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Octavian Droobers held a most successful national double event and many club members excelled with some great orienteering results. With competitors coming from all over the UK and overseas it was a memorable and fortunately a sunny occasion for the club and all the club helpers. Many compliments have been received by the organisers.

Putting Rugby on the Map

There were 500 entrants, of all ages, competing on 7 different courses, at the UK National League Urban race around the streets and parks of Rugby, organised by Phil Kirk. The arena, with the start and finish, was at Rugby Athletics Track. The club wishes to thank all the organisation around the town for allowing access to private and public grounds.

Winner of the M12 junior 2.1km course was Joel Taylor, ex Rugby resident, from Thames Valley Club who took 13.01mins ahead of OD junior Lewis Oxtoby 16.23mins, Finley Flippance was 4th and Adam Landels 7th. Josie Smart was 4th in 17.10mins and Tilly Flippance 6th in the W12 junior class on the same course. On the 3.5km W16 and M16 course Pippa Smart was top OD girl 4th in 30.10mins and Jacob Oxtoby 8th was top OD boy in 26.17mins.

On the Mens Open Course of 7.1km with 32 controls to find, Will Gardner M21 was 4th in 39.34mins, Alfie Bullus took 52.50mins 2nd M18 coming 19th overall. Harriet Lawson was 3rd in the Womens Open on Course 2 taking 52.49mins, Frances Briscoe W21 6th and Nadine Wright W21 7th, Martin Ward M50 won the 6.4km Course 2 for M40 class in 40.27mins, Chris McCartney M45 was 7th and Alistair Landels M45 8th. On the W40 class 5km course, Liz Phillips W50 was 3rd in 46.56mins just behind winner Alice Bedwell from Bristol 46.10mins. Sheila Carey W70 was 4th in the W65 class in 35.14mins on the 3km course.

Winner of the Newcomers class, 3km course, was Mark Pawsey MP for Rugby, M60, who took 38 mins to find the 16 controls. He said “I enjoyed joining in, and thanks to the club for showing me how to orienteer, it gave running a purpose.” The club was pleased to welcome The Mayor of Rugby, Councillor Sally Bragg, who met club members and officials, went onto the course and watched competitors come into the finish.

Midland Championships and UK National League, Atherstone

Organiser Bob Brandon was very pleased with the entry levels and the success of the event at Bentley Woods, near Atherstone, thanking the owners for access to the beautiful private Merevale Estate. Over 800 competitors experienced some great orienteering on 18 technical courses in glorious sunshine. Several OD club members became Midland Champions and were presented with trophies: Oliver Lunn was crowned M16 champion coming 1st on his 8.3km course in 56.25min just ahead of Felix Lunn 57.20mins. Nathan Lawson is the M20 champion taking 39.05mins on the 6.4km Elite course and on the same course Will Gardner is the new M21 midlands champion taking 35.39mins, Duncan Birtwistle was 3rd and Matthew Elkington 4th. Alistair Landels is M45 champion taking 70.41mins on the 9.9km course.

Tilly Flippance won the junior W10 championship taking 18.59mins on the 1.6km course, Kirsten Strain is W21 champion taking 39.10mins on the Elite 4.8km course with Nadine Wright 2nd, Lesley Ross is W50 champion taking 61.35mins on the 6.8km course and Hilary Simpson is the W75 champion taking 74.49mins on the 4.2km course. There were several other 2nd and 3rd places, a great result for the club.

28th March 2017



It has been two years in the planning and Octavian Droobers Orienteering Club are delighted to have received 1300 pre-entries to the Warwickshire Orienteering Weekend (WOW). The weekend of urban and cross country adventure racing comprises the Rugby Town event on Saturday afternoon 25 March and Bentley Wood, Atherstone, on Sunday morning 26 March. To daye there have been over 14,000 hits on the WOW webpage.

Both events have been awarded national status with Rugby declared a UK Orienteering League and UK Urban League event and Bentley Wood, also a UK Orienteering League, junior selection race and Midland Championships. 

The club will be welcoming orienteers from 75 clubs from right across the UK, including Wales, Scotland, Ireland, and overseas from Germany, Sweden, Czech Republic and China. Entrants, male and female from 8 to 85 years will be competing on a wide range of age related distance and newcomer courses.

Rugby Urban Event

With approximately 500 entrants it is believed that this will be the largest urban event ever staged outside of London. Rugby town was selected as the ideal location for this weekend of orienteering due to its great accessibility and sporting history. Phil Kirk, organiser, says that the event could not have been held without the great support received from Rugby Borough Council, Leisure Centre, Rugby Athletics Club, Lawrence Sherriff School, local businesses and especially St Cross Hospital.  The hospital has allowed full access to their site and grounds, which it is believed is a first for orienteering.

The arena is at Rugby Athletics Track and opens at 12.30pm. Visitors are encouraged to come along to watch and find out about the sport. There will be limited entry on the day, subject to map and start time availability.

Around the town numbered control points will be placed at 70 varied locations, including significant features such as statues, trees, fences, benches etc. A specially drawn, very detailed, large scale map, showing all streets and buildings, covering 2.5 sq.km of central Rugby, with Lawrence Sherriff School in the middle, has been produced. These will be issued to each competitor, along with electronic timers at pre-allocated start times, from 12.30pm until 3pm. Seven age class courses, for experienced orienteers, newcomers and juniors, have been planned and the longest course is 7.2km (Mens Open), with an expected run distance of 10km to visit 31 of the controls in numerical order.

Among the many visitors, we are pleased to announce that the Mayor of Rugby, Councillor Sally Bragg, will be attending the event and Rugby’s Member of Parliament, Mark Pawsey, is also planning to join us to experience orienteering. Several British Champions and orienteers who have competed for GB, England and Scotland will be running.   

An event of this scale could not happen without the help from 50 club members who have been organising, mapping, and planning courses. The club looks forward to a great day of orienteering in Rugby on Saturday.                         

Bentley Wood, Atherstone, Event

Over 800 competitors have already pre-registered to orienteer around the parkland and beautiful woods at Merevale Hall, a private estate. Organiser, Bob Brandon, is delighted with the local support from Atherstone Town Council, North Warwickshire Borough Council and the many businesses in the town who have offered additional parking.  Merevale Hall Estate owners have been very accommodating giving the club a superb location for the Arena and to allow full use of the woods to provide some great cross country courses.

There are 18 different distance courses to suit all ages and abilities, including newcomers and very young children. Start times are from 10.30am until 1pm and entry on the day is available subject to map and start time availability. The longest course, suitable for experienced orienteers, is 11.5km with 360 metres of climb and the shortest course is 1.6km, ideal for young juniors 10 years and under. A large-scale map and electronic timer will be issued to each entrant at the pre-allocated start times. Help on how to orienteer, read the map, use a compass and the timer will be given to all newcomers.

Competing will be many orienteers who are British Champions, and those who represent GB, England and Scotland around Europe and the World. There will be a prizegiving ceremony to present the new 2017 Midland Champions with their trophies at 2.30pm.