GB SELECTION AND
RESULTS FROM RUGBY URBAN, HARDWICK AND NORWICH
It was a busy weekend for Octavian Droobers who travelled around the country to compete in town, city, woods and parkland in pursuit of British ranking points and experience on a wide variety of terrain.
Congratulations to Will Gardner M21 on being selected to represent Great Britain in the European Championships to be held in Ticino, Switzerland from 5th to 13th May. He will compete in the middle distance and will be a reserve in the long distance championship events.
Over 100 participants, including several newcomers from around Rugby, competed at the West Midlands Urban League Rugby (East) event with courses encompassing Hillmorton streets and parks, starting and finishing in Whinfield Park. Benjamin Rauffet, Harlequins, was 1st on the Mens Open 7.7km course finding all 28 controls in a time of 53.46mins, David Leadley was 2nd in 56.41mins and Oliver Lunn 3rd in 60.24mins. On the Womens Open and Mens Veteran courses, Harriet Lawson was 1st in 50.50mins on the 6.4km course, Ian Hopkins, Wrekin, was 2nd in 51.39mins and Mike Wheeler 3rd in 51.47mins. On the Womens Veteran and Mens Super Vet 5.7km course Mike Snell was 1st in 42.08mins Lesley Ross 2nd in 44.42mins and Gordon Parker, South London, was 3rd in 45.11mins.
Ian Prowse, North Gloucester, was 1st on the Mens Ultra Vet and Womens Super Vet 4.6km course in 38.27mins, Paul Graetz, Potteries, 2nd in 40.30mins and Doug Dickinson, Derwent Valley 3rd in 41.39mins. Sheila Carey was 1st in 36.09mins on the Womens Ultra Vet, Mens Hyper Vet and Womens Hyper Vet course 3.5km course taking 36.09mins, Robert Vickers, Harlequins, was 2nd in 44.31mins and Caitlin Chafer, Leicestershire, 3rd in 47.25mins. Mens Junior and Womens Junior 4.4km course was won by Oliver Flippance in 27.04mins, Florence Lunn 2nd 41.11mins and Eoin Hankinson 3rd in 45.14mins. On the introductory 2.7km course for beginners and younger juniors, newcomer Karl Spencer was 1st in 38.45mins, William Newton was 2nd in 39.06mins and Darcy Dunn 3rd in 39.25mins.
At Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire, club members ran around the parklands of this National Trust property, organised by Derwent Valley Orienteers, and Joanne Leigh won the Orange 3.2km course in 31.53mins, John Middler was 9th on the Short Green 3.7km course in 37.58mins, Chris McCartney was 5th on the Blue 7.1km course in 46.36mins and Lesley Ross was 10th in 49.14mins, the fastest woman on that course.
Liz Phillips was 2nd fastest woman on the 5.1km course at the Norwich City Urban event taking 54.16mins. Bruce Bryant was 10th on the 4.2km course in 42.02mins
17th April 2018
WEST MIDLANDS BIG WEEKEND
With nearly 3000 competitors from all over the UK and overseas, Octavian Droobers assisted in the organisation of the annual Easter festival of orienteering, the JK2018. This year the four days of competition were held around Cannock Chase, in the West Midlands, and all clubs in the area joined forces. The stoicism of the runners and the organisers really came into play and no day was cancelled, despite the atrocious weather, even though the courses and event arenas on three days were covered in mud after overnight heavy rain and a scattering of snow.
On Good Friday there was an Urban fast sprint race which took place around MOD Stafford. Sheila Carey was the winner of the W70 class in 13.30mins on the 2.1km course.
Felix Lunn was 11th on the M16 3.1km course in 14.46mins, Nathan Lawson tied on 9th place with Matthew Elkington on the M21E 3.9km course taking 14.09mins, Alistair Powell was 11th on the M40 3.4km course in 16.22mins, Alistair Landels was 10th in 12.58mins on the M50 2.8km course and Barry Elkington was 7th in 14.23mins on the M60 2.7km course. Florence Lunn was 7th on the W14 2.9km course in 18.15mins, Anne Straube 10th in 15.47mins on the W40 2.6km course, Sian Gardner 11th on the W60 2.3km course in 15.56mins and Hilary Simpson 6th on the W75 2.1km course in 22.29mins.,
Overall results, combining both runs on Day 2, middle distance and Day 3 long distance, saw OD club members performing well against some serious opposition. Top places by juniors were: Max Straube-Roth 7th on the M10 courses, Henry Jeffries M12 2nd on the M12 short courses, Felix Lunn 11th and Oliver Flippance 14th on the M16 courses, Alfie Bullus 5th on the M18 Long courses. Harrison McCartney 8th on the M20 Elite courses and Florence Lunn 12th on the W14 courses.
Results from the senior men included an excellent 15th position by Mathew Elkington and 16th by Nathan Lawson on the M21 Elite courses, with only a minute between them. Other overall senior men’s results: 15th place for David Chandler on the M21 Short courses, 5th for Paul Gregson on the M35 short courses, Alistair Powell 5th on the M40 Long courses, Tom Jeffries 15th on the M45 Long courses, Alistair Landels 3rd on the M50 Long courses, Kevin Ross 12th on the M55 Short courses and Barry Elkington 7th on the M60 Long courses.
Combined results on the senior women’s courses saw Rachel Emmerson 5th on the W21 Long courses, Anne Straube 4th on the W35 Long courses, Lesley Ross 4th on the W50 Long courses, Sheila Carey 2nd on the W70 Long courses and Hilary Simpson 4th on the W75 courses.
The interclub relays on Day 4 saw some more good results with Mike Hampton, Sheila Carey and Barry Elkington winning the Ultra Veterans relay race. Matthew Elkington, Duncan Birtwistle and William Gardner were 2nd in the JK Trophy. Oliver Lunn, Oliver Flippance and Felix Lunn were 2nd in the Intermediate Men’s relay. Julie and Rachel Emmerson and Kirsten Strain came in 9th place in the Women’s Trophy. Alistair Powell, Richard Gardner and Alistair Landels were 11th in the Senior Mens Relay. Lesley Ross, Juliette Soulard and Anne Straube were 5th in the Senior Womens relay race.
WM Junior running through the woods at Brereton Spurs, Cannock Chase, on Day 2 of the JK2018, organised by Octavian Droobers.
3rd April 2018