Club News by Karin Kirk


The heavy rain on Sunday morning did not deter the 150 runners from around the West Midlands who participated in the league event near Baddesley Clinton organised by the Elkington family. It was pleasing to see so many new members running in their first league event amongst the 60 club members. 

On the short White 1.5k course, Leicester member Sian Edwards W10 came 1st in 19.59mins, 2nd Aoife Anson-O’Connell W10 22.34mins and 3rd Stanley Stringer M10 24.04mins. On the Yellow 2.5k course Ewan Lloyd M10 from Potteries Orienteering club came 1st in 23.29mins, 2nd Emanuel Betz M10 30.01mins and 3rd Sophie Grew W10 31.26mins. 

Heather Craig W12 from Walton Chasers was 1st on the Orange 2.8k course in 35.01mins, Annabel Rayner W14 2nd 37.41mins and Sophie Oliver W12 3rd 76.07mins. On the Light Green Course 3.5k Sue Hooper from Happy Herts W55 was 1st in 40.17mins, Elizabeth Davies W16 2nd 47.17mins and Peter Dunlos M21 3rd 55.10mins. 

The short Green 3.7k course was won by Anthony Walker M45 35.28mins, Ian Byrne M50 South Midlands was 2nd 56.16mins, and Alison Sloman W75 from Harlequins 3rd 56.20mins. 54 competitors battled it out on the Green 5k course and club chairman Robert Brandon M60 was 1st in 39.11mins, Suzanne Humphries W45 was 2nd 42.58mins and Guy Ross M16 3rd 44.55mins. The long Blue course 7.4k was won by Romualdas Stupelis M21 in 46.08mins, 2nd David Newell M50 51.14mins and David Williams M45 3rd 52.01mins all three of whom are members of Harlequins.  

At the twin peaks two day event in the Lake District Sheila Carey W65 came 1st on day 1 in the middle distance event at Bleathwaite and on Day 2 Mike Hampton M65 came 1st on the long distance event at Torver Bank. Hilary Simpson W70 achieved 2nd overall place after running in both events. 

The club wish the 6 club members: Aimee Morse W14, Matthew Elkington M16, Sophie Kirk W20, Robert Gardner M20, Lesley Ross W45 and Sheila Carey W65 representing England, every success for next weekend in the Interland competition in Germany.  

1st March 2011


Sheila and Pete Carey, organisers, welcomed many new orienteers to bright and sunny Brueton Park, Solihull at the Saturday morning local event. The club appreciated assistance with publicity and use of the Brueton Park Parkrun marquee resulting in several new runners experiencing orienteering for the first time. Other club members offered coaching for juniors and encouragement for school children from Bournville and Coventry. 

There were over 80 entries on the 3 courses: short 2.4k, medium 3.1k and long 5.3k. It was pleasing to see newcomers from Bournville School taking the top 3 positions on the short course: Dan Thornewell M14 16.15mins, Joel Thomas M14 17.48mins and Matthew Stoddard M16 18.47mins. Having enjoyed the short course they went out again, ran the medium course and finished in the top 10. We look forward to seeing them again. 

On the medium course OD club members took the honours: 1st Paul Furness M55 20.39mins, 2nd Dermot Lynch M35 22.19mins and 3rd Suzanne Humphries W45 23.06mins. Romualdas Stupelis M21 from Harlequins came 1st on the Long course in 30.45mins, Glenn Bloomer M35 British Army 40.34mins and 3rd Alan Segar M35 OD in 41.18mins.  

Robin Hood Trophy, near Mansfield  

Octavian Droobers travelled to Sherwood Forest on Sunday competing in the annual Robin Hood trophy. The club were placed 3rd with 14 runners achieving great results to count toward the 159 points. Nottingham Orienteering Club, hosts of the event came first with 109 points, Derwent Valley 2nd with 122 points and OD were 3rd with 159 points.  

Scorers were Suzanne Humphries W45 4th on the Blue course, Sheila Carey W65 2nd on the Green, Tamsin Alcock W16 2nd on the Light Green, Ella Rose McCartney W12 1st on the Orange and Jill Emmerson W45 9th on the Short Blue. Lesley Ross W45 3rd on the Short Brown, Hilary Simpson W70 5th on the Short Green and Helen Elkington 1st on the V. Short Green. Pete Carey M65 had a very good run coming 1st on the Short Blue, Harrison McCartney M14 was 2nd Light Green, Matthew Elkington M16 4th on Short Brown, John Middler M55 10th, Gerry Spalton M65 15 Blue and Frank Smith M80 6th on Short Green.

14th February 2011