Issue 17/14

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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

Directions to/from Lyell Forest South 3 May 2014

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 Patons 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 McLeods Lane to Kellys Rd.
To Bendigo: turn right at Kellys Rd , then right into Myrtle Creek Rd. Follow this road into Strathfieldsaye.
To Redesdale: turn left into Kellys Rd and right into the Bendigo Redesdale Rd. At Redesdale, travel south to Kyneton.

Issue 14/14

The weekly e-newsletter of

Bendigo Orienteers Inc.

Issue 14/14: 23 April, 2014

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

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

 

Important! If you don’t want to receive the bulletin, or if, at any time, you wish to discontinue receiving it, please advise me by return e-mail and your name will be taken off my list.

 

The Black Crow is awarded each year to the club member who is responsible for the most spectacular misadventure of the year. Again, no new nominations this week – at least none that have been reported to me. So, what about it? Surely someone has done something out of the ordinary?

 

Easter Results. I haven’t had time to check through the Easter Three Day results yet (Space Racing preparation is rather time demanding!) but I will get there – I hope!

Editors Note: Easter Prologue, Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 (Scroll down to find Bendigo)!

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 some of you could be there to help.

 

Special Call to Newcomers and Beginners.  So – who are ‘Newcomers’ and who are ‘Beginners’? Let’s say that Newcomers are those who have come to our recent 2014 events at Guys Hill and Beginners would be those who have done some orienteering previously and probably have started at Course 5 level but may have proceeded to be doing Course 4.

 

This Saturday at Spring Gully there will be the opportunity, rather than to get just advice from someone at the Beginners table or learn out there by yourself, solely by ‘experience’, there will be club members available to go out on a course with small groups. If you are wanting to advance from the course you are doing at the moment then this is a good opportunity.

 

This will be a ‘walk and talk’ exercise (no running). Come to the assembly area at 12.00 pm for a start at about 12.30. You will be back at the finish area with your mentor in no more than an hour.

 

It would help if you can indicate ahead of Saturday whether you would like to participate in this special club offering. Please call Terry on 0427 844817.

 

Special Call to Experienced Club Members. Please be aware of the offer above to Newcomers and Beginners so that we have the mentors available to meet the number who want to benefit from those who have the experience. Take up of your offer will depend on the demand that emerges on the day.

 

You would need to be at the start at 12.00 and to be prepared not to have your run until 1.30 – 2.00. Please let Terry (0427 844 817) know if you can be available, preferably before Saturday.

 

Coming Events. Saturday 26 April

Map: Norfolk Hero.

Organisers/Course Setters: Michael Loughnan/Colin Walker

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.

Directions: From Bendigo – Start is opposite Spring Gully Pony Club. Travel out of Bendigo on Spring Gully Road. O signs at Wattle Drive at the roundabout. From Melbourne – take the turn off the Calder Highway at Elphinstone, through Sutton Grange and look for the One Tree Hill Hotel on the right and turn left at the roundabout.

 

Next Bulletin 30 April

Issue 13/14

The weekly e-newsletter of

Bendigo Orienteers Inc.

Issue 13/14: 16 April, 2014

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

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

 

Important! If you don’t want to receive the bulletin, or if, at any time, you wish to discontinue receiving it, please advise me by return e-mail and your name will be taken off my list.

 

The Black Crow is awarded each year to the club member who is responsible for the most spectacular misadventure of the year. Again, no new nominations this week – at least none that have been reported to me.

 

Easter: Best wishes to all who are taking part in the Easter 3 Day carnival.

 

Space Racing 2014. The program for the 2014 SR series has been finalised:

May   3: Introduction to SR

       10: CATI and Registration

       17: to June 14 inclusive: Races 1 to 5

June  21: Kids Rule and Presentations

SR 2013 was a rather disappointing experience so the opportunity has been taken to bring the Space Racing (orienteering) experience into line as many other sports involving kids have done recently. We need a pathway out of the school yard (boring!) into the forest (adventure!).

We have reinforced the ‘Space’ theme and have introduced Andy the Astronaut to put a face on SR and to bring it into the kid’s sphere of fun and enjoyment.

We will probably need people to help on the days so if anyone would like to be involved please let me know. PeterC

 

Hey – Share your experience!

We have had a successful start to the year with a good number of newcomers. Rather than newcomers learning slowly and frustratingly the finer things about navigation and orienteering techniques, we can help maximize their skill in the sport.

Please get in touch with me (tands2@aapt.net.au or 0427 844 817) to offer as a club member who will go out on a course with a small group (preferably no more than two or three) on Sat 26th April – Norfolk Hero. The idea is to do at least part of a course more advanced than Course 5, deciding on which is best in terms of the group. The intention would be not to run or ‘ be competitive’ but to view it as mentoring.

