ORIENTATION – The Octavian Droobers become British TrailO champions

OCTAVIAN Droobers Orienteering Club won all three placements at the 2022 TrailO British Orienteering Championships.

Held in the Hogsmoor Inclosure forest in Hampshire, Droobers won every gold medal on offer, with Anne Straube becoming British Open champion for a record third time, earning an all-right 20 points.

Graham Urquhart won the physical class and Anne’s son Max Straube-Roth won the junior class while Urquhart was selected to compete with the British team at the TrailO European Championships in Finland in May the month next.

The competition allowed all abilities and ages to compete and included those with reduced mobility as speed is not part of the competition.

Discipline involves the correct identification of control points visible on the ground as indicated on a map from a series of fixed vantage points. This allows able-bodied and disabled participants to compete on an equal level.

The next local event, ideal for newcomers, will take place at Coombe Abbey Country Park, near Coventry, on Wednesday April 13 and will start from 6pm to 6.45pm.

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

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Dino J. Dotson