MEMBERS of Octavian Droobers were out in force at a number of events in the Midlands, Shropshire and in the south of the country last weekend.
Bruce Bryant was first in the Medium 3.7km course at Pooley Country Park, completing the course in 36 minutes and 45 seconds, followed shortly after by Liz Phillips (42:24) and Mike Hampton (46:35) in second and third respectively.
In the Long 6.3km event, Kin Wai Lee was fastest and raced home in 40 minutes and 33 seconds, joined by fellow club members David Thacker (second) and Chris McCartney (third) in times of 42:34 and 44:32 respectively in completing the top three.
Octavian Droobers are on course to win the West Midlands League following a strong showing at Plush Hill on the Long Mynd after taking their season tally to 7353 points with one race remaining.
David Leadley (sixth) impressed in the Long 7.3km race, where he had to navigate 430 metres of incline to finish in 77 minutes and 30 seconds, while Anne Straube was the top-ranking woman on the same course – racing home in 91 minutes and ten seconds.
Tom Jeffries came a close second on the 6.1km course, finishing just over a minute behind in 61 minutes and 29 seconds, followed in fifth by Rob Bambrook – who raced to a finish in 70 minutes and 21 seconds.
Keith Wildig placed first on the 3.9km course after a 41:04 time, setting the example for Peter Carey (46:42) and Margaret Wildig (51:59) to rank in second and fourth respectively.
The 4.9km event involved only one Droobers member, with Sheila Carey coming in eight after 67 minutes and 30 seconds, while Max Straube-Roth, third in the 2.6km race, and Ruben Jeffries, fifth on the 2.1km course, impressed from the juniors.
In Slough, four OD members competed at the annual British Schools Orienteering Championships for Kenilworth School.
Two Year 10 pupils were involved in the Championships, with Florence Lunn ranking second in the girls category and Eoin Hankinson finishing ninth in the boys, while tenth-placed David Knott was the sole representative from Year 11.
Year 13 pupil Felix Lunn completed the line-up with a finish of seventh.
Bryant returned at an event in Maulden Woods near Bedford, ranking as runner-up on the 4km course in 40 minutes and ten seconds, while Janet Richardson came fifth in 63 minutes and 40 seconds on the 3.5km course.