- Last Updated on Thursday, 24 April 2014 12:34
Start lists for both events are on Eventor. For those people who did not pre-enter but wish to have a run, Enter-on-Day on Friday is from 2.30-3.30pm and on Saturday from 10am.
After a fantastic weekend at Clandulla State Forest for the annual Australian 3-Days, we are excited at the prospect of another terrific weekend of orienteering.
The opener is the Sprint champs at Lithgow HS/TAFE on Anzac Day (Friday) afternoon, hosted by Uringa.
Saturday's Long champs unveil a new map at Gardens of Stone National Park about 25 minutes north of town.
Both events are also NOL rounds.
Organisers Garingal would like to offer a heartfelt "thank you" to NSW National Parks and Wildlife, Office of the Environment and Heritage for access to Gardens of Stone Park for this event within the Greater Blue Mountain World Heritage Area.
Garingal would also like to extend a huge thank you to John Holland Rail as the Managing Agent for the Country Regional Network, for access to the rail corridor for parking as well as the provision of a Protection Officer during the event.
Thanks also go to Endura for supplying post-race nutrition, and to the private land holders.
- Last Updated on Thursday, 24 April 2014 11:23
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 09:10
Michele Dawson was the star of the big Easter carnival hosted by ONSW, taking out the junior women's elite section by a minute and three seconds.
Michele (Garingal) recorded two firsts and two seconds to pip Victorian Lanita Steer for the gold medal. Newcastle's Nicola Blatchford was third overall, just five minutes behind Michele, thanks to four consistent runs.
Nicola and Michele were later named in the Australian team for the junior world champs in Bulgaria in July. It will be Nicola's second JWOC and Michele's third.
Michele was 2m32s in front entering the Long Distance event on Sunday but dropped six minutes to seemingly surrender the title. But a brilliant run in very steep terrain on Monday - and two sizeable errors by Lanita - saw her emerge in first place as she tore across the final stretches of the cherry farm (pic, left).
In the open women'e elite our best performer was Bennelong's Marina Iskhakova in 13th place, just ahead of Big Foot's Tracy Marsh. Former world champ Hanny Allston won by 18 minutes to signal she is back to peak condition.
Newcastle's Rob Preston was sixth in the men's elite class, a fantastic second placing on the final day a reward for his efforts. Dave Meyer (SHOO), Alex Massey (NC) and Ian Meyer (SHOO) finished in the top dozen overall.
Angus Roberts (NC) was our best in the junior men's elite in seventh placing, closely followed by Aidan Dawson (GO, 9th) and Toby Wilson (GO, 12th). Daniel Hill (GO) may have ended up the highest placed NSW runner had he not recorded a DNF on the Long course on Sunday after taking ill.
The Dawsons (pictured) also took out the family relays on day 1.
Each of the 4 days was also a National League (NOL) event. As a result the NSW Stingers continue to lead the junior women's section, with Michele atop the individual standings and Nicola third.
More than 800 competitors were blessed with beautiful autumn weather at Rylstone Common and Clandulla State Forest. A huge thank you to the dozens of people who helped put the carnival together.