ORIENTEERING: Octavian Droobers

Orienteering  Octavian Droobers, feature on orienteering at Draycote Water
Orienteering Octavian Droobers, feature on orienteering at Draycote Water

Matt Elkington M16 came 1st in 17.39mins on the M16 and under race on the popular and oversubscribed event staged around Cambridge City Centre on Saturday.

Fellow junior Guy Ross M16 came 4th in 24.23mins. Lesley Ross W45 came 6th in her race in 50.39mins, Riina Kuuselo W21 6th in the open women’s race in 52.41mins and Mike Hampton M65 10th on the M55 + race in 46.45mins.

Sophie Kirk W20 and Robert Gardner M20 made their debuts over the weekend representing England in the Senior Home International championships in both the individual and relay two day event staged in Merthyr, South Wales. England could not replicate their win of last year and were beaten into second place by a strong Scottish team.

Sunday saw many club members competing in the West Midlands league event at Shoal Hill, Cannock Chase event organised by Walton Chasers. OD members were chasing maximum points to go back to the top of the league. Great runs by Heather Rogers W14 1st on the Light Green 3.1k course in 40.23mins, Bob Brandon M60 2nd on the Green 4.4k in 36.02mins and Barry Elkington M55 2nd on the Blue 5.7k course in 43.39mins, Alfie Bullus M12 4th on the Orange 2.7k course in 48.20mins and many other good point scoring results will push the club up. Also on Sunday Mike Hampton ran down on the Chiltern Hills at a Thames Valley event and came 7th on the Blue 7.2k course in 57.21mins.

Next Event

Octavian Droobers will be welcoming new and experienced orienteers to the autumn programme of Saturday morning events around the county. The next will be at the Memorial Park, Coventry, on Saturday 5 November with starts from 10.30am until 12noon.

Individuals and families of all ages, 5–85 years, can experience the challenging outdoor adventure sport of orienteering by running or walking and navigating around the park using a specially drawn large scale map. Coaching and help is provided. To find out more see website www.octavian-droobers.org or call (01926) 632189.