ORIENTEERING: Octavian Droobers

Ben Flippance at Draycote Water
Ben Flippance at Draycote Water

Have a go at Coombe Abbey and Shuckburgh Park

TRY ORIENTEERING

The next club events take place at Coombe Country Park, near Coventry, on Wednesday, June 3, with starts from 6pm until 7.30pm and at Shuckburgh Park, near Daventry on Sunday, June 7 with starts from 10.30am until 12.30pm.

Runners and walkers of all ages, 5-85 years, and abilities will be welcome 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.

Fifty club members spent a great weekend appreciating the good weather and beautiful locations in the Shropshire Hills at the biannual three-day event superbly organised by West Midlands clubs: Harlequin and Wrekin.

Several members achieved top places overall as well as on the individual days.

Congratulations to Trevor Simpson who was the outright overall winner of the M75 class, taking a total of 122.50mins, over ten minutes ahead of next placed runner Richard Brightman from Dorset. He came 5th at Brampton Bryan, 2nd at Stapeley and 1st at Corndon.

Tony Feltbower M60 was placed 2nd overall from a field of 43 achieving 2nd at Brampton Bryan, 6th at Stapeley and 2nd at Corndon with a total time of 148.59mins.

Eighteen-year-old Harrison McCartney competed in the M21 class and was placed 3rd overall after 3rd at Brampton Bryan, 1st at Stapeley and 3rd at Corndon in 198.19mins. Tom Jeffries M45 was 5th overall (9,7,9) as was Stephen Bates in the M65 class (9,4,8) and Pete Carey M70 was 4th overall (5,5,7).

Sophie Kirk was 2nd overall in the W21 class taking a total of 190.47mins coming 3rd, 3rd and 2nd respectively. Hilary Simpson also came 2nd on the W75 course with a 2nd, 3rd and 1st place and Sheila Carey was 3rd overall coming 3rd, 1st and 2nd in the W65 class.

Liz Cross was 1st overall on the W40 short course winning first place on each of the three days. Daniel Roth came 3rd overall on the short M40 course as did John Bowman on the M70 short course and Thelma Spalton on the W65 short course. Young juniors Daniel and Freddie Walker earned overall 2nd and 3rd places on the M10 short course taking a total of 53.51min and 58.57mins respectively.

Individual day winners were Anne Straube W40 1st at Stapeley, Lesley Ross W45 on the W40 course at Brampton Bryan and Diana Hailey on the W70 short course at Brampton Bryan.

Scottish Championships

Julie Emmerson W20 ventured north to Ardnaskie to compete in the Scottish Championships and came 1st in the W20 elite class, winning in a time of 53.13mins on the 6km course with 190 metres of climb.

Next day she joined up with fellow OD member Kirsten Strain and colleague Hollie Orr to come 4th in the Women’s Open Relay Scottish Championships taking a total of 99.03mins, behind a Norwegian and two Swiss teams.

Results from

Draycote Water

This popular local event attracted many from across the county. Local knowledge certainly helped the winners from the Rugby area.

Alex Ivanovs M35 from Rugby was 1st on the long 4.6km course finding 19 controls in 24.07mins ahead of second placed Chris McCartney M45, from Wolston, 25.37mins.

On the short beginners course youngsters from Rugby, eight year olds Nathan Taylor and Arthur Shaw sped round the 1.1km course finding 10 controls in 8.22mins. Brother Joel Taylor M10 was 3rd on the Orange 1.9km course with 13 controls in 26.05mins.