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The club congratulates three juniors who have been accepted into the West Midlands Junior Orienteering Squad. Matt Bambrook M14, Josie Smart W14 and Lewis Oxtoby M14 earned their places following good results at West Midlands League events. All three were invited to join after attending trials at a recent Squad training session.

Bestwood Country Park, near Nottingham, was the venue for the East Midlands league event. Club Chairman, Barry Elkington M60, was the fastest runner on the 6.1km Blue course with 270 metres of climb finding 21 controls in 56.32mins. Bruce Bryant M60 finished in 4th place on the 4.2km Green course in 44.32mins. On the longest course, Brown 7.5km with 330 metres of climb, Harriet Lawson W21 was the fastest woman taking 74.13mins to find 23 controls.

John Ward planned three courses in the woods at Everdon Stubbs, near Daventry, last Saturday. Despite the bitterly cold and wet morning the event attracted many new and experienced orienteers. Young club junior Shane Creedon M14 won the Short 1.3km course in 32mins and first timers Steve and Becky Hartup from Rugby were 2nd in 46.01mins. Margaret Willdig W65 took 32.12mins to win the Medium 2.3km course and Pippa Smart W16 was 2nd in 33.39mins. Anne Straube W40 won the long 4.1km course finding all 23 controls in 36.32mins, Joanne Leigh W40 was 2nd in 38.47mins and Mark Rookledge M50 was 3rd in 42.10mins.

13th Feb 2018


Two Octavian Droobers, Harrison McCartney M20 and Lesley Ross W50 have been selected to represent England in the Interland Cup following good performances at qualifying races held last year. The England team will comprise 42 athletes, from 14 years old to 65 years, male and female. Five teams from Belgium, France, Netherlands and England compete for the annual Interland Cup which takes place on 11 March at Herperduin, near Oss, in the Netherlands.

Over 600 orienteers took part in the Southern Championships race organised by Berkshire Orienteers at Star Posts, near Bracknell. Some fast times were achieved through the woods and open rides. Harrison McCartney M20 was 1st on the longest course, 11.1km, in a time of 69.41mins. Lesley Ross was 4th W50 in 58.45mins and Barry Elkington was 5th M60 in 53.54mins on the 6.6km course. Karin Kirk was 2nd W70 taking 59.04mins on the 3.8km course and Carolyn Marr 3rd W70 in 65.15mins.

The rescheduled East Midlands Championship event at Eyam Moor, organised by Derwent Valley Orienteers, saw Nathan Lawson M21 coming 3rd in 68.47mins on the longest course, 8.9km with 410 metres of climb. David Leadley was 2nd M50 on the 7.2km course with 330metres of climb taking 75.57mins to find 17 control points. Anne Straube was the winner of the W40 class taking 72.34mins on the 6.2km course. Margaret Willdig W65 was 1st on the W60 4.2km course in 59.16mins. Max Straube-Roth was 2nd M10 on the 2.1km course in 40.54mins.

29th Jan 2018