Sheila and Pete Carey, organisers, welcomed many new orienteers to bright and sunny Brueton Park, Solihull at the Saturday morning local event. The club appreciated assistance with publicity and use of the Brueton Park Parkrun marquee resulting in several new runners experiencing orienteering for the first time. Other club members offered coaching for juniors and encouragement for school children from Bournville and Coventry. 

There were over 80 entries on the 3 courses: short 2.4k, medium 3.1k and long 5.3k. It was pleasing to see newcomers from Bournville School taking the top 3 positions on the short course: Dan Thornewell M14 16.15mins, Joel Thomas M14 17.48mins and Matthew Stoddard M16 18.47mins. Having enjoyed the short course they went out again, ran the medium course and finished in the top 10. We look forward to seeing them again. 

On the medium course OD club members took the honours: 1st Paul Furness M55 20.39mins, 2nd Dermot Lynch M35 22.19mins and 3rd Suzanne Humphries W45 23.06mins. Romualdas Stupelis M21 from Harlequins came 1st on the Long course in 30.45mins, Glenn Bloomer M35 British Army 40.34mins and 3rd Alan Segar M35 OD in 41.18mins.  

Robin Hood Trophy, near Mansfield  

Octavian Droobers travelled to Sherwood Forest on Sunday competing in the annual Robin Hood trophy. The club were placed 3rd with 14 runners achieving great results to count toward the 159 points. Nottingham Orienteering Club, hosts of the event came first with 109 points, Derwent Valley 2nd with 122 points and OD were 3rd with 159 points.  

Scorers were Suzanne Humphries W45 4th on the Blue course, Sheila Carey W65 2nd on the Green, Tamsin Alcock W16 2nd on the Light Green, Ella Rose McCartney W12 1st on the Orange and Jill Emmerson W45 9th on the Short Blue. Lesley Ross W45 3rd on the Short Brown, Hilary Simpson W70 5th on the Short Green and Helen Elkington 1st on the V. Short Green. Pete Carey M65 had a very good run coming 1st on the Short Blue, Harrison McCartney M14 was 2nd Light Green, Matthew Elkington M16 4th on Short Brown, John Middler M55 10th, Gerry Spalton M65 15 Blue and Frank Smith M80 6th on Short Green.

14th February 2011

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