ORIENTEERING: First event at Cawston Park

Paul, Joel and Nathan Taylor study the map at Saturday's orienteering event at Cawston
Paul, Joel and Nathan Taylor study the map at Saturday's orienteering event at Cawston

News from the Octavian Droobers


League leaders, Octavian Droobers competed at the West Midlands League 9 event organised by Wrekin Orienteers at Nesscliffe 7 miles North West of Shrewsbury. The terrain of woodland set on a rocky outcrop, with steep climbs and good path networks, produced some good runs by club members.

Top runner on the Light Green 3.6km course was Sam Leadley M14, who took 47.57mins. New club member Kirsten Strain W21 was the fastest woman at the event, taking 81.38mins on the long Brown 8.4km course with 280 metres of climb and Club Captain Alistair Powell M35 was 2nd in 76.25mins on the same course. Other top 5 positions were achieved by: David Leadley M50 5th on the Blue 6.8km 225 metres of climb course in 67.49mins, Mike Hampton M65 4th on the Green 4.7km in 47.23mins, Peter Carey M70 5th on the Short Green 3.8km course in 55.48mins. On the short White 1.2km course club juniors Max Straube-Roth M10 was 4th in 27.40mins and Rupert Powell M5 5th in 34.29mins.

On Saturday the club held their first ever event at Cawston Park, Rugby. The event was organised by Amy Sarkies with help from Kirsten Strain. She planned 5 courses of varying lengths and difficulties around the park and surrounding urban housing using the new large scale map drawn up especially for the event by club mapper Bruce Bryant.

The event was particularly popular with families and attracted several new orienteers from the Rugby area. There were a total of 52 runs by individuals and family groups. The longest Urban course of 6.4km was won by Mateusz Podsiadly M21 who took 39.50mins. Andy Emmerson M55 won the Urban Medium 4.1km course taking 28.18mins and Felix Lunn M12 won the Urban Short 3.2km course in 27.03mins. The Lunn brothers won both the Park races, with Oliver M12 winning the 1.5km course in 8.41mins and Felix the Park Long 2.3km in 16.56mins.

Next event

The next local event will be at Brandon Wood, Coventry, on Sunday morning 7 December, 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.