I will contact newcomers offering them this chance to go out on a course with an experienced club member and suggesting an assembly time of 12.00 so as to organize for a prompt start at 12.30. I believe that a 1 hour max. will suffice for the mentoring which will still allow the volunteer the time to go for a normal competitive run on the map.

Please offer to pass on some of your hard-earned experience! Thanks, Terry

 

Golden Sandshoe   12 April 2014

Thank you to everyone who took part in today’s event that was run in fine conditions on the Clinkers Hill map, Castlemaine area. Solomon Cameron won the Golden Sandshoe and gets to set next years event (with help from his dad Andrew). 2nd was Glen James and third Tavish Eenjes. Thank you to the people who stayed behind to help collect controls. Full results and report on the web. John W.

 

Working With Children (repeat).It may be an idea for people who have a WWC card to check the renewal date. They have a run-out date on them and should be renewed before they expire. It can be done on www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au Register and log in to MyCheck, then select the option to ‘Renew your Check’; update your personal and/or work details.

 

Victorian Secondary Schools Orienteering Championships 2014
Entries for this event are now being taken!

Deadline for Vic Secondary Schools Champs is 1 May, 2014.entries is Thursday 1st May.

Peta Whitford, Event organiser

 

There will be no event next Saturday 19 April (Easter Saturday)

Coming Events. Saturday 26 April

Map: Norfolk Hero.

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

Directions: From Bendigo – Start is opposite Spring Gully Pony Club. Travel out of Bendigo on Spring Gully road. O signs at Wattle drive at the roundabout. From Melbourne – take the turn off the Calder Highway at Elphinstone, through Sutton Grange and look for the One Tree Hill Hotel on the right and turn left at the roundabout.

 

Next Bulletin 23 April

Golden Sandshoe

Thank you to everyone who took part in today’s event that was run in fine conditions on the Clinkers Hill map, Castlemaine area. Participants had to collect as many controls as possible in one hour. 20 points per control less 10 pts per minute late. The area consisted of part goldfields bush and part rural streetscape. Solomon Cameron won the Golden Sandshoe and gets to set next years event (with help from his dad Andrew). 2nd was Glen James and third Tavish Eenjes.

Three people managed to get all 22 controls under the time limit and for a max of 440 pts (Jim Russell 56 min, Craig Feuerherdt 52 min, Bruce Arthur 50 min. Three other people managed to get all controls but over the time limit Simon Rouse 66 min, Neil Barr 75 min, Paul Leicester 73 min.

Thank you to the people who stayed behind to help collect controls.

The main thing is that everyone enjoyed themselves and participated in the spirit of the event. Points below are in order of total points with details and age factor handicap.

Results

The Winner, Solomon Cameron

The Map

John Wilkinson

Issue 12/14

 

The weekly e-newsletter of

Bendigo Orienteers Inc.

Issue 12/14: 9 April, 2014

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

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

 

Important! If you don’t want to receive the bulletin, or if, at any time, you wish to discontinue receiving it, please advise me by return e-mail and your name will be taken off my list.

 

The Black Crow is awarded each year to the club member who is responsible for the most spectacular misadventure of the year. Sadly there are no new nominations this week.

 

Smith’s Reef. Another great event, another good roll-up – thanks David! We even had people from Townsville there and it was good to see Ross Slater – long time no see! Full results and report on the web site. Don’t miss the Golden Sandshoe next week – back to Castlemaine.

 

Working With Children.It may be an idea for people who have a WWC card to check the renewal date. They have a run-out date on them and should be renewed before they expire. It can be done on www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au Register and log in to MyCheck, then select the option to ‘Renew your Check’; update your personal and/or work details.

 

Victorian Secondary Schools Orienteering Championships 2014
Entries for this event are now being taken!

All event information and entry forms are available on the Orienteering Victoria website

The championships are open to all secondary school students and will be held on Friday 16th May at Plenty Gorge West, Hawkstowe.
Deadline for entries is
Thursday 1st May.

Peta Whitford, Event organiser

 

Coming Events. Saturday 12 April

Saturday 12 April. Golden Sandshoe

Area:   Castlemaine

Map:   Clinkers Hill 1:10,000

Course setter:  John Wilkinson

Start:   You can start anytime between 12-45 pm and 1.30 pm. 

Comments:   A one-hour score event where competitors have to get as many controls as possible in the time given. Penalty for being late. The Golden Sandshoe award is given to the winner based on an age handicap. A new map is being used covering 1/3 rural street and 2/3 gold mining bush will be used.  SI timing. Newcomers welcome.

Directions:  From Bendigo, go to Castlemaine and turn left on the Melbourne Rd, then turn right at first roundabout into Wheeler St, continue 1 km to Etty street. Start is near Senior Secondary College in Etty Street. Park in street.

From Melbourne, go thru Chewton into Castlemaine to roundabout at shops, turn left into Wheeler St, continue 1 km to Etty St start (near Senior Secondary College). Park in street. 

 

Next Bulletin 16 April