Club News by Karin Kirk news@octavian-droobers.org

BEAUTIFUL WOODS AROUND ASHRIDGE ESTATE

 

 

Will Gardner M21 was again the fastest runner, this time at the Ashridge event organised by Herts Orienteering Club (known as Happy Herts). Along with over 500 competitors many OD members enjoyed the lovely sunshine and fast running through the woods. Will’s time was 65.54mins on the 13.6km Black course with 190 metres of climb and Harrison McCartney M21 came in 3rd just behind in 68.43mins.

 

On the 7.6km Blue course Lesley Ross W50 was top woman, 5th overall, taking 57.02mins just ahead of 6th placed Barry Elkington M60 58.45mins. On the 5.2km Green course, Bruce Bryant M60 was 8th in 44.12mins. Hilary Simpson W80 was 4th on the Very Short Green 3.4km course in 63.25mins. Sian Gardner W60 secured 9th place on the 4km Light Green course taking 56.36mins.

 

Everdon Stubbs Results:

John Ward and his team, organised a superb Saturday morning event, welcoming many new runners and families to the fine woods at Everdon Stubbs, near Daventry. There were three courses of differing lengths and technical difficulty. The introductory short course of 1.2km with 11 controls to find was won easily by first timer David Bull and his son in 12.20mins, Josie Smart W14 was 2nd in 15.47mins and Diana Hailey W75 was 3rd in 24mins. David Thacker M40 was 1st on the 2.5km medium course finding all 18 controls in 22.08mins, Rob Smart M50 was 2nd in 26.23mins and Liz Phillips W55 3rd in 26.42mins. The long course of 4.6km was won by Sam Leadley M20 in 33.10mins, Mark Rookledge M50 was 2nd in 35.14mins and Jacob Oxtoby M16 was 3rd in 36.40mins.

26th February 2019

 

Two youth runners at Everdon Stubbs Orienteering event.

CHILTERN CHALLENGE

 

Along with over 500 competitors many OD members enjoyed the beautiful woods on the Chiltern Hills, around Penn Wood, Common Wood and the Penn Estate, near High Wycombe. Will Gardner M21 was the best runner at the event, clocking up a fast pace to win in 59.29min on the 11.4km Black course and Harrison McCartney M21 had a fast time too coming in 3rd in 62.22mins.

 

Tony Feltbower M65 was the top runner on the 5.8km Short Blue course taking 45.09mins. Robert Brandon M70 was 2nd on the Green 4.7km course in 39.42mins. Other top 10 results: Barry Elkington M60 8th in 53.24mins and Robert Bambrook M45 9th in 55.38mins on the Blue 6.8km course. Sian Gardner secured 10th place on the 3.5km Light Green course taking 48.07mins.

 

England Team Selection for Club Chairman

Barry Elkington has been called up to represent England in the annual Interland European Regional competition between 5 teams from France, Belgium, Netherland and England. He will be making his debut for England in the event to be held in France next month joining fellow OD club members Lesley Ross and Anne Straube.

Barry Elkington at Chiltern Challenge, photo courtesy Steve Rush 20th Feb 2019