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.

World Orienteering day 2017
Alistair Powell, club captain, competing at the British Orienteering Championships in the Lake District on 6 May 2017.
Photo Wendy Carlisle
JK 2017 Ultra Veteran Champions
Interland Podium
Interland Team
Will Gardener with M21 Midlands Championship Trophy
Mark Pawsey MP and Mayor of Rugby Councillor Sally Bragg
Martin Ward at Rugby
Liz Phillips on the podium.
Laurie Bradley Winners 2017
After surviving the snow on Kilnsey Moor on Day 3, Easter Sunday, these three intrepid Droobers, Peter Carey, Sheila Carey and Barry Elkington, took their place on the podium gaining a 2nd place, on Day 4 at Storthes Hall near Huddersfield, in the Ultra Vets Relay.
  • 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 information@octavian-droobers.org


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Events Calendar

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Moorlands, Woods and Schools Championships



Club members of all ages were navigating their way around a variety of terrains this weekend from the local event at Pooley Country Park, the Long Mynd, Shropshire, Maulden Woods, Bedford and across parks in Slough.


Liam Chapple organised and devised some great courses at Pooley Country Park, near Polesworth. Beginners, newcomers and families enjoyed the Easy course. Bruce Bryant M60 was 1st on the Medium 3.7km course in 36.45mins, Liz Phillips W55 2nd in 42.24mins and Mike Hampton M70 3rd in 46.35mins.Kin Wai Lee M21 was the fastest on the Long 6.3km course taking 40.33mins, David Thacker M40 was 2nd in 42.34mins and Chris McCartney M50 3rd in 44.32mins.


At Plush Hill on the Long Mynd, Wrekin Orienteers organised event attracted club members to compete for the club in the West Midlands League. The very low cloud, mist and rain high up on the open moorland, made conditions challenging. Top 10 places were earned by David Leadley M55 6th on the long 7.3km course with 430metres of climb taking 77.30mins and Anne Straube W40 was top woman on the same course in 91.10mins. On the 6.1km course Tom Jeffries M45 had a great run taking 61.29mins only 1.06mins behind the winner and Rob Bambrook M45 was 5th in 70.21mins. Sheila Carey W70 was 8th on the 4.9km course in 67.30mins.


Keith Willdig M70 was 1st on the 3.9km course taking 41.04mins Peter Carey M75 2nd in 46.42mins and Margaret Willdig W65 4th in 51.59mins. Juniors Max Straube-Roth M10 was 3rd on the 2.6km course and Ruben Jeffries M10 5th on the 2.1km course. These results helped increase OD’s lead and they now have 7353 points and with only 1 more league event they are on course to win the league.