Club News by Karin Kirk


Congratulations to Matt Halliday M21 who has been selected to join the British Orienteering Federation World Class Squad, and to Will Gardner M18, Sophie Kirk W18 and Joanna Halliday W21 who have joined the World Class Talent Squad. They will all be traveling to North Yorkshire this weekend to train with other World Class athletes.  

At the November Classic in the New Forest, Hampshire, over 1000 competitors ran through open and wooded terrain interspersed with streams and some very boggy areas. On the Black course Andy Simpson M21 came 1st in his class (1.12.21) as did Lesley Ross W40 on the Short Brown 1.17.17 and Hilary Simpson W70 1.03.31 on the Short Green. Sue Bicknell W65 came 2nd in her class on the Green course in 1.20.31 and Sophie Kirk W18 also came 2nd in her class on the Short Brown in 1.10.06. Will Gardner M18 was 3rd on the Black course in 1.25.17 and Matt Elkington M16 was also 3rd on the Blue course in 54.08mins. 

Bruce Bryant M50 came 1st on Day 1 of the Cheshire Urban Orienteering Weekend in the veteran men’s class in 19.14mins and Liz Phillips W45 came 2nd in the women’s final only 5 secs behind the winner. On day 2 at the Chester City sprint Liz was 4th in the open women’s race in 52.18mins and Mike Hampton M60 was 1st M60 home in the M55 class, 36.49mins.

8th November 2010


Octavian Droobers club members clocked up some fine wins in the annual West Midlands Championships held at Park Hall near Stoke on Trent. At the Country Park event organised by Potteries Orienteering Club (POTOC) Ella Rose McCartney W10 became a champion on the yellow 1.8k course in 14.59mins. 

Congratulations to all club members who won their classes: Hamish Rogers M14 22.35mins, Rachel Emmerson W14 30.05mins, Janet Richardson W60 40.31mins and Frank Smith M80 64.42mins who all ran the Light Green 3k course, Matt Elkington M16 33.32mins, Jane Halliday W50 33.37mins and Mike Hampton M60 36.47mins on the Green 3.9k course.  

Winning the M18 class on the Blue 6.4k course was Will Gardner in 44.49mins and on the same course his father Richard Gardner M55 53.35mins, Barry Elkington M50 53.08mins and Emma Kettley W18 67.55mins. Dan Halliday M21 secured 1st place on the 8.1k Brown course in 54.31mins. 

Also congratulations to Matt Halliday who won the midlands sprint championships at Milton Keynes. 

The club’s local event at Tudor Grange, Solihull, organised by John Middler, attracted some new families keen to try out the sport. The winner of the long 3.75k sprint was Michael Hanson-Morris M18 in 25.35mins, Millie Lowe W14 won the short 3.25k sprint in 49.17mins and Annabel Rayner W12 was the winner of the Yellow 1.3k course in 12.21mins.

1st November 2010