19th Aug, 2019

Orienteering latest - Octavian Droobers shine at Midland Championships and Springtime in Shropshire

Ben Tyler 30th May, 2019

OCTAVIAN Droobers claimed accolades galore at the recent Midland Championships and Springtime in Shropshire events, with 13 of the club’s members becoming Midland champions.

Taking on an Urban Race around Shrewsbury and courses at Brown Clee and The Wrekin at the three-day Springtime in Shropshire event, the Droobers stood up and made themselves counted by winning a number of the age-class races.

The Brown Clee course proved the most successful event for the club, with Max Straube-Roth winning the M10 category and Sam Leadley claiming first in the M20 category.

Duncan Birtwistle won the M21 category, whilst Nadine Wright won the female equivalent, and Alistair Landels, David Lawson and Peter Carey won the M50, M55 and M75 events respectively.

Trevor Simpson was fastest in the M80 category, with Anne Straube (W40), Juliette Soulard (W45), Lesley Ross (W50), Jill Emmerson (W55) and Hilary Simpson (W80) also becoming Midland champions by winning their age categories.

In the Urban Race in Shrewsbury, Peter Carey was fastest in the over-75 Mens Hyper Vet category, while Chris McCartney performed well to finish fifth in the Mens Veteran event.

Nadine Wright came seventh in the Womens Open, with Sheila Carey coming fourth and Margaret Willdig eighth in the Womens Ultra Veteran class.

Over at The Wrekin, OD were challenging by the steep, slippery slopes on offer, which retired a number of participants in the course.

A. Straube (W40) and S. Carey (W70) were the only winners for the club during the event, with eight OD members coming in the top ten in their respective age groups.

Trevor Simpson (M80) and Hilary Simpson (W80) came second, Margaret Wildig (W65) was third, Roman Kotecky (M70) was sixth, Liz Phillips (W55) and P Carey (M75) were seventh in their categories, Stan Alexander (M65) finished ninth and Thelma Spalton (W70) came home in tenth.

The club are next in action next Wednesday (June 6), with a race around the woods at Rough Close Scout Camp in Coventry being organised by the club – starting between 6pm and 7:30pm.

Newcomers and experienced orienteers alike are invited to come along, with a range of courses being available to try.

For more information, visit www.octavian-droobers.org or phone the club on 01926 632189.

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