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Thames Valley orienteers and Harlequins put on two events this weekend, and despite the bitterly cold winds, low temperatures, rain, sleet and snow, and attracted competitors from around the midlands and southern counties. There were some good top ten results from club members.

On Saturday near Wendover, organised by TVOC, the RAF Halton complex provided some good technical courses mixing urban, with open cross country and wooded terrain. On the W65 class 3.7km course Karin Kirk W70 was 2nd in 41.48mins and Hilary May W60 7th in 66.50mins Kin Kwan Kwok M21 was 3rd on the Mens Open 7.5km course taking 48.56mins to find the 32 controls. Richard Gardner M60 was 9th on the Class M55 5.6km course in 41.28mins, Peter Carey M70 was 10th on the M65 class 4.2km course in 38.19mins. Sheila Carey W70 was 7th on the W55 class 4.2km class in 41.36mins.

At Kinver Edge, near Stourbridge, club members competed in the first of the West Midlands league events, recording some good scores to start the season. On the Brown 8.1km longest course, Kirsten Strain W21 was top women taking 90.07mins. On the same course in 6th place was Alistair Powell M40 83.34mins, 7th Oliver Flippance M16 85.15mins and 9th David Leadley M50 94.31mins. On the Blue 5.6km course, Anne Straube W40 was top woman in 54.32mins and Lesley Ross was 2nd in 55.15mins. Tom Jeffries M45 was 3rd on the same course in 48.59mins and Barry Elkington M60 8th in 52.39mins. Sheila Carey W70 was 7th in 49.12mins, Peter Carey M70 8th in 51.39mins and Nathan Chapple M16 10th in 53.29mins on the Green 3.6km course. Rupert Powell M10 was 1st and Max Straube-Roth M10 2nd on the Yellow 2.2km course, Eleanor Chapple W50 1st on the Light Green 3km course and Joanne Leigh W50 3rd on the Orange 2.3km course.

23rd Jan 2018


Club members and newcomers welcomed the chance to get out into the fresh air, stretch legs and compete at two events put on in the midlands. Leicestershire Orienteering Club held an East Midlands League race on Burbage Common, near Hinckley and OD put on their first local event around Daventry Country Park.

There were 8 different length courses with varying degrees of navigational difficulty to choose from at Burbage. Top ten places were achieved by several Octavian Droobers:

Anne Straube W40 was 5th on the Blue 6.7km course in 51.33mins, Margaret Willdig W65 2nd in 40.23mins and Sue Bicknell 7th in 47.42mins on the 3.9km Short Green course, Florence Lunn W14 2nd in 42.38mins on the Light Green 4.1km course, Kimberley Lunn W45 2nd in 34.48mins on the Orange 3.1km course and Max Straube-Roth M10 4th in 31.55mins on the Yellow 2.2km course.

Daventry Country Park attracted several newcomers and families to the event organised by David and Sam Leadley. Max Straube-Roth M10 was the winner of the Yellow 1.6km course taking 15.06mins just ahead of Henry Jeffries M10 15.37mins and newcomer April Pugsley W10 16.51mins. The Smart family did well on the Short 2.9km course, Rob M50 1st in 24.28mins, Pippa W16 2nd in 25.56mins and Eoin Hankinson M14 31.03mins. Rob Bambrook M45 was 1st on the Medium 4.1km course taking 33.24mins, Liz Phillips W50 2nd in 35.27mins and Florence Lunn W14 3rd in 42.18mins. Visitors took the first 3 places on the Long 6.3km course, which took in a full lap of the reservoir, Benjamin Rauffet M21 36.30mins from Harlequins, Leon Foster M35 40.27mins from AIRE club and Kris Smith M35 40.37mins from British Army Orienteering Club.   

16th January 2018