ORIENTEERING: Octavian Droobers

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Have a go at Coombe Country Park on Wednesday, June 19

Congratulations to Will Gardner M20 who came first on the Brown 10k course in the Micheldever Forest event, near Winchester. Running through the beech woods he took 55.53min and Chris McCartney M40 was 7th taking 1.16.36mins. At the same event on the Light Green 3.25k course Alfie Bullus came 3rd in 42.31mins and Ella-Rose McCartney W14 5th in 54.21mins. Proving it is never too young to start orienteering, on the White short 1.5k course eight year old Freddie Walker was 3rd in 16mins and four year old younger brother Daniel Walker came 4th.

Mike Hampton M65 completed the Urban event around the streets of Poundbury in Dorset, in 26.36mins only 1 second behind the winner of the 4.4k course. Mike enjoys the Urban events and is currently in second place in the national Nopesport Urban League for Ultravet Men having earned 473points after 5 races.

Nottingham University was the venue for an orienteering event around the campus and grounds and several competitors found themselves sinking into the mud by the stream near the lake. Top finishers were Chris McCartney who won the M40+ 5.3k Course 2 in 34.31mins and Anne Straube who won the Women’s Open on the same course taking 42.03mins. Pete Carey came 2nd in the M65+ category by only 10 seconds taking 28.37mins on the 3.3k course 4 which was won by Bruce Bryant M55 in 26.56mins.

Next Events

Octavian Droobers Orienteering Club are staging the Wednesday evening event on June 19 at Coombe Country Park, near Coventry, which is sponsored by Cotswold Outdoor, with starts from 6 until 7.30pm. The venue is also the setting for the annual club BBQ. Runners and walkers of all ages, 5–85 years and abilities will be welcome to come along to come along to try out this outdoor adventure navigation sport.

Several courses of between 1k and 6k have been planned and 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.