15th Oct, 2019

Straube and Bryant lead the way in the Forest of Dean - the latest from Octavian Droobers

Ben Tyler 18th Jul, 2019

ORIENTEERS Anne Straube and Bruce Bryant made their presence felt at the latest Octavian Droobers event in the Forest of Dean.

The pair were two of the club’s representatives at a middle distance event hosted by North Gloucester Orienteering Club, with both earning race wins for the club.

Racing through the woods in the Knockalls Enclosure, Straube (W40) ranked as the fastest woman and fourth overall on the Brown course in 48:58, while Bryant (M60) was the fastest overall from the club, finishing fourth in 55:55 on the Blue course.

Meanwhile, on the Green course, Liz Phillips (W55) came third in 50:57, with Mike Baggott (M65) in sixth.

Junior orienteer Max Straube-Roth was the only other Droober in action in Gloucestershire, placing second on the Orange course in 24:45.

Over at a 50th anniversary event hosted by the Walton Chasers, Jacob Oxtoby (M16) won the men’s junior urban race, completing the 3.4km course around Tamworth¬†in a time of 26:06.

David Knott (M16) made another impressive showing, coming home in third, with Lewis Oxtoby following behind in fourth.

Meanwhile, in the men’s Vet 6.7km event, Chris McCartney (M50) finished runner up in a time of 43:30, with Rob Bambrook (M45) taking sixth place.

David Lawson (M55) took third place on the men’s Super Vet course (46:32), Mike Hampton (M70) impressed to finish fourth in the Ultra Vet event, while Peter Carey (M75) won the 3.2km Hyper Vet course (25:55).

Octavian Droobers’ female representatives equally impressed, with Josie Smart (W14) winning the women’s junior 3.4km course (51:52), while Liz Phillips (W55) and Sheila Carey (W70) both finished runners up in the Super Vet and Ultra Vet courses respectively.

The club are next in action at Oversley Wood near Alcester on Wednesday July 24, and invite any interested orienteers to head to www.octavian-droobers.org, or call 01926 632189 for more information.

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