Issue 20/14

The weekly e-newsletter of

Bendigo Orienteers Inc.

Issue 20/14: 4 June, 2014

Contact (for this publication): Peter J. Creely: luddcreely@impulse.net.au (Ph. 5443 1975)

Web site: www.bendigo-orienteers.com.au

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Newcomers. The ‘Newcomers’ Table’ which is set up each week does need orienteers who feel that they would like to give to others some of their excitement in our sport and to pass on some basic introductory messages. This will probably most important next Saturday (7 June) at Maldon. The event has been advertised in the local Maldon newssheet and the Primary School as one that would be good for local people to taste orienteering. So could people please think of this and be available to help if needed. Please consider giving a bit of your time (you can still go on your run – before or after) so that you can spread the load.

Congratulations to those from our JSquad who were chosen to represent Victoria in the Australian Secondary Schools Champs later this year. You are all a credit to our club (of course, all our other JSquad people are too!)

Junior Girls: Caitlyn Steer.

Senior Girls: Leisha Maggs.

Junior Boys: Glenn James, Jimmy Cameron, Michael Loughnan.

Senior Boys: Louis Cameron, Lachlan Cherry.

While we are on the subject, I belatedly noticed that some of our juniors are featured in the Non elite National Rankings;

Class W10: Serryn Eenjes 1st.; W16: Leisah Maggs 7th.; M12: Jack Wigney 9th.; M14: Michael Loughnan 8th. and Jimmy Cameron 9th. Some of our adult people featured too. See page 44 Australian Orienteer, March 2014 if you haven’t already looked!

Juniors? (Repeat) If you know of any kids who enjoy orienteering and would like to be on our mailing list, could you let me know — please. I will resume my monthly newsletter shortly and this may be of interest to some of you.

Sedgwick. Full details can be found on our webpage.

Space Racing, 31 May: This race was at Kennington Reservoir. The kids are starting to look at planning. This time the teams had to take into account the reservoir and not get caught out on the other side and lose time getting back (they weren’t allowed to swim across!). They all seemed to manage this quite well as all were back with no loss of time.

I note also that Isobel Byrne was placed fourth out of about seven or eight competitors on Course 5 in the Bush Classic at Sedgwick (this was actually second as the first two placings were taken up by two Bendigo Junior Elites who were warming down from their State team selection race), after the Saturday morning Space Race. This is her second year in Space Racing and has now tasted Bush Orienteering – really well done Isobel!

By the way, I would like to compliment Jack Wigney for his offer to shadow Isobel around her course on Saturday to give her and her parents some reassurance as to her well being. Jack’s no stranger to making offers to assist other kids when needed – thank’s Jack.

Bendigo Primary Schools Champs. Friday 6th June at 10am. We are looking for more people to help in this important event. We have a few but are after as many as we can get to make it a bit easier all round. If you have a few hours to spare on that day (or can alter your schedule to suit) could you please advise David Jones on jones.d@impulse.net.au It would be great if you could help – it is an important event and it is a fun day.

RouteGadget Orienteering Australia has installed the latest version of RouteGadget on its website which is a utility for drawing and comparing orienteering routes on a map. It can be accessed at http://rg.orienteering.asn.au/. Some background information on RouteGadget can be found at http://support.orienteering.asn.au/. The number of articles on it will expand as required.

The site is ready to use now for events going forwards, and has one of the latest non-Java versions of RouteGadget installed. Ian Chennell (Victoria) has kindly offered to administer and maintain the RG installation. This support is greatly appreciated!

As part of this role Ian has kindly offered to update the server as new versions are released. He has also offered his time to migrate existing RG repositories to the new installation. If you are interested in doing this please send an email to rg@orienteering.asn.au.

Coming Events:

Saturday 7 June – King and Queen of the Mountain (Tarrengower) – Bendigo Rocks Series 1

· Courses 1, 2 and 3 will find their way into the granite before returning to the town.

· An excellent intro for newcomers to bush orienteering.

· Enter on day for all courses.

· Start any time between 12.30 pm and 2.00 pm.

· Courses by Mark Hennessy.

Comment: Tarrengower isn’t the flattest area in the world, so expect some hills. It is however very interesting with some very old gold mining. Courses 1, 2 and 3 will find their way into the granite before returning to the town.

