Club News by Karin Kirk


Congratulations to Matt Halliday M20 who has been selected by British Orienteering to travel to the Talent Fulfilment Coaching Camp in Slovenia. Also in July Sophie Kirk W20, Matt Elkington M16, Julie and Rachel Emmerson W16 will receive coaching at the Talent Development Camp in the Cairngorms, Scotland.  

Club juniors have also been selected to represent West Midlands at the Junior Inter Regional Championships. Elizabeth Furness, West Midlands Squad Manager, will be taking Stephen Elkington M14, Harrison McCartney M14, Matt Elkington M16, Hamish Rogers M16, Guy Ross M16, Will Gardner M18, Calum Barnetson M18, Patrick Roddy M18, Aimee Morse W14, Heather Rogers, W14, Zoe Nicolson W14, Rachel Emmerson W16, Julie Emmerson W16, Francesca Slade W16, Tamsin Alcock W16 and Emma Kettley W18 to the Lake District for the competition.

 On Wednesday over 100 participants took part in the event at Warwick University. Running around the streets and building provided an interesting challenge on courses well planned by Sue Hallett. The club welcomed many new orienteers including brownies, guides and school children. On the short 2.1k course Jeremy Knott M16 was 1st, Ros James W50 from South Mids O Club 2nd and Nirmal Mistry from King Henry VIII School Coventry 3rd. Riina Kuuselo W21 easily won the 4.1k medium course in 25.17 ahead of Julie Emmerson W16 28.11 and Pete Carey M65 31.14mins. The long 5.6k course was won by Thomas Honniball M21 in 35.46mins, Chris McCartney M40 2nd in 37.40mins and Richard Simkiss M21 3rd in 38.34mins.  

At Elmdon Park, the Colour Coded and West Midlands League event was ably organised by Thelma Spalton on Sunday attracting a good entry from all over the West Midlands. Winner of the White 1.3k beginner’s course was Sian Edwards W10 LEI in 15.10mins and Alfie Bullus M12 OD won the Yellow 1.9k in 21.58mins. Benjamin Scott M14 Harlequins was 1st on the 2.9k course in 33.01mins. On the Light Green 3.3k Lewis Wright M50 won in 39.20mins, Zoe Nicolson W14 OD 2nd 44.32mins and Martin Toms M50 3rd in 55.07mins.  

Sheila Carey W65 OD won the Short Green 3.9k in 40.35mins ahead of Hazel Waters W60 Walton Chasers 45.37mis and Hilary Simpson W70 OD 57.55mins. On the Green 4.8k course Robert Brandon M60 OD went round in 39.49mins beating Anne Straube W35 40.34mins and Peter Carey M65 OD 46.31mins. On the long Blue 7.7k course Romualdas Stupelis M21 Harlequins was 1st in 44.18mins ahead of fellow Harlequin Jonathan Rhys M21 48.17mins and Simon Reeve M35 FERMO 50.35mins.

24th May 2011


Congratulations to Harrison McCartney M14, Mike Hampton M65 and Sheila Carey W65 on winning their individual events at the British Championships held in South Yorkshire in the Wharncliffe, Wheata and Greno Woods, on the outskirts of Sheffield. The two day event, British Championship and British Relays, attracted a large entry of 1900, 90 of whom were from Octavian Droobers.  

Accurately criss crossing paths, running over rugged boulder strewn slopes, through undergrowth and holly bush thickets, rewarded the fastest navigators and club members achieved some good results. Lesley Ross W45 was 2nd on the W45 long course and on the short M50 Bruce Bryant was 1st, on the W16 B course Tamsin Alcock was 1st and Elizabeth Davies 3rd, Helen Elkington 2nd on the W18 short, Peter Guillaume 3rd on M60 short and Michael Hanson-Morris 3rd on the Long Orange.  

Three relay teams won medals at the Championships: Robert Brandon, Mike Hampton and Dave Marr came 2nd in the M60 category as did Helen Elkington, Julie and Rachel Emmerson in the W18 event. Stephen Elkington, Tom Ross and Harrison McCartney came 3rd in the M14 race. 

At the local event in Rough Close the top 3 positions on the Yellow Easy course were taken by juniors from King Henry VIII School: Cliona Anson-O’Connell and Adife, Anna and Abbie and Henry Adams. On the Orange 2.1k course, newcomer Paul Taylor won in 18.51mins, Zoe NicolsonW14 was 2nd in 19.16mins and Sue Hallett W65 3rd in 20.51mins. Sami Takaluoma M35 won the Long Green 4.2k course in 23.46mins ahead of Bruce Bryant M50 23.59mins and Thomas Honniball M21 24.17mins.

16th May 2011