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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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Orienteering - The adventure sport for all.



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Latest Club News

Orienteering for Beginners!
at Ryton Pools Country Park, near Bubbenhall
On Sat 21st May from 11am to 3pm
(A featured activity for Warwickshire’s ‘Big Day Out’)
You are all welcome to come to Ryton Pools Country Park (CV8 3BG) on Sat 21st May to try some Orienteering with map, compass and timer supplied free!
(A returnable £5 deposit for the Emit timer please!)
There will be two courses available – a 1 km ‘Easy’ course for beginners of any age, a walk or jog round the paths; also a 2 km ‘Medium’ course mainly round the paths, but with a few controls to find just off the path, and the odd route choice decision to make following the map.
Bring family and friends.  There will be help and advice for all.
Just look for the OD flag and tent up on The Meadow near the northern lake, left at the main car park (£3.00 at the barrier)
Hope to see you there if you are interested!


World Orienteering Day, Summer Training Camps and other results

The World Orienteering Day event at Abbey Fields and around Kenilworth Town was hugely popular with 145 entrants for the 5 park and urban courses.  In the UK there were 137 events and from around the world there were 79 countries, 2589 registered events with participation level currently standing at 223,422 with 787 locations still to register. Organiser Rob Smart and Dave Chandler were very pleased to see so many schools, Beavers and Cubs taking part. Winners of the courses were Joanna Leadley W14 in 7.49mins on the Park Easy 1.5km course, Alicia Roberts W16 in 20.49mins on the Park Medium 3.4km course, Felix Lunn M14 in 22.19mins on the Park Long 4.6km course, Paul Quinney M45 in 33.21mins on the Urban Short 3.5km course and Chris McCartney M45 40.25mins on the Urban Long 5.8km course. Full results are on the club website www.octavian-droobers.org.

Congratulations go to Oliver Flippance, Oliver Lunn and Felix Lunn all M14’s who have been selected to go to the week long national training camp at the end of July at Lagganlia, near Aviemore in Scotland. They earned their places by achieving championship standard in at least one of the major events during the past few months and were nominated by the West Midlands Junior Squad Orienteering Association. Congratulations also to Nathan Lawson M20 and Harrison McCartney M18 who have been invited, following successful results at major events, to the pre Junior World Championships  training camp in August in Tampere, Finland.  continued.....

18th May 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.