Important - State League 1 & 2 postponed

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Entrants to the first State Leagues of the 2012 season received an email from Big Foot organisers today which read:    'After a site visit this weekend, Big Foot have reluctantly had to postpone State League 1 & 2. Access to the area by 2WD is impractical, and it looks as though this will remain the case for several weeks.

We apologise for the inconvenience that this will no doubt cause.


We will attempt to reschedule the event and will be in touch as soon we have a date. This may take a while, since we have to negotiate with a few land owners, consult the relevant orienteering calendars and sacrifice something to the weather gods.'


Big Foot plan to retain entry fees pending the setting of a replacement date for the events. 

NSW has good outing at National Orienteering League in Victoria

Monday, 12 March 2012

A number of our best athletes and upcoming juniors travelled to Victoria this weekend to compete in the opening NOL races.  Matthew Parton, Josh Blatchford and Rob Preston were all racing in the Men's Open Elite and brought in some good results in a competitive field.  Matthew Parton had the best result amongst the men with his 3rd place in the Sprint race, but they were all on their game with Rob Preston's  very consistent 5th in both Middle and Long Distance races, and  Josh Blatchford bringing home a 7th in the Sprint, 8th in the Middle and 10th in the Long Distance.  Alex Massey and Kasimir Gregory were racing in the Men's Junior Elite but never quite got on terms with some of the other Junior Elites who were on fire.  Oscar McNulty won the Sprint in a blistering 12:44, missed winning the Middle by a mere minute and won the Long Distance comfortably in 76:24 ahead of Ian Lawford's 82:46.

In the Women's Junior Elite races the NSW names to watch were Nicola Blatchford and Michele Dawson.  Nicola had a fine run to come 3rd in the Sprint event with Michele Dawson close behind in 4th.  However once the distances got longer it was Michele who took the lead winning a classy Middle Distance event in 40:59 a full minute ahead of rival Lilian Burrell and two minutes ahead of old rival from Queensland, Heather Muir.  Michele also picked up 4th in the Long Distance completing an excellent weekend for her.

Outside the Elite classes NSW had notable successes in the Middle Distance and Long Distance events. Paul Marsh (Big Foot) picked up 2nd in Over35 Middle Distance, Nick Dent (Central Coast) 3rd in Over 60 Middle and 1st in the Long, Dave Lotty scored a satisfying 1st in Over 65 Middle and 3rd in the Long, and Karen Blatchford podiumed twice in the Over 45 women's event with a 2nd for the Middle and 3rd in the Long Distance.

Space racing draws in new recruits for Western Plains Orienteers

Monday, 12 March 2012

Space Racing is becoming a star attraction in Dubbo and it is bringing new blood to Western Plains Orienteering Club.  Fourteen people have joined the club since the beginning of the series with both adults and children having their appetites for orienteering whetted by this highly successful innovation in the WP calendar.

The latest race was held at the TAFE campus in Dubbo and was set by Sally Devenish, Kate and Rebecca Kennedy.“The TAFE campus is very complex and yet children as young as eight years old were able to navigate their way around without adult assistance” said Karen Hagan, President of the Western Plains Orienteers, showing how such a series can really help the orienteering skills of the children to  develop.

The next event will take place at Macquarie Anglican Grammar School on Saturday 17th March (registration 8.30am).

Thanks to Karen Hagan for her help with this report

12 & 13 May - Coalfields Classic on-line entry is now open!

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

The Coalfields Classic - World Ranking event, World Orienteering Championship Selection Trial races, National Orienteering League Round 3 and incorporating NSW State Leagues #3,#4 and #5?  We are talking the best of everything - great maps, great courses, and all controlled and organised by our most experienced officials.

Come and see the cream of Australian orienteering compete for their spot on the WOC team, whilst making your own bid for age class honours. 

On-line entry is now open here.

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