ORIENTEERING: Octavian Droobers

Club captain Alistair Powell receives the trophy from West Midlands chairman Ray Collins
Club captain Alistair Powell receives the trophy from West Midlands chairman Ray Collins

Club win Laurie Bradley Trophy on New Year’s Day

The annual New Year’s Day West Midlands interclub competition, the Laurie Bradley Trophy, was this year organised by Wrekin Orienteers and held at Telford Town Park, Shropshire.

Six teams competed for the trophy and the Octavian Droobers club captain, Alistair Powell, was very pleased with club members’ performances around the very wet and muddy park grounds.

The winning score was 4640 points achieved by Droobers’ top 25 runners across 16 age categories.

Each orienteer had to navigate and find as many controls earning 10 points each within the 1 hour time limit.

Wrekin Orienteers were 2nd with 4470 points and Walton Chasers 3rd with 4150 points.

The highest scorers for the club were Barry Elkington and Andy Emmerson who both found 24 controls earning 240 points.

Oliver Lunn, Chris McCartney, Felix Lunn scored 230 points, Dave Marr, Rob Smart and Stan Alexander 210 points, Bob Brandon 200, Jill Emmerson, Gerry Spalton and Richard Steel 190 points.

Alistair Powell scored 180, Kevin Ross 170, Tabitha Lunn running with Josie Smart scored 160, as did Nathan Chapple, Carolyn Marr, Cameron Williams-Stein, John Ward, Phil May and Trevor Hyde.

Pippa Smart, running with Florence Lunn, Sue Hallett, Karin and Phil Kirk all scored 150.

# At the RAF Halton base in the Chilterns, several club members had good runs around the camp and the winner of the Men’s Open 6.4km course with 30 controls was Will Gardner M21 taking 30.14mins.

Harrison McCartney M18 was 3rd in 35.03mins and Robert Gardner M21 4th in 35.08mins.

Florence Lunn W12 won the 12 and under 1.8km course finding 13 controls in 13.05mins and Tabitha Lunn was 4th in 14.15mins.

Felix Lunn M14 was 3rd on the 3.1km course for under 16’s in 18.05mins just ahead of 4th placed brother Oliver Lunn M14 18.39.

Lesley Ross W50 was top woman on the W40 + 5.4km course taking 36.44.

# Next events

Club members will be competing in the first of the West Midlands Orienteering League events today Sunday (January 10) at Lickey Hills, organised by City of Birmingham Orienteering Club.

The next local event will be held at Kingsbury Water Park on Saturday, January 16 with starts from 10.30am -12noon. Courses, from 1-5km, are planned for beginners as well as experienced orienteers.

The club extends an invitation to walkers and runners 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 call (01926) 632189.