ELEVEN MIDLAND CHAMPIONS
Octavian Droobers were celebrating winning eleven Midland orienteering titles at the championships staged on a very cold and overcast day in Sheringham Park, on the east coast of Norfolk. The terrain was tough, steeply contoured and the woods were full of impenetrable rhododendrons and holly thickets.
Congratulations go to youngest winner Aimee Morse W14 winning her first midland title on the 3.6k course with 165 metres of climb in 40.58mins. She was joined by winning ladies: Riina Kuuselo W21E on the 8k course with a staggering 460 metres of climb in 1.06.42mins, Anne Straube W35 6k course, 330m climb in 59.27mins, Jane Halliday W50 5.7k 295m climb 1.03.48mins and Sheila Carey W65 4.5k, 230m climb in 47.39mins - 14 mins ahead of nearest rival!
Matt Elkington M16 had a superb run and won on the 6.4k course with 310 climb in 50.59mins and Will Gardner M18E had an equally great run winning on the 9k course 470m climb in 1.05.50mins. New member Sami Takaluoma M35 won his event on the 9k course with 470metre climb in 1.20.01mins and Mike Hampton M65 5.7k 295m climb 55.10mins, Trevor Simpson M70 5k 275m climb 1.02.23mins and Frank Smith M80 4.5k 230m climb 1.51.16mins all claimed titles. Bruce Bryant came 1st on the M50 short 5.7k course in 55.38mins as did John Middler on the M55 short 5k in 1.03.06mins.
2nd February 2011