Sandwell Valley orienteering news

Octavian Droobers Orienteering Club

Last Updated: Jan 21, 2014 03:36pm
Frankton, Rugby
By Karin Kirk
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The second West Midlands League event was well attended and 39 Octavian Droobers including several new members competed across all ages to ensure the club keeps its number one position.

Some good running at Sandwell Valley put the club at 2715 points ahead of Walton Chasers 2287 and Wrekin’s 2226. Scoring the maximum 200 points after the two events are Stephen Elkington M18, Beatrice Falga W18, Alistair Powell M35, Peter Carey M70 and Sheila Carey W65.

New member Josie Smart W10 came in 2nd on the White 1.5k course finding 14 controls in 17.16mins and sister Pippa W12 won the Yellow 2k course in 16.14mins. Sheila Carey W65 easily won the Short Green 3.1k course in 26.11mins ahead of Peter Carey M70 28.17mins. On the Green 4.9k course Ian Prowse M60 had a good run coming in 5th in 43.56mins not far behind the winning time of 42.31mins. Lesley Ross W45 was 3rd on the Blue 6.7k course taking 55.53min and Stephen Elkington M18 4th in 55.57mins. Alistair Powell M35 was 2nd on the long Blue 8.7k course taking 1.05.55mins.

At Ashridge in Hertfordshire, Chris McCartney M45 put in a great performance running through the forest coming 2nd in 1.05.51mins on the long Brown 11.62k course. Riina Kuuselo W35 was the top woman on the Short Brown 9.725k course taking 1.04.34mins.

Robert Brandon M65 was 6th in 47.20mins and Keith Willdig M65 8th 48.08mins on the Short Blue 6.175k course. Bruce Bryant M55 came 2nd on the Green 5.15k course in 36.44mins and Roger Hailey M75 was 3rd on the Short Green 4.45k in 45.40mins


Next Event

The next club event will be at Pooley Fields Country Park, Polesworth, North Warwickshire, on Saturday 1st February, 10.30–12noon. Full details about start times and costs will be on the club website. Runners and walkers of all ages, 5 – 85 years, and abilities will be welcome to come along to try out this outdoor adventure navigation sport. Several courses of between 2k and 6k have been planned and help is available to all newcomers. A large scale map and electronic timers are provided; bring a compass if you have one. To find out more see website or tel: 01926 632189. 



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