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

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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.

IRON MAN SPRINT FORMAT:

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

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Issue 15/15. Wednesday 6 May, 2015

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A course setter and helper are required for May 23rd Fiddlers Green. If you can help please contact Colin, Richard or Jim ASAP to make further arrangements. All course setters and helpers are greatly appreciated and our combined efforts make it possible to run a fantastic calendar of events throughout the year. With enough volunteer involvement we only need to do one of these each per year, so if you haven’t had a look at the clubs online calendar for nominating as a local event course setter/helper, please consider. New course setters are encouraged to have a go, and help is available to get you on the way.

Editors NOTE: The above 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 9 May, 2015. Bendigo Bush Classic 6.  Map: Lyell Forest

Course setter: Charles Brownridge
Organiser: Heather Jones
Courses: 3 hard, 1 medium, 1 easy.
Terrain: Mostly subtle spur/gully (can be very subtle)

Start time: 12.30 pm – 2 pm. Entry fee (for all VOA members) $8. Enter on day. All welcome.
From Bendigo: Travel east along Williamson Street that becomes Strathfieldsaye Road to Strathfieldsaye (about 6 or 7 kms). From the shops in Strathfieldsaye travel about 3.5 km towards Lake Eppalock. Turn right at the red brick church onto Axe Creek Road and travel approx. 3.5 kms to Paton’s Road and turn left. Follow Paton’s Road for just over 1 km and turn right onto Lowndes Track. Please park along the left hand side of Lowndes Track and do not go past the tapes across the road.

From Melbourne: travel to Bendigo via the Calder. Continue past the Fountain in the centre of Bendigo for one block to Williamson Street (Shamrock Hotel corner). Turn right into Williamson Street and then as above for Bendigo.

Next Bulletin 13 May, 2015

Clinkers Hill

Saturday’s event was held at Clinkers Hill on the south side of Castlemaine in ideal weather conditions. Course setter, John Wilkinson set challenging courses using a variety of terrains including steep gullies and old gold mining areas as well as rural landscapes. For most of the 65 competitors it was the first time they had run using this map,

Many competitors from Bendigo, Melbourne and Ballarat clubs welcomed the central location Congratulations to Bryan Keely, Jimmy Cameron, Henry Cameron, Amos Walz and Shayne (Akira) Hill who won their courses. Women who won their courses were: Lanita Steer, Anita Dowling, Jacqui Knee, Sylvia Murphy and Lillian Maher. Well done to all competitors.

Next week’s event will be at Lyell Forest near Bendigo.

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

Jenny Ball

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Issue 14/15. Wednesday 29 April, 2015

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Coming Events. Saturday 2 May, 2015. Bendigo Bush Classic 5.
Area: Castlemaine
Map Clinkers Hill 1:10,000
Course setter: John Wilkinson Ph 54706349.
Courses: 3 hard, 1 medium, 1 easy (1: 6.7 km, 2: 5.6 km, 3: 4.0 km, 4: 3.1 km, 5: 2.4 km).
Terrain: Mix of spur gully, goldfields and rural open landscape.
Start time: 12.30 pm – 2 pm.
Entry fee (for all VOA members) $8. Enter on day. All welcome.
Directions: From Melb: Travel thru Chewton towards Castlemaine. Turn left off the highway before Forest Creek bridge into Railway Ave, left into Ross Drive, then left again into Matheson St. Continue for 1 km and park on left.
From Bendigo: Travel thru Castlemaine shops and turn left onto Melbourne Rd at traffic lights, after Castle Motel and bridge turn right into Railway Ave, then left into Ross drive, and left again into Matheson St. Continue for 1 km to start.

Next Bulletin 6 May, 2015

La Trobe University Sprint

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.

Results and HERE Splits are HERE

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Issue 13/15. Wednesday 22 April, 2015

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Vic Champs at One Tree Hill.

Bendigo Orienteers will be organising the Vic Champs on the 26th April, using the One Tree Hill map/area.
As this is a slightly bigger event than normal, we ask for more than just a couple of PPL to help out. Nigel and Craig have set the courses, now it is up to us, to help them with their event. So why not come to the Saturday event at Latrobe Uni, have a run, then help to set up for Sunday. Or on Sunday, get involved with the start, or finish, or even the presentations.

Please email Jim on jymbo at dodo.com.au letting him know your availability

Coming Events. Saturday 25 April, 2015

Map: Latrobe University.

Course Setter: Neil Barr. Organiser: Richard Goonan

Start: 12:30 to 2:00 pm Format: Sprint Courses: 1, 2, 3

Directions: From Bendigo, Castlemaine and Melbourne: See below for Sunday – assembly area is the same for both events.

Coming Events. Sunday 26 April, 2015

Map: One Tree Hill.

Course Setter: Craig Feuerherdt and Nigel McGuckian Organiser: Jim Russell. Contact phone number 0411 125 178

Start: 10.30 to 12.00 pm. This event is Pre Entry, no Entries taken on the day

Format: Victorian Long Distance Championships

Courses: Elite: W21E, M21E

Open A: W10A, W12A, W14A, W16A, W17-20A, W21A, W35A, W40A, W45A, W50A, W55A, W60A, W65A, W70A, W75A, W80A, M10A, M12A, M14A, M16A, M17-20A, M21A, M35A, M40A, M45A, M50A, M55A, M60A, M65A, M70A, M75A, M80A

Open A short: W17-20AS, W21AS, W35AS, W45AS, W55+AS, M17-20AS, M21AS, M35AS, M45AS, M55+AS

Open B: W12B, W14B, W16B, M12B, M14B, M16B, Long Open B, Short Open B

Directions: From Bendigo: From the centre of Bendigo (the Fountain) continue north for one block and turn right into Williamson Street (at the Shamrock Hotel). Continue along Williamson Street, over a railway line, over a creek and through a big roundabout, following the Strathfieldsaye signs, until you reach the traffic lights at Edwards Road. Turn right into Edwards Road following signs to Latrobe Uni; continue through a roundabout and at the University (on the right) look for Gate 2 and an O sign.

From Castlemaine and Melbourne: travel via the Calder to the centre of Bendigo (the Fountain) and then as above for Bendigo.

Next Bulletin 29 April, 2015