27th Feb, 2021

Quintet impress in Ashridge Forest - the latest from Octavian Droobers

Ben Tyler 17th Oct, 2019

WET conditions at Ashridge Forest failed to dampen the spirits of five Octavian Droobers members.

Coming home in second in Hertfordshire was William Gardner in a time of 1:08:25, while Duncan Birtwistle (both M21) was sixth in 1:17:53 and Anne Straube (W40) the second-fastest woman in 1:25:53 on the 10.7km course.

In the 7.9km event, Lesley Ross (W50) was fourth overall and the fastest woman with her 1:05:58 time while in the shorter 2.9km race, Max Straube-Roth (M10) took second in 31:56.

At an urban race around the town of Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Margaret Willdig (W65) recorded the club’s best result by completing the women’s Ultra Vet 3.1km event in 31:13 to finish second.

Just behind was Jane Stew (W60, third) in 37:20 and Hilary May (W65, sixth) in 48:11.

Sheila Carey (W70, third) was just as impressive in the women’s Super Vet 4.7km course, which was completed in 44:39.

In the men’s Ultra Vet 4.7km race, Keith Willdig was fourth in 40:59 and Mike Hampton (both M7) seventh in 43:22. Peter Carey (M75) finished ninth in 44:35.

Octavian Droobers host their next event on Sunday October 27 at Brandon Wood near Coventry. It will be open to orienteers of all ages and abilities.

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