“Wish I’d done a longer course!”; “Can I have another go?”; “How soon can we come back and do this again?” – these comments were heard repeatedly after Sunday’s amazing Indoor-Outdoor Sprint at Monash Uni. As the first starters bent over their maps, the spectators dashed inside to see the mayhem unfold, and soon we were treated to competitors heading every which way – up, down, and around – as they came to grips with navigating four levels of the incredible building. It was quickly obvious that speed was not the solution – it was all about knowing exactly where you needed to be, before beginning the next leg. Dashing in and out of classrooms, dodging bemused students, popping out onto a courtyard four storeys in the air, avoiding the “paddle pop” marshals who stopped us going the wrong way – all part of the fun. It was over way too quickly. Luckily we had an outdoor sprint to follow, which was almost as complex, and equally as enjoyable. We’ll do our best to make it happen again soon.
DROC partnered with fellow Victorian orienteering club, Melbourne Forest Racers, to deliver a superb winter long weekend of top class orienteering in gold mining terrain at Creswick. Saturday featured the final in the Victorian Autumn Series, and the courses by Dion Keech mixed up some physical spur gully with tricky erosion features. DROC members turned out in force with 23 competitors – a record for a non-Melbourne event! We had the most podium finishers, with wins to Sally Barlow, Ian Dodd and Annie Gruby; second places to Sarah and Sammy Love; and thirds to Simon Rouse, Karen Strachan, Debbie Dodd and Annie Gruby. Other strong performers were Damian Spencer, Sarah Davies, and James Love.
Sunday was the Victorian Middle Distance Champs, the first time in many years that DROC has organised an individual forest Championship event. It went off without a hitch! Courses were set by Vic Sedunary, and they certainly tested everyone’s technical navigation skills as he took us into the hardest sections of the map. More great results, with wins to Martin Steer, Janine Steer, Sarah Love, Sammy Love and Debbie Dodd; second places to Damian Spencer, Helen Walpole, Amber Louw and Sarah Davies, and third places to Ian Davies, Pam King, Joel Crothers and Wayne Love.
We rounded out the weekend with the Bah Humbug Sprint, which saw us back in the same gold mining, but at a larger scale of 1:5000, on courses set by Roch Prendergast. A win on course 2 capped off a great weekend for Ian Dodd, while James Love was a very fast 4th on the same course.
Our thanks to the three course planners, along with event advisor Warwick Williams, who all did an anazing job; and to the dedicated teams from both clubs who worked tirelessly and cheerfully for 3 days to put on what we think was the best weekend in Victoria!
Click here for more about the weekend, and photos from the Middle Distance Champs presentations.
The first-ever Indoor-Outdoor Sprint orienteering race to be held in Australia, will take place at Monash University’s Clayton Campus, on Sunday June 30 2019. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity!
Online entries via Eventor are now open! Two incredible sprints for the low price of just $12. Entries close June 28. Note: entry numbers may need to be capped so we recommend entering asap to secure your place.
In the morning, you’ll tackle a dizzying course covering all four levels of the Learning and Teaching Building. After lunch, you’ll compete in a second race using the outdoor areas of the campus. Times from both races are added to determine the overall winners.
Sprint orienteering is all about making rapid decisions while reading a detailed map of a complex environment. Your brain has to work faster than your legs! Winning times are usually 15-20 minutes. Different courses are available for all ages and abilities. You don’t have to be a champion athlete, but it helps to be a quick thinker.
Choose any of the five courses – Long Hard, Medium Hard, Short Hard, Moderate, or Easy.
Indoor Sprint – Learning and Teaching Building, starts between 10am-11am. Mapper and course planner: Peter Dalwood
A multi level map featuring stairs, one way corridors, voids, rooms, scattered furniture .. and more stairs! This will probably be the most complex map you’ve ever run on. The map will look something like this (click to enlarge) –
Bonus Outdoor Sprint – Monash Clayton, starts from early afternoon. Mapper: Peter Dalwood. Course planners: Stuart McWilliam and Asha Steer
Monash Clayton is always evolving. The map will be freshly updated for the event. The big question is – will your brain and legs be up to a double challenge???
