22nd Sep, 2019

Octavian Droobers back in action at annual School Championships

Ben Tyler 29th Mar, 2019

OCTAVIAN Droobers held the annual School Championships at the weekend at Memorial Park in the most recent round of action.

The Droobers welcomed a number of newcomers to orienteering around the area, with Winterfold House pupils winning the Primary Schools section, with Balsall Common Primary in second and the 74th Coventry Scouts in third.

Kenilworth School came out on top in the Secondary Schools competition, winning the Lower and Secondary team prize, Winterfold House finished second in the Lower Secondary section, and Princethorpe College placed third.

The fastest runner on the medium 4.1km course was Chris McCartney (M50), finishing in 21.44, over four minutes faster than Richard Lloyd (M40), and Ben Lonsdale (M35) in third (26:23).

Over at the Spring Weekend in the Lakes, William Gardner (M21) was the victor on both days, taking on the 4.3km middle-distance course at Haverthwaite Heights, including 300m of climb, in 29.45 minutes

Matthew Elkington (M21) completed the same course (35:43) to finish fourth, whilst Alistair Landels was second fastest in the M50 category (46:53).

In the National Long Distance event at Hampsfell, Adam Landels (M10) was second in his class in the 2.6km course (29:42), with Max Straube-Roth (M10) finishing third in the M12 category.

Gardner took his second win in the M21 9.2km (56:33), taking the win by a second, while Elkington finished third (58:37).

Landels of the M50 category topped his category (81:56) on the same course, and elsewhere, Trevor Simpson (M80) finished second (60:46) in the 3.2km course, and Daniel Roth (M45) topped the short course in his category.

Hilary Simpson won the W80 category (57:36) in the 2.8km course, Mel Elkington came second in the W55 short course, Mykyta Chubynsky (M40) was third on the M21 short course, as was Paul Gregson on the M40 short course.

The club’s next event is set to take place at Abbey Fields in Kenilworth this Saturday between 2pm and 4pm, and is an ideal introduction to newcomers of the sport.

More details are available at www.octavian-droobers.org, or by phone on 01926 632189.

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