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Congratulations to three OD club members who have been selected to represent GB in junior and senior teams. Will Gardner will be a reserve at the World Orienteering Championships taking place in Tartu, Estonia at the beginning of July. He will also compete in the Middle distance, Forest relay and Sprint races at the 3rd World Cup in Latvia in August and in the 4th World Cup event in Switzerland in September.Nathan Lawson and Harrison McCartney, both M20, have been selected to represent GB at the Junior World Orienteering Championships to be held in Tampere, Finland, 10 – 15th July. Harrison will also represent GB in the Junior European Cup in Austria in September.

A triple race event weekend was organised by South Downs Orienteers. At the Urban race around Chichester, Chris McCartney was 2nd on the Mens Veteran 4.1km course in 26.21mins, Roman Kotecky was 7th on the Mens Ultra Vet 3.5km course in 39.16mins, Nadine Wright was 4th on the Womens Open 4.1km course in 33.50mins and Sue Hallett 5th on the Womens Ultra Vet 3.2km course in 44.23mins. On the middle distance race at Angmering Chris McCartney M45 was 5th on the Blue 4.8km course in 33.43mins and Joanne Leigh W50 8th on the Orange 2.3km course in 36.20mins. At Rewell on the Long distance race event, Chris McCartney was 7th on the Brown 10.1km course with 290 metres of climb taking 94.34mins, Joanne Leigh 8th on the Orange 3.2km course in 40.12mins.

The West Midlands Schools Orienteering Championships were held this year at Severn Valley Country Park and organised by Wrekin Orienteering Club. Top three places were gained by several pupils from Coventry, Warwickshire and Banbury schools who are members of the club: Alfie Bullus, Warriner School, Banbury, was 1st in the Year 11+ category, and Hannah Matthews was 2nd, Kenilworth School, Year 11+ Girls. Felix Lunn 2nd, Oliver Lunn tied 3rd with Nathan Chapple, all Kenilworth School in the Year 9/10 Boys race and Pippa Smart, Myton School, 2nd in Year 9/10 Girls race. Peter Markham, Ash Green School, Coventry was 1st and Joe Quinney, Southam College, 3rd in the Year 7/8 boys race. Florence Lunn was 1st, Tabitha Lunn 2nd, both Kenilworth School and Josie Smart 3rd, Myton School in the Year 7/8 girls race. Giacomo MacGibbon, Bablake Junior School, Coventry, was 2nd in the Year 6 boys race.

Kenilworth School were declared the senior school winner at this event, another successful outing following on from their great success in the World Schools Championships in Sicily. The school team of Felix Lunn, Oliver Lunn, Oliver Flippance, Nathan Chapple and Cameron Williams-Stein came home with a bronze medal.

16th May 2017


This year the BOC2017 individual and relay championships took place, in the Lake District, at High Dam high above Lake Windermere. In glorious sunshine, 44 Octavian Droobers competed in the races in age classes from 12 up to 75 years. The terrain was technical with steep slopes, rocky in places, with cliffs and marshes to navigate around and through, and the scenery spectacular. The tough longish courses produced some fine running by club members.

Congratulations to Hilary Simpson running on the W75 championship 3.7km course with 150 metres of climb, who came 1st in 89.45mins. Sheila Carey was 3rd W70 on the 4.3km course with 165 metres of climb taking 69.56mins. Top ten places gained by club members on the championships courses for their age group were:

4th William Gardner (113.51mins) and 10th Duncan Birtwistle (120.54mins) on the M21 Elite 14.9km longest course with 710 metres of climb. 5th place for Harrison McCartney on the M20 Elite 9.9km course with 500 metres of climb, taking 82.15mins. Club Captain Alistair Powell was 8th on the M35 10km course with 510 metres of climb in 115.04mins. Alistair Landels was 7th placed M45 on the 8.2km course taking 82.57mins. On the Womens W21 Elite 9.4km course with 505 metres of climb Julie Emmerson was 6th in 92.05mins and Kirsten Strain 7th in 102.04mins. Anne Straube was 8th and Juliette Soulard 10th on the W40 6.6km course taking 76.07mins and 87.21mins respectively. On the W50 5.8km course with 310 metres of climb Lesley Ross was placed 4th finding 17 controls in 66.01mins only 5mins behind the leader.     

Several top places were achieved by club runners in their age class on the short courses: Thelma Spalton W65 was 1st on the 3.7km course in 92.59mins, Mykyta Chubynsky was 2nd M40 taking 103.59mins on the 6.3km course, Paul Gregson was 3rd on the M35 6.3km course in 103.40mins, Kevin Ross M50 9th in 91.24mins on the 5.8km course. 7-year-old Adam Landels was 10th on the White 1.7km course taking 25.30mins.

The Relays were held close by in Finsthwaite and OD’s Mens Short team of Robert Gardner, Alistair Landels and Alistair Powell were declared winners with a time of 84.29mins 6 minutes ahead of nearest rivals. Lesley Ross, Juliet Soulard and Anne Straube also gained a podium place with a 2nd place in the W40 category. In the Mens Premier race Duncan Birtwistle, Mateusz Podsiadly and Will Gardner were 4th with a time of 121.52mins, 6 minutes behind winners and in the Womens Premier race Julie Emmerson, Rachel Emmerson and Kirsten Strain were also 4th in 129.17mins. Pete Carey, Karin Kirk and Sheila Carey were 4th in the Men and Womens 70 class and Barry Elkington, Richard Gardner and Bruce Bryant were 6th in the M60 class.   

Congratulations to Anne Straube took part in the Trail O championship and was 3rd in the Elite event scoring 17 points and to Mykyta Chubynsky who was 1st in the Standard event with 10 points.

9th May 2017