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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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Many club members entered the big midlands championship weekend, but the beast from the east scuppered the Midlands Championship, scheduled to be at Belvoir Castle, on Sunday, fortunately the Saturday middle distance went ahead at Irchester Country Park, Northamptonshire. Leicestershire Orienteering club staged this race and there were some exceptional fast runs from the club.

On the long 10.8km course Nathan Lawson M21 found all 34 controls in 34.49mins ahead of William Gardner M21 36.50mins and Mateusz Podsiadly M21 was 9th in 47mins. Alistair Landels was top runner on the 9.2km M50 course taking 39.17mins just 14 seconds ahead of Martin Ward M50 from South Yorkshire, and Chris McCartney M45 was 8th in 45.09mins. Paul Gregson was 2nd in 98.59min on the 10.8km M35 course and Mykyta Chubynsky was 4th M40 in 73.20mins on the same course. David Lawson took 5th place in 38.07mins on the M55 8.2km course. Rob Bambrook was 9th in 53.24mins on the M45 9.2km course. Three OD’s were in the top 10 on the M60 class 8.2km course, Richard Gardner 3rd in 42.13mins, Bruce Bryant 5th 46.09mins and Andy Emmerson 6th in 46.36mins. Trevor Simpson was 5th M75 in 70.23mins on the 5.5km course

The ladies had some great results and Lesley Ross was the fastest W50 on her 7.3km course in 36.13mins and Anne Straube was also the fastest W40 on her 8.2km course in 41.14mins. Kirsten Strain was 2nd on the 9.2km W21 course taking 49.57mins. On the W45 7.2km course Juliette Soulard was 2nd in 45.40mins. Michelle Oxtoby was 9th in 69mins on the W45 course. Liz Phillips was 5th in 47.49mins and Jill Emmerson 9th in 57.07mins on the W50 course. 3rd W65 place went to Margaret Willdig on the 5.5km course and Jane Stew was 8th W60 in 63.45mins on the same course. On the W70 4.5km course Sheila Carey was 2nd in 36.09mins, Sue Bicknell 6th in 53.52mins and Carolyn Marr 7th in 55.33mins and Hilary Simpson was 4th W75 in 50.12mins on the same course.continued.....


21st March 2018


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World Orienteering day 2017


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