ORIENTATION – Octavian Droobers member Will Gardner wins British Middle Distance Championships title

Will Gardner, a member of the OCTAVIAN Droobers Orienteering Club, won the British Middle Distance Championships title at Rushmere Country Park.

Gardner won in 30 minutes and 56 seconds on the 6.3km M21 course and is a member of the UK team and is ranked 11th in the UK standings.

A title had previously eluded Gardner despite numerous podium finishes in various competitions.

The Championships were organized by the East Anglian Orienteering Association and took place at Rushmere Country Park on a varied area of ​​moorland and native woodland.

Three other Droobers also made the podium with Kirsten Strain second in 37 minutes 11 seconds, just 10 seconds behind the winner, on the 5.1km W35 course, Alistair Landels second on the 5.5km M50 course in 35 minutes 35 seconds and Sue Hallett third in 42 min 29 sec on the 2.5 km W75 course.

Several club members enjoyed superb races with full results available online at: www.britishmiddlechamps.org.uk.

And the championships were open to all club orienteers across the country, and uniquely among other sports, competitors did not have to qualify to participate.

The next local event, ideal for newcomers, will take place at War Memorial Park, Coventry on Saturday March 19 from 11am-12pm.

For more details on how to participate in this fun outdoor active sport, ideal for beginners, runners and families of all ages, please visit the Droobers website at: www.octavian-droobers.org or email an email to: [email protected] or contact Karin Kirk on: 01926 632189.

Dino J. Dotson