ORIENTEERING: Victory for club chairman in Rome

Sheila Carey, Karin Kirk and Sue Hallett winners in the West Midlands annual relays
Sheila Carey, Karin Kirk and Sue Hallett winners in the West Midlands annual relays

Octavian Droobers

Club Chairman, Barry Elkington is having a good year. This weekend he was the overall winner in his class at the Rome Orienteering three-day meeting, which attracted runners from all over Europe.

Club chairman Barry Elkington on the podium in Rome

Club chairman Barry Elkington on the podium in Rome

This Urban city event took place over three days around parks and streets of Rome and on Day 1 he was 2nd in the sprint, on the Day 2 Urban race he was 1st in 30.41mins and 2nd again on Day 3. His overall time of 74.15mins was over five minutes ahead of the next runner.

West Midlands annual Relay Championships for all ages was held at Hartlebury Common, Worcestershire, put on by Harlequins Orienteering Club. Octavian Droobers fielded several teams and Kirsten Strain, Juliette Soulard and Liz Phillips were the winners of the Open Women Trophy in a time of 2.04.23mins.

In the super Veteran Women’s over 60s class the winning team members were Sheila Carey, Sue Hallett and Karin Kirk. Oliver Lunn, Oliver Flippance and Felix Lunn won the Intermediate Men prize.

Elsewhere, at Chesterfield, Keith Willdig M65 was 3rd on 4.2km Course 4 in 34.50mins and Chris McCartney M45 was 5th on the 7.3km Course 2, in 49.01mins. Max Straube-Roth M10 won the Yellow 2.2km course in 34.06mins at Whiteford Burrows, on the Gower.

Cambridge City Race was popular on Saturday and Sheila Carey was 1st in 32.39mins on W65 3.6km Course 5.

Next Event

The club will be running an event at Hartshill Hayes Country Park, near Nuneaton next Saturday (November 11). Runners and walkers of all ages, 5 – 85 years, especially families, are invited. No need to book, just turn up between 10am and 12 noon. Beginners are given full instructions on how to enjoy this outdoor active sport. Cost is £1 for juniors and £5 for seniors, which includes specially printed large-scale map. Timer hire is £1, bring a compass if you have one.

Visit www.octavian-droobers.org for more information or call (01926) 632189.