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Welcome to Octavian Droobers, celebrating 50 years! 1965 - 2015

The Droobers, Octavian Droobers or OD as they are known are the local orienteering club for Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull in the West Midlands, UK.

  • Unlike most sports clubs we do not have a fixed weekly meeting point, but instead organise events on a regular basis around the area. See the Events page for details.
  • Walkers, joggers and runners of all ages 5 - 85 years are invited to explore our local woods and parks. We offer help and guidance on how to read maps and use a compass and electronic timer for newcomers at each event.
  • To see a short video explaining what the sport involves, have a look at the Beginners page.
  • For further information about the club please call 01926 632189 or email
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Congratulations to three OD club members who have been selected to represent GB in junior and senior teams. Will Gardner will be a reserve at the World Orienteering Championships taking place in Tartu, Estonia at the beginning of July. He will also compete in the Middle distance, Forest relay and Sprint races at the 3rd World Cup in Latvia in August and in the 4th World Cup event in Switzerland in September.Nathan Lawson and Harrison McCartney, both M20, have been selected to represent GB at the Junior World Orienteering Championships to be held in Tampere, Finland, 10 – 15th July. Harrison will also represent GB in the Junior European Cup in Austria in September.

A triple race event weekend was organised by South Downs Orienteers. At the Urban race around Chichester, Chris McCartney was 2nd on the Mens Veteran 4.1km course in 26.21mins, Roman Kotecky was 7th on the Mens Ultra Vet 3.5km course in 39.16mins, Nadine Wright was 4th on the Womens Open 4.1km course in 33.50mins and Sue Hallett 5th on the Womens Ultra Vet 3.2km course in 44.23mins. On the middle distance race at Angmering Chris McCartney M45 was 5th on the Blue 4.8km course in 33.43mins and Joanne Leigh W50 8th on the Orange 2.3km course in 36.20mins. At Rewell on the Long distance race event, Chris McCartney was 7th on the Brown 10.1km course with 290 metres of climb taking 94.34mins, Joanne Leigh 8th on the Orange 3.2km course in 40.12mins.

The West Midlands Schools Orienteering Championships were held this year at Severn Valley Country Park and organised by Wrekin Orienteering Club. Top three places were gained by several pupils from Coventry, Warwickshire and Banbury schools who are members of the club: Alfie Bullus, Warriner School, Banbury, was 1st in the Year 11+ category, and Hannah Matthews was 2nd, Kenilworth School, Year 11+ Girls. Felix Lunn 2nd, Oliver Lunn tied 3rd with Nathan Chapple, all Kenilworth School in the Year 9/10 Boys race and Pippa Smart, Myton School, 2nd in Year 9/10 Girls race. Peter Markham, Ash Green School, Coventry was 1st and Joe Quinney, Southam College, 3rd in the Year 7/8 boys race. Florence Lunn was 1st, Tabitha Lunn 2nd, both Kenilworth School and Josie Smart 3rd, Myton School in the Year 7/8 girls race. Giacomo MacGibbon, Bablake Junior School, Coventry, was 2nd in the Year 6 boys race.continued.....

16th May 2017


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Alistair Powell, club captain, competing at the British Orienteering Championships in the Lake District on 6 May 2017.
Photo Wendy Carlisle


JK 2017 Veteran Relay Winners2c Barry2c Sheila and Mike 170417

JK 2017 Ultra Veteran Champions


Interland podium

Interland Podium

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Interland Team


Will Gardner with M21 class Midland Championships Trophy 2017

Will Gardener with M21 Midlands Championship Trophy 


Mark Pawsey MPand Mayor of Rugby2c Councillor Sally Bragg

Mark Pawsey MP and Mayor of Rugby Councillor Sally Bragg


Martin Ward at WOW Rugby

Martin Ward at Rugby


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liz phillips on the podium

Liz Phillips on the podium.


Laurie Bradley Trophy winners 2017

Laurie Bradley Winners 2017 


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Juniors with trophies at West Midlands Orienteering Championships 


Myton School wins Year 9 class in British Schools Score Orienteering Championships

Will Gardner winning the Caddihoe chase Trophy October 2016Max Straube Roth at Caddihoe Chase



OD Juniors 3rd in the YBT National Finals 2016


Julie Emmerson 2016 British Champion

Julie Emmerson 2016 British Champion (Robert Lines Photography)




 After surviving the snow on Kilnsey Moor on Day 3, Easter Sunday, these three intrepid Droobers, Peter Carey, Sheila Carey and Barry Elkington, took their place on the podium gaining a 2nd place, on Day 4 at Storthes Hall near Huddersfield, in the Ultra Vets Relay.  




2nd in the Junior Relay Race at the JK2016 Easter International Orienteering Festival. 


Barry Elkington at Compass Sport Cup

Barry at the Compass Sport Cup March 2016




Finn Williams Stein St Augustines RC Kenilworth

Schools Champs runner


 Tabitha Lunn All Saints Primary School

 Schools Champs runner



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FOUND:  A set of (car?) keys found in an EMIT box. Contact Rob for their return.