Despite the muddy terrain, running across streams, through bracken, brashings and showers in the Wyre Forest, Worcestershire, many Octavian Droobers orienteering club members achieved some fantastic results. The event at the Postensplain area of the forest, organised by Harlequins Orienteering Club, was the qualifying round for the national Compass Sport Cup and Trophy Finals.

Five club members scored the maximum 100 points after coming first on their respective age class courses: Bruce Bryant M60+, Alistair Landels M45+, Juliet Soulard W45+, Kirsten Strain Women Open, Philip Vokes Men Open. The other 20 scorers for the club were: Alistair Powell 99 points, Keith Willdig 99, Richard Gardner 99, Adam Landels 98, Luke Cherry 98, Andy Emmerson 98, Sheila Carey 98, Anne Straube 98, Harriet Lawson 97, Tom Jeffries 97, Liz Phillips 96, Henry Jeffries 96, Max Straube-Roth 96, Mark Rookledge 94, Ruben Jeffries 94, Jill Emmerson 94, Russell Finch 93, Tony Feltbower 93, Gerry Spalton 92 and Mykyta Chubynsky 92.

OD scored 2421 points just 16 points behind North Gloucesterā€™s 2439, narrowly missing a place at the Cup Final. Congratulations to hosts, Harlequins, and Wrekin Orienteers who are through to the Trophy Final for smaller clubs.

The next local event takes place in the woods at Everdon Stubbs, near Daventry on Saturday 19 February. For details of how to take part in this fun outdoor active sport, especially beginners and families of all ages please see website,, email or contact Karin Kirk 01926 632189.

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