Octavian Droobers will be participating in two events this weekend and 7 juniors will be attending a training session with the West Midlands Squad at Cannock Chase. On Saturday morning with starts from 10am until 12noon there will be a post Park Run race at Arrow Valley Country Park, near Redditch. On Sunday morning, with starts from 10.30 until 12noon the annual club championships and West Midlands League event is being held Brandon Woods, near Coventry. Beginners and experienced orienteers will be welcome at both events.  

Derwent Valley Orienteers organised the East Midlands Championships race at Birchen Edge, and several club members, although ineligible for trophies, did well, young junior Max Straube-Roth M10 was 1st on his 1.7km course taking 24.03mins to find 11 controls. Mother Anne Straube was top W40 on her 6.6km course with 125 metres of climb taking 66.53mins. Fourth places went to: Sheila Carey W65 in her class in 53.48mins on the 3.8km course and Mateusz Podsiadly M20 on the 11.7km course with 290 metres of climb taking 86.09. Fifth places, on their respective courses, were achieved by Mike Hampton M65, Nathan Lawson M20, and 6th places by Margaret Willdig W60, Peter Carey M70, Keith Willdig M65 and Chris McCartney M45. Will Gardner M21 came 1st on the 6.6km course in 41.48mins.

At New Beechenhurst in the Forest of Dean, Stephen Elkington M18 won the Short Blue 4.325km course in 47.30mins, Lesley Ross was 1st W45 on the Blue 5.475km course taking 52.38mins, Barry Elkington first M55 on the Short Brown 7km course in 64.26mins, course and Guy Ross 1st M20 on the Green 4.225km course in 48.19mins.

1st December 2015 

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