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Captain's Corner

 

Every year the club enters teams for the following:

•JK Relays
•British Championship Relays
•West Midlands Relays
•The Harvester Relays
•The Compass Sport Cup
•The Laurie Bradley New Year's Day Score event
and any other senior team events the club decides to enter.

(Entries for the Junior competitions - The Peter Palmer Relays and the Yvette Baker Trophy - are looked after by the Junior captain and information on these will appear in the Junior section of the web site.)

Prior to each of these events the club captain, Alistair Powell, will send out an e-mail to all club members containing details of the event and from the replies enter appropriate teams for them.

OD Members are also encouraged to take part in events which make up the West Midlands League and the UK Orienteering League, where cumulative individual scores decide the overall result.

A regular Captain's Corner article now appears in each edition of "The Droober" magazine.
The links below will take you to the archived on-line material.

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The 2011 Compass Sport Cup Final

 

Hi Everyone,

 

I knew OD were a brilliant club but this years result at the CompassSport Cup Final just confirms it to everyone. Even with a third of last years scorers unable to make it, we still came home in 2nd place against the country's best. A small but definitely very talented team. SYO may have won again but their strength is only in the middle age groups, across all the age groups I don't think any club is as talented as us. But maybe I'm a little biased!  

 

Thank you everyone who turned out and ran for the club, including those away at university now who came home just to run for us. It was great to have you all there and share in our success.  As Andy said our scorers ranged from 13 - 67 and I love that, everyone can take part and compete at the highest level whatever their age. And across the board every Droober there did very well.

 

There were some great individual runs worthy of special mention.

The star of this years final has to be Will Gardner on Blue Men. He won the class by a minute and a half and he was running up a course for his age group!

Julie Emmerson also had a brilliant run being our other '100 scorer'  leading our great team on Light Green Women. All our golden girls actually scored high enough points to have been included but for the limit of 4 counters on Light Green. And they're all only first year W16's.

Riina Kuuselo so very nearly made it a third '100 scorer'. She flew round her course at a speed I dream of doing but was sadly just beaten by Tessa Hill by 25s.

Iain Embrey had a fantastic run on the Brown course finishing 11th in a very high class field. He accused me of emotional blackmail to get him to run but if it was I'm very glad I did! We need everyone.

Our Blue and Green Men might have been our weakest class in the qualifier but that certainly wasn't the case in the final with 4 good counters in each. Only surpassed by our ladies on the short green course who all had magnificent runs lead home by Sheila Carey. Sue Bicknell said she was shattered after running Tony's challenging course at Kenilworth the day before but it had obviously warmed her up well as she had a great run

Sophie Kirk's determination to keep running and not let up paid off with a brilliant 4th place on Green Women.

Matt Elkington came 3rd on the very competitive Light Green Men's course less than half a minute behind the winner.

And finally, our youngest juniors continued our success with strong performances lead by Aimee Morse in 5th on Orange Women and Stephen Elkington in 6th on Orange Men

 

For the record the top 25 scorers for OD were

 

Iain Embrey (94) on Brown

 

Riina Kuuselo (98) and Jo Halliday (68) on Blue Women

 

Will Gardner (100), Rob Gardner (95), Barry Elkington (81) and Andy Emmerson (58) on Blue Men

 

Sophie Kirk (94), Lesley Ross (84) and Jane Halliday (74) on Green Women

 

Mike Hampton (86), Dave Marr (80), Gerry Spalton (62) and Bob Brandon (56) on Green Men

 

Sheila Carey (96), Carolyn Marr (92), Sue Bicknell (82) and Janet Richardson (78) on Short Green Veterans

 

Julie Emmerson (100), Rachel Emmerson (92) and Francesca Slade (76) on Light Green Women

 

Matt Elkington (92) on Light Green Men

 

Aimee Morse (84) on Orange Women

 

Stephen Elkington (88) and Tom Ross (52) on Orange Men

 

But everyone who ran, ran their best and was part of a brilliant team. Well done Droobers, I think we can all be very proud.

