MelBushO at Hawkestowe Park

What a terrific day we had at Hawkestowe Park on July 19! An early start for our course setters and helpers – the grass was frosted white, and the puddles had iced over, but the sun was shining.  The event drew the usual large crowd, with a mix of experienced orienteers, newcomers, and kids.  We haven’t used this park much and it really is a great place to be out with a map in hand.

Courses were set by Ian and Sarah.  They were interesting and varied with some fast open running, some tricky technical contour features, and some places where those contour lines were pretty close together.  We (wisely) decided to leave the river crossings for another day after all the rain in the preceding days!

Results     Splits     Photos

DROC did very well, with A course won by Pres Pete, and 5 of the top 10 were club members.  Jen and the kids won the D course.

Sarah was very busy all day assisting newcomers, helping with registration, and manning the finish computer and printing results.  She had plenty of other assistants – thanks to all the club members who came along and supported the day.

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State Series at Belltopper – All About the Juniors

We had a very good turnout for the return to Belltopper, with all courses this year being set on the west side of Taradale Road.  Set by our JWOC rep Lanita Steer, the courses challenged everyone and received great feedback.  The terrain was mainly open spur-gully with some scattered rock and erosion gullies, and plenty of regrowth had sprung up in recent months to add another level of difficulty.

The event was the final selection race for the Victorian Schools team, which will travel to the Australian Schools Championships in Ballarat in September.  Aspirants including DROC juniors Asha Steer and Sarah Davies were racing hard to secure their places on the team – and they have been successful!  Asha was first overall on course 3, while Sarah was second on course 6.  Our other placegetter was Peter Yeates on course 5 (but he is not eligible for junior selection!)

Results     Winsplits

The event ran very smoothly thanks to the hardworking DROC team, and the JWOC Jam fundraising was a great success, with over 100 jars of jam sold!  We’ll be able to provide funding to Lanita, Asha and Sarah as they represent us at National and State level.

Our next Sunday event will be at Hawkestowe Park, Plenty, on July 19.  Meanwhile, follow Lanita at JWOC:


Victorian Long Distance Champs 2015

Our blue-ribbon State Champs were held this weekend in Bendigo. They were preceded by a sprint race on Saturday, which was great fun and an excellent warmup for the main event. The forest was fast and open with numerous tracks, resulting in some swift finish times. Eight of the 14 competing DROC members made it onto the podium –

First: Sarah Davies and Asha Steer (both performing very well in the Vic Schools Team selection trial)
Second: Janine Steer, Martin Steer (only 20 seconds off first), Peter Yeates and Debbie Dodd
Third: Lanita Steer (running “up” in W21) and Ian Davies
Honorable mentions: Ian Dodd and Peter Dalwood were both edged into fourth. Peter Hobbs was a very creditable 5th in a strong M21 field.