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Octavian Droobers club members hosted two major competitions this weekend. On Saturday it was the turn of the club to host the West Midlands Schools Championships at Coombe Country Park, and on Sunday the West Midlands League was held at Bentley Wood, near Atherstone. The hard-working teams ensured both events went smoothly and the weather was perfect for competitors, and the many visitors, to achieve some great race results for their schools and the club.

Juniors from the club performed very well at the W. Midlands Schools Championships, some were competing for the first time for their school. Congratulations to local schools, Park Hill 1st and Staverton 2nd in the primary school category and to Kenilworth School 1st and King Henry VIII School 2nd in the Secondary Schools category. Club juniors gaining individual top 3 places were: Tilly Flippance 1st Year 5 Girl, Max Straube-Roth 1st and 3rd Henry Jeffries in the Year 5 Boys; Hannah Wheeler 1st, Oriana MacGibbon and Sebastian MacGibbon 2nd in the Year 6 Girls course; Florence Lunn 1st, Josie Smart 2nd and Tabitha Lunn 3rd in the Year 7/8 Girls Eoin Hankinson 2nd in the Year 7/8 Boys; Pippa Smart 1st Year 9/10 Girls; Nathan Chapple 1st and Jacob Oxtoby 2nd Year 9/10 Boys; Felix Lunn 1st and Oliver Flippance 2nd in the Year 11 Boys.

The beautiful bluebell covered Bentley Wood was the setting for the 5th West Midlands League and great runs by OD increased their points to 4103 well ahead of second placed Walton Chasers 3397. Nearly 300 competitors of all ages, from around the midlands, including many families, entered the event organised by Alistair Powell and ran on the 8 courses planned by David Lawson.

Individual OD top 3 position successes were: on the beginners White 1.5km course 2nd Sebastian MacGibbon M10 10.51mins and 3rd Oriana MacGibbon W10 11.30mins; Rory Sarkies M12 3rd on the Yellow 2.4km course in 22.14mins; Sian Gardner W60 1st on the Orange 3.3km course in 44.52mins; Felix Lunn M16 1st in 46.22mins and Florence Lunn W14 2nd in 47.35mins on the Light Green 3.8km course; Richard Gardner M60 1st on the Short Green 3.4km course in 30.33mins; Bruce Bryant M60 1st on the Green 5.2km course in 49.31mins; Amy Sarkies W35 1st in 54.57mins, Oliver Lunn M16 2nd in 59.38mins and Lesley Ross W50 3rd in 61.08mins on the Blue 6.9km course with 140 metres of climb; Alistair Landels M50 2nd in 62.46mins and Duncan Birtwistle M21 3rd in 63.30mins on the Brown 9km course with 250 metres of climb.

15th May 2018


WMSC 2018

Stivichall Primary School runner at WM School's Champs, running into the finish.


Octavian Droobers, leading West Midlands Club, performed well at the Shoal Hill race near Cannock, organised by Walton Chasers. Kin Kwan Kwok M21 was the fastest runner on the Blue 6.7km course taking 57.48mins and Oliver Flippance M16 was the top junior and came 3rd on the same course in 58.15mins. Alistair Landels M50 was 2nd on the Brown 9.7km course in 68.07mins navigating and climbing 170 metres through woods and crossing open areas. Another 2nd place was bagged by Bruce Bryant M60 on the Green 4.8km course in 52.02mins only 17 seconds behind the winner from Manchester.

Junior girls Florence and Tabitha Lunn W14 were 1st and 2nd 40.15mins and 55.26mins on the Light Green 3.7km course and Juniors boys Max Straube-Roth M10 2nd in 21.05mins and Henry Jeffries M12 was 3rd in 23.57mins on the 2.2km Yellow course.

New Beechenhurst, Forest of Dean, attracted runners from a wide area and Lesley Ross W50 was top woman on the 6.9km course with 230 metres of climb, in 67.26mins. On previous dayat the Urban Race around Ross on Wye, Lesley had a good run on the Women’s Veteran course with a 3rd place 44.56mins.

Borough Hill, Daventry, fortunately was dry, and organiser Tom Jeffries, welcomed several newcomers to the second of the Wednesday Summer Evening events. On the easiest course Anna Johnson W10 was 1st, 12.48mins, and Nellie Rendall W10 2nd in 17.42mins.
Zak Johnson M12 won the Yellow 2km course in 16.09mins and Adam Rickart M21 was 2nd in 20.10mins. John Rendall M40 had a fast run on the Orange 2.9km course taking 22.07mins ahead of Joe Quinney M14 25.10mins. On the Green 3.7km course Juliette Soulard W45 took 38.54mins to win and Paul Quinney M45 was 2nd in 42.58mins. Alistair Landels M50 was first on the Blue 5.1km course in 31mins and Aleksandrs Ivanovs was 2nd in 37.43mins.

8th May 2018


Lesley Ross

Lesley Ross