Star Posts Southern Championships

Octavian Droobers Orienteering Club

Last Updated: Jan 28, 2014 05:03pm
Frankton, Rugby
By Karin Kirk
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A major event in the orienteering calendar attracted over 900 entrants to Star Posts, the large forested area owned by Crown Estates, near Bracknell.

Experiencing some very muddy waterlogged conditions underfoot and pouring rain many intrepid club members achieved some great results.

On the  long Elite courses Julie Emmerson came second in 1.01.55mins 26 seconds behind the winner on the 7.8k W18 course, Harriet Lawson 2nd on the W20 7.8kcourse in 1.06.07mins, Nathan Lawson 9th in 1.33.47mins on the M18 11.73k course and Robert Gardner 9th in 2.06.58mins on the M21 16.42k course. Stephen Elkington was 1st on the 5.95k M18Short and Harrison McCartney 2nd on the M16 7.75k Long course taking 57.33mins only 10 seconds behind the winner. Alfie Bullus earned his first championship badge at the event coming in 7th on the M14 5.74k Long course taking 1.12.20mins which was within 25% of the winners’ time.

David Lawson came 1st on the M50 Short 7.06k course taking 1.06.05mins as did Bruce Bryant on the M55 Short 6.21k course. Hilary Simpson won the 3.46k W75 Long course taking 58.09mins. Three club members came in third in their age classes: Lesley Ross W45L in 1.07.38mins, Liz Phillips W50L 1.17.27mins and Mike Hampton M65L in 1.08.59mins all on the 7.06k course.

Next Event

The next club event will be at Pooley 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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