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Welcome to Octavian Droobers, celebrating 50 years! 1965 - 2015

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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Latest Club News

Coaching for Beginners

The next Coaching for Beginners session will take place at Kingsbury Water Park on Saturday April 8th starting at 10:00 a.m. The coaching should take about 1 hour giving participants the opportunity to run the Yellow course at the event afterwards.

There will be a small charge of £2 per person.

Please note that there is a car park charge at Kingsbury which you must pay at the barrier on entry. It is £4.50 per car, and you will need the correct change at automatic barrier, it takes £2, £1, 50p, 20p, and 10p coins.

If you are interested in attending the session please get in touch with me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let me know of your orienteering experience, so I can pitch the course at the right level. (E.g. If you will not be confident enough to try the Yellow course I can put on a short easy course for you)


WOW Radio News 

Local radio station BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, requested an interview following receipt of a press release about our WOW weekend, and how popular it is etc.
I did my best and hope it has promoted our sport, the events, the club and its hard working club members.


Click HERE to Listen (@45:00)



Octavian Droobers held a most successful national double event and many club members excelled with some great orienteering results. With competitors coming from all over the UK and overseas it was a memorable and fortunately a sunny occasion for the club and all the club helpers. Many compliments have been received by the organisers.

Putting Rugby on the Map

There were 500 entrants, of all ages, competing on 7 different courses, at the UK National League Urban race around the streets and parks of Rugby, organised by Phil Kirk. The arena, with the start and finish, was at Rugby Athletics Track. The club wishes to thank all the organisation around the town for allowing access to private and public grounds.

Winner of the M12 junior 2.1km course was Joel Taylor, ex Rugby resident, from Thames Valley Club who took 13.01mins ahead of OD junior Lewis Oxtoby 16.23mins, Finley Flippance was 4th and Adam Landels 7th. Josie Smart was 4th in 17.10mins and Tilly Flippance 6th in the W12 junior class on the same course. On the 3.5km W16 and M16 course Pippa Smart was top OD girl 4th in 30.10mins and Jacob Oxtoby 8th was top OD boy in 26.17mins.

On the Mens Open Course of 7.1km with 32 controls to find, Will Gardner M21 was 4th in 39.34mins, Alfie Bullus took 52.50mins 2nd M18 coming 19th overall. Harriet Lawson was 3rd in the Womens Open on Course 2 taking 52.49mins, Frances Briscoe W21 6th and Nadine Wright W21 7th, Martin Ward M50 won the 6.4km Course 2 for M40 class in 40.27mins, Chris McCartney M45 was 7th and Alistair Landels M45 8th. On the W40 class 5km course, Liz Phillips W50 was 3rd in 46.56mins just behind winner Alice Bedwell from Bristol 46.10mins. Sheila Carey W70 was 4th in the W65 class in 35.14mins on the 3km course.continued.....

28th March 2017


Mark Pawsey MPand Mayor of Rugby2c Councillor Sally Bragg


Martin Ward at WOW Rugby


Max ODSOC2017



liz phillips on the podium

Liz Phillips on the podium.


Laurie Bradley Trophy winners 2017

Laurie Bradley Winners 2017 


w.mid.2016 junior champions

Juniors with trophies at West Midlands Orienteering Championships 


Myton School wins Year 9 class in British Schools Score Orienteering Championships

Will Gardner winning the Caddihoe chase Trophy October 2016Max Straube Roth at Caddihoe Chase



OD Juniors 3rd in the YBT National Finals 2016


Julie Emmerson 2016 British Champion

Julie Emmerson 2016 British Champion (Robert Lines Photography)




 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.  




2nd in the Junior Relay Race at the JK2016 Easter International Orienteering Festival. 


Barry Elkington at Compass Sport Cup

Barry at the Compass Sport Cup March 2016




Finn Williams Stein St Augustines RC Kenilworth

Schools Champs runner


 Tabitha Lunn All Saints Primary School

 Schools Champs runner



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FOUND:  A set of (car?) keys found in an EMIT box. Contact Rob for their return.