The Wednesday evening event at Hay Wood, Baddesley Clinton, was very well attended by over 75 runners, despite the heavy showers, and organisers Tony and Jane Feltbower staged four challenging courses utilising the best of the very runnable areas of the wood.

On the Yellow 2k Course the juniors did well with Joe Thornton coming in 1st in 15.23mins, followed by Yuhang Xie in 15.30mins and Oliver Lunn in 18.52mins. Joel Kingman won the Orange 3k Course in 29.48mins, John Wright was 2nd in 40.35mins and Daniel King 3rd in 43.07mins. Sheila Carey took 42.24mins on the Light Green 4.3k course beating husband Pete Carey into 2nd place in 45.46mins, Barry McGowan from Harlequins was 3rd in 48.43mins. Eighteen runners completed the long Blue 5.9k course, Warwick University student Chris MacKenzie came in 1st in 42.50mins, ahead of Chris McCartney 43.18mins and John Embrey from Harlequins 45.44mins.

This event was used by several juniors as training for the West Midlands Schools Orienteering Championships which took place on Saturday at Coombe Country Park. Congratulations to Kenilworth School and Sixth Form who came first winning the Secondary Schools category and to King Henry VIII School who finished in second place.

On Sunday club members achieved great results at two midland events. Mike Hampton, from Rugby, came first competing at the Chesterfield Urban event on the 3.7k course successfully negotiating through the streets with a finishing time of 26.45mins. On the same course Bruce Bryant was placed 4th taking 32.37mins and Pete Carey 5th 32.51mins.

Walsall Arboretum was the other destination and on the long Blue course only 3 seconds separated Droober members: Harrison McCartney came 1st in 37.31mins, Matt Elkington 2nd 37.32mins and Chris McCartney 3rd 37.34mins. Stephen Elkington had a good run on the Green course and came 1st in 34.43mins as did Hilary Simpson on the Light Green course taking 42.48mins. Also on the Light Green course Jane Stew came 3rd in 54.25mins. Jane Feltbower was 2nd on the Orange course and Frank Smith 3rd.

It was pleasing to see so many new orienteers participating on Sunday at the Countryside Day at Daventry Country Park which was organised by club members - the rain showers did not seem to put them off.

14th May 2013

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