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2007 Results

Milsons Bridge - December 10, 2007

One feature of this event was the way people stuck to the time limit. All long-course starters finished within a 10-minute window, which becomes a 5 minute window after excluding one outlier (Graeme).

Gary obviously believed that a score event was Anarchy-O and that he could punch the squares on the card in any order he chose, so he used the line event system and punched the squares on the card in order (starting with square 1), but visited the controls in a random order. Totally impossible to score properly! 17 out of 20 controls visited taking the squares punched at face value gives a score of 38. Gary's score could have been as high as 47 (if he only missed 3 one-pointers), but we'll never know.

Don was the only one to punch control #1, so I wasn't able to cross-reference the punch mark. We'll let him have it though! Don was given instructions by Erica to get rid of the trophy and not to bring it back. Sorry Erica...

We stuck to Nathan's scoring system, but his proposal to have Blue, Green, Orange & Red score events was ignored we just had 2 classes (short & long) Nathan was forgiven for muddling the control numbers as it was pouring rain while he hung the controls.

No punch card & no time for Eric, so we are trusting him to have correctly worked out his score (written on stub).

Alec

30 minute score course

Namepointstime
Felicity & Zoe Barker Smith231:15
Elissa Manley735:00
Helen, Terry & Elissa Manley1027:50
Ramona Burkhard1128:20
Lloyd Barker Smith2528:23
Alec Watt3229:50

1 hour score course

Namepointstime
Charles, Nathalie, Laura, Alex, Ebony Williams1355:28
Brent & Sue Gregory2457:37
Graeme Cooper2865:14
Erica Smith & Alex Eberli3058:30
Gary Slocombe38 *60:30
Maurice Anker4057:30
Kasimir Gregory4457:30
Eric Baker47Time not recorded
Felix Burkhard4855:30
Boahdan Gregory4855:27
Don Barker5058:33

* 17 controls visited score based on face value of squares punched (didn't use last 3 high value squares).


Saw Mill Creek, November 18, 2007

Saw Mill Creek is a great piece of bush - not very large, but obviously quite challenging, since only one person achieved under 10 minutes/km. The Green course attracted the largest number of competitors. They chose well, since Jenny had set a really interesting course round a paddock that is reverting to bush.

The weather was warm and quite humid, with the thunder shower holding off until after the controls had been collected at the end. The heat may have affected some peformances, but the slower competitors in each class either found new ways to make mistakes, or else brought back glowing reports about all the wildflowers they had encountered. Maurice Anker had done great work beforehand, improving the map out of recognition. But this didn't help him to a good time on the day; he said he was distracted noting all the further improvements he could be making to the map.

So congratulations to all who came! Those who didn't missed a good day's orienteering.

Bob & Jenny Hawkins

Blue course

No starters

Green course

Ramona Burkhard 35:45
Erin Rummery, Beth Wilson & Fayah Arnold 45:17
Joanne Lowe & Tegan Picona 52:25
Hannah Kirkwood & Zoe Barker-Smith 55:40
Jack Sinden 65:25
M Sinden 65:25

Orange course

David Clayton 98:05
Judy Colman 107:55

Short Red course

Alec Watt 45:35
Jenny Hawkins 56:51
Felix Burkhard 57:03

Long Red course

Eric Baker 64:00
Boahdan Gregory 76:18
Don Barker 76:53
Kasimir Gregory 78:09
Maurice Anker 84:00

Sunnyside TSR - October 19, 2007

25 orienteers turned out at Sunnyside TSR on a perfect night for orienteering clear night , with a half moon high in the sky, temp 10 degrees. The forest had been hit by a severe storm several months ago and this has left a lot of fallen branches on the ground. One area of thicket had been macerated by hail the storm leaving it as a fast running area with only light regrowth.

The moonlight was bright enough for the Red course fastest, Don Barker to be able to run long stretches with moonlight alone and just use his torch to find the control flags. Even so there was not enough light for everyone to easily find the flags and everyone had problems with at least one control in the dark. Kirsty and Nathan (together) and Kaz Gregory were the only ones to hit the hardest control (no. 8 on the Red ) direct on a compass bearing through the bush with no attack point. Erica and Felicity had a slow finish when all of their 4 torches failed with a kilometre to go, so they didn't ever find the last flag on the Orange.

