At the 2022 British Trail-O Orienteering Championships, held in the forest at Hogsmoor Inclosure, Hampshire, all three classifications were won by members of Octavian Droobers Orienteering Club.

The competition allowed all abilities and ages to compete. It included people with limited mobility as speed is not part of the competition. The discipline involves correct identification of visible control points on the ground as shown on a map from a series of fixed vantage points. This allows able bodied and participants with disabilities to compete on level terms.

All the gold medals were won by club members. Congratulations to Anne Straube who is the British Open Champion, for a record-equalling third time, achieving a fully correct score of 20 points. The physical challenged class winner was Graham Urquhart and the junior class winner was Max Straube-Roth, Anne’s son.

Graham Urquhart has been selected, and will compete with the British team in the European Trail-O Championships in Finland in May this year.

The next local event, ideal for newcomers, takes place at Coombe Abbey Country Park, near Coventry, on Wednesday 13 April, starts 6pm – 6.45pm. For details of how to take part in this fun outdoor active sport, ideal for beginners, runners and families of all ages please see website,, email or contact Karin Kirk 01926 632189.

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