With a grand total of 7432 points accumulated over the year at 12 events around the West Midlands OD are celebrating winning the league in fine style. Runners up were Wrekin Orienteers with 6921 and Harlequins 6647 points just pipped Walton Chasers 6642 into 3rd place.


Club members of all ages contributed to this fine score. The youngest was Max Straube-Roth M10 who scored 498 from a maximum possible of 500 points and the clubs most senior members Roger Hailey M80 scored 497 and Hilary Simpson W80 scored 495 points to add to the tally. Scoring the maximum 500 were Tom Jeffries M45, Lesley Ross W50, Robert Brandon M70, Peter Carey M75 and Sheila Carey W70. Other contributors were Liz Phillips W55 498, Sue Hallett W70 496, Alistair Landels M50 492, Rob Bambrook M45 490, Chris McCartney M50 490, Keith Willdig M70 489 and Florence Lunn W16 487.


Leicestershire Orienteering Club staged an East Midlands regional event at Cademan and Thringstone Woods and on the longest course, Brown 5.6km with 165 metres of climb, Will Gardner M21 was 1st in 39.37 mins closely followed by Duncan Birtwistle M21 taking 40.29mins. Top club runner on the Blue 4.9km course was Bruce Bryant M60 who took 48.41mins putting him in 2nd place 3 minutes behind the winner.

Coming to the close of the year it is great to see that Will Gardner is currently 2nd highest ranked British orienteer with 8446 points only 1 point behind ex OD club member Graham Gristwood. Also in the top ten is Nathan Lawson joint 8th with 8370 points. Anne Straube is the club’s highest ranked woman and is in 47th position.

17th December 2019

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