Melbourne Sprint Weekend

Phew – just finished another fantastic Melbourne Sprint Weekend!  Six races in six days, including a World Ranking Event, the Australian University Sprint Champs, a bush sprint, a sprint relay, and a 4 stage knockout sprint. Hectic is an understatement!  DROC took on the job of Race 4 at La Trobe University, with Ian Dodd as course planner, Debbie Dodd as event director, and a huge crew of enthusiastic club members who ensured everything ran to plan.  The Relay was first, followed by the individual race, and pressure was on to place the controls, build the arena, run the two events, and pack up and hand over to the next team.

Check out Ian’s Race 4 Feature Leg Analysis where he shows the route choice options on his pick for best leg of each course.

Ian and Debbie were also responsible overall for Finish and Results, while Pam King, Ilze Yeates and Peter Dalwood looked after Registration and Information for the three days.  Asha Steer was kept busy handling the Under 25’s competition. Peter Dalwood also made a huge contribution by updating the map for Deakin University.

DROC had a massive contingent of competitors at each race. We had five club members representing Victoria in the Relay – Asha and Lanita Steer, Peter Hobbs, Sarah Davies and Sally Barlow.  We also had good results in the overall standings, with a win to Sally Barlow in Senior Girls, third place to Damian Spencer (M40), 5th place to Helen Walpole (W40), 4th place to Janine Steer (W50),and 4th place to Ilze Yeates (W70).

Overall Results

Head to our Gallery for a bunch of fantastic photos!



Park Street Champs – DROC Medallists

The 2020 Park Street Championship were held on Monday 24 February at Mulgrave, with suitably challenging courses set by Judi Herkes.  The flat course made for speed, but also required plenty of thinking and planning. It was great to see so many competitors really lift their game and race hard.


PRIZES – personalized medals will be presented to 1st, 2nd and 3rd placegetters in each category, on the Awards Night on Wednesday April 1st.

DROC Results:

GOLD – Sarah Love, Ian Greenwood

SILVER – Michael Dardis, Ian Dodd, Denise Pike, James Love, Ros King, Muriel Neilson, Helen Kerley

BRONZE – Peter Hobbs, Damian Spencer, Peter Dalwood, Debbie Dodd, Christine Palmer

Finalists – Andrew Hester, Matthew Grover, Pam King

Wild Weather Plays Havoc With Monday Summer Series

Melbourne’s crazy summer weather of extreme heat, sudden deluges, and bushfire smoke, has wreaked havoc on the Monday Summer Series.  The event at Dingley Village was cancelled when the air quality hit the Very Poor mark, and our fantastic new map at Tatterson was swamped by a heavy downpour which saw most people choose to stay home.

Not wanting our course setters’ efforts to go to waste, we’ve fixtured re-runs of both events as part of the 2020 Saturday Series.  Dingley Village will be on April 18; the map was given a complete revamp by Pam, and the course planned meticulously by Joel.  Tatterson is a map thats simply too good to miss, with its huge parkland, tricky streets, chain of lakes and wetlands, and the incredible Tree Maze.  You’ll have another chance to enjoy Peter G’s map and courses, on May 2.

Monash Mega Sprint

The Monash Mega Sprint was held in heated conditions (fortunately before the storms that hit later!)  An excited crowd queued eagerly for their chance to race indoors and outdoors, on courses planned by Coach In Residence, Fredo.  Confusion reigned right from the start as we plunged inside, to be faced with immediate decisions on classrooms, corridors, stairs, doors, and mezzanines.

After exiting what felt like a washing machine, we were thrown straight into a tumble dryer! Route choices on every leg, and tiny details vital, spread over an extra long distance to keep legs and brain working overtime.  Keeping concentration was key, but very tough in the conditions.  This event was perfect training for the full-on summer of Sprinting that lies ahead, especially for anyone heading to the Melbourne Sprint Weekend in March.



