The indefatigable Stuart McWillam has won his second MEFTY award (Most Events for the Year) and will hold the coveted trophy for another 12 months. We thought Stuart set the bar high last year – this time around, he completed an incredible 180 out of 186 events! Even more remarkably, Stuart travels from Werribee, and has clocked up thousands of kms in his quest. Recently he switched to train and bike travel, and shows no signs of stopping!
Yes it’s our favourite time of year – Sprint Into Spring! Saturday October 20 sees the debut of Cornish College in Bangholme, for Race 2. Although classed as a campus map, this school has much more to offer than just buildings. It has a small central campus with lots of ramps and stairs; lakes, bridges and an island; a golf course; lots of trees and open ground; lots of fences; and lots of animals! Be prepared to meet alpacas, chickens, and other assorted farmyard friends as you navigate through your course. Click here for all the details.
Race 1 at Caulfield Grammar rewarded the competitors who slowed down a little and avoided errors. 28 DROC members turned out, and had some great results. Asha Steer and Sarah Love have green jerseys for the winners of the Sprint leg on the Mo and Sally courses. Asha was third on the Mo Womens course, while Peter Hobbs and Simon Rouse were in the top 15 on the huge Mo Mens course; Nick Maddock, Martin Steer and Ian Davies were all in the top half of a very competitive bunch. James Love was 5th on Sally, while first time sprinter Andrew Perkins was 8th. “That was the best fun I’ve ever had!” he said later. Sarah Davies buried herself to take second on Sally, while Sarah Love was 6th, Amber Louw was 10th, and Debbie Dodd was 12th. Sammy Love was 4th on the Usain course.
Another AusChamps has come and gone. The carnival was held in Renmark and the Adelaide Hills, providing a very mixed bag of highly detailed erosion features, classic campus sprinting, pine forest, traditional spur/gully, and very technical rocks on the last day. Some terrains and formats worked better than others, but all in all, it was a fun week that saw DROC produce some great results.
Prez Pete was “our man on the ground” and he has put together a great set of photos, covering our Victorian junior and senior reps (who looked very sharp indeed in their new tops, definitely winners in “fashions on the field”). Our age-groupers also turned in some strong performances, with a Championship for Simon Rouse, and some personal bests.
- Simon Rouse – 1st SA Middle, 2nd Aus Middle, 4th Aus Long
- Martin Steer – 3rd Aus Middle, 4th Aus Sprint
- Pam King – 9th Aus Middle, 13th Aus Sprint
- Asha Steer – 4th Aus Middle, fastest leg in Aus Relays, 2nd Aus Sprint
- Lanita Steer – 1st Aus Relays, 5th Aus Long
- Peter Hobbs – 9th Aus Long
- Amber Louw – 1st Aus Relays, 10th Aus Long
- Peter Dalwood – 5th Aus Sprint
- James Love – 8th SA Middle
- Sammy Love – 2nd midweek race 3, 6th Aus Long
- Sarah Love – 1st Aus Sprint
- Peter Yeates – 13th SA Middle
Debbie Dodd became the second Vintage member of The Millennium Club (2000 events since Jan 1 2000) on September 26 2018, at Clarinda. Ray Howe presented Debbie with her participation profile, and a delicious piece of vintage cheese! Current TMC Rankings
A strong contingent of 16 DROC members headed to Chewton for the Victorian Long Distance Championships today and upon arrival were greeted with what could be described as a boutique arena, located on a small rural property, with just enough open grassed area to accommodate 200 people, club tents, registration and vehicle parking. A sign at registration directed competitors precisely 123m to the start area, and the finish was located beside the arena. All things considered, a very well planned arena. The terrain was steep-ish spur gully with a number of tracks and areas of rock. Care was needed on some areas of the map with fallen timber and difficult-to-spot rocks underfoot, although the terrain was relatively fast.
DROC had some great performances resulting in many podium appearances. First place getters were Ryan Davies (EOD11), Sarah Love (Short Open B) and Sarah Davies (W17-20A); second place getters were Wayne Love (M45AS), Martin Steer (M50A), Simon Rouse (M40A) and Janine Steer (W50A); and Asha Steer finished in 3rd place in a highly credentialed W21E class. Well done everyone!
