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It was a brilliant day for the club at Bentley Woods, near Atherstone on the Merevale Estate, as not only was the  weather exceptional so were the results. The Compass Sport Cup and Trophy qualifying round attracted over 460 runners from around the midlands and according to organiser John Middler the success of the day was due not only to the excellent performances but to the 60 volunteers who ensured the event ran so smoothly.

Overall in the Cup competition, for larger clubs, Droobers top 25 orienteers, of the 70 strong team, scored 2440 points, well ahead of nearest rivals Harlequin Orienteering Club, from Worcestershire, 2376 points. Leicestershire came 3rd with 2329 points and Walton Chasers, Staffordshire, 2323 points. In the Trophy competition for smaller clubs, Lincolnshire won with 1290 points from 13 top runners just ahead of the 1284 points scored by WRE club from Shropshire.    

The 70 club members who competed included several new comers and congratulations go to Felix Lunn M12 who scored 96 points running on his first Orange 3.2k course in the event. Ella Rose McCartney W14 came 2nd scoring 98 points as did Alfie Bullus M14 on the same course. Five club members scored the maximum 100 points winning their respective courses:  Harrison McCartney M16 Junior Men 4.7k in 28.58mins, Richard Gardner M60, Green Men 4.7k course in 39.21mins, Lesley Ross W45, Green Women 4.8k 42.23mins, Riina Kuuselo W35 Blue Women 6.8k 46.47mins and Nathan Lawson M18, Short Brown 8.1k with 245 metres of climb, 52.59mins.

Other top scorers were: Rachel Emmerson W18 98 points, Heather Rogers W16 96 points on the Junior Women 3.7k course. Alistair Gardner M18 98 points on the Junior Men 4.7k course, Sheila Carey W65 97 points, John Bowman M70 96 points, Sue Bicknell W70 94 points on the Short Green 3.7k course. Tony Feltblower M60 98 points, Robert Brandon M65 94 points on the Green Men 4.7k course. Suzanne Humphries W50 99 points, Liz Phillips W50 97 points and Jill Emmerson W50 94 points on the Green Women 4.8k course. David Lawson M50 99 points and Barry Elkington M55 97 points on the Blue Men 6.8k course. Amy Sarkies W35 99 points on the Blue Women 6.8k course. Iain Botheroyd M45 98 points and Chris McCartney M45 96 points on the Short Brown 8.1k course. Alistair Powell M35 scored 98 points on the Brown 10.6k longest course with 350 metres of climb.

Vice Captain Suzanne Humphries says that now we have won the qualifier she is looking forward to the team competing in the final in Aldershot on 8 November and hopes that we can defend our brilliant 2nd place and challenge Bristol Orienteering Klubb for first place.              

12th March 2014



This year the annual Robin Hood Trophy was held at Clumber Park, near Worksop in Nottinghamshire. Over 30 Octavian Droobers travelled up to the event to join the 500 orienteers from around the midlands resulting in several top ten positions.

Top club member was Will Gardner M21, representing Sheffield University, who came 1st on the longest course, 12.6k with 28 controls, finishing in 69.06mins. Nathan Lawson M18 took 78.10mins and was placed 7th on the same course. Chris McCartney M40 was 3rd on the Brown 10.7k course in 74.14mins. On the Short Brown 8.6k course David Lawson M50 was 8th in 59.51mins, Andy Emmerson M55 9th on the 7k Blue course in 57.05mins and Bob Brandon M65 10th on the Short Blue 5.6k course in 49.54mins. Kevin Ross M50 was 4th in 45.12mins and Roger Hailey M75 5th in 45.56mins on the Short Green 4k course.

Overall Octavian Droobers were placed 3rd in the Trophy competition scoring 173, with Derwent Valley winning with 130 points and Nottingham Orienteering Club coming second scoring 137 points. Point scorers for the club were Lesley Ross, Carolyn Marr, Helen Elkington, Hilary Simpson, Nathan Lawson, Andy Emmerson, Chris McCartney, Peter Carey, Bob Brandon, David Lawson and Kevin Ross.

Mike Hampton M65 is continuing his success competing in Portugal and won the urban night sprint by almost 2 and half minutes in atrocious weather, heavy rain, driving wind all high up in the clouds.

04th March 2014