25 teams made the journey to Long Point last Sunday for a rare day of spur gully orienteering in this beautiful bushland setting. The weather was still: cool enough to get you moving, but not beastly unpleasant to sit around in.
There was positive feedback on the Easy and Moderate courses. One comment was that control location on the Moderate course was too easy, However, the organiser is just happy that no-one (not even the novices) got lost in the steep terrain,
The Hard courses were a different story. Almost nobody (except a couple of wise older competitors) reported a perfect run. Quite a few found themselves in very steep gullies off the map altogether. The organiser restrains his smile and hopes he will be forgiven for challenging people.
Thank you to everybody who pitched in and made the organising so hassle-free. Thank you to members (and others) for coming so far to the event (and then for not getting lost while they were there!).
A glorious autumn day in Dorrigo drew forty nine entrants in space racing at Mt John's Primary School in the morning. This was followed in the afternoon by a second event at the Dorrigo Showground, the first public orienteering event held in Dorrigo. A new map prepared by Maurice Anker (NTOC) was used to offer Very Easy, Easy and Scatter courses for the twelve entrants. The official population of the Dorrigo Plateau is only 2311, so sixty one orienteers was an amazing result and a great way of celebrating World Orienteering Day!
The 2017 orienteering program in Armidale begins as usual with the February Twilight series. These events will be held on Wenesdays commencing at 5 pm for the first 3 weeks of February and culminate with a 2-day training weekend on the 25th and 26th.
For the training weekend we are lucky to have Atte Lahtinen, a young Finnish orienteer visiting NSW on an Orienteering NSW scholarship. Atte will provide coaching during this weekend and assist with other activities during his short stay in Armidale.
Both NEGS and PLC have expressed interest in attending weekend orienteering activities during term 1, so in addition to the February events, it has been decided to put on two bush events (instead of the usual one) in March. We hope other schools might also be interested in this initiative.