Club News by Karin Kirk firstname.lastname@example.org
WEST MIDLANDS LEAGUE EVENT AT HARTSHILL HAYES COUNTRY PARK
Octavian Droobers staged an event on Sunday near Nuneaton, Coventry, around the beautiful woods of Hartshill Hayes Country Park. Organiser Chris McCartney was very complimentary, as were the runners, about the challenging courses planned by club juniors Felix and Oliver Lunn. It was extremely cold at 7.30am - down to minus 6C - when the controls (checkpoints) were being put out. Nearly 200 participants braved this and were rewarded with glorious sunshine after the competition started at 10.30am.
Competitors came from all over the midlands and starting with the shortest course for beginners and youngsters results were: Jarvis White M10 from Walton Chasers was 1st on the White 1.2km course in 11.21mins, Daniel Pigott M10 from Potteries Orienteering Club 2nd in 11.38mins and Imogen Allen W10 Walton Chasers 3rd in 12.14mins. Junior Rupert Powell M12 was 1st on the Yellow 2km course in 21.15mins, Jonah Hearn M10 WCH 2nd in 23.11mins and Edward Powell M10 3rd 23.27mins.
On the Orange 2.9km course, Oscar Barnby M12 WCH 1st in 42mins, Lewis Oxtoby M14 2nd in 48.18mins and Giedre Mockute W21 3rd in 49.08mins. Sian Gardner W60 was 1st on the Light Green 3.6km course in 53.22mins, Lauren Lewis W18 Wrekin Orienteering 57.05mins and James Thompson M14 Harlequins Orienteering Club 3rd in 63.24mins. Droobers took the first three places on the Short Green 3km Course – Robert Brandon M70 31.34mins, Peter Carey M75 34.04mins and Mike Hampton M70 38.11mins.
Jacob Oxtoby M16 was 1st on the Green 4.1km course in 39.56mins, Richard Windsor M55 Leicestershire 2nd in 41.08mins, Ray Collins M60 WCH 3rd in 44.15mins and top woman was Florence Lunn W16 in 46.41mins. On the Blue 6.2km course Jason Howell M50 HOC was 1st in 51mins, Graham Pigott M35 POTOC 2nd in 51.02mins and Clive Richardson M50 WRE 3rd in 53.22mins. On the longest 7.8km Brown course Sam Leadley M20 was the fastest taking 62.28mins, Sam Giles M21 Sarum Orienteering Club 2nd in 63.15mins, Alex Mitchell M18 HOC 3rd in 67.51mins and Kirsten Strain W21 was top woman taking 71.20mins.
At the start of the event the club welcomed BBC Coventry and Warwickshire presenter Sally Johnson who called in to the event centre. She was there to find clue 3 in the regular Sunday morning Gold and Treasure (Treasure Hunt) and took part in a short orienteering challenge before going on to find clue 4 elsewhere in the county.
The annual club dinner and presentation of the Ted Norrish Trophy was held at Casa Loco in Rugby. This year Liz Phillips was awarded the trophy in recognition of her work over the past few years undertaking many roles for the club. Liz grew up and went to school in Rugby.
5th Febuary 2019
Karin Kirk with Sally Johnson, presenter BBC Coventry and Warwickshire.
Ted Norris presenting the trophy to Liz Phillips.
LEAGUE LEADERS AND UK 2018 League Results
Octavian Droobers currently lead the West Midlands League with a score of 2632 points, accumulated after two events and Wrekin Orienteers are 2nd with 2510. Nathan Chapple M16 is currently the individual club leader with 200 points. The 3rd league event takes place this Sunday at Hartshill Hayes Country Park, near Nuneaton.
The club finished 7th in the national 2018 UK Orienteering League scoring 5537 points. The fifteen club members whose runs counted, from their best 12 scores from 24 major national events, were: Anne Straube W40, Juliette Soulard W45, Mike Snell M60, Trevor Simpson M75, Hilary Simpson W75, Lesley Ross W50, Alistair Powell M40, Liz Phillips W50, Oliver Lunn M16, Felix Lunn M16, Nathan Lawson M21, Jill Emmerson W50, Barry Elkington M60, Sheila Carey W70 and Bruce Bryant M60. Anne Straube was the top OD accumulating 544 points individually and was overall the national 1st W40.
Belton and Londonthorpe Woods was the venue for the Lincoln Orienteering Club event this weekend. The open areas and fairly clear woods led to fast running by competitors. Chris McCartney M50 was the fastest club member on the 6.99km course with 150 metres of climb taking 48.43mins to put him in 6th place and Anne Straube W40 was overall the fastest woman taking 55.19mins. On the 5.7km (Blue course) with 125 metres of climb Barry Elkington M60 took 42.05mins to claim 4th place. Janet Richardson W70 was a top ten finisher on the Short Green 3.49km course taking 40.38mins and 8th place. Max Straube-Roth M10 was 4th on the Orange 3.18km course.
Bristol Orienteering Club organised the Stockhill Woods event in the Mendips, which attracted over 300 competitors. Bruce Bryant M60 was 4th on the Green 3.9km course taking 44.35mins.
29th Jan 2019