SA Middle and Long Championships
Wednesday, 17 September 2014
The South Australian Middle and Long Foot Orienteering Championships were held at Twigham and Meridee north of Burra last weekend. Fine sunny weather and overnight camping at Meridee added to the enjoyment of the weekend.
Both events were boosted by some interstate visitors including WOC representatives Rachel Effeney and JWOC representatives Asha and Lanita Steer and Matt Doyle.
2014 SA Middle Distance Championships at Twigham
97 competitors enjoyed the perfect weather and challenge of the spur and gully, mallee scrub terrain of Twigham for the 2014 SA Middle Distance Championships. Longer courses included some of the technical areas along the major incised creeks, and extended into the spur gully terrain.
Yalanga Orienteers presented the event, with Gerry Velaitis setting the courses placing controls to test orienteers at a level worthy of a middle distance championship. He was ably supported by Doug Fotheringham and Controller, David Tilbrook. The event was attended by a small contingent of Victorians, who won a disproportionate number of top placings, but we were pleased with their attendance. The event was efficiently run by the relatively small number of Yalangans, a tradition of our club. The event was superbly topped off by a wine and cheese evening around a campfire under a starry night canopy, arranged jointly by the Yalanga and Wallaringa Clubs.
All results are here. Photos of the start and finish areas are below with more photos by Gerry Velaitis here.
2014 SA Long Distance Championships at Merridee
On Sunday morning the Long Distance Championships organised by Wallaringa was held on Merridee, the eastern mallee covered part of which has recently been updated by Adrian Uppill.
Course planner was Andrew Kennedy, who had spent months carefully crafting courses with long legs to challenge the best orienteers. Controller was Gerry Velaitis.
M21A was won by Simon Uppill, from Bruce Arthur, and W21A by Belinda Lawford, from Rachel Effeney.
Catering was provided by local landowners, the Thomas family, to whom we are very grateful for their allowing us continued access to their land.
Jenny Casanova - Organiser
All Results are here. And lots more photos by Gerry Velaitis here.