Club News by Karin Kirk

In the Cotswolds at Cleeve Hill


The North Gloucester Orienteering Club staged a great event, high up on the Cotswolds at Cleeve Hill. Orienteers navigated over open terrain across the steep sided hills and around old quarry sites. The variety of races attracted a high number of participants with many using them as an opportunity to hone skills prior to the big Easter Weekend of Orienteering Festival being held in Southern England, featuring 4 days of races. The British Night championships are set to be at this venue in 2021, so this was the last chance for many to practice  as the area is now embargoed.


Sam Leadley M20 was the highest placed orienteer from the club on the long Brown 8.4km course with a massive 290 metres of climb coming in 3rd in 51.09mins only 9 seconds ahead of clubmate Alistair Landels M50 in 4th place. Alfie Bullus M20 was top OD on the 5.6km Blue course with 180 metres of climb taking 45.30mins to find the 17 controls putting him in 5th place and Anne Straube W40 was the fastest woman on the same course taking 50.22mins. On the 4.3km Green course Bruce Bryant M60 was 6th in 41.18mins. Max Straube-Roth M10 was 1st on the Yellow 1.8km course and took 19.27mins to find the 9 controls.

Will Gardner tops the British Orienteering Ranking List

Congratulations to Will Gardner M21 who has topped the British Orienteering Ranking list. He has accumulated 8378 points from his top 6 great performances over the past year. It is a tremendous achievement.


At the Double

Saturday and Sunday events were both organised by Harlequins Orienteering Club. The West Midlands club based in Worcestershire, put on an Urban event around a residential area in Redditch and a fast cross-country West Midlands League orienteering race around Arrow Valley Country Park, near Redditch. Octavian Droobers enjoyed the fine weather and courses.


Sam Leadley M20 was 2nd in the Redditch Urban Senior Men class race taking 47.14mins on the 7.8km course, David Leadley M55 was 5th in 54.23mins and Mark Rookledge M50 6th in 56.32mins. Chris McCartney M50 was 6th in the Veteran Men 6.6km race in 47.52mins. Mike Snell M60 was 5th in 38.06mins and Richard Gardner M65 7th in 39.02 in the 5.6km Supervet Mens race. In the Ultravet Mens race 4th place went to Mike Hampton M70 in 40.58mins and 5th to Keith Willdig M70 41.45mins. Jacob Oxtoby M16 won the Junior Mens 2.5km race in 19.21mins and brother Lewis M14 was 4th in 31.34mins. Lesley Ross W50 was the fastest on the Vet Womens 5.6km course taking 39.09mins and Michelle Oxtoby W45 6th in 49.57mins. Margaret Willdig W65 was 4th on the Supervet Womens 4.2km course in 47.10mins. Sheila Carey W70 was 2nd in 31.35mins and Karin Kirk W70 5th in 37.34mins on the Ultravet Womens 3.2km course.