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This was a very active weekend for the club with juniors competing for their respective schools in the West Midlands Schools Championships, members running in the West Midlands League both in Staffordshire and volunteers organising a beginner’s event at Daventry Country Park.

Many club juniors achieved some great results at the West Midlands Schools Championships. Congratulations to those who gained top three placings: Harrison McCartney winner of Year 11 boys event taking 23.23mins on the 4.6k course, Stephen Elkington 2nd in 28.18mins and Hamish Rogers 3rd 28.50mins. Julie Emmerson won the Year 11 girls 3.9k course event in 22.24mins, Rachel Emmerson was 2nd and Rhiannon Cope 3rd in 35.55mins. Callum Pearman was 2nd in the Year 9 and 10 boys event 3.9k in 32.04mins. Ella-Rose McCartney was placed 3rd in the Year 9 and 10 girls 3.4k event taking 29.09mins. Felix Lunn won the Year 7 and 8 boys 2.9k event in 17.48mins and Oliver Lunn was 3rd in 20.51mins. Josh Jelley tied with Matthew Hartland from Walton Chasers as the fastest runner on the run in from the last control to the finish taking 14 seconds.

Octavian Droobers, current leaders, well ahead of Walton Chasers, competed in the league event at Mansty Woods. Top scorers on the courses were Florence Lunn W10 on the Yellow 2.1k coming 3rd in 25.05mins, Oliver Lunn M12 and brother Felix Lunn M12 1st and 2nd on the Orange 3.02k course 38.32mins and 41.27mins respectively, Sam Leadley M14 2nd on the Light Green 3.24k course taking 45.35mins and Peter Carey M70 1st on the Short Green 3.36k course in 31.25mins. On the Green 4.21k course Suzanne Humphries W50 came first in 36.37mins ahead of Ian Prowse M60 37.11 and Robert Brandon M65 37.39mins.Andy Emmerson M55 came 3rd on the Blue 6.59k course in 48.30mins and Alistair Powell M35 was the top runner on the longest course the 8.87k course taking 58.15mins.

Karin and Phil Kirk and many helpers welcomed over 100 participants to Daventry Country Park as part of the annual Countryside Day. Two short beginners’ courses were planned and many families participated. Fastest runners were Chloe Andrews 6.30mins, the Robinson family of Jake, Ben and Sam Robinson, from Daventry, 7.14mins and Paul and Joe Quinney, from Harbury, 8.49mins. 

13th May 2014 


Congratulations to club juniors who have been selected to represent Great Britain. Julie Emmerson W18 will be travelling to Bulgaria to compete in the Junior World Orienteering Championships from 21 to 28 July. Also competing for Great Britain is Harrison McCartney in the European Youth Orienteering Championships in the Mens 16 year old category at the event in Strumica, Macedonia on 25 until 29 June.

Harrison McCartney was on top form at the three day Northern Championships event staged around Newby Bridge and at Kendal in the Lake District. He came first on both days at Newby Bridge, winning his Middle Distance 4.4k, with 240 metres of climb, race on Summerhouse Knott in 34.25mins. On Day 2 at Blake Holme and Gummer's How on a most challenging tough, both physically and technically area he won his age category M16A 5.1k course with 250 metres of climb in 48.36mins, nearly 3 mins ahead of the nearest competitor.

Hilary Simpson W75 came 4th on the Very Short Green course in 50.33mins and Anne Straube W35 5th in 47.39mins on her 4.4k course with 225 metres of climb at Summerhouse Knott. On Day 2 club members found the courses tricky and Anne Straube W35 came 4th as did Trevor Simpson M75 and Hilary Simpson W75 5th on their respective courses. On the short courses Bruce Bryant M55 came 1st on the 3.9k course with 200 metres of climb taking 47.08mins as did Stephen Elkington M18 and Daniel Roth

M40 came 2nd.

Day 3 was an Urban event around Kendal and Anne Straube W35 was 3rd best in her age group taking 56.46mins on the Brown 6.7k course with 210 metres of climb as did Liz Phillips in the W50 class taking 49.52mins on the Blue 5.5k with 150 metres of climb. Hilary Simpson was 2nd W75 and Sue Bicknell 4th W70 on the Short Green 3.3k course.

06th May 2014