To get there: From Bendigo. The start is at the Council Reserve in Fountain Street, next to the football ground. Travel to Maldon via Castlemaine. On the way into the town centre look for the fire station on the left and turn left into Fountain Street just past it.

Sunday 8 June – State Series Event #7 – South German, Maldon State Forest, near Newstead – Nillumbik Emus Orienteers

· The terrain is mostly spur-gully; some strongly expressed, some subtle, mixed with rock features and gold mining.

· Pre-entry is recommended, on-line via Eventor, late on-line entry until Thursday 5 June.

· Enter-on-day available, while map stocks last.

· Start times from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm. Registration closes 12.30 pm. Courses close from 2.30 pm.

The Saturday event is a good opportunity for Maldon families to see and experience the sport of orienteering at close hand. Bendigo Orienteering Club is running an event which starts from the Council Reserve in Fountain Street, next to the football ground. Newcomers are welcome and free instruction is available. You can start on a course any time from 12.30 to 2 pm, and courses close at 3 pm. Participants will be given a map with checkpoints marked, and the aim is to find all the checkpoints in order, then return to the finish.

For beginners, there will be two short courses (2-3 km) with easy to moderate navigation on the lower slopes of the mountain just above the town. Many locals will already be familiar with the bush tracks that the shorter courses will follow. The longer courses will venture off the tracks into the rocky areas above Butts Reserve, where the navigation will be quite tricky due to the detailed rock features on the map and the absence of tracks to follow.

You can walk or run, solo or as a group. Wear clothes suited to the weather. Maldon has been the home of high quality orienteering events since Easter 1998, but this is the first time since then that the courses have started and finished right in the town.

Further information: Bendigo Orienteers website; Orienteering Victoria website. Enquiries: Mark Hennessy, organiser, 0419 559 129, markhennessy@bigpond.com.

Melways 621 C11; VicRoads 59 C3

Travel Directions: From Castlemaine take B180 towards Maryborough and Newstead. 2km after passing through Green Gully and approx 1km before Newstead turn right (north) onto Mia Mia Rd and follow O-signs north for 3 km to assembly area.

Bendigo people might use Welshmans Reef Tip Rd from east of Welshman’s Reef hamlet.

Next Bulletin 11 June

A day of orienteering at Sedgwick

A day of orienteering was enjoyed by over 100 people at Sedgwick. The event was a combined event with the 2nd Victorian Secondary School’s Orienteering Team selection trial taking place in the morning and the regular bush classic event taking place in the afternoon. Jack Wigney, a junior Bendigo Orienteer, was course setter for both events and was assisted by Nigel McGuckian. The pair provided challenging courses that were enjoyed by all.
The 6.7km Course 1 was hotly contested with first place taken out by elite orienteer Bryan Keely (Bendigo ) in a time of 37.26 minutes. Melbourne’s Bruce Arthur ran a time of 39.02 minutes placing him in second position with Richard Goonan (Bendigo ) coming in third with a time of 47.20 minutes.
Andrew Cameron (Bendigo) completed the 5.6Km Course 2 in 44.53 minutes placing him in first position. Don Cherry (Bendigo) was less than three minutes behind in 2nd position with Ian Davies (Dandenong) rounding out the top three positions.
Course 3 was very popular. Uringa’s Dave Lotty was the clear winner running the 3.4 km course in 48.40 minutes. His nearest rival was Bob Cameron (Bendigo) who came in second with a time of 53.12 minutes. Junior Bendigo orienteer Zac McDonald showed that he is a talent in the making placing 3rd with a time of 53.37minutes.
It was a battle of the Bendigo juniors with all top three positions being taken out by club members with less than 4 minutes separating them. Henry Cameron came in first with a time of 29. 56 minutes, Amos Walz 2nd ( 32.26 minutes) and Solomon Cameron took third place with a time of 33.22 minutes.
Melbourne’s Torren Arthur flew round the 2.3 km Course 5 with a winning time of 16.57 minutes. His nearest rival was new junior Bendigo orienteer on her first bush classic, Isobel Byrne with a time of 25.14 minutes. Another Bendigo junior, John Steer placed third with a time of 31.49minutes.
The Secondary Schools Selection trial saw Bendigo well represented with a number of J Squad members placing in the top three.
The Junior Boys ran a 3.4km course and was won by Bendigo’s Michael Loughnan in 32.39 minutes. Hot on his tail was Aston Key (Melbourne) in 33.34 minutes with another Bendigo J Squad member, Jimmy Cameron cementing his third placing in 35.26 minutes.
Bendigo’s Caitlyn Steer powered her way around the Junior Girls 3km course in a winning time of 32.49 minutes. Sarah Davies (Dandenong) ran 35.45 minutes to place 2nd and Alice Bills (no club) came in third with her time of 38.52 minutes.
Senior boys ran a 5km course. The winning time of 26.55minutes was posted by Matt Doyle (Central). His nearest t rival was Bendigo’s Louis Cameron (35.45 minutes) followed by Peter Collins (Bayside) in 36.16 minutes to come in third.
Leisha Maggs (Bendigo) continued her winning form placing first with a winning time of 39.15 minutes in the Senior Girls 4.7km course. Asha Steer (Dandenong) was second (40.45 minutes) with Sequoia Weitman (Central) placing third with a time of 1.18.12.
For the keen orienteer, the Queen’s birthday long weekend will provide plenty of action close to home. Bendigo Rocks – Mt Tarrengower will be held on Saturday 8th and the 7th Victorian Bush State Series event will be held at Maldon/Newstead on Sunday 9th.

