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