Welcome to Octavian Droobers!

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.

World Orienteering day 2017
Alistair Powell, club captain, competing at the British Orienteering Championships in the Lake District on 6 May 2017.
Photo Wendy Carlisle
JK 2017 Ultra Veteran Champions
Interland Podium
Interland Team
Will Gardener with M21 Midlands Championship Trophy
Mark Pawsey MP and Mayor of Rugby Councillor Sally Bragg
Martin Ward at Rugby
Liz Phillips on the podium.
Laurie Bradley Winners 2017
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.
  • 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 information@octavian-droobers.org

MAPRUN F  Orienteering

 

Come on Droobers – if you’re not MapRunning, you are missing out on some great orienteering!!!!!

 

Several weeks ago Octavian Droobers launched a series of orienteering courses using MapRunF.  MapRunF is a free mobile app that allows you to download an orienteering course onto your phone and complete it at any time of your choosing. With the exception of those based on our permanent courses, there are no physical controls - the app will send you a notification when you are in the correct location.

 

So don’t miss out on these opportunities to get back into the great outdoors and practise your orienteering skills!

 

The range of courses every week offer something for everyone and this week’s at Daventry are surprisingly good. Next week’s courses at Burbage Common look to be even better.

Note: All previous courses from this series are still be available on the app.

 

MapRunF is quite straight forward and there are just a few simple steps to be up and running which are best done on Wi-Fi. 

 

·         Download the MapRunF App from your App store and register your details.

·         Check the settings on your phone to make sure that the MapRunF App keeps running when your phone goes to sleep. It is the default option on many phones but not on others.

·         Open the App and hit the ‘Select Event’ button on the opening page.

·         Tab down to the ‘UK’ then ‘Coventry & Warwickshire’ to select the course that you want to run from the many now on there.

·         Hit ‘Go to Start’ button, you will then need to enter a lock code/PIN (sent out by Bruce) and you are ready to go

 

TOP TIPS: 

It’s best to register and login for the first time at home before you set out, in case you can't remember the relevant login details

You can print your own map (a great way to make a run more enjoyable)

         

That’s all there is to it!

Bruce has already sent out PIN codes and pdf versions of maps to print, but please get in touch if you don’t have them to hand.

 

 

Please remember to stay safe when undertaking any type of orienteering - and to stay within the governments guidelines on social distancing.

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DISCOVER THE OUTDOOR ADVENTURE SPORT

 

STOP PRESS – NEW VIDEO LAUNCHED

 

 

Orienteering is an adventure sport enjoyed by families, runners and walkers. A new video* has been launched to encourage newcomers on how to get started in this sport on a Permanent Orienteering Course.

Download video from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4yfyUwkUxw

Octavian Droobers Orienteering Club have introduced permanent orienteering courses in country parks in 10 locations around Coventry, Warwickshire and Daventry, Northamptonshire. It is a great way to discover our lovely parks in a socially distanced way. Searching and locating the checkpoint posts placed around the parks, using specially drawn maps, a bit like a treasure hunt, is a great way to exercise and get fit outdoors in the fresh air.

A full list of these venues and how to download the maps free of charge are on the club website www.octavian-droobers.org - see newcomers page. For additional information about the Permanent Orienteering Courses please visit websites of the parks for latest opening times, car parking and other facilities.

 

* Video produced by Orienteering Foundation and for more information on the 500 nationwide Permanent Orienteering Courses visit www.britishorienteering.org.uk/pocs

23rd June 2020