Wednesday, June 12, 2024

KB 3 Rylstone - Kandos.

The 2024 KB3 was run on a mix of new and old maps. Day 1 - Rylstone Common was first used in Easter 2014 prepared for the Family Relays and Elite Sprint. Day 2- Dungeree State Forest was first used in 1990 Day 1 of the Easter 3 days. Day 3 Minora Rocks was the newest being used for the NSW Championships last year.

For me it was a real buzz to be back on both Rylstone Common and Dungeree State Forest as they were part of events that I had played a significant part in organising and this was the first time I actually got to run on the maps.

Day 1- Rylstone Common.

This pocket-sized area was quite a challenge as the vegetation had grown somewhat since 2014. Control sites varied from rock to wreckage, ant mounds and gullies.

Linda Sesta W55A had a great run to finish first - the harbinger of a magnificent carnival. Alon Gudes and Dave Lotty were second in M12A and  Open Easy respectively. Ron Pallas picked up a third in M55AS.

4th Place; Ant Nolan M50A, Maggie Mackay W20A, Elodie Warlters M/W10N

5th Place; Gayle Shepherd W55AS

6th Place: Jane Boland W Open B. Paul Coleman M Open B – I think this was Paul’s first bush event and certainly first big carnival

8th Place; Michael Warlters M55A

9th Place; Ori Gudes M45AS

11th Place Ian McKenzie M55A


Alex Davey leading Linda Sesta towards the finish

Linda's W55A Course 

Alon's M12A Course

Alon in full flight

Day 2 Dungeree State Forest

You could count the number of rock features on one hand so the majority of controls were on ant mounds (ant mounds were very small with the control stands often taller were taller!) and gullies. It is an open area however the mapping of the vegetation was way out of date and caused one or two sessions of technical language when trying to locate the control. The courses featured some long legs which were great fun.

Linda Sesta was again home first in W55A along with Dave Lotty in Open Easy. Ant Nolan, M50A, Gayle Shepherd W55AS picked up 2nd places. Jonathan Nolan, M18A recovered from a day 1 mp to finish 3rd in a very competitive class. Not to be outdone by Jono, mum Jane Boland was 3rd in W Open B

4th Place; Alon Gudes M12A, Ron Pallas M65AS, Maggie Mackay W20A

5th Place; Ori Gudes M45AS, Paul Coleman M Open B, Elodie Warlters M/W10N

7th Place; Michael Warlters M55A, Hayley Coleman W Open B – Hayley’s first bush event.

9th Place; Ian McKenzie M55A


Jono heading to the finish

Gayle reliving her run her run

Gayle's W55AS course

Ant's M50A Course
After today's event there was time for some sight seeing. Ganguddy ( Dunns Swamp) was a popular venue. The area was mapped for  Day 2 Easter 1990 and is a mass of amazing pagodas. 

Aldo enjoying the view. 

Linda and Aldo amongst the Pagodas

Vista is amazing. Good place to swim too!

Sunday night at the Globe Hotel.

The Social secretary organised club dinner at the Globe Hotel Rylstone and it was well attended by a crowd of Uringans and a few hangers on. Perhaps the highlight of the night was Sherry receiving for Presidents Cup after a fine win at the Uringa Xmas party. It was good for a catch up. Food was pretty good too!

Sherry receiving her President's Cup

Kent, Sherry and Benjamin at the Globe

Ian McKenzie catching up with long out of the game but returning - Glenn Flack 

Day 3 Minora Rocks

Having run on this map September last year we had a pretty good idea of what was to come. The walk to the start was very much like something out of “Picnic at Hanging Rock” as we ascended up through large rocks. There was a distinct benefit in starting up amongst the clouds as it greatly reduced the climb.

Besides the huge rocks there was all so much dead timber on the ground which made progress slow and I think most competitors ended up either face planting or shoulder rolling or simply ending up on one’s bottom. The courses really tested your fine navigation.

Linda again topped the class in W55A. Ori Gudes M45AS was a “man on a mission” finishing 2nd . Also in second was Jane Boland in W Open B. Jonathan Nolan M18A was 3rd in his class. Ron Pallas in M55AS scored another 3rd along with Dave Lotty in Open Easy. Also in 3rd was Ant Nolan M50A.  It was great to see Benjamin Mo competing in the bush in Men Junior B where he finished 3rd- Great work Benjamin.

4th Place; Elodie Warlters M/W10N, Maggie Mackay W20A,

5th Place; Alon Gudes M12A, Paul Coleman M Open B

6th Place: Jim Mackay M60A

7th Place; Michael Warlters M55A

8th Place; Michael Warlters M55A

12th Place Ian McKenzie M55A


On the way up, up, up  to the start

Ori flying towards the finish

Maggie heading home.

Ori's course M45AS

Jane's W Open B course. There were some very challenging legs on this course.

The Podium

Fortunately, the weather was quite pleasant as the presentation of badges were made to place getters for the three days. (I must say the weather was very kind to us for the entire weekend.)

Linda was a run-away winner in W55A having cleaned up every day. Alon came in second in M12A, Joined by Jane in W Open B and Dave in Open Easy. Great to see Maggie placing 3rd in W20A. Maggie is running up a division to gain more experience and competition. Also 3rd was Elodie Warlters in M/W10N. A great effort Elodie. Ant Nolan M50A had quite a battle in M50A but came home a very happy 3rd 

4th Place; Paul Coleman

6th Place; Ori Gudes M45AS,  Michael Warlters M55A

8th Place; Ian McKenzie M55A


Alon in 2nd Place

Ant celebrating 3rd place 


It was indeed a great weekend away. Excellent competition, great comradery within the orienteering community. Garingal did a great job presenting 3 events in 3 days. They were rather let down by the interface between their event software and eventor with results hard to find. A lot of head scratching and gnashing of teeth coming from the tent.

Results can be found:


We are headed to the Rylstone- Kandos area again on the 7th and 8th of September as we are combining with Bennelong to run the New South Wales Middle and Long Distance Championships.

Ant Nolan is the course setter for the Long Distance Championship.

Book your accommodation early.

 Thanks to Garingal and Tony Hill for the great photos


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