18th Sep, 2019

Carey king of the castle for Octavian Droobers

Ben Tyler 22nd Aug, 2019

URBAN racing in Lincoln, Sheffield and Tewkesbury kept Octavian Droobers Orienteering Club members busy during the latest weekend of orienteering action.

The Race the Castles Series, which took part in Sheffield on Saturday, featured a winning OD orienteer, with Peter Carey (M75) topping the men’s Hyper Vet class.

He completed the 3.9km course in a time of 31:59, ensuring he left his mark as the only club member to take part in the event.

Carey then continued his exploits the following day in Lincoln city centre, finishing second on the 3.09km course in the same category, this time finishing in a 28:18 time, while Sheila Carey (W70) was third in the women’s Ultra Vet 3.09km course, finishing in 27:33.

Sue Bicknell (W75, 42:18) followed just behind her teammate in fourth, while Keith Wildig (M70, 38:40) completed the Droobers’ lineup with an eighth-placed finish in the men’s Ultra Vet 4.45km event.

Over in Tewkesbury, 12 of the club’s members finished inside the top ten during numerous races around the town.

Joanne Leigh (W50) was the only winner from the group, coming first on the Short Green course, while Andy Emmerson (M60, second), Barry Elkington (M60, third) and Chris McCartney (M50, eighth) ensured a strong presence in the men’s Vet race.

In the women’s Ultra Vet event, Karin Kirk and Sue Hallett (both W70) were second and fifth respectively, with Mike Hampton (M70) sixth in the men’s equivalent.

Ka Man-Leung (W21) finished runner-up in the women’s Open course, with Lesley Ross (W50) repeating the feat in the women’s Vet race, while Kin Wai Lee (M21) finished outside of the podium places in the men’s Open.

Jill Emmerson (W55, fourth) and Mike Snell (M55, seventh) completed the lineup, after impressive races in the women’s and men’s Super Vet events.

The club’s next event is being held at Warwick University, on Wednesday August 28, starting between 6pm and 7.30pm.

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