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Octavian Droobers now top the West Midlands League having scored a total of 6207 points ahead of Wrekin Club’s 6033 and Walton Chasers 5767. Of the 15 competitors who count across all ages Stephen Elkington M16 and Sheila Carey W65 have both achieved maximum points of 500 points having come first in at least 5 out of the eight events so far this year. With two more events to take place this year OD hope to win by a clear margin. The next one is at Postenplain, near Bewdley, Worcestershire, on 1st December and the final one takes place at Coombe Country Park, Coventry.

Tudor Grange, Solihull, attracted many families and younger juniors who thoroughly enjoyed the sunshine and courses planned by organiser John Middler. New junior Charlie Glover M8 went round the short 1.5 Yellow course in 13.39mins; Felix Lunn M12 was 2nd in 13.56min and Peter Markham M8 3rd in 22.05mins. Sisters Tabitha Lunn W10 and Florence Lunn W10 were separated by only 1 second, 23.14mins and 23.15mins respectively. 

On the Orange 1.9k course and visiting 13 controls around the park Sam Leadley M14 came 1st ahead of Felix Lunn M12 14.15mins (on his second run), Oliver Lunn M12 was 3rd in 16.12mins, new junior Ruby Donaldson W12 was 4th in 17.11mins and Pippa Smart W10 5th in 21.59mins. Alex Ivanovs M21 won the Green 3.8k course with 21 controls taking 22.41mins, Rob Smart M45 2nd 29.58mins, Mike King M55 3rd 31.26mins, David Leadley M45 4th 31.36mins and Robert Rose M21 from HOC 5th 32.41mins.

Leicester Orienteering Club hosted two events over the weekend and several club members competed. Pete Carey came 4th on the Ultra Vet 4.1k course taking 36.39mins around the town of Ashby de la Zouch on Saturday. On Sunday the event was based at Conkers Discovery Centre on the Leicester/Derbyshire border and the conditions underfoot, boggy marshlands, water features and new plantations, taking in part of the new National Forest proved challenging.

Top club juniors were Harriet Lawson W18 who was highest placed girl on the Blue 7.1k course taking 64.36mins and Alfie Bullus M14 who came 4th on the Light Green 4k course taking 42.00mins. Toni O’Donovan was top women competitor taking 87.41mins on the long Brown 9.2k course and Ondrej Bajgar was 3rd M21 on the same course taking 87.50mins. Lesley Ross W40 took 1st place in her class on the Blue 7.1k course in 69.07mins. Mike Hampton was leading M65 on the 5.7k Short Blue course 59.00mins, Trevor Simpson M70 and Hilary Simpson W70 both won their classes on the Green 4.8k course taking 60.59mins and 75.30mins and Roger Hailey M75 came 2nd on the Short Green course in 55.1mins.  

26th November 2013



The UK Orienteering League has now been completed for 2013 and South Yorkshire was declared the winner and Octavian Droobers came second after 20 events staged across the year including major Championships races as well as urban and forest events.

The team result was based on the 15 best individual club members’ total scores across age groups of 16 years to 60 and over. Second place, scoring 6277 points behind SYO’s 6696 points, was a tremendous achievement for the club considering that there were over 100 club teams in the league.

Congratulations to club members who won their age classes in the league: Julie Emmerson W18 and Anne Straube W35. Also congratulations to the other team members whose scores contributed to this great result: Trevor Simpson M70, Hilary Simpson W0, Liz Phillips W45, Aimee Morse W16, Harrison McCartney M16, Chris McCartney M40, Harriet Lawson W18, David Lawson M50, Mike Hampton M65, Andy Emmerson M55, Matthew Elkington M18, Barry Elkington M55 and Sheila Carey W65.

As so many club members enjoy travelling to events around the country it was not surprising that there were sufficient good scores to ensure a good 15th place for the ‘B’ team: Elizabeth Urquhart W55, Andy Simpson M40, Lesley Ross W45, Heather Rogers W16, Nathan Lawson M16, Karin Kirk W65, William Gardner M20, Robert Gardner M21, Richard Gardner M55, Rachel Emmerson W18, Jill Emmerson W45, Stephen Elkington M16, Peter Carey M65, Bruce Bryant M55, Sue Bicknell W65.

Nopesport Urban League 2013 results have now been published and after 16 races, staged around the UK, with the best 7 to score, several club members have succeeded in gaining top ten places: Liz Phillips 3rd in the Veteran Women class, Mike Hampton 4th in the Ultra Vet Mens class, Harrison McCartney 7th in the Junior Men class and Sheila Carey 10th in the Ultra Veteran Womens class.

The British Schools Championships were held this weekend at Shipley Country Park, Heanor, Derbyshire. It was great to see so many junior club members representing their schools, some for the first time. Congratulations to the individual winners of their age classes: Harrison McCartney Year 11, Nathan Lawson Year 12 and Julie Emmerson Year 13. Full results are on the website.

Regional results round up: Robert Gardner M21 came 2nd on the long Brown 9.2k course taking 68.55mins at the Dorset Delight event at Agglestone and Newton Heath. Class winners at Pamber Forest, Berkshire, were Lesley Ross W45 taking 59.09mins on the Blue 6.98k course and mother Hilary Simpson W70 1.08.08mins on the Short Green 4.59k course. Mike Hampton M65 won the C 3.5k course at the Urban event at Peasholm near Scarborough taking 31.23mins and Bruce Bryant M55 was 3rd in 36.28mins.

19th November 2013