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The 4th West Midlands league event of the year was staged at Breakneck Bank, near Bewdley in Worcestershire by Harlequins Orienteering Club.

Harrison McCartney M16 won the long Brown 9.3k course with 290 metres of climb in 66.23mins and 2nd was Alistair Powell M35 in 72.45mins. On the Green 4.1k course with 135metres of climb Ian Prowse M60 was 2nd and Bob Brandon M65 3rd in 43.46mins. Peter Carey, celebrating his 70th birthday, came 1st on the Short Green 3.6k course taking 43.15mins.

Juniors from the club did well at the event: Sam Leadley M14 was 2nd on the 3.4k Light Green course taking 41.30 and Ella-Rose McCartney W14 was top girl taking 55.55mins on the same course. Felix Lunn M12 had a great run and won the Orange 2.9k course in 28.44mins and Brother Oliver Lunn M12 won the Yellow 2.4k course in 17 mins and sister Florence Lunn W10 was top girl with 30.52mins. On the short White course 1.3k course Tabitha Lunn W10 was 2nd in 19.59mins and other juniors Max Straube-Roth M10 was 4th in 25.33mins and Josie Smart W10 5th in 29.04mins.

Over the weekend Happy Herts Club ran the two day SE Championships with a Sprint event at Oaklands College on Saturday and a Middle Distance at Mardley Heather on Sunday.  Mike Hampton M65 won the Middle Distance Green 3.475k course in 39.07mins and Bruce Bryant M55 came 3rd on the Blue 4.05k course in 37.57mins. Chris McCartney with a combined total of 29.38mins was overall 2nd in the Sprint competition race for M45 – M55 category having come 2nd in the morning and in the afternoon event. Bruce Bryant was placed 1st overall in the M60 – M65 category taking a total of 23.40mins.  

On a very wet night at The Memorial Park, Coventry, Felix Lunn M12 won the Yellow 1.8k course in 11.08mins, Pippa Smart W12 was 2nd in 14.09mins and Oliver Lunn M12 3rd in 14.14mins. Rob Smart M45 won the Light Green 3.7k course taking 23.17mins, Sheila Carey W65 was 2nd in 26.46mins and Felix Lunn M12 3rd (his second run) 30.21mins. Alistair Powell M35 won the long 4.6k course taking 23.42mins, Amy Sarkies W35 was 2nd in 25.33mins and Ian Wilson M45 from Leicester was 3rd in 27mins.

28th April 2014



The premier annual multi day UK event for orienteering attracted over 3000 competitors from around the UK and Europe and some from USA, Australia and New Zealand. This year’s JK2014 was held in Wales, with a Sprint on Friday at Swansea University campus and Singleton Park, a two day individual competition on the Brecon Beacons at Merthyr Common finishing with a three man relay at Pwll Du on Monday.

Sixty Octavian Droobers club members took on the challenging courses and several achieved some good results. Starting with the sprint event Andy Simpson had a great race winning the M40 2.5k event in 13.59mins, 41 seconds ahead of his nearest rival and Hilary Simpson won the W75 1.6k course taking 20.12mins. Three members finished in 2nd place: Harrison McCartney on the M16 course taking 13.50mins only 9 seconds behind the winner, Julie Emmerson on the W18 Elite 2.7k course in 17.11mins and Peter Carey on the M70 1.7k course taking 16.27mins. Chris McCartney was 3rd on the M45 2.4k course in 14.29mins, 8 seconds behind the winner.

The two day individual event needed competitors to use all their navigational skills to find the controls, many hidden in deep sink holes and marshes, across the Brecon Beacon moorland which was shrouded in low cloud, battling through rough open ground covered in heather and rocks. The challenge was met admirably by Hilary Simpson W75 who came 1st overall, 2nd on the first day and 1st on the second with an overall time of 119.39mins. Stephen Elkington won on both days on the M18 Short course to total 93mins.

Andy Simpson M35L took 146.59mins after coming 2nd and 3rd on the individual days to give him 3rd place overall.  Other good results were achieved by Peter Carey M70 in overall 5th place as was Anne Straube on the W35 Long course and Adrian Sarkies on the M35 Short course. Club members who came in the top ten were: Harrison McCartney M16L, David Lawson M50S, Trevor Simpson M75L, Julie Emmerson W18 Elite, Amy Sarkies W35L and Sheila Carey W65L.

Top OD Relay team were the third placed Ultra Veterans Mike Hampton, Peter Carey and Sheila Carey who took 68.53mins. Will Gardner, running for Sheffield University, helped his team to 2nd place in the JK Trophy for Men. Toni O’Donovan, Anne Straube and Amy Sarkies came 6th in the Womens Trophy and Barry Elkington, Tony Feltblower and David Lawson were placed 9th in the Veteran Mens race.

23rd April 2014