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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




The first West Midlands League event was organised Octavian Droobers club member Thelma Spalton and held at Brandon Wood and Piles Coppice, near Coventry. The bright crisp frosty start and sunny morning attracted over 200 competitors from around the midlands. Over 80 club members, including many juniors, turned out to ensure the club keeps up its high scoring run in the league. The club finished top of the league in 2013 and have won it now for the past 7 consecutive years.

Many new club members enjoyed the courses planned by Janet Richardson and the top three on the White 1.7k beginners course were Grace Lee who took 21.30mins, Arthur Mitchell M10 from Harlequins Orienteering Club 22.14mins and new member Thomas Chapple M10 23.17mins. Hannah Andrews W14 won the Yellow 2.4k course in 18.43mins, Amy Mitchell from Walton Chasers was 2nd in 20.37mins and Oliver Lunn M12 was 3rd in 21.09mins.

Finding the 11 controls on the Orange 3.1k course in the fastest time was Oliver Flippance M12 who took 42.08mins ahead of brother Finley M10 43.48mins and Beckie Lang W40 was 3rd 46.26mins. New member Liam Chapple M45 took first place on the Light Green 3.2k course taking 42.56mins, Sam Leadley M14 was 2nd in 43.51mins and Ella Rose McCartney W14 3rd in 44.22mins. Pete Carey M70 was 1st on the Short Green 3.4k course in 31.41mins just ahead of wife Sheila Carey W65 32.31mins and Charles Nelson M60 from HOC 35.09mins.

Andy Hemsted M65 from HOC won the Short Green 5.1k course with 18 controls in 39.34mins, David Lawson M50 was 2nd in 40.54mins and Richard Gardner M60 3rd in 42.21mins. Another winner from HOC was Ian Hopkins M45 who took 47.27mins on the Blue 6.3k course; Clive Richardson M45 from Wrekin Club was 2nd 48.11 and Stephen Elkington M18 3rd in 48.27mins. On the longest course, 8.4k Brown with 27 controls, Harrison McCartney M16 was 1st in 51.40mins, Matthew Elkington M20 2nd 51.57mins and David Williams M50 HOC 3rd in 54.18mins.

14th Jan 2014