Results can be found on our results page, where you can use Eventor, WinSplits or draw your route on (RG) Route Gadget

Sally Wigney

Issue 19/14

The weekly e-newsletter of

Bendigo Orienteers Inc.

Issue 19/14: 28 May, 2014

Contact (for this publication): Peter J. Creely: luddcreely@impulse.net.au (Ph. 5443 1975)

Web site: www.bendigo-orienteers.com.au

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 Any Juniors? You may have noticed the paragraph in last week’s Bulletin re our juniors and their successes at the Secondary Schools Champs in Melbourne. These kids are part of Bendigo’s JSquad, made up of young people from 8 or 9 years old onwards. Our Squad numbers approximately 15 or 16 kids and you will see them at our local events most Saturdays, and also their names usually high up in the results list on the Monday after. It is a great little group and is always open to more people. If any parents have kids who come out to orienteering and who are showing an interest, I would be happy to put them on my mailing list for 1. a weekly e-Bulletin similar to this one and 2. a small monthly colour newsletter with items on map reading, navigational techniques and such like. It is not heavy stuff but kids may find it of interest and helpful to their participation. If you and/or your children are interested please let me know and I will add you to my list.

Map reading exercise. After the present Space Racing series has finished (late June) I will be conducting 3 or 4 map reading exercises for the SR people (and others) who express an interest. The exercises will consist of a short walk (approx. 1.5 to 2 kms) through an area of forest that has a good range of features – pits, rock, contour feature etc. I would like to give the kids (parents are most welcome also) the opportunity to see how features actually look on the ground and how they are represented on the map. At this stage I intend to do a couple of these in Castlemaine as we have some interested people from schools down there. More details later.

Congratulations Bendigo Orienteers! Our club featured very high in the honours list at the recent Victorian Orienteering Association presentation day. We took out the Rockhopper Trophy which is awarded to the club that has gained the most points in the 12 month period leading up to the annual presentations day. Points are awarded in the Victorian Individual Long, Middle and Sprint Distance Foot Championships, the Victorian Club Foot Relays, and all State Series Foot events.

We also had 6 State Series Champions

Bryan Keely

Jimmy Cameron

John Wilkinson

Serryn Eenjes

Jenny Ball

Raelee Eenjes

Daryl Fleay was named 2013 Course Setter of the Year, for his Easter Saturday courses at Yorkshire Hill, well done Daryl

Clare Brownridge and Jim Russell were named in the group that received the ‘Coach of the Year’ award. This group coached the Junior Schools team that won the Aus Schools Champs

Well done to all and well done Bendigo.

Newcomers. Our club has made a strong commitment in recent years to having people who front up to an event as ‘newcomers’ being put in the picture as to procedures for registration, a recommendation for a course suitable for them on the day and, of course, enough of the orienteering basics so that they will enjoy their experience and (hopefully) come back again …and again.

