World Orienteering Day at Thorndon Park
Friday, 26 May 2017
World Orienteering Day
Control with a difference!
Due to no OSA scheduled events for this day, I proposed at
the Tintookies meeting in March to hold a night event followed by a meal at our
A discussion with the Campbelltown Council followed and a
night event was possible in Thorndon Park. As it was a school night, I decided
to have a score event with a mass start with controls to represent different
registered countries of the Orienteering community.
Ken Thompson offered to do the computer work using the Irish
Federation Software “Or” which is great for Score Eevents, so SI was in vogue with live results on the screen.
Promotion with the World “O” logo commenced and 37 entries were registered on
The SI units were allocated a country by attaching flags and
then reflectors were added to plate controls and the small flute school
holders, making it easy for placement, security and collection.
A meeting with council officials only hours before the start
allowed us to use power right next to the registration area which required the
use of a ladder from our shed. Controls out early and we waited in anticipation
of a great event as the weather was fine and mild.
People started arriving and were given their country that
they would represent. All in place for a mass start as the briefing on what to
expect was given and people departed in all directions.
Most of the fast runners headed for Brazil with headlights
blazing then turned for Japan before splits occurred and different route
Simon, as expected, was first home in 16.38 and scored
maximum points while John N and Angus H both took 20.20 but John missed Spain
and Angus missed both India and Switzerland. Bridget missed Brazil early as she
had her map folded over but corrected herself at the last minute but still
missed another control allowing Jenny Casanova to lead the female brigade. Nine
competitors and 1 group scored maximum points of 650. All of our juniors were
prominent showing the benefit of Stefano’s summer training.
All competitors returned before the cut off and gathered
around the finish area actively discussing which countries they missed and in
what order they visited those spots.
For full results and splits go to: http://sa.orienteering.asn.au/results/2017Results/
Many of the competitors returned to the nearby Tintookies
shed for a shared meal and further social interaction. In all 51 people were
involved in the celebration.
Who will take on the role of organizing this event next
Article & Photographs by Clive Arthur
And where is France?
Part of the organising team!
The control cannot be too far away!
What country did we represent?!!
Perhaps we should have gone to Poland first!