Space Racing 1 – A Resounding Success

Bendigo Orienteers 2015 Space Racing Series has begun with a resounding success on the Whites Ruins map near Maiden Gully during Saturday afternoon. It was very pleasing to see a mix of both some space racers from last year’s events, as well as some new kids and families. A great little bunch of youngsters were super keen to take off as the mass start got underway just after 2:00pm. With 30 minutes to find as many checkpoints as possible the kids raced off in three directions heading to their different first controls. The score format and various route choices meant that each team was able to decide which way they thought suited their team best. With twenty checkpoints to find there was plenty of excitement as the teams worked their way around the map.

Reportedly, “the pack out front, full of a dozen kids, was all laughter and excitement as they ran around the controls. I heard parents say it was great too!”

A big thanks go to Darren and the whole Eenjes family who were able to accommodate the combined events, with a bit of effort placing some extra controls just for the Space Racing (and marking tape on some vague tracks so no one got lost!) the two separate events worked very well together! This event has very successfully demonstrated how our Space Racing and Bush Classic events can be integrated. Keep an eye out for our next Space Race at Spring Gully on August 1st.

Space Racing goes bush

Space Racing goes bush

Richard Goonan.

Whites Ruins Bush Classic

The rain held off for a cool, but challenging event at Maiden Gully’s Whites Ruins. The fast open country with patches of green, and lack of catching features, may have prompted some to slow down and not overshoot the controls. There were many interesting features on the Whites Ruins area mapped by Neil Barr some years ago – some orienteers even had to ask what they were. These included native Cherry trees and Boundary stone piles, mixed with shallow gullies and tracks that were overgrown or newly formed by mountain bikes.
We even had the added challenge of the lack of North- South grid lines on the maps, for those who love to really spice it up. That’s the course-setter’s excuse anyway!!
More than 50 competitors tackled four courses, and 15 keen young Space Racers took part in a 30-minute Space Racing event.

On the shorter courses, ten starters completed the 3.6km moderate course 4, with the ever-improving Karina Cherry (Bendigo) leading the field home from Amos Walz (Bendigo) and Sarah Davies (Dandenong Ranges).Gemma Candy blitzed course 3, covering the 4km of hard navigation in 29.13 minutes, followed closely by Rueben Cameron and Jacqui Knee, both from Bendigo.

Course 2 had 17 starters and is becoming an extremely competitive weekly event, with any number of athletes capable of taking out top spot. With his father away for the event, young Jimmy Cameron (Bendigo) kept the family name at the top of the list with masterful display of orienteering over 6km in a time of 35.12 minutes. Fellow Bendigo young guns Lachlan Cherry and Michael Loughnan were not too far behind to fill 2nd and 3rd and gain valuable experience ahead of the national schools championships later in the year.

The long and hard navigation course 1 covered 7.2km and was run by 11 competitors. Ben Goonan from Bendigo was lightning fast to finish at the top of the leader’s board in 35 minutes, with his twin Richard coming home in third. The brothers were split by another Victorian schools representative, quiet achiever Louis Cameron, who finished 2.23 minutes behind Ben.

Whether competing seriously or just for relaxation and fun, well done to all on Saturday, and I hope you benefit from the health and fitness that Orienteering provides.

Results are HERE Splits are HERE Check how you are going in the overall standings. Best 11 of 20 scores to count

NEXT WEEK: Norfolk Hero.

Darren Eenjes (Course setter and Controller, Whites Ruins 2015).

Bendigo Rocks 1, Mt Tarrengower

Mark Hennessy chose the old shelter at the base of Mt.Tarrengower near Maldon as the assembly area for a very well attended event. There were 82 separate entries with courses 2 and 3 proving most popular. Courses appeared a little shorter than usual because of the steepness and the intricacies of navigating in granite terrain. Mark made great use of the western face of the mount, placing his controls on the difficult courses in some very intricate sites. Careful navigation was crucial, with those making mistakes having the often difficult task of relocating on the side of the mountain.

Course 1 was won by Patrick Jaffe who treated it as training for the Junior World Orienteering Championships later in the year, when he will be representing Australia. He finished ahead of Bryan Keely and Ben Goonan, and that was after playing soccer in Melbourne beforehand. We wish him well overseas. Young Jimmy Cameron won course 2 in a time of 40 minutes, further evidence of his continuing interest and improvement in the sport. Jenny Bourne and Steve Bird, both very experienced runners, came in second and third respectively. Twenty six people competed on this course.

