EndurO Series Wraps Up at Loughnans Link

The third and final EndurO was held on Loughnans Link, starting at Schwerkolt Cottage, and heading into Ringwood North and Mitcham, via Yarran Dheran and the Eastlink trail.  A very tough course thanks to the hills, and plenty to think about.  The high points were gettable, making the lower points important if you wanted to edge out the competition by 10 or 20 points – great job by course setter Phil Torode.

Loughnans Link Enduro 2017 results

Congratulations to our winners: Steven scored 900 points to claim victory on the 120 min Run course, just 10 points clear of Bruce. Ian scored 870 points to take third, only 10 points ahead of Rick.  Emma was the fastest female, on 820 points, a great effort.

Scores were also very close on the 120 min Walk, with Merv the winner on 690 points, a whisker ahead of Ros on 680 and Mike on 660.  Peter G scored 640, just 10 points in front of Ron on 630.

While the winner on the 90 min Run had an easy victory, it was very tight for the placings. Tim scored 750 points, ahead of Peter M and Steve L, both on 690 points. Stephen C scored 670, and Peter C was just behind on 650. Fastest female was yours truly, with 540 points.

The 90 min Walk was taken out by Dennis with 530 points in another  close result; Graham was second with 500, then Pete on 480.  Lyn and Geoff each scored 460.

Cake-O resumes on Saturday August 26 at Springthorpe.

Yarra Trails EndurO

Our second EndurO featured a really tricky map, either side of the Yarra.  Careful planning was needed to plot your course, taking into account the bridges, bike trails, freeway, fences and out of bounds areas.  Great job by Rob Hudson to really get us thinking for the full 2 hours, or 90 minutes.

Results will be posted here soon; in the meantime please enjoy these photos:

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It’s State Series – But Not As We Know It

Sprint Double, Sunday May 21, Yarra Valley Grammar School

Just like the Starship Enterprise, we’re boldy going where no-one has gone before, with a State Series Sprint! Victoria dominated the Sprint at the recent World Masters Games by winning a swag of gold medals, so let’s continue to show everyone else how awesome we are!

Be the first – to compete in a State Series Sprint Double

Be the first – to race at Yarra Valley Grammar School on a brand new map

With two amazing races, and a fantastic 360 degree viewing deck and fully covered pavilion, this will be a day that you can’t afford to miss!

Race 1 – starts from 10am. A traditional Sprint using all the complexity of the campus. You will need your wits about you to navigate the courses at speed

Race 2 – starts from 1pm. Go head to head in a multi loop event – pair up with whomever you choose and see who crosses the finish line first

Your times from both races will be added to give your overall result, and you’ll see your results Live on screen.

Entry to both races is covered by a single entry fee.  Online pre-entry is required, and closes on WEDNESDAY MAY 17.  Click here to enter, and read the Information flyer for all the details.

This is a Schools Team selection race – please read the Information flyer to ensure you enter the correct class.

The Junior Squad Stall will sell toasties, cake and drinks – and JWOC Jam will be on sale.

Enquiries: debbiedodd@iinet.net.au

Urban EndurO, Endeavour Hills, Saturday April 1

Our first EndurO for 2017 is on Saturday April 1, at Endeavour Hills.  There will be 40 controls, worth varying points, the aim being to maximise your score in the time allowed.  The A courses for Runners and Walkers are 120 minutes long, starting at 2pm and finishing at 4pm.  The B courses for Runners and Walkers are 90 minutes long, starting at 2.15pm and finishing at 3.45pm (note this differs from the incorrect information in the printed fixture).

Entry fees are the same as other Saturday series events, ie $5 for adults and $2 for juniors under 21.  Saturday season tickets include EndurOs. And look out for the JWOC Jam Stall, featuring delicious jams, pickles, chutneys and cordial.

Directions: Endeavour Hills Library. Use the car park south of Raymond McMahon Boulevard (Melway 91 D5).

Summer Series Final Week

Summer Series results were decided last week, and there was some great competition, with some divisions going right down to the wire, and even some ties! This week will feature some really fun, non-scoring events that will involve a bit of puzzle solving as well as navigation.

Everyone is invited to the Awards Night on Wednesday March 15, an occasion not to be missed. First up is a fun final event on the Maroondah Triangle map in Ringwood East. This will be a Score event with two runners courses and a power walkers course.   You’ll need a pen or pencil to mark your answers to the cryptic clues.  Everyone will be finished before 8pm,  then we’ll head indoors for the delicious BBQ dinner, catered by the Scouts and sponsored by OV – yummy burgers and salads, drinks, and delectable desserts.

We’ll announce the prizewinners from the Monday and Wednesday series, as well as the prestigious Course Setter of the Year.  Millennium Club Legends will receive their certificates, and we’ll acknowledge our Champions by presenting their medallions. Western and Northern series will have separate presentations at their final events.

Then it’s straight into Autumn, with park and street events on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, as well as Saturday afternoons.  The new fixture is now available at all events, as well as online at http://www.vicorienteering.asn.au/parkstreet/.  You can upload a device-friendly version as well.

