Welcome to Octavian Droobers!

Octavian Droobers – also known as The Droobers or OD - are the local orienteering club for Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull in the West Midlands (UK)

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OD MapRun results
All the Summer Series 2020 MapRun results are available here
The other extreme of orienteering...
OD Elite orienteers: Will Gardner and Matt Elkington but also Duncan Birtwistle, Nathan Lawson and Phil Vokes

ELITE CLUB RUNNERS EXCEL IN THE LAKE DISTRICT

 

 

Octavian Droobers top 5 M21 orienteers competed in the exclusive national Elite competition weekend in the Lake District. The event was run with full Covid compliance and was one of the last prior to lockdown. The terrain was very testing with rocky and steep slopes and the relentless downpours made it even more challenging.

 

Will Gardner was the fastest club member on all three of the courses staged over the weekend including a night event on Bishops Wood. Looking at the total results it was clear that these club members are currently one of if not the most successful group of M21 orienteers from any club around the UK.

 

On Saturday at Burnt Wood & Thwaite Head a middle distance course of 5km with 180metres of climb saw Will Gardner take the lead in 28.49min, Matt Elkington was 6th in 31.03mins, Nathan Lawson 7th in 31.18mins, Duncan Birtwistle 9th in 32.18mins and Phil Vokes 15th in 35.37mins.

 

The night race, 5km with 220m climb, saw Will Gardner 4th in 34.05mins, Nathan Lawson 5th 36.06mins, Phil Vokes 9th 37.48mins Matt Elkington 11th 38.17mins and 18th place went to Duncan Birtwistle.

 

On Sunday at Blind Lane on the Long Distance 7.7km race, Will Gardner was 4th in 65.43mins, Matt Elkington 5th in 65.47mibns, Phil Vokes 7th in 66.47, Nathan Lawson 8th in 67.55mins, Duncan Birtwistle 13th in 72.34mins.

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  • News 10th November 2020

    News 10th November 2020

    ELITE CLUB RUNNERS EXCEL IN THE LAKE DISTRICT     Octavian Droobers top 5 M21 orienteers competed in the exclusive national Elite competition weekend in the Lake District. The event was run with full Covid compliance and was one of the last prior to lockdown. The terrain was very testing with rocky and steep slopes and the relentless downpours made it even more challenging.   Will Gardner was the fastest club member on all three of the courses staged over the weekend including a night event on Bishops Wood. Looking at the total results it was clear that these club Read More
  • News 3rd November 2020

    News 3rd November 2020

    ORIENTEERING – CLUB SUCCESSES AROUND THE MIDLANDS     Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire was the venue for the East Midlands Regional urban race. Sue Bicknell W75 won the Women’s Hyper Vet course of 3.3km in 41.51mins and Mike Hampton M70 was 6th on the Men’s Ultra Vet 4.2km course taking 42.45mins.   Burbage Village Urban in Leicestershire saw some fast running by Chris McCartney M50 to take the lead in 32.53mins on the Long 4.8km course just ahead of Kin Wai Lee M21 33.39mins. David Lawson M55 was 4th in 36.57mins and top woman Harriet Lawson W21 8th in 41.59mins. Joanne Read More
  • News 12th October 2020

    News 12th October 2020

    ORIENTEERING – GARDNER FAMILY TRI-UMPH   Linford Wood and surrounding streets and parkland in Milton Keynes was the setting for the Orienteering race organised by South Midlands Orienteering Club. Many Octavian Droobers entered the competition and the members of the Octavian Droober Gardner family took 1st places on each of the three planned courses. Leading the field was GB orienteer William Gardner M21 on the longest course, 6.6km, navigating to all 24 control points in only 31.35min, over 6 minutes ahead of Scott Collier M21 from Kerno, Cornwall Orienteering Club. Barry Elkington M60 was 6th in 41.31mins and Sophie Kirk W21 Read More
  • News 6th October 2020

    News 6th October 2020

    ORIENTEERING – RESULTS FROM CAMBOURNE This weekend Octavian Droober club members competed at an event organised by West Anglia Orienteering Club in Cambridgeshire. Racing in pouring rain, around the streets of Cambourne, surrounding parklands and woods, saw Bruce Bryant M60 lead the field in 37.57mins on the 5km Green course, nearly 5mins ahead of 2nd placed Stu Levene from Happy Hertfordshire Orienteering Club. Also on the Green course Liz Phillips W55 was 4th in 44.26mins and Mike Hampton M70 9th in 48.15mins. On the longest course Blue 7.2km, Sophie Kirk W21 was the fastest female runner taking 48.32mins, to locate 18 Read More
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