DIRECTION: Droobers celebrate Burns Night during Big Weekend in Edinburgh
WEST MIDLANDS LEAGUE, EDINBURGH AND GUILDFORD BIG WEEKEND RESULTS
Wrockwardine Wood, near Telford, was the venue for the league organized by Wrekin in the West Midlands. The Octavian Droober juniors were in good shape: Luke Cherry U16 had an excellent course finishing 1st on the Green 4.4 km course in 36.05 minutes, Adam Landels U12 was 2nd on the Orange 2.5 km course in 37.24 minutes, just 43 seconds behind the winner and Rupert Powell U14 finished 5th in 46.04 minutes also on the Orange course.
The club’s best adult riders were: Alistair Landels M50 1st in 44.15 minutes and Chris McCartney M50 2nd in 47.22 minutes on the 6km blue course and Pippa Smart W18 3rd woman also on the blue in 70.24 minutes; Alistair Powell M40 2nd on the 7.6 km course in 51.28 minutes. Keith Willdig M70 4th in 41.34 minutes and new club member Stuart Turnbull M50 8th in 43.53 minutes on the 4.4 km green course; Peter Carey M75 finished 1st in 46.47 minutes, Sheila Carey W70 4th in 48.29 minutes and Joanne Leigh W50 6th in 54.48 minutes on the Short Green 3.4 km course.
Edinburgh Big Weekend, celebrating Burns Night, saw Octavian Droober Elite riders Nathan Lawson U21 win the 9.2km course over Arthur’s Seat with 610 meters of climb in just 59.47 minutes and Philip Vokes U21 finished 11th in 69, 21 minutes. The Edinburgh City Race saw Nathan 2nd in 49.42 minutes and Philip 4th in 53.43 minutes on the 9.3km Open Mens course. In the night race on Calton Hill, Nathan placed 2nd and Philip 3rd on the 5.575 km long course.
Near Guildford in the “Fairly Far Farley” event, Anne Straube W45 finished 3rd woman in 57.31 minutes on the 6.4km black course and Liz Phillips finished 3rd W55 in 46.58 minutes on the course green of 4 km. Trevor Simpson M80 finished 8th on the 3.3km Short Green course in 47.07 minutes and Max Straube-Roth M12 finished 5th in 23.34 minutes on the Orange 2km course.
Octavian Droobers welcomes newcomers of all skill levels to this fun outdoor adventure sport, runners and walkers, of all ages 5 to 85, to its next event on Sunday, February 2 at Hartshill Hayes Country Park, near of Nuneaton, Warwickshire. A variety of course lengths ranging from 1.5 km to over 8 km through the woods have been planned. Families particularly enjoy this activity because it is often likened to a treasure hunt. One advantage is that it is not necessary to pre-reserve your place, you just have to show up, anytime between 10am and 12pm, instructions will be given and compasses can be borrowed. For more details, see www.octavian-droobers.org or tel. : 01926 632189.