Orienteer’s detailed map reading and fast route selection was put to the test at Bendigo Orienteers La Trobe University sprint race on Saturday. A combination of navigating the complex urban environment of detailed buildings, paths, and garden beds (forbidden to cross), mixed with fast running and challenging route choices has seen the Sprint orienteering format become a well-established and popular orienteering style.
The short distance sprint format also fitted well as a precursor to the Victorian Long Distance Championships held on the Sunday at nearby One Tree Hill. Orienteers from across the state were in Bendigo for the weekend’s events. Due to the wet conditions on Saturday, sprint course times were slightly slower than expected, but regular showers through the day could not put a dampener on competitiveness among place getters with only a few seconds separating them on most courses.