Club News by Karin Kirk


Sheila and Pete Carey, organisers, welcomed many new orienteers to bright and sunny Brueton Park, Solihull at the Saturday morning local event. The club appreciated assistance with publicity and use of the Brueton Park Parkrun marquee resulting in several new runners experiencing orienteering for the first time. Other club members offered coaching for juniors and encouragement for school children from Bournville and Coventry. 

There were over 80 entries on the 3 courses: short 2.4k, medium 3.1k and long 5.3k. It was pleasing to see newcomers from Bournville School taking the top 3 positions on the short course: Dan Thornewell M14 16.15mins, Joel Thomas M14 17.48mins and Matthew Stoddard M16 18.47mins. Having enjoyed the short course they went out again, ran the medium course and finished in the top 10. We look forward to seeing them again. 

On the medium course OD club members took the honours: 1st Paul Furness M55 20.39mins, 2nd Dermot Lynch M35 22.19mins and 3rd Suzanne Humphries W45 23.06mins. Romualdas Stupelis M21 from Harlequins came 1st on the Long course in 30.45mins, Glenn Bloomer M35 British Army 40.34mins and 3rd Alan Segar M35 OD in 41.18mins.  

Robin Hood Trophy, near Mansfield  

Octavian Droobers travelled to Sherwood Forest on Sunday competing in the annual Robin Hood trophy. The club were placed 3rd with 14 runners achieving great results to count toward the 159 points. Nottingham Orienteering Club, hosts of the event came first with 109 points, Derwent Valley 2nd with 122 points and OD were 3rd with 159 points.  

Scorers were Suzanne Humphries W45 4th on the Blue course, Sheila Carey W65 2nd on the Green, Tamsin Alcock W16 2nd on the Light Green, Ella Rose McCartney W12 1st on the Orange and Jill Emmerson W45 9th on the Short Blue. Lesley Ross W45 3rd on the Short Brown, Hilary Simpson W70 5th on the Short Green and Helen Elkington 1st on the V. Short Green. Pete Carey M65 had a very good run coming 1st on the Short Blue, Harrison McCartney M14 was 2nd Light Green, Matthew Elkington M16 4th on Short Brown, John Middler M55 10th, Gerry Spalton M65 15 Blue and Frank Smith M80 6th on Short Green.

14th February 2011


 Octavian Droobers Junior Club members successfully defended their title by winning the Yvette Baker Inter Club national trophy for the 4th year running, equalling the record. Thirty four OD juniors were entered into the final, and competed against 13 other teams at the event in Hawkbatch Wood, near Bewdley, Worcestershire, organised by Harlequins Orienteering Club.  

The very strong winds did not deter the team, even though the club tents blew down, and OD scored 885 points ahead of LOC, Lakes Orienteering Club 866, Sarum 851 and DEE 845. The 9 club scorers were Sophie Kirk W18 scoring maximum 100 points and coming 1st girl on the Green 3.6k course in 27.24mins and Matt Elkington M16 98 points 3rd boy on the Green in 22.38mins. Hamish Rogers M14 also scored maximum 100 points on the Light Green 2.9k course coming 1st in 18.31mins. Julie Emmerson W14 was 3rd scoring 98 points 22.40mins and Aimee Morse W14 6th 95 points 26.05mins both on the Light Green course.  

On the Orange 2.8k course Harrison McCartney M12 came 2nd scoring 99 points 17.19mins and Tamsin Alcock was 3rd scoring 98 points in 26.44mins. Jamie Nicolson M12 came 2nd in 13.53 mins on the Yellow 2.3k course scoring 99 points and Francesca Slade W14 was 3rd girl in 15.37mins earning 98 points. 

Club captain Andy Emmerson was extremely pleased with the team result and noted that many juniors had very good runs which pushed down the scores of runners from other teams. 


The club had a busy weekend and on Saturday Richard Gardner and a large team of club members organised the British Night Championships at Bentley Woods in North Warwickshire. Armed with head torches, maps and compasses over 300 runners from around the UK and overseas ran through the woods. 

Two club members had exceptional runs and were crowned champions: Anne Straube W35L won her 7k class in 74.16mins and Lesley Ross W45L also came 1st on her 5.6k course in 53.51mins. 

Other good runs were achieved by: Rachel Emmerson W16 2nd on the 4.6k course in 51.51mins, Riina Kuuselo 5th on the W21L course in 66.22mins, Liz Phillips W45 3rd on the 5.6k course in 60.46mins and Sheila Carey W65 2nd, Matt Elkington M16 5th on the 7k course in 55.51mins, Will Gardner M18 3rd in 75.10mins on the 8.4k course, Robert Gardner M20 2nd in 91.19mins on the 10.4k course, Sami Takaluoma M35L 3rd in 87.09mins on the 10.4k course, Barry Elkington M55 5th on the 7k course in 60.25mins and Mike Hampton M65 4th in 62.33mins on the 5.6k course.

7th February 2011