Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Hills are Alive with........

They say Double Bay – Double Pay. What goes up (it hurts 1) goes down (it hurts 2)

Well it certainly was for the 144 orienteers who took part in Sydney Summer series #22 on Wednesday evening. The “Cooper Park” map takes in the shores of Sydney Harbour to the lofty heights of Edgecliff, albeit with a lot of contours and flights of stairs in between.

the map- the puzzle- the pain
For the competitors the first battle was trying to find a flow around the map to maximise points. The controls around and in Cooper Park itself were easy pickings (yes there were stairs involved). 240 points by my reckoning could be harvested here  but there was pain.

Anyway looking at the results usual podium placer Andrew Hill picked up 570 points but lost 40 in time penalties.  Ian (I’m getting the lot) McKenzie indeed picked up all 30 controls but was just a little overtime.

Scott and Dianna Bennett who have recently joined Uringa were there for their second attempt at Summer Series Orienteering. They did rather well but then their fitness levels have been honed on the Adventure racing circuit and no doubt their fine point navigation will improve with more racing under their collective belts.

A word here for the course planner Dave Lotty. Working on a brand new map he certainly set a course which had everyone scratching their heads. Mind you if you hang around the finish area long enough you would have gleaned many a clue as to how best to solve the Cooper park puzzle.

O-touch entry system was used for the first time at a summer series event. Each competitor inserts their Estick into a unit and up pops their name- choose your class and click on entry and away you go. This was very much a trial and in the next season the club will invest in two tablets to run this as a true touch screen experience which will make it faster. (no white cards to play with!!!)

Name
Class
Gross
Score
Time
Penalties
Nett
Score
Place
in class
Brian Cleland                  
IM
330
42:57
 
330
3
Mary Jane Mahony               
LW
280
43:07
 
280
2
Ian McKenzie   
WaM
600
109:04
-650
0
3
Finn Mackay       
JM
250
31:45
 
250
4
Jim Mackay                     
VM
370
44:27
 
370
16
Margaret Jones                 
VW
390
46:48
-20
370
1
Penny Field
SVW
240
39:21
 
240
6
Scott& Dianna Bennett
Groups
350
45:48
-10
340
1
Lisa Lampe
VW
350
45:48
-10
340
5
Linda Sesta
VW
360
37:52
 
360
2
Sophie Jones
SJW
130
25:29
 
130
3
Helen Murphy
SVW
240
37:04
 
240
5
Adrienne Kirby
SVW
290
44:22
 
290
4
Catherine Murphy
OW
460
43:59
 
460
2
Matt Peters
VM
430
44:51
 
430
5
Ian Jones
VM
440
49:18
-50
390
12
Georgia Jones
JW
360
39:06
 
360
1
Ondrej Pavlu
OM
520
45:47
-10
510
3

 That brings the Sydney Summer Series events to a close – well as far as Uringa’s commitment goes. There are still a number of events through March run by other Sydney clubs.

Oh I forgot to mention the storm. Yes it was a hot and steamy day and the black clouds had gathered in an ominous formation to the south. The event set up was completed under a hot sun and the rain that had been threatening all day was still doing that, threatening. Early runners had a dry run, well sweat excluded. Whereas those who ran around 6pm copped a drenching. Mangled maps was the order of the day. It is surprising how many people do not bring a map bag. A few smirks were seen on faces as those who arrive at 4.30 and run at 6.15 having spent a long time studying the map returned to the finish looking rather wet! (revenge is sweet.)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Uringa AGM

The 2013-14 AGM was held at the McKenna residence last week. There was little change in the office bearers with Ian stepping into the Club Captains role.

