Club News by Karin Kirk




This weekend Octavian Droober Orienteering Club members competed at two events in the Lake District: the British Middle Distance 2021 Championships, staged at Summer House Knott, and the 2021 Northern Championships at High Dam near Newby Bridge.


Three Club members achieved the great accolade of becoming a British Champion – Max Straube-Roth won the M12 title in 21.29mins on the 1.8km course with 110 metres of climb, Alistair Landels was 1st in 38.13mins in the M50 class 3.9km course with 265 metres of climb, Kirsten Strain 1st in the W35 class taking 39.07mins on the 3.6km course


In the M21 class 5th place went to Nathan Lawson in 36.33mins, 7th William Gardner 38.09mins and 10th was Duncan Birtwistle 39.22mins running on the 4.8km course with 295 metres of climb. Other top ten finishers were Barry Elkington 6th in the M65 class, Peter Carey 5th M75, Trevor Simpson 2nd M80, Anne Straube 4th W45, Liz Phillips 10th W55, Sheila Carey 2nd W75 and Hilary Simpson 3rd W80.




The biannual event in Shropshire this year was reduced from a 3 day event to single one day race around the Stapeley and Rorrington hills and incorporated the midland championships. The beautiful weather made the tough physical courses, with lots of climb and amazing views across to Wales, a very rewarding return to orienteering for many competitors.


Octavian Droobers club members competed very well and secured 10 Midland Championship titles across several age groups from 12 years to 75 years. Max Straube-Roth was M12 champion and 1st on the Orange 2.9km course taking 21.45mins, Henry Jeffries took the midland champions title for M14 age group on the Light Green 4.2km course in 60.08mins. Senior champions in their age class are: Nadine Wright W21, 78.33mins on the Blue 6.5km course, Kirsten Strain W35 62.15mins on the same course, Anne Straube W45 53.36mins on the Green 4.9km course, Alistair Landels M50 51.01 mins on the Blue 6.5km, Juliette Soulard W50 55.59mins on the Green 4.9km, Jill Emmerson W55 67.28mins on the Green 4.9km, Barry Elkington M65 48.50min on the Green 4.9km and Sheila Carey W75 58.29mins on the Short Green 3.6km course.