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Three silver medals and a bronze were presented to Octavian Droobers Orienteering Club members after competing near Balmoral in Scotland in the individual British Championships.

Congratulations to William Gardner M21 who was pipped into second place by only 34 seconds. He took 92.48mins on the Mens Elite championship course of 13.9km with 600 metres of climb. On the same course Matthew Elkington M21 was 8th in 95.47mins.

A silver podium place was achieved by Anne Straube on the Womens W40 class who took 83.07mins on the 6.325km course. A silver place was also awarded to Hilary Simpson W75 who took 82.33mins on the 3.4km course. Sheila Carey was 3rd in 64.46mins on the W70 4.225km championship course.

Lesley Ross was 7th on the W50 5.725km course taking 72.46mins. Alistair Powell, club captain was also 7th in 78.27mins on the M40 8.95km course with 375 metres of climb

Young junior Rupert Powell, at his first championship, was 5th on the M10 2.55km course taking 33.12mins and Max Straube-Roth was 10th in 40.45mins. Paul Gregson was 3rd on the short M35 course. Max was the junior winner of the British Trail Orienteering championships at nearby Crathes Castle.

Relay Results

The W40 team of Lesley Ross, Liz Phillips and Anne Straube had a great 3rd place podium result. A fifth place was earned by the ‘Odds On’ team of Duncan Birtwistle, Matthew Elkington and William Gardner in the Mens Premier Race, with a total of 100.50mins only 9 mins behind the winners. Alistair Powell, Richard Gardner and Bruce Bryant were also placed 5th in the M40 relay race.

Chiltern Challenge

The Thames Valley organised event, up on the Chiltern Hills, near Princes Risborough, proved extremely challenging with several competitors retiring and mis punching. Joanne Leigh W50 was 3rd on the Orange 3.1km course in 66.38mins and Rachel Alexander W60 4th in 75.02mins. On the Short Green 4.8km course Margaret Willdig W65 was 2nd in 81.12mins and Carolyn Marr W70 4th in 91.32mins. Keith Willdig M65 was 4th on the Green 4.8km course in 63.18mins and Chris McCartney M45 was 5th on the Short Brown 8.4km course in 95.55mins.

22nd May 2018


Octavian Droobers club members hosted two major competitions this weekend. On Saturday it was the turn of the club to host the West Midlands Schools Championships at Coombe Country Park, and on Sunday the West Midlands League was held at Bentley Wood, near Atherstone. The hard-working teams ensured both events went smoothly and the weather was perfect for competitors, and the many visitors, to achieve some great race results for their schools and the club.

Juniors from the club performed very well at the W. Midlands Schools Championships, some were competing for the first time for their school. Congratulations to local schools, Park Hill 1st and Staverton 2nd in the primary school category and to Kenilworth School 1st and King Henry VIII School 2nd in the Secondary Schools category. Club juniors gaining individual top 3 places were: Tilly Flippance 1st Year 5 Girl, Max Straube-Roth 1st and 3rd Henry Jeffries in the Year 5 Boys; Hannah Wheeler 1st, Oriana MacGibbon and Sebastian MacGibbon 2nd in the Year 6 Girls course; Florence Lunn 1st, Josie Smart 2nd and Tabitha Lunn 3rd in the Year 7/8 Girls Eoin Hankinson 2nd in the Year 7/8 Boys; Pippa Smart 1st Year 9/10 Girls; Nathan Chapple 1st and Jacob Oxtoby 2nd Year 9/10 Boys; Felix Lunn 1st and Oliver Flippance 2nd in the Year 11 Boys.

The beautiful bluebell covered Bentley Wood was the setting for the 5th West Midlands League and great runs by OD increased their points to 4103 well ahead of second placed Walton Chasers 3397. Nearly 300 competitors of all ages, from around the midlands, including many families, entered the event organised by Alistair Powell and ran on the 8 courses planned by David Lawson.

Individual OD top 3 position successes were: on the beginners White 1.5km course 2nd Sebastian MacGibbon M10 10.51mins and 3rd Oriana MacGibbon W10 11.30mins; Rory Sarkies M12 3rd on the Yellow 2.4km course in 22.14mins; Sian Gardner W60 1st on the Orange 3.3km course in 44.52mins; Felix Lunn M16 1st in 46.22mins and Florence Lunn W14 2nd in 47.35mins on the Light Green 3.8km course; Richard Gardner M60 1st on the Short Green 3.4km course in 30.33mins; Bruce Bryant M60 1st on the Green 5.2km course in 49.31mins; Amy Sarkies W35 1st in 54.57mins, Oliver Lunn M16 2nd in 59.38mins and Lesley Ross W50 3rd in 61.08mins on the Blue 6.9km course with 140 metres of climb; Alistair Landels M50 2nd in 62.46mins and Duncan Birtwistle M21 3rd in 63.30mins on the Brown 9km course with 250 metres of climb.

15th May 2018


WMSC 2018

Stivichall Primary School runner at WM School's Champs, running into the finish.