Club News by Karin Kirk news@octavian-droobers.org

RESULTS ROUND UP

 

The annual Orienteering Festival took place in Southern England this year and over the 4 days a variety of races, from sprint, middle and long distances plus a relay were staged. This, the JK2019, is the largest event in the UK calendar and some 4500 competitors from around the UK and overseas enjoyed the brilliant weather. OD club members were well represented and there were some good results.

 

After a delay in providing the results we are pleased to announce that OD’s M21 Elite runner Will Gardner was placed 3rd overall after coming 4th in the Middle race and 2nd in the Long race. He was just 28 seconds behind the winner – Chris Smithard of Forth Valley Orienteers - combined total of 2 hours 9 minutes and 44 seconds. Matt Elkington was 13th, Nathan Lawson 17th and Duncan Birtwistle 21st also in the M21 Elite race. The club has some great runners in this class. They went on to perform well in the JK Trophy relay competition clocking up a 3rd place with the team of Nathan Lawson, Matt Elkington and Will Gardner. The Senior Womens team of Lesley Ross, Juliette Soulard and Anne Straube had a great 4th place result, as did the Ultra Veteran team of Bob Brandon, Sheila Carey and Barry Elkington. Further results will be published as we receive them.

 

World Schools Orienteering Championships

Florence and Tabitha Lunn, from Kenilworth School, are this week competing for England at these championships being held in Otepaa in Estonia. They will both be part of the junior girls select team and will be experiencing orienteering through thick forests and hilly landscapes. They will be joining more than 800 athletes from 23 countries from around the world from as far away as New Zealand, China and Brazil as well as from many European countries. Supporting the England teams are OD’s Mel Elkington, deputy head of delegation and coach Sophie Kirk. The club wishes them every success.

Easter Orienteering Festival

 

The annual Orienteering Festival took place in Southern England this year and over the 4 days a variety of races, from sprint, middle and long distances plus a relay were staged. This, the JK2019, is the largest event in the UK calendar and some 4000 competitors from around the UK and overseas enjoyed the brilliant weather. OD club members were well represented and there were some good results. These are the Initial results and full results including the combined Day 2 and 3 and Relay results to follow soon.

 

The initial results showed that William Gardner won the M21E Elite sprint race around the Aldershot Army Garrison. Other top ten results at the sprint event were, Hilary Simpson 2nd on the W80 course, Peter Carey 3rd on the M75 course, Richard Gardner was 4th on the M65 course, Sheila Carey 5th on the W70 course, Sue Bicknell 6th on the W75 course, Barry Elkington was 7th on the M60 course and Philip Lunn 9th on the Novice course.

 

On Day 2 at Windmill Hill the middle distance initial results were: 2nd place for Lesley Ross on the W50 Long course, 3rd Hilary Simpson W80 courses, 4th place for William Gardner on the M21 Elite course. 5th Alistair Landels on the M50 Long course, 5th Sheila Carey W70 Long course, 5th Max Straube-Roth M10 Acourse, 1st Carolyn Marr W70 short course, 4th John Bowman M75 Short course, 5th Mykyta Chubynsky M40 short course, 5th Sian Gardner W60 Short, 5th Tom Jeffries and 7th Daniel Roth on the M45 Short course, 6th Richard Gardner M65 Long Course, 7th Anne Straube W40 Long course, 9th Stephen Elkington M21 short course, 9th Barry Elkington M60 Long course, 9th Vivianne Lawson W50 short course, 10th Juliette Soulard W45 Long course, 1st place for Alfie Bullus on the M20 Long course, 5th Thomas Chapple M14 B course, 3rd Ruben Jeffries M10 B course.