ORIENTATION: Newcomers enjoy playing sports at Daventry Country Park
CASTLE HILL, DAVENTRY COUNTRY PARK AND WEST WOODS RESULTS
Castle Hill Country Park in Anstey, near Leicester, was a popular though extremely wet and muddy venue for the Sunday regional event hosted by the Leicestershire Orienteering Club. Hundreds of orienteers took part in a range of courses of varying lengths and many OD club members participated. The first 10 places were taken by Barry Elkington 9th on the longest Brown 10.2 km course in 71.27 minutes. Tony Feltbower M65 finished 8th on the Green 5km course in 45.28 minutes and Mike Hampton M70 was 6th on the Short Green 4.1km course in 44 minutes. Rachel Alexander finished 7th on the light green course and Sue Hallett 4th on the orange 3.4km course.
The North Wiltshire Orienteering Club hosted an event through the beeches of West Woods just south of Marlborough and Chris McCartney M50 was 4th on the 5.6 mile blue course in 41.10 minutes and Joanne Leigh W50 was 2nd on the 2.9 km green short course in 36.55 minutes just 13 seconds behind the winner.
Tom Jeffries organized a very well supported local event centered around Daventry Country Park. Many newcomers showed up to experience this very fun adventure sport. The youngsters especially enjoyed all the necessary mud and puddle jumps and running to find the checkpoints placed around the park. Club member Kin Wai U21 was the fastest of the day in 40.31 minutes to find 22 checks on the 5.1 km course, Kevin Stevens U45 was 2nd in 44.50 minutes and Mike Snell U60 3rd in 45.39 minutes. Greg Harris U40 finished first on the 4.1 km course in 28.45 minutes, Richard Windsor U55 2nd in 30.26 minutes and Andy Cherry U45 3rd in 36 minutes. Luke Cherry U16 finished first on the 2.6 km course in 17.29 minutes, Steve Stacey U21 2nd in 27.36 minutes and Octavia Wisbey W21 3rd in 28.13 minutes. Rory M12 and Hattie Sarkies W10 won the 2.1km yellow course in 24.33 minutes, Tierney Hunt M9 finished 2nd in 24.47 minutes and Seth Marks M6 3rd in 26.13 minutes
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 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 call 01926 632189.