Club News by Karin Kirk



To celebrate Coventry European City of Sport 2019 Octavian Droobers Orienteering Club staged a well attended and received national Coventry Weekend of Orienteering.


On Saturday 8 June at the University of Warwick with assembly in the

brand new University Sports Centre nearly 300 runners competed in the two sprint races around the campus. The club welcomed orienteers from all around the UK and Europe with the youngest competitor 6 years old and the oldest 86. The steady rain did not deter and all enjoyed the morning and afternoon races planned by Anne Straube.


On the following bright and sunny day the arena village was at Whitefriars Pocket Park in the centre of Coventry and nearly 400 runners took part in the Urban City race. We welcomed 45 entries on the day. Octavian Droobers were pleased to receive a grant given by Coventry City Council towards the running of the Urban race. The complex nature of the city with its extensive renovation and construction programme meant there were constant changes to the map and planning of the excellent courses by Bruce Bryant.


Octavian Droobers events organisers Phil Kirk and Keith Willdig received many compliments from attendees that have been conveyed to the huge team of club member helpers and to the main supporters University of Warwick and Coventry City Council. The club is now preparing another major national event ‘Coventry Urban European City Race’ to coincide with Coventry’s UK City of Culture 2021.

Midland Championships and Springtime in Shropshire Results


This weekend many club members made the biannual pilgrimage to Shropshire to compete in the 3 day SINS (Springtime in Shropshire) Orienteering events.  The weekend started with an Urban Race around Shrewsbury followed by two challenging races, one on Brown Clee and the other at The Wrekin.


The Brown Clee event was designated the Midland Championships and 13 club members became champions. The youngest champion was Max Straube-Roth who was the fastest M10. Sam Leadley M20, Duncan Birtwistle M21, Alistair Landels M50, David Lawson M55, Peter Carey M75, Trevor Simpson M80, Nadine Wright W21, Anne Straube W40, Juliette Soulard W45, Lesley Ross W50, Jill Emmerson W55 and Hilary Simpson W80 were all crowned midland champions in their respective age classes.