Club News by Karin Kirk

West Midlands League Results

Octavian Droobers are currently West Midlands league leaders and a large number of club members travelled up to Cannock Chase to compete in the latest round. This event was hosted by Walton Chasers at Brereton Spurs, near Rugeley in Staffordshire and they welcomed over 250 competitors from around the midlands. The leaf strewn woods proved quite physical with climb on all courses leaving some competitors a bit short of breath particularly after climbing up from the final control to the finish in the arena.

On the longest course, Brown 6.4km with 250 metres of climb, Alistair Landels M50 was top OD runner in 3rd place taking 49.42mins, Sam Leadley M18 was 6th in 52.20mins and David Leadley M50 was 8th in 5.32mins. The Blue course was 5.5km long with 250 metres of climb and Tom Jeffries M45 was 4th in 52.12mins, Lesley Ross W50 was 5th in 52.42mins and Barry Elkington M60 6th in 52.48mins.

Bruce Bryant M60 was 1st on the Green 3.6km course with 145 metres of climb in 37.51mins and Jacob Oxtoby M16 2nd and top junior taking 38.47mins, Keith Willdig M65 was 6th in 43.56mins. On the Short Green 2.9km course with 110 metres of climb Peter Carey M70 was 3rd in 32.23mins and Janet Richardson was 2nd woman in 44.16mins.

Junior Henry Jeffries M12 was 1st in 31.56mins on the Orange 2.3km course. Josie Smart W14 was 2nd in 48.29mins and Matt Bambrook M14 3rd in 52mins on the 2.9km Light Green course with 90 metres of climb. Max Straube-Roth M10 was 2nd on the Yellow 1.9km course in 16.27mins, Rupert Powell M10 4th in 17.36mins and Edward Powell M10 6th in 24.18mins. All these juniors gained their colour standard time.

4th December 2018

Club Juniors selected for England School Teams
Congratulations to Florence and Tabitha Lunn, for their selection to represent England in the World Schools Championships which takes place in April 2019 in Otepaa, Estonia.  Both girls will be members of the Junior Girls team and Oliver Flippance will be a reserve in the Senior Boys team. These selections were made following successful performances at the British Schools Championships and selection races in Blackburn earlier this month.
The Kenilworth School pupils have achieved some great results throughout the year at major national and regional events around the UK. Their commitment to travel and train with the West Midlands Junior Squad has helped secure their places in the England team. Club members: Mel Elkington, deputy head of delegation, coaches Sophie Kirk and Jane Halliday (ex OD) will join England team officials in Estonia.   
This weekend selected junior club members of the West Midland Squads will be training with other 8 regional squads in the Lake District at Graythwaite and Holme Fell. 
27 November 2018