Club News by Karin Kirk

Formby Sand Dunes and Shepshed Urban Results

On the grassy sand dunes at Formby, 500 competitors, including several OD club members, enjoyed the technical terrain at this National and UK Orienteering League event. Anne Straube was 2nd W40 on the Blue 6.2km course. Liz Phillips was 3rd W50 on the Short Blue 5.2km course in 55.06mins. Young junior Max Straube-Roth M10 was 1st on the Yellow 2.5km course taking 29.44mins, a really great performance, 15 mins ahead of next placed junior.

Currently Octavian Droobers are 7th in the UK National League, which comprises a total of 24 events throughout the year, with a few more events to go the club hopes to move up a place or two. Out of the top 15 counters for the club, Anne Straube is leading the national individual table for W40 category as is Liz Phillips for W50 class, Sheila Carey is 3rd placed W70, Hilary Simpson is also 3rd W75 and Barry Elkington is 8th M60. Overall a total of 71 club members have competed in these events so far, earning points.

At the Shepshed town Urban race organised by Leicestershire Orienteering Club Keith Willdig M65 won the Mens Ultra Vet 4.8km course with 100 metres of climb in 44.21mins just pipping Peter Carey M70 who took 44.50mins. Margaret Willdig W65 was 1st on the Womens Ultra Vet 3.8km course taking 50.41mins and Joanne Leigh was 4th in 54.38mins. Chris McCartney M45 was 2nd Mens Veteran on the 7.1km course taking 56.43mins and David Lawson M55 was 6th in 61.29mins. Mike Snell M60 was 3rd in 56.08mins on the 6.2km Mens Super Vet course, with 130metres of climb. Sheila Carey W70 was 2nd in 56.22mins on the 4.8km Womens Super Vet course.

9th October 2018

Veteran Home Internationals and Long ‘O’

Lesley Ross, representing England played a big part in the resounding win for England against Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the Veterans Home Internationals. The event this year was run around in Pwll Dhu and organised by South Wales Orienteering Club. Lesley was 2nd in the individual W50 race and 2nd in her relay. England scored a total of 284 points ahead of Wales 165, Scotland 146 and 96 for Northern Ireland.

The annual long-distance orienteering competition, run on the steep Long Mynd, in Shropshire, and organised by Wrekin Orienteers, provided some very tough races. The long 15.8km with 680 metres of climb was won by Duncan Birtwistle M21 who located the 10 controls in 113.09mins. Rob Bambrook M45 was 3rd in 189.15mins. On the medium 11.9km course with 500 metres of climb Tony Feltbower M60 came 4th and took 155.10mins to find the 7 controls points.

The Coombe Abbey local event was very popular and despite the cold and wet morning the competitors enjoyed locating points around the park. Kris Smith found all 31 points within the time limit of 45 minutes, David Lawson found 27 and Harriet Lawson found 25. Top junior was Jacob Oxtoby who found 25.

1st October 2018