Saturday, November 10, 2018

Orienteering NSW Awards Presentation Day

Congratulations to all the Uringans who were honoured at the NSW annual awards ceremony today. Presented in the scenic surrounds of Waverton North Sydney Club after the Saturday Orienteering Series event, the awards recognised the contribution of the sport’s many dedicated volunteers and administrators as well as the achievements of those who represented their club in competitions throughout the year.

Seven club members earned podium places in the NSW State League and were presented with badges. Jim Mackay was first in the M55AS class, Dave Lotty won the M65AS class and Maureen Ogilvie was first W85A. Serena Doyle (W16), Jane Boland (WOpenB) and Linda Sesta (W50A) scored bronze in their categories.

Dave Lotty, winner of M65AS class
Brian Cleland, 2nd M80A
Serena Doyle, 3rd W16 with winner Niam Cassar of WHO
Linda Sesta, winner of the W50A class

In the 2018 MetrO League, the Uringa CC Harriers won Division 2, and team members Shane Doyle, Serena Doyle and Paul Prudhoe were on hand to collect the shield. Shane was also awarded a medal for winning the individual championship title. In Division 5, Melanie Christie won the individual title, and she also picked up the Rookie of the Year Award for her achievements since taking up orienteering.

Uringa CC Harriers Paul Prudhoe, Serena Doyle and Shane Doyle
Melanie Christie with her Rookie of the Year Award

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Mountain Bike Orienteering (MTBO) - Uringa runs an event

You ride your mountain bike and you orienteer, all at the same time. Yes, it is that lesser known version of orienteering. Its leader in Uringa Orienteers is Ori Gudes, and there are other Uringans who have discovered its attraction.

Saturday, 20 October was the 2018 NSW MTBO Middle Distance Championships. Ori was the course setter with Uringans (and others) managing the event.

By the way, we also had a NSW MTBO Middle Distance champ: M40 Ant Nolan.

Orienteering NSW reported: 'Brand new map of the area east of Wedderburn Aerodrome that required a 5km ride to the start and the same back again! So 10km on top of your course length. And should we mention it was pushing 30 degrees all afternoon? Very hard work as many tracks were a bit rough, or a bit soft, or had obstacles. And did we mention how hot it was? An event where the purists prevailed while still managing 4 minutes per km'. 

Are you interested in MTBO? Go here, and/or speak to Ori Gudes.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

2018 National Rankings – non-elite orienteers

Every year the national rankings list is published. To be on the list an orienteer needs to compete in national events. Uringa had no one running in the elite classes this year; however, we do have some non-elite members in the rankings.
Congratulations to Shane Doyle and Maureen Ogilivie, first in their respective age classes.
Maureen Ogilvie W85

Shane Doyle M50
Rankings in non-elite classes were determined based on results in the Australian 3-Days Championship, Australian Championships and the South Australian Middle Championship using the three best results.
Points are awarded for each event completed on the basis of 100 points for first place and lesser points for other competitors. When more than one orienteer in a class has 100 points, the first ranked orienteer is determined by the average of their three best winning margins.
The Uringans
W16 13/17 (72.23) Serena Doyle
W60 14/18 (57.07) Sarah Garnett
W70 21/23 (67.12) Mary Jane Mahony
W85 1/1 (100.00) Maureen Ogilvie

M50 1/20 (100.00) Shane Doyle
M50 7/20 (84.98) Michael Warlters
M60 11/38 (89.29) Nick Wilmott
M65 12/35 (84.77) Rick Steele
M65 17/35 (81.93) Ian McKenzie
M70 30/38 (67.30) DIck Ogilvie
M80 3/4 (98.53) Brian Cleland

Australian Championships 2018 South Australia

Each year the Australian Orienteering Championships are held in a different state around the October long weekend. The maps and courses are of international standard. This year they were in South Australia around Renmark in the Riverland and east of Adelaide near the southern end of the Barossa Valley.  A small but determined band of orienteers made the trip.

Where is Serena...
For elite orienteers this is an opportunity to prove themselves in stiff competition. For  the non-elite the age class challenge is there combined with the opportunity to meet up again with old friends and make new ones, and to explore another interesting part of Australia (mentioned in passing were Birds Australia Gluepot Reserve, Kangaroo Island, and the cycling paths of the Barossa).

Chest number in place
The Australian Schools Championships is part of the carnival (set during the week when all Australian schools are on holiday), giving much encouragement to junior orienteers, and their parents.

