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  • SA Champs Weekend 18-19th Aug: Burra. Entries are now open on Eventor  for the SA Night Championships & SA Long Championships. To enter both events at the same time Click this Link. Pre entry and Pre payment essential by Tues 14th Aug. Limited enter on the day/night courses will be available for both events.
  • News Flash from David Winters at Port Lincoln: :Lincoln and Saltbush had a great Eyre Peninsula Relay Champsionships at Louth Bay on Sun 1st July. Lincoln won A and B and Saltbush C. 45 runners and about 20 Rec people all up.
  • Don't forget to put your vote in for the course planners award for Belair National Park. Go to results for links.

Belair National Park Event July 8th

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Despite the continuing threat of showers and the early crisp air it turned out to be a near perfect day for orienteering. Especially for those faced with climbing to the top of the Park on the longer courses. There were 102 participants who registered for the foot-O and a further 25 for the MTBO, a most pleasing turnout. Many of the people were young or new to orienteering or both.

Even though it didn’t rain the Wallaringa organisers were glad of the use of the large pavilion which kept out the occasional fine misty drizzle. It was certainly the scene of much hectic activity at times, especially when the MTBO group arrived before their 10:30 mass start.

The foot-O people had access to excellent courses planned by Jenny Casanova. These had legs ranging from pleasant easy going alongside crroks on the flats to rather more difficult negotiation of rocks and scrub in steeper sections of the park. The MTBO riders also rode tracks to the top of the park as well as in nearby suburban streets to find as many of the controls as possible in their 3 hour time limit. The locations of their controls were planned by Kaye Haarsma and Peter Mayer.

The event organisers, Mark Overton and Meredith Rasch did an excellent job to pull the event together and thanks are due to all the other Wallaringa helpers who worked under some degree of pressure at times.

 

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Varied Courses at Morialta

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The weather at Morialta was excellent for orienteering, albeit a little chilly for the organisers early in the morning.

Nigel Dodson Keeffe set six courses to suit the broad range of effort and navigational difficulty that orienteers wished. The long hard course was popular and certainly tested the steep terrain of Morialta, and Nigel made the most of the map to achieve the distance required.

The short hard course was also popular, demonstrating the desire for a navigational test  

but not necessarily busting oneself on a Sunday morning.

It was pleasing to see groups, with both family and friends participating.

A thank you to Gerry Velaitis for managing the SI system and all Yalangans for their organisation efforts.

Article by Rob Tucker


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Blustery Weather for North Adelaide Event

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course1Despite the blustery squalls of rain interspersed with sunshine, the courses planned by Heather Smith were tested by a number of people. Keen orienteers looking for a run, and those wanting to hone  their skills, chose the moderate course. Newcomers and younger children tried the very easy and easy courses. People were challenged by changes in details on the map.image5

We also farewelled Antonio who is returning to Spain. Of course the cake was a pavlova roll.

Article by Fi Pahor. Photograohs by Heather Smith

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Three Days in the Flinders Ranges

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The June long weekend saw SA orienteers, and a few interstate visitors, travel to the Flinders Ranges for 3 days of orienteering. The weekend commenced on Saturday afternoon with a warm-up event on Rawnsley Park station presented by the Southern Arrows. The area is a typical spur gully terrain with complex watercourses, native pines, open areas and rocky ridges.

AMWModerateSunday moved to the Mannawarra – Prelina map, with a long OY event by OH and course planner Craig Colwell.   The area is more subtle spur gully but with many small knolls, native pine cover and open hills, and many watercourses. The area offers fast running, but the opportunity to easily lose map contact as some orienteers found. Low cloud obscuring the distinctive hills early in the event added to the navigational challenge. Craig’s long courses offered a great mix of leg types, with some long legs (as on Course 2 below), combined with more technical sections with short legs especially near the end of the course requiring you to maintain concertation to the end.

The fast terrain was exemplified by Simon Uppill who completed the 15.5 km M21A course in 77 minutes, a running rate of 5 mins/km! Bridget Anderson was fasted on the W21A course – 12.6 km in 96:45 minutes.

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Tyson Hillyard was the course planner for the WA Middle Distance event on the Monday. This was the northern part of the same map, with some overlap in area with the Sunday event allowing the use of the same finish area. The subtle terrain, with some complex areas again offered a technical challenge in the courses set by Tyson. The sun also appeared for the day, with Rawnsley Bluff being a backdrop the event.

All results are available on the Results page. Here you will also find links to Route Gadget where you can view all the courses, and to Winsplits to see where you and others may have made errors.

And don’t forget to vote for the Course Planner of the Year Award at the links here as well.

Below - some juniors enjoying the orienteering.

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