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At Sutton Park, the annual West Midlands championships event, incorporating the W. Midlands League, was organised by Kerrie Flippance and volunteers from Octavian Droobers Orienteering Club welcomed 240 competitors from all over the midlands.

As current league leaders, club members turned out in large numbers to battle for positions. Fifteen juniors and seniors won titles at the great park and woodlands venue in Sutton Coldfield.

West Midlands Champions

OD juniors were very successful and Tilly Flippance was W10 champion taking 45.52mins on the 2.75km Yellow course, other junior winners were: M12 champion Finlay Flippance, 43.59mins and W12 Josie Smart 73.29mins on the 3.5km Orange course, M14 Jacob Oxtoby 28.50mins and W14 Pippa Smart 42.12mins on the Light Green 3.4km course, M16 Felix Lunn 36.34mins on the 4.9km Green course, M18 Sam Leadley 50.02mins on the 6.3km Blue course.

Senior winners were: Sophie Kirk W21 champion taking 52.59mins on the Blue 6.3km course; Alistair Powell M35 champion 65.09mins on the 8km Brown course; M45 Tom Jeffries 58.02mins on the 6.3km Blue course; W40 Anne Straube 38.35mins, W45 Juliette Soulard 49.31mins and W50 Liz Phillips 47.17mins all on the 4.9km Green course; M70 Peter Carey 34.30mins and W70 Karin Kirk 45.33mins on the 3km Short Green course.

Coombe Country Park

The event planned at Coombe Country by Michelle Oxtoby and family, had three courses, a short Yellow and two score courses. Several newcomers and beginners enjoyed the challenges with juniors using them to train for the upcoming British School Championships, and Warwick University Students for the British University Championships.

Top 3 runners on the Yellow course was first timers: Jon Powis M21 taking only 13.10mins, Harry Bailey M12 21.26mins and Matthew Parker M21 22.04mins. On the score course, find as many controls as you can in 45 minutes, Felix Lunn found 34 and scored 340 points taking 35.30mins, David Leadley M50 2nd 340 points in 36.43mins and Sam Leadley M18 3rd 340 points taking 36.47mins. Anne Straube W40 won the odds and evens score race in 38.21mins scoring 290 points, 2nd Bob Brandon M65 210 points and 3rd Lin Page W60 180 points.

National Interclub League

With only two more races to go from the 20 major events scheduled in 2017 and staged throughout the UK Octavian Droobers are currently in 3rd place in the UK Orienteering League. This is an impressive achievement as there are over 100 clubs competing, Bristol are leading with 6629 points, South Yorkshire are on 6379 and OD have 6197.

OD Juniors W.Mids champs 2017 2

10th October 2017


The British Sprint and Middle Distance Championships were held at Milton Keynes and Wendover Woods, near Tring this weekend. Over 50 club members were amongst the 1000 competitors entered and several were rewarded with championships titles and podium places.

British Sprint Championships

Barry Elkington, club chairman, was declared British Champion in his M60 class at the Sprints having come 6th in his heat and going on to win the A Final in the afternoon. The final course was run through Campbell Park and he completed his 2.5km course in 14.18mins just 8 seconds ahead of James Crawford from Guildford. Sheila Carey was crowned W70 Sprint Champion taking 12.20mins on the 1.6km Final over a minute ahead of Hilary Palmer from Nottingham, having also won her 1.8km qualifying heat in 12.25mins. Oliver Lunn qualified for his A M16 Final and came 8th and Mike Hampton M70 came 5th in his A Final.

B Final results included 5th for Max Straube-Roth M10, Felix Lunn M16 2nd, Oliver Flippance M16 4th, Paul Gregson M35 4th, Richard Gardner M60 4th, Bruce Bryant M60 5th, Keith Willdig M65 3rd, Liz Phillips W50 2nd, Margaret Willdig W60 4th, Karin Kirk W70 3rd, and Harriet Lawson Womens Open 4th.

British Middle Distance Championships

There were some great courses planned in the ever popular Wendover Woods in the Chilterns. Congratulations go to champions Anne Straube who won the W40 class in 40.57mins on the 4.5km course and to Lesley Ross who won the W50 class in 37.43mins on the 4.3km course. Also on the podium were Oliver Lunn who took 2nd on the 4.1km course in 28.18mins just 1.26mins behind the winner, Nathan Lawson M20 2nd in 30.57mins on the 4.8km course, Juliette Soulard W45 3rd in 45.20mins on the 4.5km course and Sheila Carey W70 3rd in 30.45mins on the 2.4km course.

Max Straube-Roth was 10th in his M10 class taking 20.07mins on the 1.9km course, as was Alfie Bullus M18 taking 48.44mins on the 4.8km course, Duncan Birtwistle M21 was 6th in 36.29mins on the 5.7km course, Alistair Landels M45 was 4th in 39.15mins on the 5.1km course, Barry Elkington M60 was 5th in 38.25mins on the 4.5km course and Mike Hampton M70 5th in 48.49mins on the 4.3km course,

On the colour coded courses Rob Bambrook was 1st on the 1.9km Orange course in 19.19mins and Mat Bambrook M14 7th in 27.48mins. Adam Landels M8 4th on the White 1.8km course in 21.32mins.

3rd October 2017