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Varied Courses at Morialta

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The weather at Morialta was excellent for orienteering, albeit a little chilly for the organisers early in the morning.

Nigel Dodson Keeffe set six courses to suit the broad range of effort and navigational difficulty that orienteers wished. The long hard course was popular and certainly tested the steep terrain of Morialta, and Nigel made the most of the map to achieve the distance required.

The short hard course was also popular, demonstrating the desire for a navigational test  

but not necessarily busting oneself on a Sunday morning.

It was pleasing to see groups, with both family and friends participating.

A thank you to Gerry Velaitis for managing the SI system and all Yalangans for their organisation efforts.

Article by Rob Tucker


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Blustery Weather for North Adelaide Event

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course1Despite the blustery squalls of rain interspersed with sunshine, the courses planned by Heather Smith were tested by a number of people. Keen orienteers looking for a run, and those wanting to hone  their skills, chose the moderate course. Newcomers and younger children tried the very easy and easy courses. People were challenged by changes in details on the map.image5

We also farewelled Antonio who is returning to Spain. Of course the cake was a pavlova roll.

Article by Fi Pahor. Photograohs by Heather Smith

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Three Days in the Flinders Ranges

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The June long weekend saw SA orienteers, and a few interstate visitors, travel to the Flinders Ranges for 3 days of orienteering. The weekend commenced on Saturday afternoon with a warm-up event on Rawnsley Park station presented by the Southern Arrows. The area is a typical spur gully terrain with complex watercourses, native pines, open areas and rocky ridges.

AMWModerateSunday moved to the Mannawarra – Prelina map, with a long OY event by OH and course planner Craig Colwell.   The area is more subtle spur gully but with many small knolls, native pine cover and open hills, and many watercourses. The area offers fast running, but the opportunity to easily lose map contact as some orienteers found. Low cloud obscuring the distinctive hills early in the event added to the navigational challenge. Craig’s long courses offered a great mix of leg types, with some long legs (as on Course 2 below), combined with more technical sections with short legs especially near the end of the course requiring you to maintain concertation to the end.

The fast terrain was exemplified by Simon Uppill who completed the 15.5 km M21A course in 77 minutes, a running rate of 5 mins/km! Bridget Anderson was fasted on the W21A course – 12.6 km in 96:45 minutes.

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Tyson Hillyard was the course planner for the WA Middle Distance event on the Monday. This was the northern part of the same map, with some overlap in area with the Sunday event allowing the use of the same finish area. The subtle terrain, with some complex areas again offered a technical challenge in the courses set by Tyson. The sun also appeared for the day, with Rawnsley Bluff being a backdrop the event.

All results are available on the Resultspage. Here you will also find links to Route Gadget where you can view all the courses, and to Winsplits to see where you and others may have made errors.

And don’t forget to vote for the Course Planner of the Year Award at the links here as well.

Below - some juniors enjoying the orienteering.

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World Orienteering Day was mainly in the Dark!

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World Orienteering Day was celebrated in South Australia on May 23rd at Thorndon Park. P1000897The objective was to find as many countries (controls as in  photograph) as possible within 45 mins. PhotoGrid 1527073716348

Visit the site...explore the world map to find our event and see the map & photographs. Photographs also on our Facebook Page wod logo 160 Each person was assigned a random country and the winners were: 1st New Zealand 3770 points represented by Max Grivell, Phil Hazell, Aylwin Lim and Jacqueline Stephens. 2nd USA 3490 points represented by Joanna George, Peter Kreminski, Harry Waterhouse & David Tilbrook. 3rd Argentina represented by Erica Diment, Abigail George & Adrian Uppill.  Full Results (please note results in a score event are determined by score not time)can now be seen on the results page. 

Article by Ken Thompson

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