Eric Baker

Blue course

Zoe Barker-Smith 27 min

Green course

India Winiger, Stephanie and Alinta Merrotsy 25 min
Nicola, Sam, Sandy Watson 42 min
Andreas and Laura Tillman 56 min
Jack and Marley Sinden 73 min

Orange course

David Clayton 32 min
Brent and Sue Gregory 76 min
Felicity and Erica Smith 111 min (missed last control)

Red course

Don Barker 63 min
Felix Burkhart 68 min
Alec Watt 68 min
Kaz Gregory 70 min
Maurie Anker 80 min
Jane Watt 90 min
Nathan Jeffrey and Kirsty Moore 114 min

Yooroonah 6 hour event - September 23, 2007

A revival after some years absence of the "6 hour" event format from the Northern Tablelands Orienteering Club's calendar brought out a small number of enthusiasts. The event was held in the "Yooroonah" section of Cathedral Rock National Park which provided near ideal conditions for the event. In orienteering jargon, this was a "score" event where the controls are scattered over the course area and you have a time limit to find as many as possible. This introduces an extra dimension to the game in that you have to work out your "route", the order in which you visit the controls. In effect this was a "rogaine". For more about rogaining in NSW, visit "www.nswrogaining.org" .

Maurice Anker proved he was on top of all this by missing only two of the thirty two check points, getting back with just five minutes to spare. It so happened that the flags were collected in the following weekend by one of the current Australian Rogaining Champions and his wife. It took them a full six hours to do the job. Admittedly they had to stop at each flag and untie the knots but to compensate for that five of the very close in flags had already been collected.

Graeme Cooper

Name Score Time
Maurice Anker 640 5:55
Bob Hawkins 520 5:44
Don Barker 450 4:15
Bruce Haigh & Steven Harden 340 5:31
Alec & Jane Watt 320 3:48
Kasmir Gregory 280 4:17
Terry Cooke 270 5:07
Eric Baker 260 3:26
Erica Smith & Felicity Barker-Smith 180 3:42
Brent & Sue Gregory 180 4:24
Boahdan Gregory 160 2:56
Marly Sinden 40 2:06
Jack Sinden 40 2:06

Oakview - August 19, 2007

The rain fell ever so gently at first.

As the morning progressed, so too did the rain. This made conditions quite difficult for many of the starters, so it was just as well the organiser was unable to be present to record times!

Blue course

Kieran Dennis, Brent (no time)

Green course

Michael Smart, Torsten, Disa (no time)
John Dennis MP

Short Orange course

Boahdan Gregory 47:50

Long Orange course

No starters

Short Red course

No starters

Long Red course

Lloyd Barker-Smith (no time)
Don Barker (no time)
Maurice Anker MP

Blue Hole - July 29, 2007

This year's orienteering outing at the Blue Hole was just as exciting as last year's. Where the farmer's friends did not do their job to deter or confuse the runners, the 'misplaced' flags did. I cannot quite tell whether this last detail helped the more experienced or the less experienced but I think we agree that it added another level of complexity to the run. Nevertheless, it was a beautiful day for running and just like last year, I could hardly climb the steps to our bedroom after returning home on Sunday afternoon having retrieved the required flags (I was buggered!). The pros: a great way for a relative new course setter to learn the finer points of orienteering, and I slept like a log! Till next time!

Joakim Ho

Blue course

Denise Herd 0:45:00
Zoe Barker-Smith 0:48:00
Cherene, Hamish & Marley Doak 0:53:00
Maeve & Laura 1:13:00

Green course

John Maguire 0:37:12
Ramona, Maddy & Bella 0:43:00
Kim Swan & Group 0:44:00
Jackson & Riley Doak 0:44:57
Michael Smart & Family 0:53:00
Marly Sinden 1:23:35
Jack Sinden 1:23:38

Short Orange course

Michael Smart 0:58:10
Felicity & Erica Barker-Smith 1:21:35
Kyrill Ho 1:39:00
Narelle Clayton 1:46:28
Watson Family 2:43:10

Long Orange course

Robert Herd 1:32:22
Sue Gregory 2:12:00
Judy Coleman 2:39:24
David Clayton DNF

Short Red course

Eric Baker 0:56:50
Felix Burkhard 1:05:15
Kirsty & Group 2:39:40
Jane Watt DNF

Long Red course

Don Barker 1:26:50
Kas Gregory 1:41:12
Boahdan Gregory 1:46:12
Terry Cooke 1:48:42
Garry Slocombe 2:36:50
Brent Gregory 3:15:10
Nathan Jeffrey DNF

Boorolong Forest - June 24, 2007

Blue course

Zoe Barker-Smith 0:28:50
Madeleine Ho & Laura Williams 0:34:45
Matty Woodward 1:12:50

Green course

Harry, Sam & David Wright 0:40:50
Jessica & Suzie Wright 0:44:10
Sabrina & Joakim Ho, Alex & Charles Williams 1:11:20
Sandy, Sam & Nicola Watson 1:14:30
Marly Sinden 1:34:49
Jack Sinden 1:34:50

Short orange course

Brent Gregory 0:56:43
Sue Gregory 1:08:00
Felicity & Erica (Barker)-Smith 1:22:45
Jeanette & Gavin Rogers 1:38:10
Mattie & Kyrill Ho DNF

