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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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The delayed final of the UK Urban League 2017 was held at Castle Vale, near Birmingham on Saturday and Nathan Lawson M21 was the winner of the Mens Senior Race taking only 41.03mins to find 31 controls on the 8 km course, Kin Kwan Kwok M21 was 5th in 53.04mins. Chris McCartney M45 was top OD runner on the Veteran Mens 6.8km course in 44.54mins. Mike Snell was 6th on the Supervet Mens 5.8km Course in 41.54mins. Mike Hampton M70 was 6th in 40.47mins on the 5km Ultravet Mens course. Adam Landels M10 was 3rd on the Young Junior Mens 2km course.


Kirsten Strain W21 was 4th in 57.43mins and Nadine Wright W21 5th in 59.24mins on the Senior Womens 6.8km course. On the Vet Womens course Liz Phillips W50 was 4th and took 49.23mins to complete the 5.8km course. Joanne Leigh W50 was 4th on the Supervet Womens 5km course in 49mins. On the Ultravet 4km course Sheila Carey was 3rd in 36.34mins and Karin Kirk W70 5th in 42.36mins.


After 19 races throughout the UK several top 10 places were achieved by club members in the 2017 league calculated from the 7 best runs by: Liz Phillips 4th in the Womens Vet class, 5th Chris McCartney, Mens Vet class, and 9th places by David Chandler Mens Open, Mike Hampton Ultravet Men and Sheila Carey Ultravet Women.


On Sunday the UK Urban League/West Midlands Urban League 2018 event was held around Birmingham University Campus. The two-part sprint race for Senior Men was dominated by OD as Nathan Lawson was 1st with an overall time of 32.28mins, 2nd for Matthew Elkington, 33.18mins, 3rd for Kin Kwan Kwok, 39.37mins and a 5th place for Duncan Birtwistle, 39.51mins. Rob Bambrook was placed 3rd in a combined time of 43.22mins on the Veteran Mens class. Barry Elkington, 6th in 40.26mins was fastest OD in the Supervet Mens class.


Eoin Hankinson was the winner of the Junior Mens class with an overall time of 52.03mins. Liz Phillips was 3rd overall on the Vet Womens class in a time of 51.37mins. Joanne Leigh was fastest OD on the Supervet Womens class taking 7th place in a time of 64.45mins. Sheila Carey was 2nd on the Ultravet Womens class in 51.17mins and Karin Kirk 6th.     continued.....


19th June 2018


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World Orienteering day 2017


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Alistair Powell, club captain, competing at the British Orienteering Championships in the Lake District on 6 May 2017.
Photo Wendy Carlisle


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JK 2017 Ultra Veteran Champions


Interland podium

Interland Podium

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Interland Team


Will Gardner with M21 class Midland Championships Trophy 2017

Will Gardener with M21 Midlands Championship Trophy 


Mark Pawsey MPand Mayor of Rugby2c Councillor Sally Bragg

Mark Pawsey MP and Mayor of Rugby Councillor Sally Bragg


Martin Ward at WOW Rugby

Martin Ward at Rugby


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Liz Phillips on the podium.


Laurie Bradley Trophy winners 2017

Laurie Bradley Winners 2017 


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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.




It was a busy weekend for Octavian Droobers who travelled around the country to compete in town, city, woods and parkland in pursuit of British ranking points and experience on a wide variety of terrain.

Congratulations to Will Gardner M21 on being selected to represent Great Britain in the European Championships to be held in Ticino, Switzerland from 5th to 13th May. He will compete in the middle distance and will be a reserve in the long distance championship events.

Over 100 participants, including several newcomers from around Rugby, competed at the West Midlands Urban League Rugby (East) event with courses encompassing Hillmorton streets and parks, starting and finishing in Whinfield Park. Benjamin Rauffet, Harlequins, was 1st on the Mens Open 7.7km course finding all 28 controls in a time of 53.46mins, David Leadley was 2nd in 56.41mins and Oliver Lunn 3rd in 60.24mins. On the Womens Open and Mens Veteran courses, Harriet Lawson was 1st in 50.50mins on the 6.4km course, Ian Hopkins, Wrekin, was 2nd in 51.39mins and Mike Wheeler 3rd in 51.47mins. On the Womens Veteran and Mens Super Vet 5.7km course Mike Snell was 1st in 42.08mins Lesley Ross 2nd in 44.42mins and Gordon Parker, South London, was 3rd in 45.11mins.

Ian Prowse, North Gloucester, was 1st on the Mens Ultra Vet and Womens Super Vet 4.6km course in 38.27mins, Paul Graetz, Potteries, 2nd in 40.30mins and Doug Dickinson, Derwent Valley 3rd in 41.39mins. Sheila Carey was 1st in 36.09mins on the Womens Ultra Vet, Mens Hyper Vet and Womens Hyper Vet course 3.5km course taking 36.09mins, Robert Vickers, Harlequins, was 2nd in 44.31mins and Caitlin Chafer, Leicestershire, 3rd in 47.25mins. Mens Junior and Womens Junior 4.4km course was won by Oliver Flippance in 27.04mins, Florence Lunn 2nd 41.11mins and Eoin Hankinson 3rd in 45.14mins. On the introductory 2.7km course for beginners and younger juniors, newcomer Karl Spencer was 1st in 38.45mins, William Newton was 2nd in 39.06mins and Darcy Dunn 3rd in 39.25mins.

At Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire, club members ran around the parklands of this National Trust property, organised by Derwent Valley Orienteers, and Joanne Leigh won the Orange 3.2km course in 31.53mins, John Middler was 9th on the Short Green 3.7km course in 37.58mins, Chris McCartney was 5th on the Blue 7.1km course in 46.36mins and Lesley Ross was 10th in 49.14mins, the fastest woman on that course.

Liz Phillips was 2nd fastest woman on the 5.1km course at the Norwich City Urban event taking 54.16mins. Bruce Bryant was 10th on the 4.2km course in 42.02mins