Octavian Droobers Club member John Ward planned and organised 3 testing orienteering courses, Yellow 1.4k, Orange 2.4k and Green 4k around Everdon Stubbs woods, near Daventry. The event attracted a wide variety of runners and walkers of all ages from around the Midlands. There were several new participants who enjoyed the challenge of navigating through the woods visiting control points in sequence using a detailed and specially drawn map, compass and electronic timing units. 

On the short Yellow course junior member Alfred Bullus M12 came 1st in 15.10mins. Ben James M12 and Henry Winser M12 tied for second place in 15.22mins. On the Orange 2.4k course club member Eleanor Beach W14 was 1st in 31.10mins and Volker Beck M35 was 2nd in 32.59mins, Ros James W50 South Midlands 3rd 39.24mins. The club welcomed a new runner Paulius Tamosaitis M21, from Lithuania, who won the Green 4k course in 26.46mins, Sami Takalloma M35 was 2nd 27.59mins and 3rd David Williams M45, Harlequins, 28.37min. 

Several club members travelled to Ashridge, near Berkhamsted, to a regional event organised by Hertfordshire Orienteering Club. Nearly 500 competitors competed in the Ace of Herts competition and Ella Rose McCartney W12 OD came 4th overall on the Orange 3k race and 1st in her age group in 35.05mins. 

On the Green 6k course Sheila Carey W65 came 6th overall in 48.30mins, coming 1st in her age group with Sue Hallett W65 coming 2nd in 69mins. On the 8.2k Blue course Harrison McCartney M14 came 1st in his age group in 65.49mins. Also on the Blue in their age class Bruce Bryant M50 was 1st 62.24mins, Suzanne Humphries W45 1st in 73.12mins and Liz Cross W40 4th in 75.05mins. Sophie Kirk W20 came 9th overall, top woman runner, on the Short Brown 10.2k course winning her age class in 65.04mins. 

At the Brindley and Hednesford event on Cannock Chase organised by Walton Chasers new club member Riina Kuuselo W21 came 2nd on the 7.26k Blue course in 45.33mins, Matt Elkington M16 was 2nd 46.44mins beating dad Barry Elkington M55 into 4th place in 49.26mins. Also on the Blue course was Julie Emmerson W16 who clocked 63.13mins also beating her Dad, club captain Andy Emmerson 64.13mins. Full results are on the Walton Chasers website.  

Mike Hampton M65 came 3rd on the Urban race in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, as part of the two day Burns Weekend.

24th January 2011

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