 

And OD's other success of the day came from relative newcomer Alan Segar. Not only has he shown phenomenal improvement this year (to see his results now who would believe that he was last in the CSC qualifier back in January) but he was joint winner of the 'Golden Boot', the prize for the fastest run in from the last control to the finish. Though he better watch out next year he has some strong contenders within the club, both Guy Ross and Patrick Roddy were only 1 second behind him!

 

Hopefully this years success will encourage you all to take part next year. I know this is very early but just so you can put the dates in your calendars as soon as you get them at Christmas! The qualifier will be on 19th FEBRUARY organised by WCH. And the final will be on 30th SEPTEMBER. A little further from home I'm afraid, near Teviothead in the Scottish borders. Hopefully it will be a wonderful area though to make the journey worthwhile for many of you.

 

I would like to say a final big thank you to Michael Hanson-Morris. He was my knight in shining armour who happily carried the club tent to the Assembly field.

 

Happy Orienteering everyone

 

Suzanne

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The Peter Palmer Relays 2011

 

A report on the PPRs can be found in the Junior's Section.

 

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The British Championships Weekend 2011

 

The Individual Championships

The individual day took place on Wharncliffe and Greno, just to the north of Sheffield.  Both areas were very difficult underfoot in places with Greno being particularly tedious for those unfortunate enough to have the North Start.   There were 3 OD British Champions and several other good results to report:

1st Harrison (M14A), Mike (M65L) & Sheila (W65L)

2nd Les (W45L)

4th Matt E (M16A), Will (M18E), Anne (W35L), Pete (M65L) & Hilary (W70L)

5th= Julie and Rachel (both W16A) & Sophie (W20E)

6th Matt H (M20E)

7th Aimee (W14A) & Trevor (M70L)

And I hope I have not missed anyone out.

 

The British Relays

The relays took place in Tankersley Woods just off Junction 35A of the M1. It proved to be an intricately contoured area with myriads of knolls and depressions, many located on the top of the knolls. It was generally runnable but nettles were in abundance in the northern part and leg protection was essential. 

 

We lost both Riina and Sami to injury on Saturday but a miraculous appearance by the peripatetic Iain Embrey meant a complete Men’s Premier team was possible.  We came away with 3 podium places and it could have been 4 but for a missed control costing our M18 team dearly.

 

In M14 the team of Stephen, Tom and Harrison were 3rd. 

 

 

In W18 the team of Julie, Helen and Rachel were 2nd.

 And in M60 the team of Mike, Bob and Dave were also 2nd.

 Non-podium results included 4th in W40 for Les, Jane and Suzanne; 5th in Women’s Premier for Toni, Amy and Jess; and 6th on W60 for Sue H, Hilary and Sue B.

 

Andy

 

 

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The JK 2011

 

An excellent long week-end in Northern Ireland included a sprint race around Stranmillis University College in Belfast, 2 individual days in the sand dunes of Tyrella and on the grassy steep slopes of Slieve Croob and a relay day back on Tyrella.  These two areas lie to the south of Belfast close to the Mourne mountains. The whole JK was really well organised and provided a top class advert for Northern Ireland orienteering.

 

JK Relay Report

Tyrella was an intricately detailed area of grassed and partly shrub covered sand dunes .  It was quite rough under foot and short of line features unless you used the contour detail to provide handrails.  Careful map reading and feature simplification was far more use than compass and pace work – with relocation not being an easy option unless you got lucky and found a rare fence corner. There was also a little bit of urban “O” through an enclosure of army buildings with at least one very tricky control siting.

 

We didn’t manage any outright relay victories this year but there were some good team results and some excellent individual results too.

The Women’s Trophy team of Riina, Emma and Sophie finished an excellent 5th.   Riina ran a great 1st leg to hand over in 2nd place to Emma, who then appeared at the spectator control 2/3 way around her course in the lead, but with several established elite runners breathing down her neck. Not surprisingly a few got past her before the end but she finished strongly leaving Sophie to bring the team home with a typically solid run.  All 3 finished in the top 10 in their legs so a really impressive performance all round.

