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3rd Dec, 2021

Droobers rise to challenge on Worcester Beacon

Colin Stoner 16th Nov, 2021

CHRIS McCartney and Anne Straube both won their categories for Octavian Droobers in the West Midland League event on Worcester Beacon, Malvern.

Organised by Harlequins Orienteering Club, club members competed on some really tough steep inclines, with areas covered in brambles and bracken.

On the 5km course with 250 metres of climb, McCartney M50 was first in 46.56mins, with David Leadley M55 second in 48.44mins and Tom Jeffries M50 fourh in 50.38mins.

Straube W45 was the leading lady on this course taking 56.26mins.

On the longest 7km course with 335 metres of climb, Alistair Landels M50 was second in 64.45mins.

Juliette Soulard W60 finished second in 44.16mins and Barry Elkington M65 4th in 44.50mins on the 3.8km course.

On the 2.7km course Sheila Carey W75 was second in 37.57mins and Peter Carey M75 sxith in 43.16mins.

Two club juniors were first on their courses: Max Straube-Roth M12 in 45.47mins on the 2.9km course and Henry Jeffries M14 took 23.24mins on the 2.2km course.

The charity event, at Itchington Holt, near Harbury, proved popular, and eight runners managed to find all 27 controls within the time limit of 45 minutes.

Fastest male runner was Ben Windsor, taking 28.29mins, and fastest female was Kirsten Strain in 38.56mins.

Newcomers Mollie McAinsh and Jessica Gilder were first and second on the short Yellow course.

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