Asha Steer was one of the few Victorians, and only DROC member, who took the trip up to sunny Queensland for the National Orienteering League NOL weekend on 8-9 September. Saturday’s event was the Queensland Middle Distance Championship and Asha had a clear win by four minutes to take out the W20E (Women’s 17-20yo Elite) class. Asha backed this up strongly on Sunday in the year’s one and only Ultralong event (length approx. 50% longer than standard long distance) with a hard fought 90 second win over several circling Queensland competitors. Well done Asha!
If it was raining and hailing in Melbourne on Sunday morning, one could only imagine what diabolical weather would be in store for the 16 DROC members who headed to Tarilta Creek (near Daylesford) to compete in event 2 of the Victorian Spring Series. Some drivers reported encountering thick snow during their drive to the event! However, once 10am came around it was rather cold – yes – but there was some sunshine and virtually no rain for the remainder of the day. Making things even better was the brilliant terrain. The forest was very runnable with many of the treed areas also covered by soft green grass. The terrain was still complex enough to provide a good navigational challenge with many gullies, hilltops and some rock features close together, making parallel gully errors and “rock confusion” very easy. At a 1:10,000 scale, feedback was that the map was very clear and legible and that the course setter (Patrick Jaffe) set some great courses.
There were some excellent DROC performances with juniors Amber Louw (2nd in course W5), James Love (6th course M4), Sammy Love (going out by herself – 4th in a hotly contested course W8) and Sarah Davies (7th course W4) all doing well and gaining some valuable practice ahead of the Australian Championships next month. Simon Rouse had a solid run to take out course M2, whilst other stalwarts Peter Dalwood (3rd course M4), Janine Steer (3rd course W3) finished near the top of their classes. Well done to all.
Lanita and Asha Steer were selected as part of the Australian team for the World University Orienteering Champs in Finland. It was a big program, with a Sprint, Sprint Relay, Middle, Long, and Relay. This was a one-off for Lanita, as she is no longer eligible. She made the most of it with a red-hot run in the Middle Distance, finishing 31st in a field of 90 of the world’s fastest female orienteers! Lanita worked her way up from 50th over the first few legs, improving her position with every leg.
Both girls have had a great time in Europe, but are happy to be back home, and gearing up for the Aus Champs in SA.
Peter and Pam headed to Denmark to compete in the World Masters Orienteering Champs. Peter’s category, M70, “only” had 400 competitors(!), while Pam “only” had to contend with 240 in W65!
Peter was unlucky to miss a place in the A Final, after finishing 30th in his qualifying heat, of 78 competitors. Peter finished well inside the top half, overall, which was good enough to earn him a spot in the B final. Pam also qualified in the B final.
The Finals were held around Christiansborg Palace in the centre of Denmark. After a sizzling run, he remained in first place until the 41st finisher crossed the line. He ended up 11th out of 80, just 56 seconds behind the winner – a great effort in amongst all those Scandinavians, and ranking him in the top 25% in the world! Pam also had a great Final, improving her placing significantly, and finishing mid field overall.
Asha commenced her campaign with a fantastic second place in the Hungarian Middle Distance Champs! After a week in training camp, JWOC got underway, starting with the longest Long Distance ever raced at JWOC – 11 kms for the girls! The terrain was sand dunes – generally flat, but needing accuracy to do well. Asha had a very steady run and was a little hampered by a lingering cold, finishing 86th, very tired but reasonably happy.
The sprint was held in the old town of Kesckemet, full of 400 year old buildings, flower beds, alleyways and ice cream shops which were popular with the spectators! Asha had a good start, coming through early radio controls in the top 30, but fading over the last controls to finish respectably midfield.
On to the technical Middle Distance, on unique terrain known as “The Labyrinth”. The map was described thus: “It’s like someone with bad green and yellow chicken pox has invaded the map”. It consisted of sand dunes with open pine, interspersed with thick, prickly juniper. Asha managed to push her way through the qualification and into the B Final, which she described as one of her least enjoyable runs of all time. She described scrambling around in the Juniper as something she will not be rushing back to do again, and was looking forward to more open areas for the relay – her final JWOC competition.
Saving the best for last – the Relay map was fast and open, and Asha’s leg was over 6 kms long. She ran the anchor leg for Australia 1, and it was a fitting finale. The girls lifted from 31st at the end of Leg 1, to 24th after leg 2, to a fantastic 17th, with Asha lifting them 7 places. A truly memorable way to conclude her time at JWOC.