The ‘Newcomers’ Table’ which is set up each week does need orienteers who feel that they would like to give to others some of their excitement in our sport and to pass on some basic introductory messages. A table without enthusiastic and experienced orienteers is nothing. Please consider giving a bit of your time (you can still go on your run – before or after) so that this great initiative of our club is maintained. Spread the load – this shouldn’t just be the responsibility of a couple of people in the club. There are orange caps to wear and these can be used on the day for identification of you as a helper – they are in the box at the Newcomers’ Table.

Bendigo Primary Schools Champs. Friday 6th June at 10am. We are looking for more people to help in this important event. We have a few but are after as many as we can get to make it a bit easier all round. If you have a few hours to spare on that day (or can alter your schedule to suit) could you please advise David Jones on jones.d@impulse.net.au It would be great if you could help – it is an important event and it is a fun day.

Space Racing, 24 May: Down to Spring Gully Creek! Different terrain – different race planning. No participant visited all controls, 12 being the maximum (out of 15), by two teams. Anyway, it was a good event and I’m sure everyone learnt a little more about technique and tactics. Next week we will be at Kennington Reservoir at the BBQ area on Reservoir Road, a few hundred metres north from the traffic lights in Condon Street (at the Reservoir Hotel). A full report can be found on the Space Racing web page.

A preview of forthcoming attractions. Queen’s Birthday double header – Maldon – Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 June 2014.

Bendigo Orienteers and Nillumbik Emus Orienteering Club invite you to enjoy the long weekend in the historic goldfields with a taste of granite thrown in on Saturday

Saturday 7 June – King and Queen of the Mountain (Tarrengower) – Bendigo Rocks Series #1

· Courses 1, 2 and 3 will find their way into the granite before returning to the town.

· An excellent intro for newcomers to bush orienteering.

· Enter on day for all courses.

· Start any time between 12.30 pm and 2.00 pm.

· Courses by Mark Hennessy.

Sunday 8 June – State Series Event #7 – South German, Maldon State Forest, near Newstead – Nillumbik Emus Orienteers

· The terrain is mostly spur-gully; some strongly expressed, some subtle, mixed with rock features and gold mining.

· Pre-entry is recommended, on-line via Eventor, early bird by next Tuesday 3 June (late on-line entry until Thursday 5 June).

· Enter-on-day available, while map stocks last.

· Start times from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm. Registration closes 12.30 pm. Courses close from 2.30 pm.

· Full details next issue.

Course setting for a Space Race. Thanks to two people – we now have all Space Races catered for.

Fiddlers Green. Full details can be found on our webpage.

Coming Events: Saturday 31 May.

Map: Sedgwick

Organiser: Nigel McGuckian

Course Setter: Jack Wigney

Start: 12.30 pm to 2.00 pm

Comment: Sedgwick is one of the best orienteering maps in Victoria. Beautiful forest – especially at the moment, and good contour. And of course, great course setting by Jack Wigney. It would be a shame if you missed it!

From Bendigo, travel to Strathfieldsaye. Turn right into Emu Creek Road and follow O signs. From Mandurang , take Mandurang Road and turn left into Storeys Road. At Emu Creek Road turn right and follow O signs. From Melbourne, exit the Calder Fwy at the Elphinstone exit and turn right into the Bendigo –Sutton Grange Road. This becomes Axe Creek road. Turn left into Emu Creek Road and follow O signs.

Next Bulletin 4 June

Issue 18/14

The weekly e-newsletter of

Bendigo Orienteers Inc.

Issue 18/14: 21 May, 2014

Contact (for this publication): Peter J. Creely: luddcreely@impulse.net.au (Ph. 5443 1975)

Web site: www.bendigo-orienteers.com.au

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Vic Secondary Schools team — well done to our JSquad people. Congratulations and very well done to the following Bendigo JSquad people for winning inclusion to the state representative squad for the Australian Secondary Schools Orienteering Championships: Caitlyn Steer (Junior Girls – first time in – well done!), Leisha Maggs (Senior Girls), Michael Loughnan and Jimmy Cameron (Junior Boys), Louis Cameron, Lachlan Cherry and Tavish Eenjes (all Senior Boys).

