Monday, July 9, 2018

State leagues 10 and 11 and a pother of dust

For the adventurous ( some may say foolish) the double header on the Southern Highlands was highlighted by freezing temperatures ( feel like -1) and strong winds.
Many present were describing the winds as "katabatic" such their ferocity and temperature. However the cold - you could deal with it was the dust that was the killer.
Saturday's map
Saturday's assembly area was directly opposite a recently clear felled compartment and as a result the wind whistled over this dust bowl and proceeded to dump it on all assembled all day.
Mind you once you made it into forest it was much more pleasant.Some great results from Uringans with Dave, Jono, Maggie and gayle scoring victories. Linda and Jim were second placed and Serje, Ant and Finn took out bronze medallions in their classes.
Gayle trying to decide which finish punch would give her the fastest time
One hoped that the wind would drop for Sunday's adventure in Balanglo. Yes it did however the lulls whilst lengthy, were interrupted by periods of wild wind that made life in the finish tent an absolute pain in the ..... Trying to read a dust covered screens was rather difficult. Mind you it is a testament to the toughness of the laptops as neither threw a hissy fit and packed it in.

Result wise Dave continued his domination of M65AS with another victory. Maggie again racked up a 1st in W12A. Jim was consistent with a 2nd in M55AS and Jane and Will were in fine form to take out a 3rd place on W Open.

The cars leaving the parking kicked up less dust than the wind. However once in the car the warmth of modern day heaters soon had you feeling your extremities once more..
Ant heading to the finish ( missed punching the control behind him!



Jim punching the last control

Dave jobbling to the finish

Trying to keep the dust out of computing gear.
The race is on 

I know Val is not in UR but notice the lack of clarity in comparison to the one above - dust storm!
 So a good time was sort of had by all

Reminder 
Metro league on 22nd July at lapstone- an interesting area
NSW Sprint champs at Uni of NSW on 29/07- this is a really good area very tricky.

World masters
Dick Ogilvie finished in 29th place in the M70B final in the sprint in Copenhagen.
The maps of the sprint final can be found at:

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPQJW-k3UaF17lTN0yhuHOT7C150RZJwOyLahTu5l8E-knFNNaYQ3c-SGPiOAWKsw?key=aUZRVHM2Q3ZmVzBwZ0hlLTRrUGxFT2FEN3NTdEFR

Not a very technical area but there were a few inetresting legs/route choices to be had on most courses.
Congratulations to Tash Key winner in W45A and Gentleman Herman Wehner 2nd in M90.



Monday, June 25, 2018

Metro 4 - Mount Annan Uringa triumphs

It was extremely chilly in the shade (4.5 degrees at 9am) as the teams assembled for Metro 4 at William Howe Reserve Mt Annan. Mind you once in the sun it was quite warm and helped the crowd warm to the day.

























The map was a delightful mix of grassland, smallish trees, some local streets and an open ridge line. The course setter, Dean Williamson, did a great job to provide a course that was interesting, and challenging whilst keeping hills to a minimum. (Divs 1,2,3 had a few more up and overs that 4 and 5)

A lot of people struggled with control 6 but wily old fox Dave went around and attacked the control from the north was the most successful. Your truly went at it from the south and struggled to read the clearings.
Our Div 2 team maintains their unblemished record with a fine 36/18 wim over Garingal. When looking at the results for the course it is no wonder as Ant 1st, Shane 2nd and Michael 3rd made life tough for the opposing team. Finn 14th and serena ( stepping up from Div 3 )25th rounded out the team.
Our Div 3 team was short of runners as was SHOO their opponents  -(they were running the event) and went down 31/18.
Div 5 had a fine win over SHOO 31/24. Newcomer to metro racing Will Nolan was the standout finishing 8th overall, Ron 10th, Melanie and Adrienne 12th and 13th respectively and Dave rounded out the results with a strong 15th.

Up Coming Events
7th / 8th July State League double header on the Southern Highlands Wingello and Belanglo. Entries close this coming Friday
22/7- Metro 5 at Lapstone we will need all hands on deck for this event..Entries close 9th July
18/19th August - State League double header - Orange
26/8- Metro League 6 Final at Lansdowne This is a Uringa event and we will need lots of help as well as runners.


