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Orienteering Highlights Early in May

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Following are some of the main things happening during May:

  • A series of Schools practice Cluster Events leading up to the SA Schools Championships on 27th May.. Don't forget to get your school entry in by no later than Mon 13th May..
  • The Torrens in Highbury & Athelstone on Sun 5th May. Explore this little known part of the Upper Torrens including the Aqueduct Reserve. Some markers are in a newly opened section of this reserve. This is a full SI score event with a range of classes to suit MTBO riders and foot O competitors.
  • OHalloranHill2018A completely FREE event at O'Halloran Hill Reserve on Sat afternoon on Sat 11th May. come and try orienteering in an areas with parks, streets, extending into bushy terrain of the O'Halloran Hill Reserve. Experienced orienteers will be present to assist newcomers and those with some experience. Photograph taken at last year's event (Robin Uppill)
  • Help celebrate World Orienteering Day at the Belair Golf Course on Wed May 15th (late afternoon & evening). This is a great opportunity to bring out your family and friends to show them what Orienteering is all about in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Set in the beautiful Belair National Park - only 15 minutes from Adelaide - there will be courses to suit young family's and newcomers as well as those that are experienced.
  •   Explore the streets & parks of Beaumont on Sun 19th May.

Article by Ken Thompson

The Paddocks Wrapup

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CaptureThe event at The Paddocks on 1st April was held in ideal (cool but dry) weather for orienteering.

 After a wet night, the weather cleared, and the four courses that Jeffa had set were a great puzzle for those who attended.  The tricky wetlands area, and the new out of bounds area (discovered in the previous week) were fun to negotiate, and Jeffa’s tricky planning had us all thinking hard.

Thanks to Tintookies members who assisted to make this a success for the 52 runners.

The brief AGM was held at 12noon, where we duly elected Rob Tucker as President for another year, along with Andrew Kennedy (Treasurer) to be ably assisted by Brodie Dobson Keefe this year. Erica Diment will continue as Secretary, Robin Uppill as Technical Officer,  Zita Sankauskas as Schools Coordinator, Bridget Anderson as Coaching Coordinator, Olivia Sprod as Publicity Officer and Frank Burden as Newsletter Editor. 

The Orienteering Season is now well underway.

Article by Erica Diment

Encounter Weekend - March Saturday 23rd to Sunday 24th

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Come down to Victor Harbor for three exciting events over 2 days. Pre-enter and pay on Eventor by Wed 20 March and save! Beginners and Enter on the Day courses available. All are welcome. Come for whole weekend, or just for the day.

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The Bluff. Sat 23/3 AM. Mix of street and bushland. Spectacular views, some granite. Starts from 10.30-11.30. Courses close 12.30pm. https://eventor.orienteering.asn.au/Events/Show/7856 Free choccy frogs for those who pre-enter!

Bluff View

Bluff Map

Victor Harbor High School. Sat evening. Sprint. Mix of school campus and Inman riverbank. Starts from 4-5pm. Courses close 6pm. https://eventor.orienteering.asn.au/Events/Show/7857

 RiverView

VH HS

Port Elliot. Sun 24/3 AM. Street and Horseshoe Bay foreshore. Starts from 10.30am-11.30am. Courses close 12.30pm. https://eventor.orienteering.asn.au/Events/Show/7834

Horseshoe Bay

Book your accommodation now! Some are staying at Port Elliot Caravan Park. Mention orienteering for a 10% discount. (08) 8554 2134. https://www.big4.com.au/caravan-parks/sa/fleurieu-peninsula/port-elliot-holiday-park

SA Sprint Championships 2019

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The SA Sprint Championships was the final event in 6 weeks of sprint orienteering events, with 5 events in Sprint Adelaide over the Australia Day Long Weekend, followed by 4 Arrows sprint series events.

The map area of Aberfoyle High School and the adjacent Happy Valley Sports Park was updated to sprint mapping specification by Oliver Williams, here over the summer from the UK to assist OSA with mapping and coaching.  The event required negotiation with the school so that perimeter gates were open for the duration of the event.

The event was presented by Onkaparinga Hills OC, with courses planned by Craig Colwell.  Hot muggy conditions were the order of the day. Fortunately the overcast cloudy conditions protected participants from the sun for most of the event, except for a short spell in the middle, which combined with a short violent “whirly whirly” saw the destruction of one of the clubs pop-up tents. when it went airborne in a Mary Poppins fashion.

Courses for all classes except the sub-juniors had two maps, to enable the complex school campus to be visited twice over the course.  All courses are available on Route Gadget, overall results for classes on Eventor and splits by course on WinSplits.  The latter show that many orienteers had small errors due the technical orienteering in the school campus section of the map.  Winners of the open classes were Simon Uppill in M21A ahead of Olly Williams and Will Kennedy, and in W21A Olivia Sprod ahead of Bridget Anderson and Lanita Steer. 

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Course planner Craig Colwell at the start

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Lanita Steer follows Jenny Casanova on the school campus

Sprint Adelaide Wrap-up

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The series of 5 sprint events was run in Adelaide over the long weekend, forming a training event for the elite orienteers from SA and interstate as well as lots of fun for other local orienteers. We even had 2 overseas entrants – orienteers from Macau – Jenny Kam (currently studying at Uni SA) and Kong Chak Lon.

The event was conceived by Bridget Anderson and Jim Russell, the OA Head Coach, who also ran all the SI each day,

The events were

Friday 25th – night event on the Belair Golf Course part of Belair NP. This proved challenging for many, being certain which fairway or which group of trees you were in at night. Course planner – Adrian Uppill

Saturday 26th – AM – elites ran a time trial on the North Adelaide University loop, fastest was Martin Dent, who has previously represent Australia in athletics and cross country, and more recently focussed on orienteering

Saturday 26th – PM – Heathfield – the sprint map of the high school has been extended into Woorabinda by Olly Williams, who also planned the courses. The combination of bush and urban proved challenging

Sunday 27th – AM – Flinders University South – here the elites ran heats, followed by a semi-final mass start knockout on courses with looping. This decided the final for the evening’s event. Others ran a normal course (Medium and Short). Locals Simon Uppill, Dante Afnan and Bridget Anderson made the A final. Courses by Patrick Jaffe and Jim Russell

Sunday 27th – PM – Flinders University North – the elite A finals were mass starts on a course with no looping. A bunch of 6 men with Martin Dent leading ran past the finish, however a decisive route choice by Simon Uppill on the 2nd last control gave him the overall win. Courses by Jenny Casanova

Monday 28th – AM – the final event was at Mt Barker – with courses by Jim Russell. Presentations to the overall winners (best 4 of 5 races) were given with successful SA Orienteers being

Open Men – Simon Uppill
Medium Men – Max Grivell, just ahead of Steve Cooper
Medium Women – Zara Soden
Short- Jan Hillyard

All results are here – day by day and overall results (only show those who ran all 5 races).

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Max Grivell at the start - Flinders Uni AM

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Simon Uppill looks for following runners in the knockout final

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Last part of the course knockout sprint - Simon took the left route to control 14.
Many others went right - giving stairs and a long In-Out to the control

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Jan Hillyard, Bridget Anderson and Jim Russell at the presentation at Mt Barker

 

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