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Matt Elkington M16 came 1st in 17.39mins on the M16 and under race on the popular and oversubscribed event staged around Cambridge City Centre on Saturday. Fellow junior Guy Ross M16 came 4th in 24.23mins. Lesley Ross W45 came 6th in her race in 50.39mins, Riina Kuuselo W21 6th in the open women’s race in 52.41mins and Mike Hampton M65 10th on the M55 + race in 46.45mins.

Sophie Kirk W20 and Robert Gardner M20 made their debuts over the weekend representing England in the Senior Home International championships in both the individual and relay two day event staged in Merthyr, South Wales. England could not replicate their win of last year and were beaten into second place by a strong Scottish team.

Sunday saw many club members competing in the West Midlands league event at Shoal Hill, Cannock Chase event organised by Walton Chasers. OD members were chasing maximum points to go back to the top of the league. Great runs by Heather Rogers W14 1st on the Light Green 3.1k course in 40.23mins, Bob Brandon M60 2nd on the Green 4.4k in 36.02mins and Barry Elkington M55 2nd on the Blue 5.7k course in 43.39mins, Alfie Bullus M12 4th on the Orange 2.7k course in 48.20mins and many other good point scoring results will push the club up. Also on Sunday Mike Hampton ran down on the Chiltern Hills at a Thames Valley event and came 7th on the Blue 7.2k course in 57.21mins.


The World Schools orienteering gold medal winners at Kenilworth School and Sports College have been nominated for two awards: Warwick District Sports Awards for a Junior Team and the Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Sports Award for School Team of the Year. Results will be announced in November.

25th October 2011


Vice Captain Suzanne Humphries organised a team of 45 orienteers to compete in the British Club Orienteering Championship Final, sponsored by Compass Sport, at the Longshaw Estate near Sheffield. The team came in second, a significant improvement on last year’s third place, and the winners were again South Yorkshire (SYO) with 2224 points gained by their top 25 runners ahead of Octavian Droobers (OD) 2062.

Despite several injuries and absences the smaller team produced a great result. Star performer was Will Gardner M18 who came 1st in his race on the Blue 7.6k course with 240m of climb one of two OD’s who clocked up the maximum 100 points. Also on the same course brother Robert Gardner M20 gained 95 points, Barry Elkington M55 81 points and Andy Emmerson 58 points.

Riina Kuuselo came 3rd in her race on the Blue Women’s 7k course only 25 seconds behind the winner gaining 98 points and Jo Halliday on the same course scored 68 points.

Iain Embrey M21 scored 94 points on the long Brown 10.9k 300m climb course. On the Green Women’s 5k course Sophie Kirk W20 scored 94 points, Lesley Ross W45 84 points and Jane Halliday W50 74 points.

Mike Hampton M65 scored 86 points, Dave Marr M60 80 points, Gerry Spalton M65 62 points and Bob Brandon M60 56 points on the Green Men’s 5.1k course. High scores were achieved by the veteran ladies on the Short Green Vets 4.1k course - 96 points to Sheila Carey W65, 92 to Carolyn Marr W60, 82 to Sue Bicknell W65 and 78 to Janet Richardson W60.

Star performers on the junior light green women’s 4.1k course were sixteen year olds: Julie Emmerson scoring 100 points, Rachel Emmerson 92 and Francesca Slade 76. Matt Elkington M16 earned 92 points on the light green men’s 4.1k course, Aimee Morse W14 84 points on the Orange women’s 3.2k course, Stephen Elkington M14 88 points and Tom Ross M14 52 points on the Orange men’s 3.2k course.

Andy Emmerson, club captain, said it was a fantastic achievement for the club to come in 2nd place and congratulated the competitors of all ages from 13 - 69 for such a tremendous performance. Some of the orienteers had never experienced this level of competition before and he was pleased to see one of them, Alan Segar M35, win the ‘Golden Boot’ award for the fastest run in by any competitor from the last control to the finish.

Andy Emmerson, club captain receiving prize for 2nd place.

Iain Embrey racing in to clinch 2nd place for club.


Congratulations to Matt Halliday M20 who has been selected onto the British Orienteering Elite Development Squad. Matt Elkington M16, Will Gardner M18 and Sophie Kirk W20 have been selected to the Talent Development Squad.


Tony Feltbower helped by members of his family staged 3 courses around the common and new member Richard Hancock M16 came 1st on the Yellow course in 17.39mins. Philip Gould from Kenilworth Runners was 1st on the Orange course in 24.41 mins and Warwick University Chris Mackenzie M18 1st on the Green course in 43.53mins.

 18th October 2011