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Queen's Birthday Weekend QBIII

Celebrating the Queen's official (not actual) birthday means a NSW three day weekend. It provided opportunity for orienteering, time for exploring and time for socialising!

QBIII was organised by Central Coast Orienteers, a small club, with help from many friends. The finish tent was staffed by Ron Pallas and his team.

To get a QBIII result the competitor must run all three days in the same event.

M12A
6 Jonathan Nolan
W12A
5 Maggie Mackay
M45A
4 Ant Nolan
W45A
6 Melanie Christie
W50A
2 Linda Sesta
M55AS
2 Jim Mackay
W55AS
2 Gayle Shepherd
M65AS
7 Ian McKenzie
M65AS
1 Dave Lotty
M70A
6 Dick Ogilvie
W70A
7 Mary Jane Mahony
M80A
2 Brian Cleland
WOpenB
3 Jane Boland

The NSW juniors worked hard to raise funds.

And on Sunday night most Uringans, and many other orienteers enjoyed great meals and good company at the Globe Hotel.




Clandulla - Rylestone (State League #7, #8, #9)

Each day of the QBIII weekend offered a State League event. Uringans were out in force.

Carwell’s labyrinth (State League #7)

This World Master's final map offered interesting terrain, with cliffs and some pagodas for the longer courses. The heavy rain of the night and day before left the ground and its covering of leaves wet and slippery. The rain mostly halted for the duration of the event.

M12A
7 Jonothan Nolan
W12A
5 Maggie Mackay
W16A
2 Serena Doyle
M45A
5 Ant Nolan
W45A
7 Melanie Christie
M50A
5 Shane Doyle
W50A
3 Linda Sesta
M55AS
2 Jim Mackay
W55AS
3 Gayle Shepherd
M65AS
3 Ian McKenzie
M65AS
1 Dave Lotty
M70A
6 Dick Ogilvie
W70A
7 Mary Jane Mahony
M80A
2 Brian Cleland
WOpenB
3 Jane Boland
Open Easy
1 William Nolan

Prosser’s Reef (State League #8)

Vague spurr/gully was the main offer. Many motorbike tracks, all unmarked, cris-crossed the map, ensuring a distraction for anyone looking for an easier way and forgetting to keep their compass bearing firmly in mind.



The sunshine made it a magic day both for orienteering and for socialising. The noise level of the conversations was notable.


The first two events used the same Assembly area, on a private property.
M12A
7 Jonothan Nolan
W12A
5 Maggie Mackay
W16A
2 Serena Doyle
M45A
4 Ant Nolan
W45A
5 Melanie Christie
M50A
2 Shane Doyle
W50A
2 Linda Sesta
M55AS
2 Jim Mackay
W55AS
5 Gayle Shepherd
M65AS
9 Ian McKenzie
M65AS
1 Dave Lotty
M70A
7 Dick Ogilvie
W70A
7 Mary Jane Mahony
M80A
1 Brian Cleland
WOpenB
3 Jane Boland
MOpenB
4 William Nolan

Rylestone Common (State League #9)

Located on the edge of Rylestone (not much of a walk from the caravan park) and up above the local golf course, it was bush but not as usually known. Some were unsure what a 'bush sprint' would be. Changes of direction, runners going in all directions combined with ups and downs and some limited visibility. There were more challenges than expected.




M12A
6 Jonothan Nolan
W12A
2 Maggie Mackay
M45A
5 Ant Nolan
W45A
7 Melanie Christie
W50A
2 Linda Sesta
M55AS
1 Jim Mackay
W55AS
1 Gayle Shepherd
M65AS
7 Ian McKenzie
M65AS
1 Dave Lotty
M70A
4 Dick Ogilvie
W70A
6 Mary Jane Mahony
M80A
2 Brian Cleland
W85A
1 Maureen Ogilvie
WOpenB
2 Jane Boland
MOpenB
2 William Nolan

Sunday, June 3, 2018

44th Great NOSH Race


What's the NOSH? It's an annual trail run established and organised by the orienteering community.

