Club News by Karin Kirk news@octavian-droobers.org

RESULTS FROM COMPASS SPORT CUP QUALIFYING ROUND

Despite the muddy terrain, running across streams, through bracken, brashings and showers in the Wyre Forest, Worcestershire, many Octavian Droobers orienteering club members achieved some fantastic results. The event at the Postensplain area of the forest, organised by Harlequins Orienteering Club, was the qualifying round for the national Compass Sport Cup and Trophy Finals.

Five club members scored the maximum 100 points after coming first on their respective age class courses: Bruce Bryant M60+, Alistair Landels M45+, Juliet Soulard W45+, Kirsten Strain Women Open, Philip Vokes Men Open. The other 20 scorers for the club were: Alistair Powell 99 points, Keith Willdig 99, Richard Gardner 99, Adam Landels 98, Luke Cherry 98, Andy Emmerson 98, Sheila Carey 98, Anne Straube 98, Harriet Lawson 97, Tom Jeffries 97, Liz Phillips 96, Henry Jeffries 96, Max Straube-Roth 96, Mark Rookledge 94, Ruben Jeffries 94, Jill Emmerson 94, Russell Finch 93, Tony Feltbower 93, Gerry Spalton 92 and Mykyta Chubynsky 92.

OD scored 2421 points just 16 points behind North Gloucester’s 2439, narrowly missing a place at the Cup Final. Congratulations to hosts, Harlequins, and Wrekin Orienteers who are through to the Trophy Final for smaller clubs.

The next local event takes place in the woods at Everdon Stubbs, near Daventry on Saturday 19 February. For details of how to take part in this fun outdoor active sport, especially beginners and families of all ages please see website, www.octavian-droobers.org, email information@octavian-droobers.org or contact Karin Kirk 01926 632189.

NEW MIDLANDS CHAMPIONS

Five Octavian Droobers Orienteering Club members claimed individual Midlands Championship titles this weekend, racing in Sherwood Forest at a great event organised by Nottinghamshire Orienteering Club.

Nathan Lawson took the title on the M21 Elite 16.6km course in 88.49min just beating William Gardner into 2nd place with 89.11mins. Kirsten Strain was top runner on the W35 7.3km course in 52.52mins Anne Straube was champion on the W45 6.7km course in 57.55mins, Alistair Landels became M50 champion in 62.51mins on the 9.6km course and Barry Elkington took 1st place on the M65 6.7km course in a great time of 46.59mins.

Some good top 3 places were earned by: Nadine Wright 2nd on the W21 course, a 2nd place for Juliette Soulard in her W50 class, Sheila Carey on W75 course and Hilary Simpson on W80 course. David Leadley was 3rd on the M55 course in 61.56mins only 35 secs behind the winner and Margaret Willdig 3rd in the W65 class.

The next local event takes place in the woods at Everdon Stubbs, near Daventry, on Saturday 19th February. For details of how to take part in this fun outdoor active sport, especially beginners and families of all ages, please see website: www.octavian-droobers.org, email information@octavian-droobers.org or contact Karin Kirk 01926 632189.