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Two Octavian Droobers, Harrison McCartney M20 and Lesley Ross W50 have been selected to represent England in the Interland Cup following good performances at qualifying races held last year. The England team will comprise 42 athletes, from 14 years old to 65 years, male and female. Five teams from Belgium, France, Netherlands and England compete for the annual Interland Cup which takes place on 11 March at Herperduin, near Oss, in the Netherlands.

Over 600 orienteers took part in the Southern Championships race organised by Berkshire Orienteers at Star Posts, near Bracknell. Some fast times were achieved through the woods and open rides. Harrison McCartney M20 was 1st on the longest course, 11.1km, in a time of 69.41mins. Lesley Ross was 4th W50 in 58.45mins and Barry Elkington was 5th M60 in 53.54mins on the 6.6km course. Karin Kirk was 2nd W70 taking 59.04mins on the 3.8km course and Carolyn Marr 3rd W70 in 65.15mins.

The rescheduled East Midlands Championship event at Eyam Moor, organised by Derwent Valley Orienteers, saw Nathan Lawson M21 coming 3rd in 68.47mins on the longest course, 8.9km with 410 metres of climb. David Leadley was 2nd M50 on the 7.2km course with 330metres of climb taking 75.57mins to find 17 control points. Anne Straube was the winner of the W40 class taking 72.34mins on the 6.2km course. Margaret Willdig W65 was 1st on the W60 4.2km course in 59.16mins. Max Straube-Roth was 2nd M10 on the 2.1km course in 40.54mins.

29th Jan 2018


Thames Valley orienteers and Harlequins put on two events this weekend, and despite the bitterly cold winds, low temperatures, rain, sleet and snow, and attracted competitors from around the midlands and southern counties. There were some good top ten results from club members.

On Saturday near Wendover, organised by TVOC, the RAF Halton complex provided some good technical courses mixing urban, with open cross country and wooded terrain. On the W65 class 3.7km course Karin Kirk W70 was 2nd in 41.48mins and Hilary May W60 7th in 66.50mins Kin Kwan Kwok M21 was 3rd on the Mens Open 7.5km course taking 48.56mins to find the 32 controls. Richard Gardner M60 was 9th on the Class M55 5.6km course in 41.28mins, Peter Carey M70 was 10th on the M65 class 4.2km course in 38.19mins. Sheila Carey W70 was 7th on the W55 class 4.2km class in 41.36mins.

At Kinver Edge, near Stourbridge, club members competed in the first of the West Midlands league events, recording some good scores to start the season. On the Brown 8.1km longest course, Kirsten Strain W21 was top women taking 90.07mins. On the same course in 6th place was Alistair Powell M40 83.34mins, 7th Oliver Flippance M16 85.15mins and 9th David Leadley M50 94.31mins. On the Blue 5.6km course, Anne Straube W40 was top woman in 54.32mins and Lesley Ross was 2nd in 55.15mins. Tom Jeffries M45 was 3rd on the same course in 48.59mins and Barry Elkington M60 8th in 52.39mins. Sheila Carey W70 was 7th in 49.12mins, Peter Carey M70 8th in 51.39mins and Nathan Chapple M16 10th in 53.29mins on the Green 3.6km course. Rupert Powell M10 was 1st and Max Straube-Roth M10 2nd on the Yellow 2.2km course, Eleanor Chapple W50 1st on the Light Green 3km course and Joanne Leigh W50 3rd on the Orange 2.3km course.

23rd Jan 2018