 

There were also top 10 team finishes for:  Matt E, Stephen & William, 3rd in M48-; Rachel, Aimee & Julie, 4th in W48-; Barry, Richard & Andy, 7th in M165+; an 8th place for Toni O’Donovan running for her Cork team in the Women’s Trophy; and 10th for Jill, Hilary & Carolyn in W165+.

 

Individual relay top 10 finishers on their own gaffles (which in some cases comprised sub-sets of several different age classes) were:

William 1st, Matt E 1st, Julie 1st, Riina 2nd, Toni 2nd, Emma 3rd, Sophie 3rd, Rachel 4th, Barry 5th, Aimee 5th, Andy 5th, Hamish 6th, Calum 6th, Stephen 6th, Richard 7th, Alastair 8th, Sue H 8th and Sami 10th.  And apologies if I missed anybody!

 

A brief mention for those who excelled in the combined Day 2 & Day 3 results and found themselves on the podium as the weather turned poor for the only time over the entire week-end:  Matt H was1st in M20E; Les 1st in W45L; Matt E 2nd in M16A; Riina 3rd W21E and in addition there were several other Droobers placed between 4th and 10th

 

Andy

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OD win the 2010 Yvette Baker Trophy Final on 6th February 2011

 

Please see the Junior's section of this website for a report on our 4th victory in a row.

 

Andy

 

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OD win the 2011 Compass Sport Cup Qualifier at Sutton Park!

 

 

Hi Everyone,

You're stars! It was a brilliant turnout from you all yesterday and a brilliant result for OD. Thank you all for running. We dominated nearly all the courses, with winners on 6 of them and most of the other top positions. The only two HOC got a lead on us on were the Blue and Green Mens courses but they couldn't match our strength and depth in numbers overall.

The juniors led the way again, taking maximum points on all 4 junior courses, and Matt Elkington and Emma Kettley scored very highly even though they were both running up a course. And Harrison McCartney was phenomenal, as always, running up and still comfortably winning the Light Green Mens course. Not to be out done our Blue Womens team was truly impressive taking 5 places out of the first 6, closely followed by the green Womens team taking 4 places out of the first 6. And Andy Simpson had an amazing run to win the Brown Mens course. But I would also like to mention some of our newcomers who turned out, Annabel Rayner, Jeremy Knott, Lin Page, Neil Rackham, Jeremy Smith and Alan Segar. They all ran the right course for their age even though for most it was their first time running at that level, and had some great runs. They are true Droobers.

The top 25 scorers were

Orange Men                   : Stephen Elkington and Jamie Nicolson

Orange Women          : Aimee Morse and Ella-Rose McCartney

Light Green Men         : Harrison McCartney and Hamish Rogers

Light Green Women    : Julie Emmerson and Rachel Emmerson

Green Men                             : Mike Hampton

Green Women                    : Liz Phillips, Emma Kettley, Suzanne Humphries and Jane Halliday

Green Veterans              : Sheila Carey, Sue Bicknell and Janet Richardson

Blue Men                               : Matthew Elkington and Barry Elkington

Blue Women                      : Riina Kuuselo, Amy Sarkies, Toni O'Donovan and Lesley Ross

Brown Men                         : Andy Simpson, Iain Embrey and Chris McCartney

with the course winners highlighted in Blue

You will have noticed a new name on the Blue Womens course, Riina Kuuselo. She and her husband Sami Takaluoma have recently joined us from Finland and are currently living in Dickens Heath. If you see them at an event please say hello and introduce yourselves, they would love to meet you all.

Well done everyone, not just the top scorers, it was a brilliant team effort. It was great to have so many of you there to support and encourage each other, and add to the feeling of being a really great team, which OD definitely are.

Having won the qualifier we are through to the final which is taking place this year on 16th October at Longshaw Estate near Chesterfield. I won't be asking for names until nearer the date but please mark the date on your calendar now .. and please keep it clear!

Suzanne

 

 

The 25 counting scores are shown below. 

