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World University Orienteering Championships

Matthew Elkington and Nathan Lawson, both from Sheffield University, have been selected to represent British Universities in the World University Orienteering Championships. The club wishes them well at the event to be held 17 – 21 July in Finland.

World Orienteering day

Nearly 200,000 participants from 64 countries at 1121 events have been recorded so far as attending the World Orienteering Day. Octavian Droobers had a most successful event at Kenilworth, in Abbey Fields Park and around the town. 113 participants plus many friends and families had a great time and organisers, Andy Heath and Kerrie Flippance, with lots of help from club members, were very pleased with the number of newcomers especially juniors running on the 5 courses.

The shortest course,1.8km, around the park saw Eoin Hankinson M14 1st in 10.14mins, Luke Cherry M14 2nd in 10.44mins and Ralph Ireland M12 3rd in 12.24mins. Christian Roberts M16 was 1st on the Park Orange 2.1km course in 9.58mins, 2nd Tom Schwarzer M16 11mins and 3rd David Knott M14 11.02mins. On the Park 4.5km medium course Anne Straube W40 was 1st in 26.24mins, Alicia Roberts W18 2nd in 27.26mins tying with Andy Emmerson M60.

On the Urban courses around the town, which took in the new railway station, Ian Bond M35 was 1st in 27.11mins on the 4.3km course, Felix Lunn M16 2nd in 35.40mins and Michelle W45 and Jacob Oxtoby M14 3rd in 42.29mins. The Urban Long 6.2km course was won by Alistair Landels M50 in 47.12mins, David Oxtoby M45 was 2nd in 50.19mins and Ben Rauffet M21 was 3rd in 51.22mins.

One new junior, Josh Griffin, Year 5 at St Nicholas’ School, Kenilworth, was so keen to form a team for school orienteering competitions he showed some great initiative by designing and distributing a poster to encourage his classmates to come along.

29th May 2018


OD WOD Event 23 5 2018 Josh Griffin


Three silver medals and a bronze were presented to Octavian Droobers Orienteering Club members after competing near Balmoral in Scotland in the individual British Championships.

Congratulations to William Gardner M21 who was pipped into second place by only 34 seconds. He took 92.48mins on the Mens Elite championship course of 13.9km with 600 metres of climb. On the same course Matthew Elkington M21 was 8th in 95.47mins.

A silver podium place was achieved by Anne Straube on the Womens W40 class who took 83.07mins on the 6.325km course. A silver place was also awarded to Hilary Simpson W75 who took 82.33mins on the 3.4km course. Sheila Carey was 3rd in 64.46mins on the W70 4.225km championship course.

Lesley Ross was 7th on the W50 5.725km course taking 72.46mins. Alistair Powell, club captain was also 7th in 78.27mins on the M40 8.95km course with 375 metres of climb

Young junior Rupert Powell, at his first championship, was 5th on the M10 2.55km course taking 33.12mins and Max Straube-Roth was 10th in 40.45mins. Paul Gregson was 3rd on the short M35 course. Max was the junior winner of the British Trail Orienteering championships at nearby Crathes Castle.

Relay Results

The W40 team of Lesley Ross, Liz Phillips and Anne Straube had a great 3rd place podium result. A fifth place was earned by the ‘Odds On’ team of Duncan Birtwistle, Matthew Elkington and William Gardner in the Mens Premier Race, with a total of 100.50mins only 9 mins behind the winners. Alistair Powell, Richard Gardner and Bruce Bryant were also placed 5th in the M40 relay race.

Chiltern Challenge

The Thames Valley organised event, up on the Chiltern Hills, near Princes Risborough, proved extremely challenging with several competitors retiring and mis punching. Joanne Leigh W50 was 3rd on the Orange 3.1km course in 66.38mins and Rachel Alexander W60 4th in 75.02mins. On the Short Green 4.8km course Margaret Willdig W65 was 2nd in 81.12mins and Carolyn Marr W70 4th in 91.32mins. Keith Willdig M65 was 4th on the Green 4.8km course in 63.18mins and Chris McCartney M45 was 5th on the Short Brown 8.4km course in 95.55mins.

22nd May 2018