Club News by Karin Kirk


Telford Town Park, was the venue for the West Midlands Championships, and many club members competed to win trophies, at the event organised by Wrekin Orienteers. The club juniors thoroughly enjoyed the experience and many competed in this championship for the first time.

Mat Bambrook, whose first orienteering experience was running on the beginners course at Brueton Park in Solihull last July, only 18 months ago, was the declared West Midlands Champion in the M14 class with a time of 42.39mins on the 3.7km course. Lewis Oxtoby M14 was 2nd in 48.43mins.

Oliver Flippance was declared M16 champion taking 35.01mins on the 4.4km course and Jacob Oxtoby M16 3rd. Sam Leadley was the winner of the M18 class taking 58.35mins on the 6.7km course. Josie Smart W14 was the champion on the 3.7km course taking 49.26mins and sister Pippa was 2nd W16 in 58.36mins on the 4.4km course. Ruben Jeffries was 4th in M10 class.

In the Men’s classes Rob Bambrook was M45 winner on the 6.7km course taking 59.28mins, Chris McCartney 2nd in 59.53mins and Tom Jeffries 4th in 61.49mins. Bruce Bryant was 2nd M60 in 64.22mins on the 4.4km course. The winner of the M65 4.4km course was Stan Alexander in 43.22mins and Keith Willdig 2nd in 44.24mins. Peter Carey was 2nd M70 on the 3.8km course in 45.23mins and Mike Hampton 5th in 59.18mins.

Kirsten Strain led the field on the W21 class taking 59.21mins and Harriet Lawson 3rd in 69.35mins on the 6.7km course. Liz Phillips was 4th on the W50 course, Rachel Alexander 3rd on the W60. Margaret Willdig was 2nd W60 in 59.12mins on the 3.8km course. Sheila Carey won the W70 class in 47.12mins on the 3.8km course and Karin Kirk was 3rd.

The West Midlands Relays trophies were presented at the Telford event and there were many OD team winners: Mini Relay - Oriana MacGibbon, Edward Powell, Sebastian MacGibbon; Womens Open – Kirsten Strain, Sophie Kirk and Harriet Lawson; Senior Women – Lesley Ross, Anne Straube and Juliet Soulard; Vet Women – Jill Emmerson, Liz Phillips, Margaret Willdig; Womens Super Vet – Jane Stew, Thelma Spalton and Sue Hallett; Junior Men – Giacomo MacGibbon, Matt Bambrook and Lewis Oxtoby; Open Men Alistair Landels, Will Gardner and Alistair Powell; Veteran Men – David Lawson, Barry and Andy Emmerson.

Congratulations to Will Gardner who has been selected to the senior GB Squad for 2019. He joins 24 other athletes, 14 men and 10 women who will be training together and preparing to compete in World Championships and other international competitions.

13th November 2018


matt bambrook w.mid.champs 2018

M14 Winner with his West Midlands Champion and Relay trophy.


The ever popular 51st November Classic, was organised by Southampton Orienteering Club, and held in the New Forest at Hampton Ridge. There were over 1200 entries registered at this and the previous days Urban race around Winchester.

In the New Forest event two competitors were placed 1st in their classes: Anne Straube W40 was 1st in her class on the 7.3km Blue course with 160 metres of climb in 60.07mins and Lesley Ross W50 was 1st in her class on the Short Blue 6.1km course with 140 metres of climb in a time of 47.15mins.

On the Blue 7.3km course with 160 metres of climb Barry Elkington M60 took 54min to put him in 2nd place in his class and Andy Emmerson M60 was 10th in 60.57mins. On the Short Blue 6.1km course Bob Brandon M65 was 8th in his class in 54.41mins and Stan Alexander M65 10th in 59.09mins. Sue Hallett was 7th W70 on the Short Green 4.2km course in 68.15mins. On the Very Short Green 3.8km course Hilary Simpson W75 was 2nd in 77.38mins in her class. Max Straube-Roth was 3rd M10 on the Yellow 2.8km course in 26.59mins.

Winchester Urban results:

Anne Straube 3rd in the Womens Vet class on the 5.6km course in 45.55mins. Max Straube-Roth M10 8th on the 1.6km course in 15.07mins. Margaret Willdig 8th on the Womens Ultra Vet 3.4km course in 47.01mins,

6th November 2018