Club News by Karin Kirk




With a grand total of 7432 points accumulated over the year at 12 events around the West Midlands OD are celebrating winning the league in fine style. Runners up were Wrekin Orienteers with 6921 and Harlequins 6647 points just pipped Walton Chasers 6642 into 3rd place.


Club members of all ages contributed to this fine score. The youngest was Max Straube-Roth M10 who scored 498 from a maximum possible of 500 points and the clubs most senior members Roger Hailey M80 scored 497 and Hilary Simpson W80 scored 495 points to add to the tally. Scoring the maximum 500 were Tom Jeffries M45, Lesley Ross W50, Robert Brandon M70, Peter Carey M75 and Sheila Carey W70. Other contributors were Liz Phillips W55 498, Sue Hallett W70 496, Alistair Landels M50 492, Rob Bambrook M45 490, Chris McCartney M50 490, Keith Willdig M70 489 and Florence Lunn W16 487.


Leicestershire Orienteering Club staged an East Midlands regional event at Cademan and Thringstone Woods and on the longest course, Brown 5.6km with 165 metres of climb, Will Gardner M21 was 1st in 39.37 mins closely followed by Duncan Birtwistle M21 taking 40.29mins. Top club runner on the Blue 4.9km course was Bruce Bryant M60 who took 48.41mins putting him in 2nd place 3 minutes behind the winner.


Always a challenge and the Forest of Dean weekend of orienteering did not disappoint. The extremely wet boggy conditions throughout the beautiful woods proved tricky when navigating across steep sided streams. On Saturday club members competed at the North Gloucester Orienteering Club organised middle distance event at Mallards Pike. This was part of the Southern Championship weekend and with courses to suit all levels of age and ability. On the longest Black course Duncan Birtwistle M21 was 4th in 39.22mins, Chris McCartney M50 was 10th in 43.55mins on the Brown course, Trevor Simpson M80 8th on the Short Green in 49.56mins and Max Straube-Roth M10 was 8th on the Orange course in 39.25mins.


Hundreds of orienteers competed on Sunday at the Southern Championships event at Churchill Inclosure and Cannop Ponds in the Forest of Dean. Bristol Orienteering Club organised this national event.and OD were successful in many of the age classes. Congratulations to the 4 winners of their age classes from the club: Sheila Carey won the W70 4.375km course in 53.55mins, husband Peter Carey won the M75 4.925km course in 63.20mins, Anne Straube won the W40 6.15km course in 59.36mins and Lesley Ross won the W50 5.5km course in 54.30mins.