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The annual Night Championships were held at Pippingford Park, East Sussex, and three Droobers were crowned champions of their respective age classes:  Harrison McCartney M16 who took 48.23mins on the 5.9k course with 185 metres of climb, Julie Emmerson W18 45.57mins on the 4.9k course with 145 metres of climb and Peter Carey M70 56.34mins on the 4.2k course with 130 metres of climb. Anne Straube W35 was placed 3rd taking 65.49mins on the 6.9k course as was Sheila Carey W65, 57.05mins on the 3.2k course.

At the event staged during the day, also at Pippingford Park, Harrison McCartney came in 3rd place on the longest Brown 10.3k course taking 74.16mins and young four year old Max Straube-Roth came 3rd on the short White 1.5k course taking 34.51mins.



Great results for OD club members representing their universities in the annual championships which this year were organised by Leeds University. The individual event was held at Ilkley Moor and the relays at Danefield, near Otley, both in Yorkshire.

The overall winning University was Sheffield and both Will Gardner and Matthew Elkington played leading roles in this result. On the long 9.75k course in the individual event Will Gardner took 64.59mins to take 3rd place and Matt Elkington came in 9th in 72.32mins. Sophie Kirk, representing Imperial College came in 14th place taking 72.57mins on the 7k Women’s course. Will’s relay team of three had a great run and came in first in 101.07mins only 1 second ahead of Matt’s team to clinch the top overall University placing. Sophie Kirk’s team with two Imperial men came 1st in the Ad Hoc relays taking 96.11mins ahead of Heriot-Watt University’s 98.09mins.

Mediterranean Orienteering Championships

In Portugal, on high rocky terrain, Riina Kuuselo, running in the W21 Elite World Ranking event, came 24th out of a field of 74 runners taking 47.35mins on the 4.8k course and 12th out of 59 runners in 84.59mins on the long distance 9.7k course. Finishing with an overall placing of 12th she was also placed 23rd in the day sprint event. Mike Hampton M65 was 5th on the middle distance 2.9k course taking 37.45mins and 10th on the Long Distance 4.5k course taking 53.50mins and placed overall 7th. He came 4th in the Night sprint event.

North Gloucestershire Event Results

At the Knockalls enclosure event, organised by North Gloucester, Lesley Ross W45 came in 4th place on the 5.3k Blue course with 295 metres of climb taking 57.01mins and Kevin Ross was 3rd on the Short Green 2.6k course in 41.42mins

25th Feb 2014


Despite some rough weather making conditions very challenging on the open moor and rocky slopes at Wharncliffe, near Sheffield, Matthew Elkington M20 was the fastest runner at the event taking 1.26.47mins on the longest and toughest 10.5k Black course with 315 metres of climb finding 25 controls, nearly 3 mins ahead of nearest competitor. At the same event top ten places were achieved: Chris McCartney M45 9th taking 1.52.51mins on the 8.5k Brown course with 250 metres of climb, Mike Hampton M65 8th in 1.11.15mins on the Short Blue 4.7k course, Bruce Bryant M55 5th in 54.29mins on the Green 3.9k course, and Hilary Simpson W75 9th in 1.22.08mins on the Short Green 2.9k course.

The Chiltern Challenge staged by Thames Valley Orienteering Club at Nettlebed, was well attended despite some access roads being flooded and Alfie Bullus M14 had a good run through the woods coming 4th on the Light Green 2.81k course finding 11 controls in 34.20mins. Suzanne Humphries W50 was 3rd on the Green 5.04k course taking 42.10mins, Roger Hailey M75 came in 5th in 38.20mins on the Short Green 3.24k course and Daniel Roth M40 was 10th on the short Blue 5.67k course in 45.16mins.

Club Juniors Half Term Training Session

Half term sees nine OD Juniors, who are members of the West Midlands Junior Squad, heading off on a three day training session on the complex contours of the sand dunes in the Gower, Wales: Jeremy Knott, Aimee Morse, Nathan Lawson, Stephen Elkington, Harrison McCartney, Will Heaton, Callum Pearman, Sam Leadley and Heather Rogers.

Rescheduled Compass Sport Cup Heat

This event is now to be incorporated into the 9 March Bentley Wood, near Atherstone, event. Octavian Droobers will be competing against Harlequins, Leicester and Walton Chasers clubs for a place in the final of the national inter club competition. The original venue at Kinver Edge, Worcestershire, on 16 February was cancelled due to the persistent rain hampering car parking arrangements.

14th Feb 2014