ORIENTEERING: Octavian Droobers


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Berkshire Orienteers annual event, the Concorde Chase, attracted over 500 competitors and proved very popular with club members, several of whom had excellent runs through the forest at Cold Ash, near Newbury. The extremely muddy timber extraction tracks did not deter club junior Peter Markham M12 who came 1st on the Orange 2.8km course taking 51.40mins. On the longest course Harrison McCartney M18 was the highest placed Octavian Droober taking 1.11.09mins to come in 4th on the 11.8km course only 2.59mins behind the winner. Also on the Black course Mateusz Podsiadly M20 was 9th in 1.27.29mins.

Top woman on the Blue 7.6km course was Lesley Ross W45, in 1.02.19mins, and in 9th position overall. Alfie Bullus was the second best M16 on the same course taking 1.19.02mins. Top ten positions were earned by Chris Markham M10 7th on the White 1.6km course in 24.17mins, Ant Walker M50 3rd in 53.30mins on the Short Green 3.8km course and Stephen Elkington M18 10th in 59.44mins on the Short Blue 5.4km course.

An extra mid week event, organised by the British Army Orienteering Club, at Bramcote Barracks, near Nuneaton, gave club members an extra chance to compete on three courses. Top placed club members were: Mike Hampton 13th on the Blue 6.4km course in 46.24mins, Sheila Carey W65 7th on the Green 5.lkm course in 39.36mins and on the Light Green 3.7km course Janet Richardson W65 6th in 40.47mins.

At the Crewe Urban event Kin Kwan Kwok took 7th place in the Mens Open 6.675 course, Liz Phillips was 6th in the Womens Vets 5.8km course in 53.56mins and Bruce Bryant M55 ran down to course 4, 4.55km, to take first place in 34.42mins.

Next event

The next club event is at Itchington Holt, near Harbury this Saturday (January 31) with starts from 10.30 until 12 noon. Full details about start times, courses and costs will be on the club website. Runners and walkers of all ages, 5 – 85 years, and abilities will be welcome to come along 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