Long orange course

David Clayton 2:03:30
Anna Hanson, Kirsty Moore, Audrey & Melanie 2:14:00
Judy Colman DNF

Short red course

Narelle Clayton 1:54:00

Long red course

Bob Hawkins 0:50:10
Don Barker 0:53:53
Matthew Woodward 0:54:10
Maurice Anker 0:54:35
Boahdan Gregory 0:57:10
Kasimir Gregory 0:57:50
Peter Merrotsy 0:58:40
Nathan Jeffrey 1:18:35
Garry Slocombe 1:55:50
Jenny Hawkins DNF
Graeme Cooper DNF

Four Mile Creek - May 13, 2007

The day was overcast, but mild and no rain fell during the event. The map has been eaten out by drought affected travelling stock, so it was fast and there were very few grass seeds to annoy competitors.

Alinta set the Blue and Green courses, and did an excellent job. She set some controls such that the handrails could be abandonned for a short cut, and it was good to see John Dennis take advantage of this and complete the course in very quick time.

Alinta advised Peter on the setting of the Orange course. The intention was to include a range of features, a couple of difficult ones but with big handrails to bump into if off-line or overshooting, and to keep them navigating to the end. The Red course was the same as Orange, but without the map. A large section of the map (some said it was a mere fragment) was at each control showing the next leg, which the runners had to memorise. This was a suitable challenge, especially for the over 40s, and it was very pleasing to see the number of people who tackled the Long Red course. Some rude people laughed at the control description for #7, "Earth mound, 10 cm", nominating it for control description of the year. But it was on the map, and it was 10 cm high, and everyone found it.

Maurice clearly attacked the controls aggressivley and his memory impressed all. Alinta (12 yo) completed her first Red course, and did herself proud.

Blue course

Zoe Barker-Smith 30:55

Green course

John Dennis 35:16
Jack & Marly Sinden 70:14

Short orange course

David Clayton 68:58
Jane Watt 72:36
Felicity Barker-Smith 99:08

Long orange course

Terry Cooke & Eve Woodberry 99:33

Long red course

Maurice Anker 43:10
Alec Watt 54:36
Felix Burkhard 69:08
Don Barker 70:37
Kasimir Gregory 70:55
Boahdan Gregory 78:55
Bob Hawkins 81:25
Graeme Cooper 86:49
Alinta Merrotsy 99:09
Brent Gregory 100:53

Duval East - April 22, 2007

Blue course

No entries

Green course

Sandy & Nicola Watson 47:40
Mattie Ho 59:00 (approx)
Jack & Marly Sinden 72:00

Short orange course

Kyrill Ho 53:16
Alinta, Kelly, Stephanie 61:30
Kirsty Moore 86:00
James Poole 114:00
David, Sally, Scott, Brad, Adam Lucas 132:00
Geoff Smith & Stephanie DNF

Long orange course

David Clayton 82:57
Judy Colman 94:50
Terry Cook & Eve Woodbury 103:07

Short red course

Joakim Ho 43:05
Eric Baker 52:40
Narelle Clayton 104:00
Jane Watt DNF

Medium red course

Felix Burkhard 64:00

Long red course

Alec Watt 61:40
Bob Hawkins 64:52
Don Barker 80:00
Jenny Hawkins 82:30
Graeme Cooper 126:15

Dumaresq Dam - March 18, 2007

Blue course

John Dennis 29
Zo Barker-Smith 34:30
Geoff Ryan & Family 38:30
Sarah & Ruth Tremont 49:20
Marley Sinden 60

Green course

Sandy & Nicola Watson 64
Lucass & Appss 79:15

Short orange course

Nathan Jeffery 54:00
Brent Gregory 72:13
Felicity Barker-Smith 112:03

Long orange course

Sue Gregory 180

Short red course

Felix 56:20
Narelle Clayton 90

Long red course

Lloyd Barker-Smith 51:45
Eric Baker 54:45
Maurice Anker 56:00
Don Barker 61:02
Kas Gregory 68:28
Alec Watt 70:12
Bob Hawkins 73:00
Boahdan Gregory 72:30

Twilight #2 - UNE - February 21, 2007

Blue course

Andreas Tillman 21:00
Jackson Doak 22:20
Riley & Hamish Doak 28:16

Short Orange course

Felix Burkhard 28:05
David Clayton 39:20
Sandy & Nicola Watson 40:30
Jane Watt 46:18
Alinta Merrotsy, India Winiger 55:45
Felicity Barker-Smith 56:10
Anna Hansson & Kirsty 57:28
Narelle Clayton 58:25
Cathie Rose DNF

Long Orange course

Alec Watt 45:45
Peter Merrotsy 45:55
Maurice Anker 46:45
Nathan Jeffery 53:10
Graeme Cooper 71:00
Lloyd Barker-Smith DNF

Twilight #1 - Moran Oval - February 14, 2007

Results not guaranteed waterproof!