ORIENTEERING: Octavian Droobers

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Juniors placed second at Yvette Baker Trophy

The annual English and Welsh orienteering interclub junior championship took place in Wiltshire. The event is named after Yvette Baker the first British World Champion. Congratulations to the 27 juniors who competed and produced an excellent second place with 875 points behind Bristol’s 885.

Julie Emmerson, Octavian Droobers Orienteering Club junior representative, writes:

On Sunday a coach of OD juniors had an early start to travel to Collingbourne Woods for the Yvette Baker Trophy final, hosted by Sarum. We finished 2nd last year and had won the previous 4 years so expectations were high. The forest had good visibility and was mostly very runnable except for large areas of brambles so there were some very fast times.

OD won three out of the eight classes with Ella-Rose McCartney winning the Orange women, Harrison McCartney winning the Light green men and Julie Emmerson winning the Green women. Aimee Morse and Stephen Elkington also achieved podium positions, finishing 3rd on the Green women and Light green men respectively while Matt Elkington finished 5th on the Green men and Fran Slade was 5th on the Orange women. Other high scorers were Rachel Johnson, Patrick Roddy, Hamish Rogers and Alfie Bullus.

These brilliant results projected OD into second place behind a very strong Bristol team. This was our seventh consecutive top two finish! We had enough runners to form another team and they finished a solid 11th place, just ahead of Bristol’s second team. Well done to all the juniors that competed. We must also thanks all the adults that came along to help, especially Debbie for providing us all with crisps, biscuits and drinks on the journey home!


Octavian Droobers club members staged the last in the 2012 series of eleven West Midlands League events on Sunday at Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield. Organiser Mark Beverley was very pleased with the support and help he received from club members and the bright and dry weather attracted a large entry of 211 competitors of all ages from around the midlands. Bob Brandon planned eight orienteering courses from 1.8k easy to 9.1k technically hard around the popular park venue.

Winner of the short White 1.8k course was Catherine Bailey W10 from HOC in 17.33mins, newcomer Idie Biniam Frey W5 was 2nd in 36.35mins and OD youngster Freddie Walker M7 was 3rd in 39.24mins. Callum Pearman M12 another newcomer won the Yellow 2.8k course in 25.24mins, new OD club member Pippa Smart W10 was 2nd in 28.50mins and Jeannie Hunter W55 from COBOC 3rd in 35.18mins.

On the Orange 2.8k course Roger Hailey M75 easily won in 26.12mins, Charlotte Cairns Smith W10 from WCH came 2nd in 35.15mins and Rachel Alexander W55 was 3rd in 37.51mins. Heather Craig W14 from WCH was 1st on the Light Green 3k course finishing in 28.32mins, Alfie Bullus M12 was 2nd in 34.26mins and John Leyden M16 3rd in 38.22mins.

Hilary Palmer W65 from NOC was 1st on the Short Green 3.7k course in 33.59mins, Rosie Grayburn W21 from MDOC was 2nd in 35.11mins and John Robinson M60 from WCH was 3rd in 35.34mins. OD members took first 3 places on the Green 5k course Hamish Rogers M16 33.12mins, Pete Carey M65 42.15mins and Stephen Elkington 42.20mins.

Matt Elkington M18 came first on the Blue 6.2k course in 37.12mins, David Williams M50 from HOC was 2nd in 37.51mins and Clive Richardson M45 from WRE was 3rd in 40.45mins. On the longest course, the Blue 9.1k, Will Gardner M20 came first in 54.15mins well ahead of fellow club member Chris McCartney M40 65.08mins and Andrew Rowe M35 from POTOC 66.23mins.

On Saturday, December 29 Octavian Droobers will be staging their annual Christmas Relays at Rough Close, Coventry, and on New Year’s Day the club will be competing against other West Midlands clubs in the annual Laurie Bradley Trophy Score competition which is taking place at MOD Stafford. OD are hoping to retain the trophy and plan to take a strong team to the event.