Also, I am taking the opportunity to let you know where our Junior people placed overall in the Secondary Schools Champs:

Girls 13A: Karina Cherry 1st. 14A: Caitlyn Steer 2nd; Open A: Leisha Maggs 1st. Boys 14A: Glenn James 2nd and Michael Loughnan: 3rd. 15A: Jimmy Cameron 1st. 16A: Lachlan Cherry 2nd. Tavish Eenjes 3rd. Open A: Louis Cameron 3rd.

Congratulations to all these people: you are a credit to your families, to the sport and to our club. Well done!

Space Racing, 17 May: After becoming so used to Kangaroo Flat, Strathdale was a bit of a challenge to some of the kids – it was also the first day of the competition. We had eleven kids competing – far less than the ‘glory days’ but still a significant number. Really, the competition is just the beginning, the real work comes in looking beyond SR and working out how we get them into the bush and keep them in real orienteering. We’ve never quite managed to capture the knack of doing that – sadly, but where we did manage it we have had great results! See item above re Bendigo Orienteers representation in the Vic Secondary Schools team.

Course setting for a Space Race. We have two vacancies for course setting in our SR program: Sat. 7 June on Strathfieldsaye Linear Park and 21 June at Spring Gully (north end on Norfolk Hero, at the end of Wattle Drive, where we started the Bush Classic a few weeks ago)

Kangaroo Gully. A full report and results can be found on our webpage.

Coming Events: Saturday 24 May.

Map: Fiddlers Green (Eaglehawk)

Organiser: Leisha Maggs/Colin Walker

Course Setter: Leisha Maggs/Colin Walker

Start: 12.30 pm to 2.00 pm

Comment: Fiddlers Green is predominately old gold mining with a good track network and not a lot of steep contour. It almost reeks of history and was a very significant area for the small gold miners of the late 1870’s around Bendigo. It can be a very challenging area navigation wise. Go carefully and enjoy it!

Courses: Courses 1, 2 and 3 difficult navigation, 4 moderate nav. And 5 easy.

DIRECTIONS From Bendigo travel to the township of Eaglehawk. Continue along Eaglehawk Road and take the right, Sailors Gully Road, at the V intersection. After approx 1km, turn right into Hodgson Street and after a couple hundred meters, left into Whipstick Road. Parking and assembly a few hundred meters down the road.

Next Bulletin 28 May

Historic Kangaroo Gully re-run a success

Bendigo Orienteers Bush Classic 6 in Kangaroo Gully saw a strong field of local and regional orienteers competing on an outstanding “classic” course that had been first set in 1996 for that years Victorian Championships. Proving to be every bit as tough today as it was when originally contested, no competitor could beat local club president Jim Russel’s original winning time for the full 17km course. Despite their best efforts, top place getters Bryan Keely (1st), Bruce Arthur (2nd) and Matt Doyle (3rd) couldn’t match the consistency of Jim’s original race time across the eleven and six kilometre loops. A solid run by Bruce Arthur, who first ran the course in his early twenties, saw him take six minutes off his previous race time.

The shorter six kilometre second loop of the original course was very well contested with 34 starters. Place getters Jim Russell (1st), Louis Cameron (2nd) and Lanita Steer (3rd) managed to navigate a tricky technical course ahead of good performances by local juniors Lachlan Cherry, Tavish Enjes and Lisha Maggs. On the short course, junior runner Asha Steer (1st) managed to hold out against the experienced navigators Laurie Edward (2nd) and John Chellew (3rd). Local junior Jack Wigney showed good form on course four to win against Mason Arthur from Melbourne and local club mate Henry Cameron. It was also great to see novice competitors Joanne Cherry, Melissa Matheson and Tiffany Mccullough enjoy the event which offered a great range of courses for all skill levels.

Results can be found on our results page, where you can use Eventor, WinSplits or draw your route on (RG) Route Gadget

Richard Goonan

Issue 17/14

The weekly e-newsletter of

Bendigo Orienteers Inc.

