OCTAVIAN DROOBERS LONG DISTANCE NIGHT RACE
Bob Brandon organised this annual challenging and adventurous event for a wide variety of participants. The 20 mile undulating and muddy course started and finished at Sibford Village Hall, on the Warwickshire/Oxfordshire border and took in footpaths and bridle-ways across open countryside.
At 11pm, under an initially starry sky which became gradually a very dark night with no moon, competitors started out armed with torches and specially produced maps to help navigate and find the 16 strategically placed control points.
The club welcomed competitors from schools, orienteering and running clubs from across the midlands including Hinckley Running Club, Holme Pierrepont club from Nottingham, Bourton Runners, Cool Trek, Harlequins and King Henry VIII School.
The OD team of Dave, Andy Marr and Matt Britton, who set out as favourites being previous winners, finished in 4hours 36 minutes just ahead of club member Tony Feltblower who took 4 hours 42mins and Mark Bailey, Hinckley Running Club who came 3rd in 4.46mins. On the short 11mile course with 9 controls club members Irene Rogers and John Wright came in first in 5hours 45mins and Rachael Abbey and Rosie Hopley from King Henry VIII School, Coventry were 2nd in 5 hours 59mins.
A very welcome full English breakfast was provided by Kath Wright and Hilary Simpson for all at the end.
10th December 2013
WINNERS AT POSTENSPLAIN
Fifty five Octavian Droobers enjoyed the woods at Postensplain in the Wyre Forest, near Bewdley in Worcestershire, and many scored good points to help the club in the West Midlands league battle for top position. There were added attractions of fallow deer and a rare sighting of some two-barred crossbills with several groups of birdwatchers in tow.
Class winners were Lesley Ross W45 who took 69.45mins on the Blue 6.7k course with 190 metres of climb and Barry Elkington M55 98.49mins on the Brown 8.8k course with 305 metres of climb. Stephen Elkington M16 won the Green 4.4k course in 41.24mins, and other class winners on the same course were Mike Hampton M65 42.52mins, Trevor Simpson M70 60.55mins, Heather Rogers W16 50.06mins, Margaret Willdig W60 56.03mins and Sheila Carey W65 52.39mins. Roger Hailey was top M75 and took 53.26mins on the Short Green 3.5k course and Hilary Simpson top W70 in 65.38mins. Felix Lunn was the top M12 on the Yellow 2k course in a very fast time of 13.58mins.
The national urban league has now been completed for 2013 and after 16 races which were held throughout the UK, culminating in Edinburgh, 4 club members took top 10 places after taking the results of their best 7 performances. They are: Liz Phillips W45 3rd place in the Veteran Women 40+, Mike Hampton M65 4th place in the Ultravet Men 65+, Harrison McCartney M16 7th in the Junior Men and Sheila Carey W65 10th in the Ultravet Women 65+ classes.
3rd Dec 2013
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