13th Nov, 2019

Gardner flies the flag for Octavian Droobers in Falkirk - the latest round-up of orienteering action

Ben Tyler 25th Jun, 2019

WILL Gardner finished seventh at the Sprint Scotland triple event after mounting an initial push for the podium places, representing Octavian Droobers in another packed weekend of orienteering action.

The M21 competitor saw off a number of overseas orienteers in Falkirk, which went through the local towns of Bo’ness and Denny, to finish in an overall time of 44:23 – just one minute and 20 seconds behind the winner, Trond Einar Moen Pedersli of Norway.

Gardner finished second in the opening round, fifth in the second round and 11th in the final round to attain his final ranking in the Mens Elite class, but will be pleased at maintaining consistent times and a fast pace over the course of the weekend.

Over in Gainsborough, the Droobers were represented at an event hosted by Humberside and Lincolnshire Orienteers, with Sheila Carey coming second in the morning sprint race in the Womens Ultra Vet class, Dave Lawson finishing fourth (31:54) in the 2.2km Mens Super Vet Class, while Liz Phillips was fifth (36:02) in the Womens Super Vet category.

There were solid rankings for Bruce Bryant (32:00, 5th), Peter Carey (33:39, 7th) and Roman Kotecky (34:35, 9th) on the 3.4km course in the Mens Ultra Vet group, while S Carey went one better in the afternoon sessions to come first in her class with a 26:59 time on the 2.7km course.

Elsewhere, Margaret Wildig (42:19) and Phillips (38:44) both finished third overall in the sprint races East Midlands Sprint Championships held at Witham St Hughs, whilst Keith Wildig was fifth in a time of 36:01 in the men’s Veteran course.

The club’s next event takes place at Coundon Park in Coventry next Wednesday (July 3), when the Droobers will be participating in an orienteering race between 6pm and 7.30pm.

Newcomers and experienced orienteers young and old are invited to come along to the event, with more information being available at www.octavian-droobers.org, or by phoning the club on 01926 632189.

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