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The beautiful woods at Itchington Holt, Harbury and the parkland and woods at Ragley Hall, Alcester, were great orienteering venues during the past week.

At Itchington Holt the evening event was held in very fine weather and organisers, Mike and Francis King, welcomed over 60 competitors. On the Short Yellow 1.6k course first timer Patrick Lamb M35 swept round in 12.27mins ahead of Jane Durman W45 22.13mins and Matthew Durman M12 and Adam Bennett M12 came 3rd in 22.39mins. Liz Cherry W40 won the Orange 2.6k course in 28.04mins, Oliver Lunn M12 2nd in 31.50mins and Felix Lunn M12 36.32mins. Harrison McCartney M16 was first on the Green 4.6k course taking 31.35mins ahead of Alistair Powell M35 33.23mins and Chris McCartney M45 35.43mins.

The return to Ragley Hall after well over 10 years was well received by competitors and there were many new faces amongst the 70 participants. Experienced orienteers competed on the Technical Medium 3.9k course with 12 controls and Tom Jeffries M40 was the fastest with a good run of 26.31mins. Dave Marr M60 was 2nd in 31.23mins and Rob Smart M45 3rd in 34.38mins. On the Technical Short course of 2.9k with 7 controls Richard Markham M35 was 1st in 21.30mins, Becky Lang W40 2nd in 29.35mins and John Bowman M70 3rd in 30.35mins.

The Introductory courses designed for beginners and newish orienteers saw the Usselmann family of Anna, Phil and Bernie, first timers, take first place in 24.04mins on the 2.6k course with 10 controls, Peter Markham M10 was 2nd in 34.38mins and new member Edward Buckley M10 3rd in 40.16mins. On the shortest course, Introductory 1, 2.1k with 6 controls, George Blakeway M45 raced around in 14.04mins, Megan Earl M14 and family came 2nd in 28.07mins and new member Amelia Luxmoore W10 was 3rd in 28.34mins. Andy Emmerson planned the courses and Karin Kirk, with a band of helpers, was the organiser.

Further afield a few OD members travelled to the Twin Peaks two day urban event staged around the Manchester area. Overall results after two days, including a sprint qualifier at Platt Fields and sprint final at Fallowfield on Saturday and a race around Castlefields area of Manchester on Sunday, Chris McCartney M45 was declared the winner of the Mens Veterans Championship taking 70.42mins in total, having come 1st in the sprint qualifier and sprint final and 3rd in the Manchester event. Liz Phillips W50 was declared overall winner in the Womens Veteran Champs taking 81.33mins total placed 4th, 2nd and 4th in the three races. In the Mens Ultra Veteran competition Bruce Bryant M55 was 2nd overall (3,2,4) in 59.23mins, Mike Hampton M65 5th (4,5,7) in 63.46mins and Peter Carey M70 6th (7,7,6) 63.47mins only 1 second behind Mike! Sheila Carey W65 came 2nd overall (3,4,2) in the Womens Ultra Veteran with a total of 64.16mins.

At the 37th Surrey Hills Trail Challenge organised by South London Orienteers, Sophie Kirk W21 was 2nd placed woman on the long 16k course taking 87.12mins and ex British Champion, Sarah Rollins W35 representing British Army Orienteering Club came first in 77.02mins.

17th June 2014



Congratulations to Felix and Oliver Lunn both M12 who have been selected to join the West Midlands Orienteering Squad. Both have been successfully competing at regional events and representing Octavian Droobers at events. They will now join other OD juniors in the squad to gain additional coaching, training and representation in competitons on a wide variety of terrain around the country.

The regional West Midlands League event staged by Harlequins Orienteering Club at Titterstone Clee was popular and several OD club members won their age class.

Peter Carey M70 won the Short Green course in 42.59mins, Roger Hailey was 1st M75 in 48.19mins and Hilary Simpson 1st W75 in 1.00.41mins on the same course. On the short Yellow course junior Florence Lunn was fastest W10 taking only 19.44mins.

Ian Prowse was 2nd overall and top M60 on the Green course in 39.17mins and on the same course: Bruce Bryant 1st M55 47.44mins, Suzanne Humphries 1st W50 49.36mins, Sheila Carey 1st W65 54.20mins and Trevor Simpson 1st M75 1.11.12mins. Anne Straube was top W35 in 1.22.19min and Stephen Elkington top M18 in 1.22.29mins both on the Blue course. On the longest course Harrison McCartney came 4th overall in 1.12.42mins and was the top M16, Alistair Powell top M35 in 1.20.29mins and Tom Jeffries top M40 in 1.40.11mins.

Draycote Water event was very wet and brave orienteers survived the continuous rain at the event organised by the Harrison family and Tom Jeffries. Winners of the courses: Pippa Smart W12 11.03mins on the Yellow 1.4k course, Rob Smart M45 19.57mins on the Orange 2.2k course and Aleksandrs Ivanovs M21 33.40mins on the Green 4.1k course. First timer Will Bower M21 from Princethorpe College braved the conditions to come a creditable third in 22.43mins on the Orange course.

Further afield Mike Hampton won the Ultra Veterans Urban event around Poole Town, Dorset taking 29.55mins on the 4.1k course with 17 controls. Dave Marr M60 was placed 8th overall, after three competitions, two long and one middle distance, in his age class at the Belgium 3 day event in brilliant sunshine running through the beautiful forests of the Ardennes.  Alfie Bullus was top M14 on the Green 4.1k course taking 1.02.24mins at Thames Valley O C Hughenden event. 

10th June 2014