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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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Octavian Droobers club members, and friends, are invited to




Nr Wellesbourne, WARWICKSHIRE CV35 9HZ


To the launch of

Three new permanent courses

Easy 1.4km, Medium 2.1km and Long 3.1km


Thursday 4 August

11am until 4pm


This is the first time that orienteering will be available at Compton Verney.  We hope that club members, hopefully wearing OD kit are able to come along.  Please note that there will be a charge to access the grounds and the house of £8 adults and £3 per child, maps will be free of charge.  However, Compton Verney have arranged for 30 OD club members to have free day-passes; please contact John Bowman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book these, as we have to register names in advance.






After 7 events in the West Midlands Orienteering League Octavian Droobers have a commanding lead of over 500 points, 6599, over nearest rivals Wrekin 6088 and Walton Chasers 5850. The fifteen club scorers include Barry Elkington M60, Peter Carey M70 and Sheila Carey W70 who each have scored the maximum of 500 points having won their class in 5 of the 7 fixtures so far.

Other scorers: Florence Lunn W12 495, David Leadley M50 484, Finley Flippance M12 463, Sue Hallett W70 450, Oliver Flippance M14 443, Lin Page W60 435, Tabitha Lunn W12 431, Liam Chapple M45 416, David Dunn M35 404, Liz Phillips W50 400, Richard Steel M50 372 and Jill Emerson W50 306. With 6 more fixtures planned around the Midlands in the autumn the club hope to increase this lead.

Manchester Orienteering Club staged a weekend of sprint and urban races and Mike Hampton M70 came 3rd overall in his class after two sprint races at Ollerton taking a total of 26.55mins only 1 minute behind the leader. Liz Phillips W50 also came 3rd taking 28.38mins overall. At the Urban race around Manchester City Liz Phillips was 6th in 53.37mins on the 5.6km W40+ Veteran course and Mike Hampton was 7th in 40.27mins on the 4.2km M65+ Ultra Vet course.continued.....

12th July 2016



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.