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A major event in the orienteering calendar attracted over 900 entrants to Star Posts, the large forested area owned by Crown Estates, near Bracknell. Experiencing some very muddy waterlogged conditions underfoot and pouring rain many intrepid club members achieved some great results.

On the  long Elite courses Julie Emmerson came second in 1.01.55mins 26 seconds behind the winner on the 7.8k W18 course, Harriet Lawson 2nd on the W20 7.8kcourse in 1.06.07mins, Nathan Lawson 9th in 1.33.47mins on the M18 11.73k course and Robert Gardner 9th in 2.06.58mins on the M21 16.42k course. Stephen Elkington was 1st on the 5.95k M18Short and Harrison McCartney 2nd on the M16 7.75k Long course taking 57.33mins only 10 seconds behind the winner. Alfie Bullus earned his first championship badge at the event coming in 7th on the M14 5.74k Long course taking 1.12.20mins which was within 25% of the winners’ time.

David Lawson came 1st on the M50 Short 7.06k course taking 1.06.05mins as did Bruce Bryant on the M55 Short 6.21k course. Hilary Simpson won the 3.46k W75 Long course taking 58.09mins. Three club members came in third in their age classes: Lesley Ross W45L in 1.07.38mins, Liz Phillips W50L 1.17.27mins and Mike Hampton M65L in 1.08.59mins all on the 7.06k course.

28th Jan 2014



The second West Midlands League event was well attended and 39 Octavian Droobers including several new members competed across all ages to ensure the club keeps its number one position. Some good running at Sandwell Valley put the club at 2715 points ahead of Walton Chasers 2287 and Wrekin’s 2226. Scoring the maximum 200 points after the two events are Stephen Elkington M18, Beatrice Falga W18, Alistair Powell M35, Peter Carey M70 and Sheila Carey W65.

New member Josie Smart W10 came in 2nd on the White 1.5k course finding 14 controls in 17.16mins and sister Pippa W12 won the Yellow 2k course in 16.14mins. Sheila Carey W65 easily won the Short Green 3.1k course in 26.11mins ahead of Peter Carey M70 28.17mins. On the Green 4.9k course Ian Prowse M60 had a good run coming in 5th in 43.56mins not far behind the winning time of 42.31mins. Lesley Ross W45 was 3rd on the Blue 6.7k course taking 55.53min and Stephen Elkington M18 4th in 55.57mins. Alistair Powell M35 was 2nd on the long Blue 8.7k course taking 1.05.55mins.

At Ashridge in Hertfordshire, Chris McCartney M45 put in a great performance running through the forest coming 2nd in 1.05.51mins on the long Brown 11.62k course. Riina Kuuselo W35 was the top woman on the Short Brown 9.725k course taking 1.04.34mins.

Robert Brandon M65 was 6th in 47.20mins and Keith Willdig M65 8th 48.08mins on the Short Blue 6.175k course. Bruce Bryant M55 came 2nd on the Green 5.15k course in 36.44mins and Roger Hailey M75 was 3rd on the Short Green 4.45k in 45.40mins

21st Jan 2014