Club News by Karin Kirk


Congratulations to club members who competed well at Breakneck Bank, in the Wyre Forest in Shropshire earning points for the club in the West Midlands league. The challenging event was organised by the Harlequins Orienteering club and competitors ran through the forest down steep banks and through undergrowth including brambles to complete the courses.

On the long Brown 9.4k course with 285 metres of climb Iain Embrey M21 came 2nd in 66 mins over all and in his class and Chris McCartney was 2nd in the M40 class in 91.06mins. Hamish Rogers M16 had a very good run winning the 6.6k 185 m Blue course outright in 58.27mins, easily winning his class. Also on the Blue course Lesley Ross W45 won her class in 73.57mins and Barry Elkington M55 was 2nd in his class in 69.58mins. 

On the Green 4.6k 125m course, visiting 17 controls, Pete Carey came 3rd overall and 1st in his M65 class. Also on the Green course Trevor Simpson was 2nd in the M70 class, Janet Richardson 2nd in the W60 class. Junior Stephen Elkington was 1st on the Light Green 4k course in 75.20 and Tom Ross 2nd in their M14 class. 

Sheila Carey W65 scored full points for the club in the league by winning the Short Green 3.4k course in 46.57mins and Hilary Simpson W70 also scored top points in her class. 

Club Juniors representing GB

 The club wishes Matt Elkington M16 and William Gardner M18 every success in the European Youth Orienteering Championships being held this weekend in the Czech Republic. 

Swift Valley, Rugby Results

Club member Thomas Honniball M21 won the Green 4.6k event in 33.05mins just ahead of junior Hamish Rogers M16 33.23mins and John Embrey M50 from Harlequins in 34.54mins. On the Orange 3.1k course Bill Nicolson M45 was 1st in 29.58mins, Liz Phillips W45 2nd in 31.41mins and first time orienteer from Rugby Steve Carter M50 was 3rd in 38.27mins. Sam Hart M12 easily won the Yellow 2.1k course in 26.35mins and Jason Adams M10 took 31.36mins and Nikhil Mistry M10 32.37 both from King Henry VIII junior school in Coventry.

21st June 2011


Congratulations to club juniors Aimee Morse W14 and Stephen Elkington M14 who will attend the Lagganlia training camp in Scotland in July. They were nominated to attend the camp by achieving championship standards at major events and will join 22 other juniors from the 14 regions in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 

After three events Octavian Droobers are leading the West Midlands league scoring 3486 points ahead of nearest rivals Harlequins with 3078. The club are looking forward to competing at the 4th league event at Breakneck Bank, Wyre Forest, on Sunday 19th June. The courses are on typical forest terrain and only the longest courses will have to confront the ‘Bank’. 

A perfect summer evening event was held at a delightful location Itchington Holt, Harbury and the club welcomed several new orienteers who appreciated the beautiful woods and orchid strewn meadows to compete in this private woodland. On the Yellow 1.9k course Josh Hill was 1st in 19.52mins, Joel Taylor M6 was 2nd in 30.36min and Alexander Hague M10 3rd in 39.35mins. Karin Kirk W60 was 1st on the Orange 2.9k course in 32.47 ahead of Liz Phillips W45 33.39mins and Mary Southgate W21 3rd in 43.46mins. 

On the longer Green 4.7k course Tony Feltblower M55 won in 42.02mins, Paul Taylor M35 2nd 42.09mins and Michael Hanson-Morris M18 3rd in 45.05mins. Organiser Suzanne Humphries set a challenging Blue map memory 4.4k course which was very popular and Iain Embrey M21 won in 32.20mins with father John Embrey M50 2nd in 36.54mins and club captain Andy Emmerson M50 3rd in 37.08mins.

7th June 2011