Club News by Karin Kirk



Linford Wood and surrounding streets and parkland in Milton Keynes was the setting for the Orienteering race organised by South Midlands Orienteering Club. Many Octavian Droobers entered the competition and the members of the Octavian Droober Gardner family took 1st places on each of the three planned courses.

Leading the field was GB orienteer William Gardner M21 on the longest course, 6.6km, navigating to all 24 control points in only 31.35min, over 6 minutes ahead of Scott Collier M21 from Kerno, Cornwall Orienteering Club. Barry Elkington M60 was 6th in 41.31mins and Sophie Kirk W21 was the fastest woman taking 47.20mins.

Richard Gardner M65 was 1st on the Medium 4.8km course in 34 mins just ahead of 2nd placed Bruce Bryant M60 who took 34.45mins. Liz Phillips W55 was 7th in 40.08mins.

Sian Gardner W60 had a fast run around the Short 3.1km course taking 33.39mins only 2 seconds ahead of second placed Milly Askham W16 from SMOC and Hilary May W65 was 6th in 45.23mins.

Keen runners and orienteers can find nationwide events on the website, see events section. Entries have to be prebooked and are currently only for members of clubs. To join and experience this adventure sport contact the club for information, see or tel: 01926 632189


This weekend Octavian Droober club members competed at an event organised by West Anglia Orienteering Club in Cambridgeshire. Racing in pouring rain, around the streets of Cambourne, surrounding parklands and woods, saw Bruce Bryant M60 lead the field in 37.57mins on the 5km Green course, nearly 5mins ahead of 2nd placed Stu Levene from Happy Hertfordshire Orienteering Club. Also on the Green course Liz Phillips W55 was 4th in 44.26mins and Mike Hampton M70 9th in 48.15mins.

On the longest course Blue 7.2km, Sophie Kirk W21 was the fastest female runner taking 48.32mins, to locate 18 controls, and an overall 5th place. On the Short Green 3.5km course John Middler M65 was 7th in 46.37mins and Sue Hallett was 8th in 47.30mins.

6th Oct 2020