- Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 10:29
Big Foot president Andy Simpson made his mark on the Australian Sprint Championships by taking out M50A. Andy (pictured) was 11 seconds clear on the 1.8km course. Feet clubmates Mark Shingler (4th) and Simon George (8th) made it an impressive race for the pink club.
Andy sprinted home as winner in front of 'mum and dad' over from the UK (who also competed and showed where Andy gets his talent from - mum Hilary won W75A, and dad Trevor was 2nd in M75A!
Curtin University hosted the second event of the national titles on Monday, and other NSW winners were Mikayla Enderby (W10A), Serena Doyle (W12A), Jenny Enderby (W45A), Fedor Iskhakov (M35A), Chippy le Carpentier (M70A), Basil Baldwin (M75A) and Neil Schafer (M85A).
Our roving reporter Barbara Dawson, with a vested interest in her talented offspring, fills us in: "The morning was overcast with scattered storms. From the arena it was a 700m walk to the start - atop a two-storey car par. Upon starting, runners crossed the empty car park, went down a ramp, across a road that was marshalled and up some stairs to the start triangle. A very interesting start, I must say.
"Once racing started the weather gods shone and it cleared to a nice blue sky. The junior elite men set a cracking pace, with our son Aidan pushing hard in front of his own personal cheer squad at the spectator control, a sculpture near the arena.
"Aidan came in 4th but ended up 9th, an impressive result in a very high-quality field. The junior elite women were also tightly packed in a very competitive age class. Michele went out second runner and posted a good time of 16 minutes. This held up for quite a while and in the end was beaten only by Nicola Blatchford (NC) and 3 Kiwis.
"As usual, route choice was paramount. It was a single level uni campus with lots of garden beds (out of bounds) to take into account."
Results are on Eventor: note these will be updated as there were some glitches.
Focus now shifts to the Australian Schools Championship events on Wednesday (individuals) and Thursday (relays) on the rolling hills and extensive areas of granite south-west of Northam.
- Last Updated on Monday, 29 September 2014 10:25
A NSW trifecta in W45A was the highlight of the Australian Middle Distance Champs on day one of the national carnival in WA on Sunday.
Only two and half minutes separated Jennifer Enderby (middle, NC), Karen Blatchford (right, NC) and Cath Chalmers (left, BF) over the 3.1km stretch. Their nearest rival was a further five minutes behind.
Robert Spry reports: "The WA Long Championships, a warm-up event on the Saturday, was anything but as a strong cold front brought winds and heavy rain to Spice Brook near Bindoon. Once on their course, runners found relief from the wind with classic spur-gully terrain in open forest scattered with grass trees and wildflowers.
- Last Updated on Monday, 29 September 2014 09:39
We generated lots of interest in orienteering at the Cumberland Forest Fair at Castle Hill on Sunday.
With a stall set up right near the entrance, we ran out of summer booklets and nearly ran out of maps as visitors took the chance to try their hand at finding the 15 controls scattered throughout the bush tracks of the forest.
We were also blessed with superb weather and an awesome team of helpers from the WHO and Garingal clubs who 'sold' our sport to hundreds of attendees.
Orienteering only gets access to the forest once every two years as part of the forest but it struck many of the helpers as an ideal location for a permanent course.
ONSW would also like to thank the Forestry Corporation for their generous assistance on the day. For those regulars who handed back their maps, you may print one out for keeping from here.