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The West Midlands league event was well attended by Octavian Droobers in an endeavour to remain top of the table. The 9th event of the year was organised by Harlequins Orienteering Club, and the races were run around the beautiful woods close to Dudmaston Hall, near Bridgnorth. On the Blue 6.5km course with 190 metres of climb Felix Lunn (M16) found all 21 controls in a great time of 50.35mins, Lesley Ross (W50) was 2nd in 60.15mins, Chris McCartney (M45) was 4th in 62.04mins, Anne Straube (W40) 5th in 66.45mins and Barry Elkington (M60) 6th in 58.15mins.

On the longest course, Brown 7.7km with 275 metres of climb, Alistair Landels (M45) was 2nd in 60.25mins, David Leadley M45 was 3rd in 60.29mins and Sam Leadley (M18) was 6th in 66.30mins. Jacob Oxtoby (M14) was 1st on the Green 5.2km course taking 47.53mins to locate and punch 17 controls. John Bowman (M75) was 4th in 47.28mins and Rachel Alexander (W60) 6th in 55.01mins on the Short Green 2.8km course. Florence Lunn (W14) also came 1st on her Light Green 3.4km course taking 43.24mins and Tabitha Lunn (W14 was 3rd in 52.52mins. Another junior 1st place was awarded to Lewis Oxtoby (M12) who raced around the Orange 2.4km course in 31.09mins. The club’s youngest juniors did well: Max Straube-Roth (M10) was 3rd on the 2.1km Yellow course in 20.32mins and Adam Landels (M10) was 2nd on the White 1.7km in 18.26mins.

Hartshill Hayes Country Park, Nuneaton, was the venue for Saturday’s orienteering event. Organisers, Keith and Margaret Willdig and Jane Stew, planned 4 courses and attracted many newcomers. The woods were in beautiful condition with little undergrowth, producing some fast running on all courses. Young club member William Newton (M10) was fastest on the Yellow 1.5km course taking 11.33mins, Hannah Wheeler (W10) was 2nd in 13.17mins and first timer Eleanor Mulhern (W10) was 3rd in 20.21mins. Paul Quinney (M50) was 1st on the Orange 2.1km course in 27.15mins, John Bowman (M75) was 2nd in 35.52mins and Hannah Wheeler (M10) on her 2nd run was 3rd in 47.51mins.

On the Green 3.6km course Bruce Bryant (M60) was 1st in 37.27mins, Cameron Williams-Stein (M14) was 2nd in 38.08mins and Pete Carey (M70) was 3rd in 42.34mins. Sam Leadley (M18) was 1st on the Blue 4.8km course taking 44.26mins, Benjamin Rauffet (M21) from City of Birmingham OC was 2nd in 47.52mins, Kris Smith (M35) from British Army OC shared 3rd place, 48.52mins, with Andy Emmerson (M60).

West Midlands League
The club will be competing at Wombridge, near Telford, at the next West Midlands League event organised by Wrekin Orienteers on Sunday 19 November. The start and assembly will be at the Leisure Centre and close to the athletics track. The terrain is mixed between 65% urban and parkland and 35% woodlands. The 7 courses of varying lengths from 1.7km up to 8km will include courses for beginners as well as experienced orienteers.

14th November 2017


The 50th November Classic took place in Hampshire this weekend. On Saturday there was an Urban event around Southampton City and on Sunday the November Classic was held at Highland Water, near Lyndhurst. This very special weekend attracted over 1500 entries from around the UK.

At the city race Hilary Simpson W75 was 3rd on the Hyper Vet 3.3km course in 45.54mins and Keith Willdig M65 was 10th placed runner from a field of 60 on the Mens Ultra Vet 4.05km course in 29.17mins.

At the November Classic 1st place on the W40L 7.675km course went to Anne Straube W40, who took 61.32mins and Lesley Ross W50 was 2nd in 70.56mins on the same course. Harrison McCartney M20 was 2nd on the Mens M21 Elite course, in 97.55mins on the longest course,16.7km, only 1.26mins behind University of Bristol’s Ben Mitchell M21. Hilary Simpson W75 was 2nd in 74.44mins on the 4.025km course.

Other top ten positions by Octavian Droober runners in their respective age classes were:
Barry Elkington M60 4th in 62.51mins on the 8.05km course, Trevor Simpson M75 4th in 85.18mins on the 5.425km course, Tabitha Lunn W14 6th in 58.04mins and Florence Lunn W14 7th in 66.03mins both on the 4.225km course, Oliver Lunn M16 was 6th in 63.39mins on the 8.05km course and Max Straube-Roth M10 9th 31.59mins on the 2.25km course. On the short age class courses John Middler M65 8th 76.12mins on the 4.925km course, Phil Kirk M60 9th 82.49mins on the 5.425km course and Mel Elkington 10th W55 94.53mins on the 4.025km course.

7th November 2017