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Octavian Droobers club members clocked up some fine wins in the annual West Midlands Championships held at Park Hall near Stoke on Trent. At the Country Park event organised by Potteries Orienteering Club (POTOC) Ella Rose McCartney W10 became a champion on the yellow 1.8k course in 14.59mins. 

Congratulations to all club members who won their classes: Hamish Rogers M14 22.35mins, Rachel Emmerson W14 30.05mins, Janet Richardson W60 40.31mins and Frank Smith M80 64.42mins who all ran the Light Green 3k course, Matt Elkington M16 33.32mins, Jane Halliday W50 33.37mins and Mike Hampton M60 36.47mins on the Green 3.9k course.  

Winning the M18 class on the Blue 6.4k course was Will Gardner in 44.49mins and on the same course his father Richard Gardner M55 53.35mins, Barry Elkington M50 53.08mins and Emma Kettley W18 67.55mins. Dan Halliday M21 secured 1st place on the 8.1k Brown course in 54.31mins. 

Also congratulations to Matt Halliday who won the midlands sprint championships at Milton Keynes. 

The club’s local event at Tudor Grange, Solihull, organised by John Middler, attracted some new families keen to try out the sport. The winner of the long 3.75k sprint was Michael Hanson-Morris M18 in 25.35mins, Millie Lowe W14 won the short 3.25k sprint in 49.17mins and Annabel Rayner W12 was the winner of the Yellow 1.3k course in 12.21mins.

1st November 2010


At the annual inter club competition final, held on Burbage Moor, near Sheffield, Octavian Droobers came third with 2194 points only ten points behind Bristol, 2204 points. South Yorkshire were awarded 1st place scoring 2277 points. OD fielded a team of 70 competitors and the best 25 scorers included some fantastic running by Matt Halliday M20 who won his 7.3k race in 50.13mins and scored the maximum 100 points. 

Other high scorers were Will Critchley M21 3rd on the long Brown 9.8k in 67.18mins scoring 98 points, Dan Halliday scored 94 points, Iain Embrey 92 and Andy Simpson 90 on the same course. Junior girls excelled and Julie Emmerson W14 was 2nd in 25.20mins, scoring 96 points and Rachel Emmerson W14 3rd in 26.12mins 92 points on the Orange Women’s 2.6k course. On the Orange Men’s 2.7k course Hamish Rogers M14 came 3rd 20.53mins 92 points just ahead of Harrison McCartney M12 20.55mins. Sheila Carey W60 scored 96 points on the Short Green Vets 4k course and Sue Hallett W60 94 points. Robert Gardner M20 scored 94 points on the Blue Men’s 7.3k course, Jess Halliday W21 90 on the Blue Women’s 6.6k course and Mike Hampton 90 points on the Green Men’s 5k course.

18th October 2010