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Derwent Valley Orienteering club staged an event at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire, and several club members competed.  David Lawson M50 was 4th in 75.36mins finding 30 controls placed around the 10.8km course with 140 metres of climb. Chris McCartney M45 was 8th in 77.33mins also on the Brown course. Keith Willdig M65 was 6th on the Green 5.5km course finding 18 controls in 46.29mins. Lesley Ross W50 was 2nd woman on the Blue 7.2km course taking 55.54mins.

The Scottish Championships were held this year at Gullane and top 10 runners from OD included Duncan Birtwistle M21 9th on the men’s open 15.625km course with 225 metres of climb and 48 controls, which he found in 1.53.39mins. Kirsten Strain was 5th in the women’s open taking 1.29.00mins on the 11.125km course with 175 metres of climb. Nathan Lawson was 2nd M20 on the 11.125km course in 1.09.06mins.

On the Urban event around Colchester Dave Chandler M21, vice-captain was 5th in 74.04mins on the 8.9km course.

Felix and Oliver Lunn, both M16, have been selected to attend the summer training camp at Deeside, near Aberdeen, at the end of July. They will join 16 other 15 and 16 year old athletes at the week-long camp organised by the Junior Regional Orienteering Squads. 

At Ryton Pools Country Park the beginners event attracted over 100 competitors. John Bowman, organiser, was very pleased with the number of new orienteers, particularly families, who came along to try out the sport, despite the frequent showers.

23rd May 2017


Congratulations to three OD club members who have been selected to represent GB in junior and senior teams. Will Gardner will be a reserve at the World Orienteering Championships taking place in Tartu, Estonia at the beginning of July. He will also compete in the Middle distance, Forest relay and Sprint races at the 3rd World Cup in Latvia in August and in the 4th World Cup event in Switzerland in September.Nathan Lawson and Harrison McCartney, both M20, have been selected to represent GB at the Junior World Orienteering Championships to be held in Tampere, Finland, 10 – 15th July. Harrison will also represent GB in the Junior European Cup in Austria in September.

A triple race event weekend was organised by South Downs Orienteers. At the Urban race around Chichester, Chris McCartney was 2nd on the Mens Veteran 4.1km course in 26.21mins, Roman Kotecky was 7th on the Mens Ultra Vet 3.5km course in 39.16mins, Nadine Wright was 4th on the Womens Open 4.1km course in 33.50mins and Sue Hallett 5th on the Womens Ultra Vet 3.2km course in 44.23mins. On the middle distance race at Angmering Chris McCartney M45 was 5th on the Blue 4.8km course in 33.43mins and Joanne Leigh W50 8th on the Orange 2.3km course in 36.20mins. At Rewell on the Long distance race event, Chris McCartney was 7th on the Brown 10.1km course with 290 metres of climb taking 94.34mins, Joanne Leigh 8th on the Orange 3.2km course in 40.12mins.

The West Midlands Schools Orienteering Championships were held this year at Severn Valley Country Park and organised by Wrekin Orienteering Club. Top three places were gained by several pupils from Coventry, Warwickshire and Banbury schools who are members of the club: Alfie Bullus, Warriner School, Banbury, was 1st in the Year 11+ category, and Hannah Matthews was 2nd, Kenilworth School, Year 11+ Girls. Felix Lunn 2nd, Oliver Lunn tied 3rd with Nathan Chapple, all Kenilworth School in the Year 9/10 Boys race and Pippa Smart, Myton School, 2nd in Year 9/10 Girls race. Peter Markham, Ash Green School, Coventry was 1st and Joe Quinney, Southam College, 3rd in the Year 7/8 boys race. Florence Lunn was 1st, Tabitha Lunn 2nd, both Kenilworth School and Josie Smart 3rd, Myton School in the Year 7/8 girls race. Giacomo MacGibbon, Bablake Junior School, Coventry, was 2nd in the Year 6 boys race.

Kenilworth School were declared the senior school winner at this event, another successful outing following on from their great success in the World Schools Championships in Sicily. The school team of Felix Lunn, Oliver Lunn, Oliver Flippance, Nathan Chapple and Cameron Williams-Stein came home with a bronze medal.

16th May 2017