Welcome to Octavian Droobers!

Octavian Droobers – also known as The Droobers or OD - are the local orienteering club for Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull in the West Midlands (UK)

New to Orienteering?
Want to learn more about orienteering and how you can get involved in the sport? Check out our Newcomers - About Orienteering section before trying a Permanent Course or coming along to our next event.
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Find out the locations of our permanent orienteering courses. The perfect way for Beginners to go orienteering.
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Find out how to become a member of OD today and enjoy all the benefits of Club and British Orienteering membership.
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Go Orienteering on our MapRun Courses
Take part in "virtual" OD MapRun courses at more than 25 locations using the MapRun6 app.
OD MapRun results
All the 2020 / 2021 MapRun results are available here
The other extreme of orienteering...
OD Elite orienteers: Will Gardner and Matt Elkington but also Duncan Birtwistle, Nathan Lawson and Phil Vokes


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, www.octavian-droobers.org, email information@octavian-droobers.org or contact Karin Kirk 01926 632189.

Events Calendar

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  • News - 23rd November 2021

    News - 23rd November 2021

    WEST MIDLANDS CHAMPIONS 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 Read More
  • News - 16th November 2021

    News - 16th November 2021

    MALVERN HILLS AND ITCHINGTON HOLT RESULTS The West Midland League event on Worcester Beacon, Malvern, organised by Harlequins Orienteering Club, saw club members competing on some really tough steep inclines, with areas covered in brambles and bracken. On the 5km course with 250 metres of climb Chris McCartney M50 was 1st in 46.56mins, David Leadley M55 2nd in 48.44mins, Tom Jeffries M50 4th in 50.38mins and Anne Straube W45 was the leading lady on this course taking 56.26mins. On the longest 7km course with 335 metres of climb Alistair Landels M50 was 2nd in 64.45mins. Juliette Soulard W60 was 2nd Read More
  • News - 8th November 2021

    News - 8th November 2021

    NOVEMBER CLASSIC WEEKEND Resumption of the annual November Classic weekend was well received by orienteers of all ages from across the country. The weekend began on Saturday with an urban race in Salisbury, organised by Sarum Orienteering Club, with courses starting and finishing close to the Cathedral and climbing up into residential areas to the west of the city. Sue Bicknell was 1st in the Womens Hyper Vet class taking 52.34mins on the 3.4km course, Chris McCartney was 2nd in the 6km Mens Vets class in 40.08mins and Mike Hampton was 3rd in the Mens Hyper Vet class taking 43.10mins Read More
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