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Droobers help England to win; ORIENTEERING.

OCTAVIAN Droobers carried the flag for England in the Ward Junior Home Internationals in Scotland where the quartet of Julie and Rachel Emmerson, Hamish Rogers and Sophie Kirk produced impressive runs in the relays and individual races.

Julie Emmerson (W14) and Kirk (W18) showed their class as part of the victorious girls three-leg relay squad while Rogers made his mark as his team came third earning valuable points for England as they went on to take the overall trophy ahead of the host nation.

On the individual front, the following day Rachel Emmerson (W14) raced to a superb win while sister Julie Emmerson (W14) came third. Rogers (M14) posted a gritty second place in his event while Kirk (W18) picked up precious points with a third-place finish at Stirling.

Their efforts helped steer England to 135 points and beat off the challenge of Scotland on 119 points.

Locally the action was at Ryton Pools and an exciting mass start to the annual Tony Haw charity fund-raising event in aid of Leukaemia Research that netted pounds 250.

The winner was Will Gardner (M18) who managed to reach all 32 controls, scoring 320 points, in 43.28mins, well under the maximum allowable time of one hour. Runner up was Amy Sarkies (W21) with 320 points in 45.51mins while Calum Barnetson (M18) was third, closely followed by six other, all of whom reached all controls within the time limit.

The event was popular with juniors using it to train for the upcoming British Schools Championships.

Droobers' Graham Gristwood (M21) produced a superb display in the Park World Orienteering Championships in Perth, Scotland where he came runner up behind Olav Osterbo (Norway) after qualifying for the showpiece in first place.

Next event for the Droobers is on Saturday at Abbey Fields, Kenilworth (10.30am-noon).
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Sep 24, 2010
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