League leaders at half way stage
After seven events in the West Midlands Orienteering League Octavian Droobers have a commanding lead of over 500 points, 6599, over nearest rivals Wrekin 6088 and Walton Chasers 5850. The fifteen club scorers include Barry Elkington M60, Peter Carey M70 and Sheila Carey W70 who each have scored the maximum of 500 points having won their class in 5 of the 7 fixtures so far.
Other scorers: Florence Lunn W12 495, David Leadley M50 484, Finley Flippance M12 463, Sue Hallett W70 450, Oliver Flippance M14 443, Lin Page W60 435, Tabitha Lunn W12 431, Liam Chapple M45 416, David Dunn M35 404, Liz Phillips W50 400, Richard Steel M50 372 and Jill Emerson W50 306. With 6 more fixtures planned around the Midlands in the autumn the club hope to increase this lead.
Manchester Orienteering Club staged a weekend of sprint and urban races and Mike Hampton M70 came 3rd overall in his class after two sprint races at Ollerton taking a total of 26.55mins only one minute behind the leader. Liz Phillips W50 also came 3rd taking 28.38mins overall. At the Urban race around Manchester City Liz Phillips was 6th in 53.37mins on the 5.6km W40+ Veteran course and Mike Hampton was 7th in 40.27mins on the 4.2km M65+ Ultra Vet course.
At the French 6 Days of Orienteering in the Midi Pyrenees, in the preliminary event prior to the main programme, club members had some good results: Hilary Simpson W75 1st in 27.21mins, Nathan Lawson M20 4th in 15.26mins as was Barry Elkington M60 in 14.17mins and Trevor Simpson M75 in 25.29mins.
Steph Howarth organised the local event at Brueton Park, Solihull, and 60 runners competed on the 3 courses: Winner of the Short 2.5km course was Joe Quinney M12 who found the 12 controls in 14.53mins; David Knott M12 was 2nd in 20.47mins and Robert Morris M21 3rd in 25.28mins. Paul Quinney M45 won the Medium 3.6km course in 22.47mins; Kerrie Flippance W40 was 2nd in 23.01mins and Pippa Smart W14 3rd in 25.09mins. The challenging Nav’O’gation 4.2km course saw Oliver Lunn M14 win in 27.17mins just ahead of David Dunn M35 27.27mins and Mike Snell M60 27.30mins.
On Wednesday, July 20 at Tudor Grange, Solihull, the club is organising an event suitable for beginners and experienced orienteers with starts from 6pm until 7.30pm. Runners and walkers of all ages, 5–85 years, and abilities are 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.