Season tickets for Orienteering club members will be on sale during the first three weeks at all park street events – these provide a huge discount, and are well worth the cost of joining a club.  Don’t delay in signing up!

Park and Street Championships

Over 60 Finalists gathered at Bellbird Dell to tackle a physically tough course, where the shortest routes were almost impossible to discern.  Careful map reading was required in the Dell, and the event was a true test of both skill and stamina. Bruce Arthur’s unbroken streak of Open Mens wins was retained, but Rachel Johnson had to hand over the Womens title to Lanita Steer, who won by the narrowest of margins.  Congratulations to:

Mens Open 1st-B.Arthur, 2nd-L.Haines, 3rd-P.Hobbs

Mens Senior 1st-I Davies, 2nd-C.Pearce, 3rd-T.vanGeldermalsen

Mens Vet 1st-S O’Connell, 2nd-T.Hatley, 3rd-P.Mallen

Mens SuperVet 1st-T.Bird, 2nd-W.Davis, 3rd-R.Bailes

Womens Open 1st-L.Steer, 2nd-A.Steer 3rd-R.Johnson

Womens Vet 1st-J.Steer, 2nd-J.Yeatman, 3rd-D.Dodd

Womens SuperVet 1st-C.Jackson 2nd-D.Pike, 3rd-P.Lohmeyer-Collins

Boys (U19) 1st- B.McCarthy

Mens PW Open 1st-D.Stillwell, 2nd-B.Hollaway, 3rd- I McLean

Mens PW SuperVet 1st-P.Grover, 2nd-Dennis Mews, 3rd-L.Budge

Womens PW Open 1st-J.Torr, 2nd-L.Greenwood, 3rd-L.Bell

Womens PW Supervet 1st-Helen Kerley, 2nd-Ros King, 3rd-Rosie Salvaris

Medals will be presented at Summer Series Presentation Nights on Tues 14th March (Western Series) and Wednesday 15th March (East/South/North Series).  Huge thanks to Ron Frederick for courses, Pam King for the map, and Ray Howe for organising another very successful Championships night.

Special 40th Anniversary Event at Blackburn Lake, Wed February 22

This season Park Street Orienteering in Melbourne is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Blackburn Lake was one of the first maps developed for Park Street orienteering, although I am told the current map is a lot more detailed than it was back then.

To celebrate this map’s 40th  anniversary, Russell is digging back into his archives to provide us with a little nostalgia.  The map will be the current version – but does that control site feel familiar or perhaps the whole course?

Come along and find out and help Yarra Valley celebrate Blackburn Lake’s 40th anniversary this Wednesday evening, February 22.

The event will also be a qualifier for the Park Street Championships, with the final to be held the following Wednesday at Bellbird Dell.

If you would like to be part of this competition, check the details, compete on the running or walking course that matches your age group, and use a BLUE card to signal your nomination as a qualifier.

Click here for the current list of finalists.

Summer Series Getting to the Pointy End

As we approach the last few weeks of Summer Series, attention turns to the Park and Street Champs.  The Final is on Wednesday March 1 at Bellbird Dell, but first we have the lead-up Qualifying races.  These commence on Tuesday February 14 at Altona Green, and continue for the following fortnight.  There are 8 Qualifiers in all, including one each in Macedon and Geelong, one in each of the Southern and Northern series, and two in each of the Western and Eastern series.  To be considered for a Finals position, you need to compete using a Blue card, and you may have to run on a different course depending on your age grouping.  All the details of this year’s Champs are here: http://www.vicorienteering.asn.au/parkstreet/championship/

Winners and placegetters will be presented with their medallions at the end of season Awards Night in March, along with recognition of The Millennium Club Legends.  The Course Setter of the Year is also announced, and we are currently calling for nominations.  If you have a course that you think worthy of winning this prestigious prize, please submit your nomination to Debbie or Margi before March 6.

Orienteering at Christmas

We wish everyone a very merry Christmas!
The holiday break is a perfect time to get out and explore new places, work off some calories, and keep your brain ticking over.  Why not take advantage of reduced traffic, and head off to try some of the many orienteering opportunities on offer?

Monday 26th (Boxing Day) – Lynbrook Gums.  As the name suggests, we start in beautiful shady Banjo Paterson Park, underneath the spectacular river red gums and beside the ornamental lake.  Enjoy the pleasant parkland and quiet streets of Lynbrook.

Tuesday 27th – Kensington.  One of our most popular maps and former Champs venue, Kensington is full of tiny streets and linear parks on multiple levels.  A unique and historical area where the former stockyards help to provide testing route choices.

Wednesday 28th – Colchester.  At the foot of the Dandenongs, this map has a bit of everything from meandering creekside bike trails, roads that curve in all directions, and a conical hill for a bit of extra challenge.

Thursday 29th – Diamond Creek.  If you love getting off road, this one’s for you!  Minimal bitumen, testing climbs, and open parkland.

And if that’s not enough, there’s a special Saturday morning map run on Christmas Eve, in Croydon. Check the Saturday page for details.