Club News by Karin Kirk




Congratulations to Will Gardner and Lesley Ross who have been selected to represent England in the annual European INTERLAND competition. The individual and relay races this year between two Belgian teams (Flemish and French speaking), Netherlands, Northern France and English teams take place in the woods at Burnham Beeches in Buckinghamshire on 1st March. There will be 42 England team members spanning age groups from 14 to 60 plus. Selections were based on a series of events that took place in the autumn.


The first West Midlands league event of 2020 took place at Brindley Heath on Cannock Chase and was organised by Walton Chasers. OD members turned out in force to accumulate 1461 points and take the lead from home club Walton Chasers 1442. Scoring the maximum 100 points for the club by winning their age classes were Will Gardner M21, Rob Bambrook M45, Chris McCartney M50, Trevor Simpson M80, Tabitha Lunn W16 Harriet Lawson W21, Lesley Ross W50 and Janet Richardson W70.



Following on from the success of winning the West Midlands league club chairman, Barry Elkington, presented trophies to juniors in recognition of their outstanding performances throughout the year at the annual Christmas party and presentations evening.

He congratulated 10 year old Max Straube-Roth who won Bob’s Dad’s Trophy. This trophy is awarded to the junior club member who has achieved the most outstanding result or set of results during the year, particularly is respect of major national championships. He was 1st in the Midlands, 2nd in the British Middle, 3rd in the British Sprint and 4th in the British Long Championships. He also won the West Midlands Championships and the Club Championships in his age class.