On Saturday afternoon Rugby staged what is believed to be the largest Urban orienteering event held in the UK, apart from the London City Race.
The Warwickshire Orienteering Weekend, organised by the Octavian Droobers, was a great success.
With competitors coming from all over the UK and overseas it was a memorable and fortunately sunny occasion for the club and plenty of compliments have been received by the organisers.
Many of the Rugby competitors stayed overnight in local hotels, supporting local cafes and restaurants before competing, with over 800 entrants, in Bentley Woods near Atherstone on Sunday.
Saturday saw 500 entrants of all ages, competing on seven different courses, at the UK National League Urban race around the streets and parks of Rugby, organised by Phil Kirk.
The routes included the grounds of the Hospital of St Cross, which is believed to be a first for a hospital site.
The arena, with the start and finish, was at Rugby Athletics Track and the club wishes to thank all the organisations around the town for allowing access to private and public grounds.
Winner of the Newcomers class, 3km course, was Rugby MP Mark Pawsey, M60, who took 38 minutes to find the 16 controls. He said: “I enjoyed joining in, and thanks to the club for showing me how to orienteer, it gave running a purpose.”
The club was pleased to welcome the Mayor of Rugby, Councillor Sally Bragg, who met club members and officials, went onto the course and watched competitors come into the finish.
# There were also some great results for many of the Octavian Droobers’ members.
Winner of the M12 junior 2.1km course was Joel Taylor, ex Rugby resident, from Thames Valley Club who took 13.01mins ahead of OD junior Lewis Oxtoby 16.23mins, Finley Flippance was 4th and Adam Landels 7th.
Josie Smart was 4th in 17.10mins and Tilly Flippance 6th in the W12 junior class on the same course. On the 3.5km W16 and M16 course Pippa Smart was top OD girl 4th in 30.10mins and Jacob Oxtoby 8th was top OD boy in 26.17mins.
On the Men’s Open Course of 7.1km with 32 controls to find, Will Gardner M21 was 4th in 39.34mins, Alfie Bullus took 52.50mins 2nd M18 coming 19th overall.
Harriet Lawson was 3rd in the Women’s Open on Course 2 taking 52.49mins, Frances Briscoe W21 6th and Nadine Wright W21 7th, Martin Ward M50 won the 6.4km Course 2 for M40 class in 40.27mins, Chris McCartney M45 was 7th and Alistair Landels M45 8th.
On the W40 class 5km course, Liz Phillips W50 was 3rd in 46.56mins just behind winner Alice Bedwell from Bristol 46.10mins.
Sheila Carey W70 was 4th in the W65 class in 35.14mins on the 3km course.
Midland Championships and UK National League, Atherstone
Organiser Bob Brandon was very pleased with the entry levels and the success of the event at Bentley Woods, near Atherstone on Sunday, thanking the owners for access to the beautiful private Merevale Estate.
Over 800 competitors experienced some great orienteering on 18 technical courses in glorious sunshine.
Several Octavian Droobers club members became Midland Champions and were presented with trophies: Oliver Lunn was crowned M16 champion coming 1st on his 8.3km course in 56.25min just ahead of Felix Lunn 57.20mins.
Nathan Lawson is the M20 champion taking 39.05mins on the 6.4km Elite course and on the same course Will Gardner is the new M21 Midlands champion, taking 35.39mins.
Duncan Birtwistle was 3rd and Matthew Elkington 4th. Alistair Landels is M45 champion taking 70.41mins on the 9.9km course.
Tilly Flippance won the junior W10 championship taking 18.59mins on the 1.6km course, Kirsten Strain is W21 champion taking 39.10mins on the Elite 4.8km course with Nadine Wright 2nd, Lesley Ross is W50 champion taking 61.35mins on the 6.8km course and Hilary Simpson is the W75 champion taking 74.49mins on the 4.2km course.
There were several other 2nd and 3rd places, a great result for the club.
An event for all ages, beginners and experienced orienteers, will be held at Kingsbury Water Park on Saturday, April 8, with starts from 10 until 12noon.
Coaching and help is available at the event, see club website for full details: www.octavian-droobers.org.