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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Want to learn more about orienteering and how you can get involved in the sport? Check out our Newcomers - About Orienteering section before trying a Permanent Course or coming along to our next event.
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Take part in "virtual" OD MapRun courses at more than 25 locations using the MapRun6 app.
OD MapRun results
All the 2020 / 2021 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


Octavian Droobers have won the 2021 West Midlands League. The deciding event was the popular Brandon Wood, near Coventry, where club members excelled and finished with 5252 points ahead of Wrekin Orienteers 4722 and Harlequins Orienteering Club 4712.

Taking the best scores in age classes from 4 of the 7 league events, the 25 club members who achieved these winning points were: Max Straube-Roth M12, Rupert Powell M14, Mykyta Chubynsky M45 Alistair Powell M40, Chris McCartney M50, David Leadley M55, Liz Phillips W55, Anne Straube W45, Peter Carey M75, Trevor Simpson M80, Sheila Carey W75, Hilary Simpson W80, Karin Kirk W70, Stan Alexander M65 and John Middler M65.

At Brandon Wood the top 10 places earned by club orienteers on each of the courses were: Alistair Landels M50 1st in 54.47mins, 2nd Robert Gardner M21 56.53mins, 3rd Alistair Powell M40 58.44mins, 9th Philip Ainsley M21 74.39mins and 10th Mark Rookledge M55 80.30mins all running on the longest Brown 8.8km course.

On the Blue 7.3km course, Chris McCartney M50 was 4th in 56.04mins, 6th Tom Jeffries M50 60.43mins, 8th David Lawson M55 61.57mins, 9th Harriet Lawson W21 63.21mins and 10th David Leadley M55 63.41mins. Liz Phillips W55 was 6th in 47.29mins and Stan Alexander M65 7th 48.28mins on the Green 4.6km Course. Peter Carey M75 won the Short Green course in 36.41mins, Mike Hampton M75 was 2nd in 37.11mins, 5th Sheila Carey W75 42.27mins and 8th Margaret Willdig W65 44.49mins.

Rupert Powell M14 won the Light Green 3.1km course taking 51.51mins, 2nd Ashley Knott M21 55.18mins and 3rd Erin Weatherstone W21. Nicola Gilder W40 was 4th on the Orange 2.9km course 39.45mins, Lesley Allen W60 8th 59.23mins and 10th Molly McAisnh W18 74.58mins.  Max Straube-Roth M12 won the Yellow 2.6km course in 17.26mins and Adam Landels M12 was 2nd in 27.33mins. New junior Jessica Gilder completed the 1.6km White course in 43.45mins and is now on her way to earning her White badge.

The club welcomed 26 primary school children who thoroughly enjoyed the experience. For many it was their first time competing at an event.

For details of how to take part in this fun outdoor active sport see website, www.octavian-droobers.org, email information@octavian-droobers.org or contact Karin Kirk 01926 632189.

Events Calendar

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  • News - 30th November 2021

    News - 30th November 2021

    NEW BRITISH NIGHT ORIENTEERING CHAMPIONS Braving some extreme conditions, with strong cold winds high up on Cleeve Hill in Gloucestershire, several Octavian Droobers competed for the prestigious title of British Night Orienteering Champion. Congratulations to the new Champions - Philip, Anne and Sheila.   Armed with a head torch, map, timer and a cagoule, Philip Vokes was first on the M21 11.2km course with a massive 430 metres of climb taking 62.57mins to win the M21 title, 36 seconds ahead of Joe Woodley from AIRE Orienteering. Anne Straube was 1st on the 6.3km course with 220 metres of climb in 61 Read More
  • News - 23rd November 2021

    News - 23rd November 2021

    WEST MIDLANDS CHAMPIONS Congratulations to the eleven Octavian Droober orienteers who became West Midlands champions in their age groups after competing in the annual event, held this year by West Midlands club, Harlequins, at Worcestershire Beacon, Malvern. Junior, Max Straube-Roth won the M14 year old trophy and his mother Anne Straube the W35 award. Alistair Landels won the M40 class, Juliette Soulard W50, Chris McCartney M50, David Leadley M55, Rachel Alexander W60, Barry Elkington M65, Karin Kirk W70, Sheila Carey W75 and Peter Carey M75. The club also currently tops the West Midlands league which takes place this year over Read More
  • News - 16th November 2021

    News - 16th November 2021

    MALVERN HILLS AND ITCHINGTON HOLT RESULTS The West Midland League event on Worcester Beacon, Malvern, organised by Harlequins Orienteering Club, saw club members competing on some really tough steep inclines, with areas covered in brambles and bracken. On the 5km course with 250 metres of climb Chris McCartney M50 was 1st in 46.56mins, David Leadley M55 2nd in 48.44mins, Tom Jeffries M50 4th in 50.38mins and Anne Straube W45 was the leading lady on this course taking 56.26mins. On the longest 7km course with 335 metres of climb Alistair Landels M50 was 2nd in 64.45mins. Juliette Soulard W60 was 2nd Read More
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