Welcome to Octavian Droobers

The Droobers, Octavian Droobers or OD as they are known are the local orienteering club for Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull in the West Midlands, UK.

  • Unlike most sports clubs we do not have a fixed weekly meeting point, but instead organise events on a regular basis around the area. See the Events page for details.
  • Walkers, joggers and runners of all ages 5 - 85 years are invited to explore our local woods and parks. We offer help and guidance on how to read maps and use a compass and electronic timer for newcomers at each event.
  • To see a short video explaining what the sport involves, have a look at the Beginners page.
  • For further information about the club please call 01926 632189 or email
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Orienteering - The adventure sport for all.





Latest Club News



The premier annual multi day UK event for orienteering attracted over 3000 competitors from around the UK and Europe and some from USA, Australia and New Zealand. This year’s JK2014 was held in Wales, with a Sprint on Friday at Swansea University campus and Singleton Park, a two day individual competition on the Brecon Beacons at Merthyr Common finishing with a three man relay at Pwll Du on Monday.

Sixty Octavian Droobers club members took on the challenging courses and several achieved some good results. Starting with the sprint event Andy Simpson had a great race winning the M40 2.5k event in 13.59mins, 41 seconds ahead of his nearest rival and Hilary Simpson won the W75 1.6k course taking 20.12mins. Three members finished in 2nd place: Harrison McCartney on the M16 course taking 13.50mins only 9 seconds behind the winner, Julie Emmerson on the W18 Elite 2.7k course in 17.11mins and Peter Carey on the M70 1.7k course taking 16.27mins. Chris McCartney was 3rd on the M45 2.4k course in 14.29mins, 8 seconds behind the winner.

The two day individual event needed competitors to use all their navigational skills to find the controls, many hidden in deep sink holes and marshes, across the Brecon Beacon moorland which was shrouded in low cloud, battling through rough open ground covered in heather and rocks. The challenge was met admirably by Hilary Simpson W75 who came 1st overall, 2nd on the first day and 1st on the second with an overall time of 119.39mins. Stephen Elkington won on both days on the M18 Short course to total 93mins. continued.....

23rd April 2014