Issue 17/14: 14 May, 2014

Contact (for this publication): Peter J. Creely: luddcreely@impulse.net.au (Ph. 5443 1975)

Web site: www.bendigo-orienteers.com.au

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Space Racing, 10 May: there are some things that we can be sure will happen in our lives – taxes, death and – the Certainty of the Unexpected! Saturday at Kangaroo Flat Gardens we had the drizzly rain — I suppose we expected that, it was forecast. But the unexpected: the closure of all the roads by which we could gain access to the start area! Anyway it seemed that everyone got there and it was a good morning.

Thank you to everyone – parents and helpers for their assistance on Saturday – it was greatly appreciated! Special thanks to Michael and Leisha for their help and example and for injecting into orienteering the vision of young junior elites in action!

Upper Crusoe. A good attendance in spite of the weather. A full report and results can be found on our webpage.

Coming Events: Bendigo Bush Classic – Kangaroo Gully Challenge
On Saturday the 17th of May, Using the 1996 Victorian Championship elite (men’s) course as a template, this event will offer the opportunity to run that course and challenge yourself to compete against the original winner’s time! There is also a wide range of alternative courses to choose from.

Kangaroo Gully offers an enjoyable blend of spur gully terrain with areas of gold mining detail. Runability is generally very good through open Box-Ironbark/Heathy Dry Forest vegetation, with good visibility throughout.
Directions: From Bendigo: From the Hattam St intersection, travel south along Allingham Street. Continue south into Kangaroo Gully Road. Turn hard right at Read Lane (O sign) and park immediately in open area adjacent. Walk to registration 300m southeast following tape.

Early arrivals before 1pm drive through (along Read La) into paddock.

Later arrivals after 1pm park in large clearing adjacent to Kangaroo Gully Rd

From Melbourne: turn right off Calder Hwy into Taylor St at the second set of traffic lights along Hwy (Wesley St to the left). At the top of the hill follow around left into Railway St. Turn right at end of Railway St (watch for traffic coming under the bridge!) Travel under bridge for 250m and turn right into Allingham St. Continue south along Kangaroo Gully Rd and turn hard right at Read Lane (O sign), park immediately in open area adjacent.

CAUTION: DUE TO A CROSS-COUNTRY RUN IN THIS AREA, THERE MAY BE A LARGE NUMBER OF VEHICLES WITHIN THE VACINITY DURING SATURDAY AFTERNOON.

PLEASE WATCH FOR RUNNERS AND ORIENTEERS CROSSING or MOVING ALONG TRACKS WHEN ENTERING/LEAVING THE EVENT/PARKING AREAS

Next Bulletin 21 May

Light rain didn’t deter orienteers

Light rain didn’t deter orienteers from exploring the relatively newly mapped Upper Crusoe area of Big Hill during the fifth event of the Bendigo Bush Classic series on Saturday. More than 70 competitors raced on courses ranging from the 2.6km novice loop to the 7.6km route featuring hard navigation and a particularly challenging long leg through the bushland.

Australian representative Bryan Keely, from Bendigo, led the way on the tough course one, finishing six minutes clear of junior world championships team member Matt Doyle, from Central Highlands, with Bendigo’s David Brownridge in third. Dandenong father-daughter combination Martin and Lanita Steer scored the quinella on the 5.8km course two, ahead of Bendigo young gun Louis Cameron. Cameron’s younger brother Jimmy cleaned up on course three, completing the 3.3km in 24.50 minutes, with Matt Jackel and Will Toy filling out the top three.

It was a good day for the extended Cameron clan – Reuben Cameron came up trumps on course four, punching the finish control 44 seconds ahead of Henry Cameron. Veteran Merv Bendle, from Dandenong, was third. It was good to see some new faces out in the bush on course five, with primary students Charley Harris and Declan Ives teaming up to finish first, with Annie Claxton second.

The event provided several of Bendigo’s younger orienteers a final run before the Victorian secondary schools championships at Hawkestowe Park in Melbourne on Friday.

In other news, two Bendigo club members are headed to Sydney this week for gruelling endurance runs through the Blue Mountains. Craig Feuerherdt will take part in The North Face 100 – an epic 100km trail run – and Darren Eenjes will tackle the challenging 50km course. Both races start and end at Katoomba on Saturday and feature spectacular scenery as runners descend through the Great Dividing Range and then climb back up to the finish line. We wish them both well.

