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The popular annual Chiltern Challenge was this year held at Hambleden, close to Henley on Thames, and organised by Thames Valley Orienteering Club. The beautiful woods were scattered throughout with bluebells, primroses and violets, shining in the glorious sunshine. Midsomer Murders has been filmed on the rolling 3500 acres Chiltern Hills Culden Faw Estate but the wallaby was not seen, unfortunately.

The courses set in runnable forests were hilly but OD members took this in their stride and secured top spots from amongst more than 600 competitors. Fastest runner was William Gardner M21 who came first on the longest course, Black 12.2km with 470 metres of climb, finding the 28 controls in 68.16mins. Nathan Lawson M20 also had a terrific run winning the Brown course 10.8km in 65.17mins. Junior Max Straube-Roth M10 was 1st on his White 1.4km course finding 8 controls in 14.11mins and Sheila Carey W70 was 8th on the Green 4.6km course in 48.22mins

The East Midlands league event, organised by Derwent Valley Orienteers, held in woodlands with semi open areas at Crich Chase in Derbyshire, above the River Derwent, saw several OD members achieving top ten places. Liz Phillips W50 was 5th on the Green 3.9km course, with 18 controls to find and 155 metres of climb, in 53.10mins, Bruce Bryant M60 was 8th in 53.23mins on the 4.7km Blue course with 165 metres of climb and Chris McCartney was 8th on the longest course, Brown 6.1km with 190 metres of climb taking 52.46 mins.

11th April 2017


Three Octavian Droobers joined 41 junior and senior England team members in the annual Interland Trophy, a 5 way European competition, held this year in the Herbeumont Forest in the Ardennes, southern Belgium. England were pleased to regain the trophy, winning the overall match and the Junior Cup. Liz Phillips won an individual bronze medal coming 3rd on her W50 4.5km course with 250 metres of climb, taking 58.15mins to find controls sited on features including hard to locate charcoal burning platforms in the runnable woods. Also, enjoying the event in glorious sunshine was Nathan Lawson  4th in 74.04mins running on the M20 9.5km course with a massive 470 metres of climb and Anne Straube came 7th on the W40 6km course with 310 metres of climb taking 79.43mins.

Nearer to home there were several events around the midlands to attract club members. Shrewsbury Town Urban Race, part of the West Midlands Urban League was popular with club members. The parks, gardens, medieval town buildings, streets and the riverside provided a great setting in the sunshine and competitors had to make some interesting decisions on route choices to find controls. Chris McCartney M45 was the top runner on the 6.9km course taking 43.23mins. Sheila Carey W70 won the 3.9km course in 37.56mins just ahead of husband Peter Carey M70 38.01mins. Hilary May W65 was 7th on 2.6km course in 46.49mins.

Leicestershire Orienteering Club staged an event at Irchester Country Park in Northamptonshire and Will Gardner M21 had a fast run to take first place on the longest course, Brown 7.1km, finding 23 controls in only 42.49mins, brother Robert Gardner M21 was 4th in 59.15mins and father Richard Gardner M60 was 9th in 77.25mins. Richard Steel M50 was 4th on the 5.1km course in 56.25mins and Stan Alexander M65 8th in 58.54mins. On the Green 3.6km course Bruce Bryant M60 was 2nd in 34.56min. John Bowman was 7th on the Short Green 3km course in 49.45mins and Thelma Spalton W65 8th in 54.57mins. Junior Cameron Williams-Stein M14 was 1st on the 2.5km Light Green course with a great time of 23.41mins.

4th April 2017