As part of the Olympic Torch celebrations, co-ordinated by Warwick District Council, Octavian Droobers are holding an introductory orienteering event in Abbey Fields, Kenilworth, on Sunday 1st July. The event opens at 12.30pm, last entries 4pm, and includes two short easy courses and a specially constructed maze suitable for all ages 5 – 85 years. Maps and tuition are provided, it is free to enter with a refundable deposit of £5 for hire of an electronic timer. In collaboration with Kenilworth School and Sports College an inter Kenilworth schools event will also be taking place around the maze. The orienteering will be staged across the stream close to the tennis courts in the south eastern part of Abbey Fields.

Nineteen club juniors were selected to represent West Midlands and competed in the national junior inter regional competition at Sandringham, Norfolk. Despite some very poor weather with heavy showers and thunderstorms Julie Emmerson W16 came top in the girl’s individual event on Saturday and Harrison McCartney M14 2nd in his race. Rachel Emmerson came 8th on the W18 course and Matt Elkington 5th on the M18 course. In the relays the West Midlands boy’s team of Harrison McCartney M14, Alistair Gardner M16 and Matt Elkington M18 also ran exceptionally well and came in first beating some tough opposition. Ali had a steady run, Harrison pulled the team up into first place and Matt maintained the position.

The club wishes Julie Emmerson well this weekend as she travels to France with the GB team to the European Youth Orienteering Championships. The club also wishes ex Olympian Sheila Carey, from Bedworth, currently British Orienteering Champion for her age class, a happy day as she carries the Olympic torch through Warwick on Sunday.

26th June 2012

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