Club News by Karin Kirk


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 mins to take the W40 trophy. Sheila Carey won the W75 title in 63.27mins on her 3.1km age class course.

Liz Phillips was placed 2nd on the W55 Long 4.6km course taking 63.11mins, Bruce Bryant was 4th on the M65 Long 4.9km course in 55.08mins and Peter Carey 5th on the M75 3.9km course in 88.38mins.

For details of how to take part in this fun outdoor active sport see website,, email or contact Karin Kirk 01926 632189.


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 7 events and is open to club members of all ages.

Results from the 6th League event at Chetwynd Wood in Staffordshire, organised by Walton Chasers, saw some good runs by club members: Bruce Bryant M60 won the 5.2km course in 58.56 mins and Tony Feltbower was 10th.. On the 7.3km long course, David Leadley M55 was 7th and Chris McCartney M50 9th. Liz Phillips W55 was 5th on the 4.1km course and Peter Carey M75 was 4th on the 3.5km course.

For details of how to take part in this fun outdoor active sport see website,, or contact Karin Kirk 01926 632189.