Results can be found on our results page, where you can use Eventor, WinSplits or draw your route on (RG) Route Gadget

Raelee Eenjes

Issue 16/14

The weekly e-newsletter of

Bendigo Orienteers Inc.

Issue 16/14: 7 May, 2014

Contact (for this publication): Peter J. Creely: luddcreely@impulse.net.au  (Ph. 5443 1975)

Web site: www.bendigo-orienteers.com.au

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Tio Mila – Sweden all night relay

While we were all tucked up in bed Saturday night, 3 of Bendigo’s top Orienteers, were getting ready for the biggest Club relay in Sweden. Running for their Swedish clubs, Evan Barr (Lidingö) and Leon Keely (Sävedalens) ran the long (17k) night leg, starting at 1:30 in the morning, while club mate, Toph Naunton was running the slightly shorter, 15.6k morning leg for his club, Nolaskogsarna.

As one of the competitors was heard to say ”Fun is not the word I would use to describe that. Survive is more apt. 17k night orienteering in green grunge, 1 degree, I’m stuffed”

Space Racing: It was a good opening day for Space Racing last Saturday. We had about twenty kids try out the course at Kangaroo Flat and the enthusiasm (and enjoyment) level seemed high – next Saturday will tell the tale! A lot of the people on Saturday had been in SR’ing last year and it was good to see them back. Next Saturday (10 May) we will register and organise teams and competition rules will apply as a try out for them before the main competition starts.

SR Registration

Day and date: Saturday 10 May

Place: Kangaroo Flat Gardens.

Time: Assemble by 9.45, planned to wind up by 11.00am

Directions: From Bendigo: travel south through Bendigo to Kangaroo Flat. At the traffic lights at the Lockwood Road intersection turn left into Camp Street and continue for approx. 200 metres until it ends at the Gardens. From Castlemaine and points south: travel to Bendigo on the Calder and turn right into Camp Street at the Lockwood Road traffic lights in Kangaroo Flat, then as above.

Again, it would be great if we could have a good roll up of members to help.

Coming Events. Saturday 10 May

Map: Upper Crusoe.

Organisers/Course Setters: Neil Barr

Start: 12.30 to 2.00 pm

Format: Bendigo Bush Classic – five courses: 1 difficult, 2 shorter difficult; 3 shorter still, difficult; 4 Moderate and 5: easy.

Comment: This will be e good event – don’t miss it! A good course setter and a map relatively new in Bendigo. See you there!

Directions: The assembly for this event is at Tuckerman’s Lane, off the Calder Highway. Access to the event and exit from the event requires careful driving because of the speed of traffic on the Calder Highway (at this point 100km/hr) and because there is no crossing of the divided Calder Highway at Tuckerman’s Lane (west).

FROM BENDIGO Drive 300 metres south past Tuckerman’s Lane (east side) to a Calder Highway crossing point. At this point you can do a U-turn . Take extreme care making this U-turn as the traffic from Melbourne will be travelling at 100 km/hr. You need to cross into the far lane and travel back north for 300 metres and then turn left into Tuckerman’s Lane. It is a rough dirt track and you will need to slow down significantly to make the turn. Watch for traffic coming from behind you.

Exit is simpler, requiring a left turn only to travel back to Bendigo. Again, be very cautious.

FROM MELBOURNE/CASTLEMAINE Tuckerman’s Lane is 1.9 kilometres towards Bendigo after crossing the high point of the Calder Highway on the Big Hill Range. There is no signage. It is a dirt track. Take care slowing on approach. To exit and return south you need to exit left from Tuckerman’s Lane and travel 300 metres north towards Bendigo to a crossing point. Here you can do a U-turn into the opposite lane of the Calder Hway and resume your journey southwards.

Next Bulletin 14 May

A cold, but sunny autumn weekend

On a cold, but sunny autumn weekend, Bendigo Orienteers competed on the intricate contours of Lyell Forest, with courses set by Julie Flynn.

Bryan Keely showed that he is coming back to form, with a convincing win on course 1, while Craig Feuerherdt and Jim Russell fought it out for the minor placings. Laurina Neumann put in a solid time, to be the fastest woman.