President
Linda Sesta
Vice President
Lisa Lampe
Secretary
Ron Pallas
Treasurer
Dave Lotty
Webmaster
Dave McKenna
Blogmaster
Rick Steele
Social Activities Officer
Gayle Shepherd
Mapping & Events Officer
Dave Lotty
Equipment Officer/s
Ron Pallas, Nick Wilmot, Matt Peters , Dave McKenna
Club Captain
Ian Jones
Training Officer
Maggie Jones
Medical Officer
Lisa Lampe
Delegates to OANSW
Linda Sesta, Jane McKenna, Brian Cleland
 
 
It was agreed that we Uringa would run the following summer events in the 2014-15 summer season

4 - Southern Summer series Events
2 - Northern Summer series events
2 - Sprint Events
Events Officer Dave will be chasing setters and Roster Guru Helen will be chasing helpers for these events.
Uringa's final Summer series Event happens today at Double Bay- I hope the predicted afternoon storms  are delayed until after 8.30pm

Monday, February 24, 2014

Callan Park Event in Pictures

It might have been a wet and overcast day, but the park was still beautiful.

Rain meant no cricket. No cricket meant a comfortable sheltered assembly area for the socialising as well as the sprint registration and finish.

...and more socialising.

If you ran hard to the finish and couldn't stop you might have ended up in the bay. Nice to have a very visible finish though,.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Callan Park Sprint Event, Sunday 16th February, 2014


 

The rain had stopped, the ground was soft, the grass was green and the birds were singing for the late afternoon start for this event.  As usual, many Uringans attended to assist with over 80 keen orienteers who entered the event. Many compliments for Matt who was the Course Setter and many were bemused, but very accepting of, the new computer-based self-directed method of registration, devised by Ron, which was 100% accurate! Maureen provided a cake at just the right time and the Jones family helped with collection of controls at the end of the event, so it was a wrap by 8.15 pm. Competition was keen with some excellent times recorded.
Up and coming junior Aidan Dawson showed a clean pair of heels to the rest of the field winning by almost a minute when he finished in 16.52.  The first Uringan home was Lawrence Jones in 20.01 (6th) and right behind with only a gap of 3 seconds was Ian Jones in 8th place. Catherin Murphy chipped with a fine top ten finish.

(Thanks Penny for your report!)
 
Full result List

6Lawrence JonesSprint20:01+3:096:59
8Ian JonesSprint20:04+3:127:00
10Catherine MurphySprint20:22+3:307:07
12Matt WestwoodSprint20:46+3:547:15
14Alice WestwoodSprint21:13+4:217:25
19Georgia JonesSprint21:46+4:547:36
21Shane DoyleSprint22:00+5:087:41
24Linda SestaSprint22:19+5:277:48
30Ian McKenzieSprint24:26+7:348:32
36Margaret JonesSprint25:20+8:288:51
37Jim MackaySprint25:39+8:478:58
48Serje RobidouxSprint27:45+10:539:42
49Dick OgilvieSprint27:54+11:029:45
57Dave LottySprint29:34+12:4210:20
59Finn MackaySprint29:47+12:5510:24
64Lisa LampeSprint31:28+14:3611:00
69Mary Jane MahonySprint39:39+22:4713:51
Brian ClelandSprintmispunched
Maureen OgilvieSprintmispunched

Monday, February 3, 2014

Brian's TV breakthrough on WIN News!





Little did Brian know he would make the News bulletin on WIN News Central West when competing in the Christmas 5 Day 2013 in the Orange region !! Go Brian !!


Saturday, February 1, 2014

Canberra Sprints 23-27th January

A small number of Uringans took part in the Canberra Sprints. Dave dropped in for Days 1 & 2, Dick, Maureen, Gayle and Linda clocked on for Days 4 & 5. Ian McKenzie, returning from injury was the only 5 days runner and even though he was running ( well jogging, quick walking) his times were not too bad at all.
It is rumoured that this event in some form or other will be held again in 2015- keep a look out for it.
Dick in full flight

Gayle, heading for the finish

Georgia also heading to the finish on Day 5
 

The presentation gained most people's attention although Maureen was checking out the nearest coffee shop location.

Ian competed in Men Elite for the 5 days.

Sir Galahad Lawrence fresh from carrying mum up and down the Snowy Mountains

Linda heading in to the finish wondering where her enemy  and fellow Swiss runner Anita was- in front or behind?

Maggie zooms in to the finish- fresh legs after Lawrence did all the work in the Snowys!

Maureen looking forward to the finish and coffee.

Who says I cannot multi-task. looking after both the finish and Lewie
Photos pinched from Facebook pages of Canberra Sprints and Orienteering Australia