OD TOP PERFORMING CLUB
Seventeen Octavian Droobers members are to be congratulated having achieved Championship standard in the 7 major events of 2011. OD was once again the top performing British club just ahead of South Yorkshire’s tally of 16 members. Matt Elkington M16 and Mike Hampton M65 were the club’s outstanding performers gaining championship standard in 6 out of the 7 events.
Good runs this weekend by Sheila Carey W65 and Lesley Ross W45 representing England in the Veteran Home International Competition at Birsemore Scotland helped England to victory 139 points ahead of Scotland’s 136.
League events around the midlands attracted several club members and Mike Hampton M65 won the Green 4.1k course in 48.22mins only 2 seconds ahead of Gerry Spalton M70 at the West Midlands event near Leek, Staffordshire. At Outwoods, Leicestershire Harrison McCartney came 1st on the Blue 6k 190m climb course in 42.05mins.
At the Pickering, Yorkshire, selection for Interland event, juniors Julie Emmerson W16 came 1st on the Green course in 49.21mins and Rachel Emmerson 2nd in 53.48mins. At the same venue Robert Gardner M20 came 3rd in the Future Champions Cup competition.
11th October 2011
SUPER SIX OD JUNIORS HELP ENGLAND WIN
Congratulations to Harrison McCartney, Aimee Morse, Julie and Rachel Emmerson, Matt Elkington and Will Gardner for great performances representing England this weekend at the Junior Home International Orienteering Championships in Northern Ireland. The six club juniors joined 18 other 14 – 18 year olds from around England to produce a fantastic comprehensive win over Scotland, Wales and Ireland in both the individual and relay events.
On Saturday at the individual event in Co Fermanagh the low mist and tricky open hillside did not deter Harrison McCartney M14 who had an outstanding individual win coming 1st on the 3.52k course in 29.43mins, over 2 minutes ahead of 2nd placed English team mate Tim Morgan. Aimee Morse W14 was placed 4th taking 35.16mins to run her 2.72k course and Julie Emmerson W16 5th on her 4.19k course in 47.43mins.
The relays on the Sunday were staged at Necarne Equestrian centre and much of the course was on open parkland allowing spectators great viewing opportunities. England excelled with the boys and girls teams taking the top 3 places. Harrison McCartney ran well coming in 1st on his leg and with his two England team mates ensured 1st place in the boys relay team and good performances by Matt Elkington and Will Gardner put their team in 2nd place just 3mins behind. The top three girl’s teams, from England, were only separated by 6 seconds and the winning team of Julie Emmerson (1st on her leg) and Aimee Morse, joined by Zoe Harding, won by only 1 second!
Andy Emmerson, club captain, said how pleased he was to see so many juniors from the club being selected to represent England and achieving such great results.
For full results of the JHI see the NI Orienteering website.
With many club juniors running this weekend in the British Schools Score Championships in the New Forest the club staged two events at Elmdon and Hillfield Parks, Solihull, with extra coaching and support. At Elmdon Park on the short 2k course Oliver Weaver M16 came 1st in 23.02mins and on the long 5.3k course William Gardner M18 won in 34.41mins. The score event, punching a maximum of 30 controls in under 60 mins was won by Alan Segar M35 30 controls in 51.19mins, Anne Straube W35 30 controls was 2nd in 55.50mins and Penny Oliver W16 3rd 29 controls in 59.28mins.
Hillfield Park was the setting for the Tony Haw charity event and raised over £290 for Leukaemia Research. The 60 minute event with 32 controls was won by Barry Elkington M55 who punched all 32 controls in 46.30mins. Also punching all controls was visitor Clive Wilson from South Yorkshire 2nd 51.19mins and Stephen Elkington M14 3rd in 52.43mins.
4th October 2011