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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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LEI OC Event Details
Wednesday 19 October 2016 Winter League 1. Watermead

Winter League – weekday morning event
The 2016/17 LEI Winter League consists of 8 events taking place from October to February. They include night and daytime events. Your top 5 scores count on the league table. See Winter League for the full list of fixtures.




A team of 60 club members, smaller than usual, nearly made it into 4th place this year, behind Deeside Orienteers 2161 points. The top 3 teams were Forth Valley with 2366, last year’s winner, South Yorkshire 2314 and Bristol Orienteers 2313.

South Yorkshire were the organisers of the national interclub event, sponsored by Compass Sport Orienteering Magazine, held in the woods at Tankersley, near Sheffield. Early runners had the disadvantage of heavy rain and the terrain proved quite tricky, a bit slippery with up to 280 metres of climb on courses, and controls were placed in some quite hard to find locations.   

Alistair Powell, club captain was pleased with the overall result as the club moved up from 8th place last year, gained by some outstanding runs: 1st place for Felix Lunn M14 on the Orange 3.1km which took him 20.57mins and scored the maximum  100 points, Julie Emmerson W20 was 2nd in 35.52mins on the 4.5km Green Women course and scored 99 points and Rachel Emmerson W20 was 4th in 4056mins, scoring 97, Barry Elkington M60 was 4th on the Green Men 4.6km course in 41.34, scoring 97 points just 1 second ahead of Richard Gardner M60 scoring 96 points, 6th place for Peter Carey M70 took 45.09mins on the Short Green Veterans course scoring 98 points and on the longest Brown 9.8km course Matthew Elkington M21 was 8th and finding the 38 controls in 58.35mins scoring 95 points and William Gardner M21 took 60.49mins scoring 93.continued.....

18th Oct 2016


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.