Club News by Karin Kirk


Congratulations to Harrison McCartney M14, Mike Hampton M65 and Sheila Carey W65 on winning their individual events at the British Championships held in South Yorkshire in the Wharncliffe, Wheata and Greno Woods, on the outskirts of Sheffield. The two day event, British Championship and British Relays, attracted a large entry of 1900, 90 of whom were from Octavian Droobers.  

Accurately criss crossing paths, running over rugged boulder strewn slopes, through undergrowth and holly bush thickets, rewarded the fastest navigators and club members achieved some good results. Lesley Ross W45 was 2nd on the W45 long course and on the short M50 Bruce Bryant was 1st, on the W16 B course Tamsin Alcock was 1st and Elizabeth Davies 3rd, Helen Elkington 2nd on the W18 short, Peter Guillaume 3rd on M60 short and Michael Hanson-Morris 3rd on the Long Orange.  

Three relay teams won medals at the Championships: Robert Brandon, Mike Hampton and Dave Marr came 2nd in the M60 category as did Helen Elkington, Julie and Rachel Emmerson in the W18 event. Stephen Elkington, Tom Ross and Harrison McCartney came 3rd in the M14 race. 

At the local event in Rough Close the top 3 positions on the Yellow Easy course were taken by juniors from King Henry VIII School: Cliona Anson-O’Connell and Adife, Anna and Abbie and Henry Adams. On the Orange 2.1k course, newcomer Paul Taylor won in 18.51mins, Zoe NicolsonW14 was 2nd in 19.16mins and Sue Hallett W65 3rd in 20.51mins. Sami Takaluoma M35 won the Long Green 4.2k course in 23.46mins ahead of Bruce Bryant M50 23.59mins and Thomas Honniball M21 24.17mins.

16th May 2011


JK 2011

The four day international JK event with over 2000 competitors was staged in Northern Ireland for the first time and attracted a good number of club orienteers. The first day was a sprint around Stranmillis University, Belfast, and Aimee Morse W14, Lesley Ross W45, Sheila Carey W65 and Mike Hampton M65 with Mike beating Pete Carey by only 1 second into 2nd place. In the M20 Elite race Robert Gardner was 2nd and Matt Halliday 3rd. Third places were achieved by Harrison McCartney M14, Matt Elkington M16 and Trevor Simpson M70.    

The combined results of Day 2, on sand dunes at Tyrella just north of Newcastle County Down and Day 3, Slieve Croob, Mourne Mountains, produced two JK champions from the club. Matt Halliday M20E and Lesley Ross W45 had great runs on both days coming in first on each day and were presented with trophies. Matt Elkington M16 also had a successful weekend coming 2nd overall and Riina Kuuselo W21 was 3rd after both events.

At the relays on Day 4 Matt and Stephen Elkington and Will Gardner were 3rd and Rachel and Julie Emmerson and Aimee Morse were 4th


As a result of good performances at the JK and other races the club congratulates Matt Halliday for being selected to represent GB at the Junior World Orienteering Championships to be held in Poland on 2 – 9 July. Congratulations also to Will Gardner and Matt Elkington who will travel to Czech Republic for the European Youth Orienteering Championships 23 – 26 June. 


Congratulations to club juniors who came first on their courses, representing their local schools, at Park Hall, Staffordshire: Sophie Oliver, Jamie Nicolson, Harrison McCartney, Julie Emmerson, Hamish Rogers, Emma Kettley and Matt Elkington.


Nearly 80 competitors competed at the local Hillfield Park, Solihull, on Wednesday evening event and on the easy course Rhiannon Cope W14 (KH8 School) was 1st in 12mins, Sam Hart and Dan Hague M12 2nd 14.51mins and Zoe Nicolson W14 3rd 15.16mins. Sandra and Steve Boot (Ind) were 1st on the Medium course in 16.16mins ahead of Sheila Carey W65 21.02mins. Dan Halliday came 1st on the Long course in 22.35mins ahead of Riina Kuuselo W21 24.24mins and Thomas Honniball M21 25.06mins.

11th May 2011