Australian Middle Distance (Map: Crooked Straight, Renmark)

  • M50A: 2 Shane Doyle
  • W85A: 1 Maureen Ogilvie

Australian Sprint Championships (Map: Renmark Schools)
  • M50A: 1 Shane Doyle
  • M80A: 2 Brian Cleland
  • W85A: 1 Maureen Ogilvie

Australian Long Distance (Map: Gumeracha Goldfields, east of Adelaide)

  • M80A: 3 Brian Cleland
  • W85A: 1 Maureen Ogilvie

What an opportunity to see the outcome of long term plantation forestry

Australian Relay Championships
(Map: Wiela - Bunyip Ridge, Remark)
Teams containing Uringa members:
  • WOpenB: Maree 3rd
  • W21AS: Gayle 3rd
  • M45A: Shane 3rd

South Australian Championships Middle Distance (Map: Keynes Gap)
The host state also usually runs a state championship event, and this one offered up some confronting rock.
  • M45AS: 1 Ron Pallas
  • M50A: 2 Shane Doyle
  • M80A: 1 Brian Cleland
  • W85A: 1 Maureen Ogilvie

Just nice open paddocks with occasional very old trees...

...but turn around and there was the (first) rocky ridge

...and coming down to the final controls took some care.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Successful conclusion to Metro League hosted by Uringa

Uringa wrapped up the 2018 MetrO league in style yesterday, with the UR-CC Harriers claiming victory in Division 2 and two individual wins for club members – Shane Doyle in Division 2 and Melanie Christie in Division 5. The final event #6 was held at Boggabilla Lansdowne Park in ideal weather conditions, with mild temperatures, no wind and only a drizzle of rain. Participants also got to enjoy a Sunday morning lie-in, with starts commencing later than usual to avoid a clash with another sports event which ended up being cancelled.

Ron Pallas delivers the race briefing

Six Uringans competed for the UR-CC Harriers in Division 2 over a 4.5k course, with Ant Nolan finishing 1st overall in 29.51, followed by Shane Doyle in 3rd place in 33.41, Michael Warlters 5th in 34.57, Serena Doyle 23rd in 48.38, and Dick Ogilvie 29th in 54.30. In Division 5, Melanie Christie was first scorer for the UR-CC Kestrels, completing the 2.8k course in a time of 31.53 to finish in 5th place, followed by Jane Boland in 6th in 34.08, Gayle Shepherd 12th in 38.18, William Nolan 21st in 44.11 and Maureen Ogilvie 26th in 75.17.

Competitors lining up at the start

A number of members participated as individuals via the EOD option, including Phillip Ryan and Ian McKenzie in Division 1, Craig Roach and Catherine Murphy in Division 3, and Ori Guides, Terry Murphy and Helen Murphy in Division 5. Ori’s time of 27.34 was the fastest of the day on the course. Alon Gudes was 2nd on the 1800m easy course in a time of 19.04, and Jonathan Nolan finished 7th in 28.19
Individual results for each division are on Eventor and team results are on the Orienteering NSW site.

Division 1 map

Sunday, July 29, 2018

NSW Sprint Championships- UNSW

There is no doubt that out two Sydney based uni's Sydney and NSW are great areas for sprint events. The NSW Sprint Champs at UNSW was again a great event.

The weather could not have been better with the sun poking through the clouds after some overnight rain. The crowd certainly enjoyed basking in its warmth.

The courses were challenging and the many building works within the campus made it just a little more exciting for all concerned.
Sometimes the complexity can lead to hassles. Have a look at the route from 11 to 12. Note the two sets of magenta lines running north south over the what is the obvious route. They were marking an overpass but for all intents and purposes looked like out of bounds...

it was a great day for Uringa with 4 winners: Serje in M35AS, Melanie in W45A, Dave in M65AS and Maureen in W80A.

Helen picked up a neat 2nd in W65A ( first placing for a while) and Maggie was 3rd in W12A.
Other results were:
Catherine 2nd EODH
Dick 4th M70A
Ron 4th M55AS
Gayle 4th W55AS
Terry 5th M70A
Jim 7th M55A
Ori 3rd EODM
Rupert 10th EODM
Joe 5th EODE

State League  Events in Orange (18/19 Aug) - entries close August 10th
Metro League 6 - Finals- (26 Aug) entries close on 24th August

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

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:

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.