NTOC's annual twilight event series gets underway on Wednesday with a sprint style event on a new map of Armidale High School. This will be followed on successive Wednesdays by events at the Apex Lookout, PLC School and Sport UNE. Courses will open at 5 pm and close at 6:30 pm, except for the Sport UNE event which will open at 4 pm.
Sprint style orienteering has become increasingly popular in recent years. As the name implies, the courses are usually quite short with expected winnng times of 12-15 minutes. They are invariably held in places like university or college campuses where there are complex networks of buildings and pathways. The emphasis is on careful map reading and navigation at high speed.
For this Wednesday's event, first time course setter Malcolm McPhee has set a 2.5 km course that will have you puzzling about the optimum route to take around the maze of buildings that constitute Armidale High School.
For the less ambitious, there will also be an option to do a scatter course in which the 14 controls may be visited in any order.
Entries are open for this year's NSW Middle and Long Championships to be held near Armidale, on April 21-22.
Organisers promise us two awesome new granite maps right next door to the much-loved Mount Brown map. There are football fields of bare rock!
The map area is adjacent to Thunderbolts Way, the main Road from Uralla to Bundarra, and is about 7km north of the junction with the road from Armidale. The same parking area and arena will be used for both days.
Immediately prior to the champs is a junior squad camp, so expect our up-and-coming talent to be right into the rock detail come the Middle Champs on Saturday afternoon.
Entry is via Eventor (full details are on the champs web page) and close on Sunday April 8.
What a great day we had on Friday with our annual schools orienteering carnival. The rain that was threatened to arrive at 12 pm did not come until late afternoon so we were very fortunate weatherwise. We had 675 students from 9 schools attending, including 63 secondary students.
Congratulations to The Armidale School on reclaiming the PSSA trophy for best overall primary school performance. The PSSA trophy scores achieved by each school on the line and score courses were
Place getters in the various divisions of the line courses were
Green years 5-6
|2||Aidan Taylor | Sabian Craigie||MGPS||27:40|
|3||Marley Doak | Brayden Grieve||ACPS||33:55|
Green years 7-8
|1||Ryan Simpson | Sam Graham||OCC||29:23|
|2||Will Wood | Ben Jones||OCC||38:27|
|1||Zeke Johnstone | Eli Layton||OCC||28:59|
|2||Isabella Kennedy | Chloe Gray | Bethany Rhode||OCC||29:44|
|3||Bonnie Woods | Courtney Reeves||OCC||34:00|
Orange years 7-8
Orange years 9+
|2||Bailey Pattison | William Fittler||DHS||26:27|
|3||Declan Rich | Luke Wilson||DHS||27:56|
Sixty mm of rain in the previous week meant there was a good flow of water in the creek, so a score course format was chosen for this event with all controls on one side of the creek. However Alec Watt (at least) deemed the creek crossable and chose that option between two of the controls.
Several people managed to collect all controls within the 1 hour time limit. In spite of losing 3 minutes on one short leg, Don Barker still managed to beat Peter May by 5 seconds, with a big gap then to Michael Smart in third place.
We were pleased to welcome newcomers Peter Dennis and the Conroy family.
Results can be viewed here.