Welcome to Octavian Droobers!

Octavian Droobers – also known as The Droobers or OD - are the local orienteering club for Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull in the West Midlands (UK)

New to Orienteering?
Want to learn more about orienteering and how you can get involved in the sport? Check out our Newcomers - About Orienteering section before trying a Permanent Course or coming along to our next event.
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Find out the locations of our permanent orienteering courses. The perfect way for Beginners to go orienteering.
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Find out how to become a member of OD today and enjoy all the benefits of Club and British Orienteering membership.
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Go Orienteering on our MapRun Courses
Take part in "virtual" OD MapRun courses at more than 25 locations using the MapRun6 app.
OD MapRun results
All the 2020 / 2021 MapRun results are available here
The other extreme of orienteering...
OD Elite orienteers: Will Gardner and Matt Elkington but also Duncan Birtwistle, Nathan Lawson and Phil Vokes


Octavian Droobers have won the 2022 West Midlands annual New Years Day Trophy. The Laurie Bradley Score event took place at Park Hall Country Park near Stoke on Trent and was organised this year by Potteries Orienteering Club (POTOC).

Alistair Powell, club captain, rallied a good team, and was delighted that the club regained the trophy scoring 4900 points. Wrekin Orienteers, the holders scored 4550 points, Harlequins 4260, Potteries 4090, Walton Chasers 2110 and COBOC 570.

To win the trophy club members had to find as many control points as possible scattered around the extensive Park Hall Country Park in the 1 hour time limit. Will Gardner scored the highest finding all 34 within the hour achieving 340 points.

The 24 club members who contributed to the winning score were: Alistair Powell 280 points, Sam Leadley 270, Bruce Bryant 260, David Leadley 250, Barry Elkington 240, Stan Alexander and Keith Willdig 230, Mykyta Chubynsky and Tony Feltbower 220, Richard Gardner and Liz Phillips 210, Mike Hampton 180, Karin Kirk 170, Sue Bicknell and Gerry Spalton 160, Thelma Spalton, Rupert Powell, Rachel Alexander and Robert Brandon all 150, Philip Kirk and John Bowman 140, and 130 points each achieved by Margaret Willdig, Greta Greenall and Jane Stew.

The 2022 West Midlands Inter Club League starts on Sunday 16th January at Dudmaston, near Bridgnorth in Shropshire. Octavian Droobers are the current league title holders.

For details of how to take part in this fun outdoor active sport see website, www.octavian-droobers.org, email information@octavian-droobers.org or contact Karin Kirk 01926 632189.

Events Calendar

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  • News - 7th December 2021

    News - 7th December 2021

    OCTAVIAN DROOBERS TAKE THE TITLE Octavian Droobers have won the 2021 West Midlands League. The deciding event was the popular Brandon Wood, near Coventry, where club members excelled and finished with 5252 points ahead of Wrekin Orienteers 4722 and Harlequins Orienteering Club 4712. Taking the best scores in age classes from 4 of the 7 league events, the 25 club members who achieved these winning points were: Max Straube-Roth M12, Rupert Powell M14, Mykyta Chubynsky M45 Alistair Powell M40, Chris McCartney M50, David Leadley M55, Liz Phillips W55, Anne Straube W45, Peter Carey M75, Trevor Simpson M80, Sheila Carey W75, Read More
  • News - 30th November 2021

    News - 30th November 2021

    NEW BRITISH NIGHT ORIENTEERING CHAMPIONS Braving some extreme conditions, with strong cold winds high up on Cleeve Hill in Gloucestershire, several Octavian Droobers competed for the prestigious title of British Night Orienteering Champion. Congratulations to the new Champions - Philip, Anne and Sheila.   Armed with a head torch, map, timer and a cagoule, Philip Vokes was first on the M21 11.2km course with a massive 430 metres of climb taking 62.57mins to win the M21 title, 36 seconds ahead of Joe Woodley from AIRE Orienteering. Anne Straube was 1st on the 6.3km course with 220 metres of climb in 61 Read More
  • News - 23rd November 2021

    News - 23rd November 2021

    WEST MIDLANDS CHAMPIONS Congratulations to the eleven Octavian Droober orienteers who became West Midlands champions in their age groups after competing in the annual event, held this year by West Midlands club, Harlequins, at Worcestershire Beacon, Malvern. Junior, Max Straube-Roth won the M14 year old trophy and his mother Anne Straube the W35 award. Alistair Landels won the M40 class, Juliette Soulard W50, Chris McCartney M50, David Leadley M55, Rachel Alexander W60, Barry Elkington M65, Karin Kirk W70, Sheila Carey W75 and Peter Carey M75. The club also currently tops the West Midlands league which takes place this year over Read More
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