Louis Cameron showed consistency, with a win on course 2, with Brett Houlden having one of his better runs, beating John Wilkinson for 2nd place. Don Cherry showed son, Lachlan, how to do it, with a comfortable win on course 3, with one of Bendigo original members, Daryl Fleay rounding out the top 3

On course 4, Jimmy Cameron showed everyone that a clean run can get you results, easily beating Jarrod Martin and Reuben Cameron, who took out the minor places. Young Solomon Cameron showed his older brothers, anything you can do, I can do also, with a close win over John Steer, with newcomer, Oliver Martin making up the podium.

Tio Mila

While we were all tucked up in bed Saturday night, 3 of Bendigo’s top Orienteers, were getting ready for the biggest Club relay in Sweden, Tio Mila. Running for their Swedish clubs, Evan Barr (Lidingö) and Leon Keely (Sävedalens) ran the long (17k) night leg, starting at 1:30 in the morning, while club mate, Toph Naunton was running the slightly shorter, 15.6k morning leg for his club, Nolaskogsarna.

Results can be found on our results page, where you can use Eventor, WinSplits or draw your route on (RG) Route Gadget

Jim Russell

Issue 15/14

The weekly e-newsletter of

Bendigo Orienteers Inc.

Issue 15/14: 30 April, 2014

Contact (for this publication): Peter J. Creely: luddcreely@impulse.net.au (Ph. 5443 1975)

Web site: www.bendigo-orienteers.com.au

 

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 Norfolk Hero: a great event! Thanks and congratulations to Michael Loughnan for the courses and organisation and to Colin Walker for his tireless watching eye (and advice) over all the preparations. As a club we are gathering a very valuable group of junior course setters, and of Mentors who generously give of their time (and effort) to assist them. Our JSquad is a very valuable asset to our club. Its members are not only the future of the sport in Bendigo, they are very much the present – have a look at the results. Well done Michael and thank you Colin!

A footnote: On his Course 5 (easy) Michael arranged for a large tree to fall over the track between two of the controls, creating an obstacle. This is, to my knowledge, the first time a course setter has been able to achieve this feat (probably it was just as well that it happened a few days before the event!). And of course, don’t forget the flat tyre on the Volvo out in the middle of the forest! Full results are on our web page.

 Space Racing – Introduction

Day and date: Saturday 3 May

Place: Kangaroo Flat Gardens.

Time: Assemble by 9.45, planned to wind up by 11.00am

Directions: From Bendigo: travel south through Bendigo to Kangaroo Flat. At the traffic lights at the Lockwood Road intersection turn left into Camp Street and continue for approx. 200 metres until it ends at the Gardens. From Castlemaine and points south: travel to Bendigo on the Calder and turn right into Camp Street at the Lockwood Road traffic lights in Kangaroo Flat, then as above.

At this Intro we will accompany kids/parents around a short SR course and show them how controls are presented, what they need to do to register their visit, what features on the ground look like on the map — all the stuff that we all take for granted.

It would be great if we could have a good roll up to help.

 Coming Events. Saturday 3 May

Map: Lyell Forest .

Organisers/Course Setters: Julie Flynn

Start: 12.30 to 2.00 pm

Format: Bendigo Bush Classic – five courses: 1 difficult, 2 shorter difficult; 3 shorter still, difficult; 4 Moderate and 5: easy.

Comments: Lyell Forest is a spur/gully area – very subtle. There are few steep hills and a sparse track network. Come out and experience some beautiful forest and some challenging courses from Julie.

Directions: Travel out from Bendigo through Strathfieldsaye. Continue to the Axe Creek Catholic Church where you turn right. Drive 3.5km along Axe Creek Rd to Paton’s Rd where you turn left. Continue for 6km to Doles Rd. Travel south along Doles Rd for 4.9km and follow the orienteering signs to the assembly area. Park as directed.
DO NOT attempt to drive out the way you drove in. Doles Rd is too narrow for vehicles to pass.
On leaving the assembly area after the event, follow directions south along Doles Rd and along McLeod’s Lane to Kelly’s Rd.
To Bendigo: turn right at Kelly’s Rd, then right into Myrtle Creek Rd. Follow this road into Strathfieldsaye.
To Redesdale: turn left into Kelly’s Rd and right into the Bendigo Redesdale Rd. At Redesdale, travel south to Kyneton.

Next Bulletin 7 May