ORIENTEERING: Octavian Droobers

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Congratulation to Will Gardner M20 who has been selected to run for Great Britain in the Junior European Cup to be held in Le Bessat, France from 3 – 7 October. Will was selected as a result of great performances at the Scottish Six Days championships held two weeks ago.

After 5 events the club have now moved to the top of the West Midlands Orienteering League. They have 4588 points with Wrekin scoring 4525 and Harlequins in 3rd position with 4163 points. The top five OD contributors are Sheila Carey W65 who has scored the maximum 500 points from the five events, Stephen Elkington M16 465 points, Peter Carey M65 456 points, Philip May 337 points and Thelma Spalton W65 329 points. The next league match is on Sunday 22 September at Chasewater Country Park, near Cannock, and will be organised by Walton Chasers Orienteering Club.

The sun shone and made for a very pleasant evening for a run around the Burton Dassett Hills. The long grass made running, even downhill, a little harder. Organiser Bob Brandon thanked Sue Hallett and Suzanne Humphries for handling the administration and Daniel Roth, Anne Straube and family who then all collected in the controls.

Winners were: 1st Joanna Bowman W10 18.37mins, 2nd Amy Bowman W12 18.39mins, both visitors from AIRE club and 3rd club member Florence Lunn W10 19.23mins on the Short 1.3k course. Alfie Bullus M14 won the Orange 2.2k course in 24.41mins ahead of John Bowman M70 25.30mins and newcomers Kate & Steve Brown 27.28mins. On the Green 3.3k course Steph Howarth W21 won in 39.38mins ahead of new member Richard Markham M35 41.10mins and Margaret Willdidg W60 42.56mins. Visitor Rob Campbell M45 from WAOC club won the Blue 5.1k course in 33.07mins ahead of Riina Kuuselo W35 35.27mins and Chris McCartney M40 35.59mins.

The biannual Scottish 6 days of orienteering is the largest international orienteering event held in the British Isles and this year attracted nearly 4000 competitors from all over Europe and further afield. Over 60 club members travelled to the Moray Firth area and enjoyed the mixed complex terrain of woodland, sand dunes and marshes, made harder by tough undergrowth of heather, gorse, blueberries and brashings.

Competing in the W21 Elite class on each of the six individual courses with distances of up to 11.3k, club member Riina Kuuselo, from Dunchurch, who ran up a class from W35, was placed first overall and was crowned the Scottish Six Day champion.

Next Events

There are several opportunities to try out this popular sport during the summer the next being at Coundon Hall Park, Coventry, on Wednesday 21 August with starts from 6 until 7.30pm. 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 2k 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 tel: 01926 632189.