- Last Updated: Friday, 05 February 2016 14:48
Entries are open for our 2016 Middle and Long Distance championships, to be held on the revered Snow Hills maps near Braidwood on April 2-3.
Snow Hills is one of the best spur gully areas in Australia. With few tracks and a lot of termite mounds, the Hard courses will be challenging. Runnability is often flat-out fast, but there are areas of low visibility she-oak forest and some tea tree regrowth on old farmland.
Entry details and a copy of the existing map will be available in Eventor soon. See the flyer for preliminary info.
The champs are on the weekend after Easter, and coincide with the Orienteering Australia High Performance Squad camp in the ACT.
Big Foot's last attempt at a State League weekend in Snow Hills, in October 2012, was unfortunately washed out - and snowed on ! Here's hoping for nice weather for this iteration.
The NSW Sprint championships will be held on Saturday August 27 at Bankstown, in conjunction with the NSW Schools Sprint championships.
- Last Updated: Thursday, 04 February 2016 12:54
Bush, river, park and a bit of street - a smorgasbord of terrain and scenery ensured our 25th anniversary Sydney Summer Series at Boronia Park was one to remember.
A proud Ross Barr, the series instigator in 1991-92 (the SSS has been through seven prime ministers), watched on all smiles as the retro 6pm mass start line course crowned the muggy evening.
Michele Dawson (pictured below) took out the women's line course in 39m55s. The lead changed between Barbara Hill, Lisa Grant, Paula Shingler and Michele before the JWOC rep triumphed by 16 seconds over Lisa, with Paula two seconds back and Barbara a further 12 seconds adrift. Classic match racing.
Michele's younger brother Aidan stormed out of the blocks in the men's race (see top pic) but overshot #1 and couldn't make up the time, eventually finishing fourth behind WHO's James Macquillan - enjoying his best season and winning in 35m11s, 35 seconds ahead of Richard Morris.
There was plenty of jockeying for minor places, too, with Andy Simpson pipping Big Foot clubmate Michael Burton by one second for the runner-up spot in the Veteran Men's class. Andy took the track out of the last control and went by the oval while Michael went north and below the contours, out of sight as both men powered to the finish.
All up 41 people set off at the mass start, while an even 200 enjoyed the traditional score course.
Our French visitor Aurelien Penneman topped that with 570, taking the bragging rights over Open Men's champ Steve Ryan and Masters maestro Glenn Horrocks. Rogaining star Gill Fowler was the best female in action, collecting 490 and sixth place overall.
Dan Redfern set a generous score course that rewarded everyone, and really made the fitter folk pant for their bonus points. Heck, even your correspondent racked up 390 walking! Lollies everywhere, but still a very good cardio workout given the up-down of the bush tracks.
And it was great to see 22 of the original 30 people from this event 25 years ago taking part, proving once again that orienteering is a sport for life.
A huge thank you to Dan and the Garingal helpers for another smoothly run event in a lovely area. The maps and a few photos are on our Facebook page.
- Last Updated: Tuesday, 02 February 2016 09:48
One of the more recent initiatives to develop our sport has been the annual Women's Training Weekend in mid-March.
This year it's on March 12-13 and in the Hunter Valley. It is aimed at females of all orienteering standards, but especially newcomers and those looking to make the transition from Easy courses to Moderate - just in time for the bush courses at MetrO League and State League events over the winter months.
Here's feedback from a rookie who attended in 2013: "Now I have got the bug to get going again thanks to your weekend help. And having the opportunity to be 'shadowed' at a real event was particularly useful to practise some of the lessons."
Anyone with any questions about the weekend should contact Barbara Hill. We thank Barbara for assembling a great team of female coaches for the weekend.