In terms of competitors, the standout course was course 3 with an amazing 32 runners. The title here was taken out by Henry Cameron in a time of 29 minutes, followed by Stephen van Rees and Reuben Cameron. There continues to be keen competition among the Cameron brothers. Course 4 was topped by more of the young guns, with Serryn Eenjes taking the honours ahead of Karina Cherry and Solomon Cameron. Racing was tight with the top three separated by just 31 seconds. Bendigo certainly has a large number of enthusiastic and ever-improving juniors.

The novice course only attracted one competitor this week with Judy Hill walking her grandson around the course.
Thanks to Mark, who is based in Melbourne and who is also heavily involved in organisation of the Australian Championships later in the year when they are to be held around Ballarat. A great job Mark!

Results are HERE Splits are HERE TBT is HERE NEXT WEEK: Mandurang.

David Brownridge

Issue 16/15

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Issue 16/15. Wednesday 13 May, 2015

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My last e-Bulletin. This will be the last Bendigo e-Bulletin that I will send out. I have decided to retire after about eight or nine years in the job, I’ve run out of puff! I believe that there are other people who are much more able than I am in this field. I passionately believe that members of a club deserve to and must be talked to frequently and regularly and I hope that I have helped in doing this. I trust there will be someone else to fill my (rather battered) shoes. I have really enjoyed editing this Bulletin – thank you for allowing me to be a tiny part of your O-life.

Peter Creely.

In the last Bulletin we asked for a course setter and helper May 23rd for Fiddlers Green. The a position has now been filled, thanks Terry, Alison and Tony. We are still looking for Course Setters and Helpers for other events during the year, please check HERE, and please put your name forward when you see somewhere, were you can help. We are particularly keen to fill in Helpers positions in June

Coming Events. Saturday 16 May, 2015. Ironman.

It’s on again with Leisha Maggs the course setter, and on a brand new map – Morton Ridge.

Leisha is a former junior winner of this title and is currently a Victorian Junior state representative. So be prepared for some clever courses set in fast and open terrain, with at times some complex gold mining adding to the challenge.

DIRECTIONS: From Bendigo travel out to Eaglehawk. At the main intersection with Sailor’s Gully and Peg Leg Roads, veer left and continue 5.3km along the Loddon Valley Hwy (B260). Turn right into Dempsey St (caution turning just before railway crossing) and follow signs.

From Castlemaine and Melbourne travel to the centre of Bendigo (the Fountain). Turn left into View Street and follow direction signs to Eaglehawk, then as above.


There will be 3 sprint courses all around 1.5 – 2.0 km.

Event 1 – Easy Navigation starts at 12.45 pm prompt with staggered starting times according to your allotted handicap.

Event 2 – Moderate Navigation.

Event 3 – Hard Navigation.

To be eligible for the Junior Male & Female Iron Persons Titles, events 1 and 2 are compulsory.

To be eligible for the Senior Titles, all 3 events are compulsory.

Note; your handicap for event 1 is provisional and may be altered for the remaining events.

Editors Note As mentioned at the beginning, this is Peter Creely’s last e-Bulletin. Peter has been doing this for many years, we want to say ‘Thank You Peter’, for the work over those 8 – 9 years, and we hope to see you at many more events to come

If there is anyone that would like to step into Peter’s shoes, or have some idea’s about the direction the club should go with the e-Bulletin, whether we try something different, like go fortnightly or monthly, or stay weekly as it currently is, have a talk to Richard next time you see him

Large Turnout

There was a large turnout of Orienteers to the event held in the Northern section of Lyell Forest on Saturday. The courses set by Charles Brownridge were cleverly designed to challenge the fields in subtle gullies and ridges. Although much of the area was open and quite runnable, there were some patches heavily colonised by Chinese broom making it more difficult to spot control markers from a distance, and calling for accurate navigation. Competitors on Course 1 had 2km length leg which allowed for a range of route choices.

The most popular Course on the day was the 5.4km course with 23 competitors, featuring the ‘Battle of the Camerons’ which saw dad, Andrew being pipped by son Jimmy by less than a minute. With 16 year old Jimmy now an accomplished Orienteer, it could be a sign of the future for Andrew. Jenny Bourne from Ballarat came in third on this course. The shortest course was a little longer than usual but this proved no obstacle to Isobel and Hugo Byrne who completed the course in just under 20 minutes.

Orienteering is a great way to get fit, experience the Bendigo bushland and tune up your navigation skills. There is always someone on hand to assist any newcomers at every event.

Next week’s event is the Ironman at Morton Ridge near Eaglehawk.

Results and HERE Splits are HERE Check how you are going in the overall standings. Best 11 of 20 scores to count

Next weeks course setter, Leisha Maggs, approaches the Finish

Heather Jones