Tour De France Course Indoor

Tour De France Course Outdoor

Paris-Roubaix Course Indoor

Paris-Roubaix Course Outdoor

Velodrome Course Indoor

Velodrome Course Outdoor

Our thanks to Monash Clayton for their permission, assistance, support and enthusiasm!

Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club is proud to support the OV Coach In Residence program; all entry fees will be used to support this valuable activity.  Look out for Fredo’s training sessions!

Big Year Ahead in 2020

Our club is looking forward to another great year in 2020! We’re putting on plenty of amazing orienteering events right through the year. These include:

  • Melbourne Sprint Weekend Race 4 – Sprint Relays and Public Race, La Trobe Bundoora, Sunday March 8
  • BikeO 75, Silvan Rode, Sunday March 22
  • Saturday Park Series, Abbey Walk (new colour map), May 16
  • Eppalock 3 Day Weekend, June 6-8
  • MelBushO, Police Paddocks (new map), Sunday July 12
  • Saturday Park Series, Jells Park, August 1
  • Not Notting Hill EndurO, Saturday August 15
  • Sprint Double, RMIT Bundoora, Sunday August 22
  • Melbourne City Race, Port Melbourne, Sunday November 29

in addition to our regular program of mid week and Saturday park street events.

Sprint Into Spring Jersey Winners and Placegetters

Sprint Into Spring is over for another year, and once again, DROC members featured in the winners lists! Jerseys will be presented on Saturday November 30 at Ruffey Lake.

Our 2019 Jersey winners are Sarah Love (Mo Women Green), Damian Spencer (Sally Men Green), Wayne Love (Sally Men Polkadot) and Sammy Love (Sally Women Polkadot).  Asha Steer was 3rd overall on Mo Women, and James Love was third overall on Sally Men.  Congratulations!  Check out our Gallery for more photos.

Wayne and Sammy will swap last year's Green jerseys for Polkadot

Wayne and Sammy will swap last year’s Green jerseys for Polkadot


Victorian Sprint Champs Bring Success

We had a great day out at Kardinia International College at Geelong, venue for the 2019 Victorian Sprint Champs.  Last used in 2016 for the Melbourne Sprint Weekend, everyone was looking forward to testing their sprint skills at this complex campus.  Reading fine detail and keeping map contact were more important than speed, as tiny cut throughs offered the shortest route choices.

Congratulations to our many members who took a place on the podium:

Winners and Victorian Champions: Sarah Davies, Janine Steer, Peter Dalwood

2nd Placegetters: Sammy Love, Helen Walpole, James Love, Martin Steer

3rd Placegetters: Sally Barlow, Asha Steer, Sarah Love, Pamela King, Stuart McWilliam

Check out some great action shots in our Gallery.


Sprint Into Spring Race 6, Oxley College, Saturday November 16

Don’t miss the next Sprint Into Spring race at Oxley College in Chirnside Park on Saturday November 16!  Sarah and James have planned the courses, and this small but deceptive campus is sure to challenge you.  The series is getting to the pointy end and those all-important jersey points are up for grabs.  Head to the Sprint Into Spring website for all the details!

Sprint Into Spring 2019

Melbourne City Race Highlights Video

Check out this incredible footage from the 2019 Melbourne City Race, highlighting all the action and featuring many club members in starring roles! Share the link with everyone you know: Melbourne City Race Highlights

The Melbourne City Race Weekend will be back in 2020 – stand by for an announcement of dates and venues!


Joel Wins Big at Primary Schools Champs

Joel Crothers had a convincing win at the Southern Zone Primary Schools Orienteering Championships, held at Police Paddocks in Rowville. He blitzed around his course in 15 minutes, well ahead of all other competitors.  This comes on top of receiving the Best New Junior award at the recent Melbourne City Race at Docklands, where Joel took second place in just his third Sprint competition.   When he’s not competing, Joel is busy planning courses and updating maps, with his second undertaking coming up early next year at Dingley.