 was 5th on the 2.9km course in 42.41mins and Felix Lunn M14 6th in 44.21mins.

W.Midlands League Oldacre Results

West Midlands league event 9 was held at Oldacre, near Brocton, Staffs, and top runners on the Blue 6.79km course were 2nd Iain Embrey M21 42.44mins, 3rd Kirsten Strain W21 46.45mins and David Leadley M50 47.49mins. Stephen Elkington M18 was 2nd on the 4.4km Green course taking 43.30mins. Oliver Flippance M14 was 1st on the Light Green 3.51km course taking 37.39mins. Bruce Bryant M55 won the Short Green 3.49km course in 34.14mins and Peter Carey M70 was 3rd in 44.45mins. Juniors Cameron Williams-Stein M12 and Nathan Chapple M12 were 3rd and 4th respectively on the Orange 3.01km course and Kerrie Flippance W40 5th. On the White 1.23km course Tilly Flippance W10 was 3rd in 18.59mins.

Next Event, Halloween Special

Brueton Park, Solihull, is the venue for the next club Halloween themed event, organised by Steph Howarth. ‘The Pumpkin King’ will be making a special appearance. Courses planned include Yucky Yellow 2.6km, ‘Orrible Orange 3.5km and Gruesome Green 5.1km, plus a micro orienteering sprint. The club extends an invitation to all runners, come along after the Park Race, and walkers of all ages, 5 – 85 years, to try out this fun 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 tel: 01926 632189.