26th Jun, 2019

Orienteering latest - Octavian Droobers in action across Midlands

Ben Tyler 18th May, 2019

OCTAVIAN Droobers were back in action with three events across the Midlands.

At the Park Hall race organised by the Potteries Orienteering Club, Octavian Droobers – current league leaders, secured more valuable points in their conquest for the title.

On the 5.4km Blue course, Chris McCartney (M50) was first to finish in 52:21, whilst Tom Jeffries (M45) followed moments later in 55:43.

Lesley Ross (W50) was the fastest woman, finishing in a time of 68:19.

In the Short Green 3.2km course, Robert Brandon of the M70 category came home first (47:30), Sue Hallett (W70) came sixth (62:21), whilst Diana Hailey (W75) finished second on the 2.5km Orange course (43:49).

Ruben Jeffries (M10) was the only other OD member in action at the event, coming fifth on the Yellow 2.1km course (56:54).

At the West Midlands Schools Championships, the Droobers were well represented by it’s members in action for their respective school sides.

Held at Shoal Hill in Staffordshire, Winterfold School won the primary schools and middle school categories, whilst Kenilworth School won the secondary school competition and finished second in the middle school category.

Oliver Flippance took home a first place in the Year 11 boys category, whilst Eoin Hankinson won the Year 9 and 10 boys title.

Florence Lunn won the Year 9 & 10 girls category, with Isla Prince and Oriana MacGibbon winning the Year 7 & 8 girls and Year 6 girls titles respectively.

In the final event of the weekend, OD were represented at the Clifton Urban competition, held on Nottingham Trent University’s campus and the surrounding area.

Richard Gardner was the top ranking member from the club, coming tenth in the men’s Super Vet class (42:32) on the 5.3km course.

The club are hosting an event around Hay Wood in Baddesley Clinton next week (Wednesday 22), between 6pm and 7:30pm.

Octavian Droobers invite orienteers new and old to the race, which will take place throughout the stunning woods in the area.

The objective of the course is to find controls positioned around the woods, using a map and an electronic timer, with short and long courses ranging from 2km to 5km for people of different abilities.

For more information, go to www.octavian-droobers.org, or call the club on 01926 632189.

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