Run or walk on a traffic-free course from Lindfield Oval via Roseville Bridge to Seaforth Oval through some of Sydney's most spectacular bushland.  The course is approximately 16.4km in length, mostly on bush tracks and fire trails, with some steep sections.  There's 570m climb throughout the course.

Uringa's contribution has for many years been to organise and staff the water station underneath the Roseville Bridge. Organiser in chief is Ron Pallas.


Oh, yes, and also to be represented by runners. Ant Nolan was 22nd at 1.20.39 followed by Will Nolan 82nd at 1.39.17.


If you look at it from a different point of view, it is the annual celebration of Gayle Shepherd's birthday. There's always cake (this year baked by Jane Boland).


Orienteering history was also represented by the florescent fleeces worn by some - harkening back to the cold but exciting week of running  2007 JWOC (Junior World Orienteering Championships) starts  in the chilly dawn of winter on maps near Dubbo.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Australian Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships

Last weekend the Australian MTBO championships and round 2 of the national MTBO series was held in Queensland. The event was organised by the Sunshine orienteers club, and the championships comprised of sprint, middle and long distance events.

The sprint event was held in St Paul’s School. The main challenge in this map was to clearly view the control points and then execute careful, not rushed but consistent navigation. After being disqualified in Victoria (despite a good performance) I came motivated to Queensland. I was pleased with my first ride in which I finished 3rd in the M40 category, with very tight times amongst the top 3 riders. Ricky Thackray (WA) took the M21 category.  Split results are available here.

The sprint map

Glass Mountains

The middle distance Australian MTBO championships were held on a horse riding farm. Uncharacteristically, riders were able to ride across country on both shades of yellow, which isn't normally allowed in MTBO maps. This time, I started the race with some big mistakes and was hesitant (I took some suboptimal route choices) throughout the race so was positioned only 6th overall. Carolyn Jackson excelled in this terrain with a clear win over Jayne Sales who came unstuck going to control 1. It was a great experience and I am confident that the more experienced foot orienteers would have benefited.

The middle distance map
The long distance Australian MTBO championships were held around the Glass Mountains area. To quote Kay Harshma, "the map was titled "resurrection" but for many it had a deflating experience with some closely located controls resulting in an inordinate amount of miss punching". Seriously it was hard work in the office… muddy, wet, deep puddles, sandy, lantana...well we survived.. (-;

In this event I made a big error early in course #4, it seems many others mispunched and did not finish the course at all. Overall I was happy with the result, 3rd again, but not with my time.

I was seriously happy with the weekend results with two 3rds! Where next? I am heading to Victoria next weekend for the rescheduled round 1 of the national series after it was cancelled due to bush fire back in March. In October, Uringa will host the middle distance NSW MTBO championships. It would be great to see some new Uringas riding! 

The long distance map

Ori in action at the MTBO Championships
Report by Ori Gudes


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Metro League 3 @ Ropes Crossing

On a new map just around the back of Tregear some noted orienteers gathered for the fray. Unlike the "Man from Snowy River" terrain this area was flat as a pancake ( I managed a tough 13m change in elevation on Div 5 Course).
The parkland area was not a challenge however a narrow band of creek with a "local unofficial" BMX track caused chaos in navigation as there area was very compact,  circles distinctly difficult to see and then fine navigate into.

Result wise Uringa had 2 up and one down.

Division 2 team had a fine win over WHO 38/17.  Ant 1st on course, Michael 2nd and Shane 5th followed by Finn is was 13th with our CC buddy Paul 22nd fastest on course

Division 3 did not fare as well going down to WHO 33/22. Jim had a great run being 3rd fastest on course but alas the remainder of the team has problems on course and finished in the bottom 3rd of the course.

Division 5 had a resounding victory 36/16 over a depleted GO team. Gayle scored top points with Dave, Melanie and Adrienne also filling the top spots in the competition.

The efforts of  Ron 3rd fastest and Jane 5th fastest on the Division 5 courses were not needed as the team all performed consistently.

AS far as the overall team points go - Division 2 is tied for the lead with BF,. Dive 3 are searching for their first win of the season and Division 5 are tied for the lead with WH.

Jono had a very fine win on the easy course. I saw Jono and mate out on the course and they were travelling quite quickly.in the open terrain.

The next Metro will be on June 24th at Mt Annan also on a new map.