Club News by Karin Kirk


Always a challenge and the Forest of Dean weekend of orienteering did not disappoint. The extremely wet boggy conditions throughout the beautiful woods proved tricky when navigating across steep sided streams. On Saturday club members competed at the North Gloucester Orienteering Club organised middle distance event at Mallards Pike. This was part of the Southern Championship weekend and with courses to suit all levels of age and ability. On the longest Black course Duncan Birtwistle M21 was 4th in 39.22mins, Chris McCartney M50 was 10th in 43.55mins on the Brown course, Trevor Simpson M80 8th on the Short Green in 49.56mins and Max Straube-Roth M10 was 8th on the Orange course in 39.25mins.


Hundreds of orienteers competed on Sunday at the Southern Championships event at Churchill Inclosure and Cannop Ponds in the Forest of Dean. Bristol Orienteering Club organised this national event.and OD were successful in many of the age classes. Congratulations to the 4 winners of their age classes from the club: Sheila Carey won the W70 4.375km course in 53.55mins, husband Peter Carey won the M75 4.925km course in 63.20mins, Anne Straube won the W40 6.15km course in 59.36mins and Lesley Ross won the W50 5.5km course in 54.30mins.

Campus and Moorland Results


This weekend OD club members travelled mainly north to compete in orienteering events with varying complexity and distances. The campus at Nottingham University and High Fields Park was the venue for an urban race organised by Nottingham Orienteering Club. A number of club members competed very well coming in the top 10 in their age classes: congratulations to Nathan Lawson M21 who won the Mens Open 9.2km course taking 49.40mins and Kin Wai Lee M21 who was 7th in 59.59mins, David Lawson M55 won the Mens Super Vet 6.8km course in 39.01mins and Andy Emmerson M60 came 4th in 43.37mins, Richard Gardner M65 won the Mens Ultra Vet 4.2km course in 32.36mins, Keith Willdig M70 was 6th in 38.29mins, Mike Hampton M70 8th in 40.06mins and Peter Carey M75 9th in 40.15mins.


Ka Man Leung W21 was 2nd on the Womens Open 7.6km course in 54.15mins. Jill Emmerson W55 was 3rd in 41.08mins, Sheila Carey W70 5th in 43.21mins and Margaret Willdig W65 9th in 49.06mins on the Womens Super Vet 4.2km course. Karin Kirk W70 was 5th woman on the Womens Ultra Vet 3.3km course in 39.22mins.