 

Brown

 

 

 

Max 6 to count

Any Simpson

100

 

 

 

Iain Embrey

98

 

 

 

Chris McCartney

90

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Women

 

 

 

Max 4 to count

Riina Kuuselo

98

 

 

 

Amy Sarkies

96

 

 

 

Toni O'Donovan

94

 

 

 

Lesley Ross

92

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Men

 

 

 

Max 6 to count

Matt Elkington

94

 

 

 

Barry Elkington

92

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green Women

 

 

 

Max 4 to count

Liz Phillips

100

 

 

 

Emma Kettley

98

 

 

 

Suzanne Humphries

96

 

 

 

Jane Halliday

92

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green Men

 

 

 

Max 4 to count

Mike Hampton

96

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Short Green Vets

 

 

 

Max 4 to count

Sheila Carey

96

 

 

 

Sue Bicknell

92

 

 

 

Janet Richardson

90

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lt. Green Women

 

 

 

Max 4 to count

Julie Emmerson

100

 

 

 

Rachel Emmerson

96

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lt. Green Men

 

 

 

 

Harrison McCartney

100

 

 

 

Hamish Rogers

96

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orange Women

 

 

 

Max 4 to count

Aimee Morse

100

 

 

 

Ella-Rose McCartney

96

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orange Men

 

 

 

 

Stephen Elkington

100

 

 

 

Jamie Nicolson

96

 

 

 

 

2398

 

 

 

 

 

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Yvette Baker Trophy Final 2010 - Sunday 6th February 2011

The YBT Final, postponed from Sunday 5th December 2010, has been re-arranged for Sunday 6th February 2011.  The event will be a complete re-run of the original event, using the same courses on the same area (Hawkbatch).  I have submitted the teamsheet and must wait to see how many juniors who were not on the original teamsheet can be accommodated by HOC. I'll email the final teamsheet out as soon as I know.

Andy

 

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OD win the 2011 New Years Day Laurie Bradley Trophy

 An excellent turn-out and some great performances helped OD win the Laurie Bradley Trophy at Twemlows Wood near Whitchurch, with a score of 6420.  WRE were 2nd with 5610, HOC 3rd with 5080, WCH 4th with 3790 and POTOC 5th with 2050 points.  The 25 scorers (maximum score was 300 points) were:

 

 

Name

Class

Score

Julie Emmerson

W16

300

Jessica Halliday

W21

300

Matthew Elkington

M16

300

William Gardner

M18

300

Matthew Halliday

M20

300

Barry Elkington

M40

300

Richard Gardner

M55

300

Robert Brandon

M60

300

Sophie Kirk

W20

290

Andy Emmerson

M50

290

Lesley Ross

W45

270

Bill Nicolson

M45

260

Jane Halliday

W50

250

Alan Halliday

M55

250

Jamie Nicolson

M12

240

Trevor Simpson

M70

240

Joanna Halliday

W21

230

Kevin Ross

M45

220

Philip May

M55

220

John Middler

M55

220

John Bowman

M65

220

Alastair Gardner

M16

210

Philip Kirk

M55

210

John Boden

M60

210

Tom Ross

M14

190

TOTAL

 

6420

 

 And the other OD scorers were:

 

Zoe Nicolson

W14

190

Aimee Morse

W14

190

Stephen Elkington

M14

190

Melanie Elkington

W50

120

Karin Kirk

W60

110

Sue Bicknell

W65

160

Sue Hallett

W65

180

Hilary Simpson

W70

170

Helen Elkington + dog

W18

50

Guy Ross + dog

M18

50

 

The trophy for best junior performance went to Will Gardner who was the first "300 point" junior back, finishing just behind Matt Halliday who was fastest overall.  Matt Elkington finished close behind Will so can count himself unfortunate to have missed out.

 

Thanks to everyone who turned out for the club and commiserations to Gerry Spalton who was barely able to croak his apologies down the phone.  Alan & Jo Halliday should probably have stayed in bed as well, but both ran and both counted so I hope they felt it worthwhile, and I hope they don't suffer any after effects.  Special mention goes to the Gardners who travelled all the way from Northamptonshire - that's dedication!

 

Andy