Great event on our new Chirnside Park map, which we christened with an EndurO. Mapper and course planner Peter G presented quite the challenge, thanks to the hilly terrain, the complicated network of small streets, and a well thought out course. Peter placed several 40-point controls close to the start, which drew competitors out in all directions, only to be faced with a myriad of decisions.
DROC took out both 120 minute categories, with Alicia winning the 120 min Run and gaining a perfect score of 1000; Ian won the 120 min Walk with 780 points. Fantastic effort by both!
|Online entries for the Victorian Queens Birthday long weekend at Creswick are NOW OPEN, with a discount for those who pre-enter all three events. Make sure you read the all-important Information and Entry Instructions first, which will tell you how to enter and pay for all events in one go, as well as lots of other details.The arena is the same for all three days, and is easily accessible, just a few minutes’ drive from Creswick, and a short hop from Ballarat or Daylesford, which are great places to stay. Come and enjoy the greatest gold mining terrain Australia has to offer! This weekend of top orienteering is proudly presented by Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club and Melbourne Forest Racers.Here’s the program:
Carnival web page: https://www.vicorienteering.asn.au/creswick3day
The Victorian Club Relays were held at Mt Lofty, near Eppalock – an area of spur gully terrain with some small rocky areas, and some thicker vegetation. Due to the dry summer, the tracks were dusty and sometimes hard to pick. The first half of each course was on open, fast ground, but many teams came unstuck on the second half which was much slower, and harder to read.
DROC fielded five teams across four courses, and came away with very pleasing results – including a fantastic win for our Course 3 combination of Peter Yeates, Pam King and Carl Stemp. Pete laid the groundwork with a fast run, just a handful of seconds behind the quickest runner. Pam kept her cool as other teams fell by the wayside, her steady pace bringing the team into first. Carl just had to complete the course safely, and they were home with a couple of minutes’ margin over the next team, taking a well earned victory!
Our other teams all acquitted themselves very well on what proved to be challenging courses, against tough competition. Well done all! Results are here
Congratulations to DROC’s Graham Wallis who has been awarded the highly coveted Park Street Course Setter of the Year award for 2018-19. Graham won for his course at Kingsclere, in the Monday Summer Series. He receives a Park Street Season Ticket to the series of his choice.
Runners up were Fiona Fell (NEV), for her course at Skeleton Creek in the Tuesday Summer Series, and Tim Hatley (BKV) for his course on a new map of Mentone Racecourse, in the Monday Summer Series. According to adjudicator Peter Hobbs, it was a very close contest. Peter used the following factors to decide the winner:
- Degree of route choice and control choice evident on each course
- Distances of the courses
- Choice of different controls available from the start
- Lack of “one way only / dead running” sections of the course
- Map details such as title, scale, contour interval etc
Kingsclere scored highly in all areas – including control choice from the start and the relative lack of “one way / dead areas” of the course. Graham did an excellent job of providing maximum route choice and control choice for all courses. Even the shortest course could conceivably visit the majority of controls on the map. I still could not work out some of the shortest courses despite spending significant time studying the map. Also included a tricky control 15 near the start where competitors had to make an instant decision at the start to get it first, or drop it all together. An excellent overall map and worthy winner. Well done Graham!
Two other DROC maps were shortlisted – Cathies Creek by Peter Yeates, and Blind Creek by Merv Trease.
The DROC Shop sells orienteering equipment, including compasses, Sportident sticks, gaiters, fingerbands, and Silva headbands. You can find the DROC Shop at most VicBush, Melbush, park street and sprint events. You can also place an order by contacting us at email@example.com
What we sell:
- Sportident electronic timing devices (SI sticks), including Version 8, Version 10, and SI Air. Prices range from $50-$105. NEW STOCK OF SI AIR STICKS JUST IN!
- Compasses – low cost base plate and thumb compasses, ideal for new orienteers. Bargain prices $15-$50.
- Fingerbands for SI sticks and thumb compasses, just $4
- Gaiters – Protech, a bargain at just $22, which is half the retail price. Limited sizes.
- Silva headbands – special price just $2!
The DROC Shop is proud to provide the prizes for the 2019 Vic Autumn Series Fastest Finisher competition!
Congratulations to DROC’s Park Street Championship medallists for 2019! The Champs were held on a VERY hot night, and on a VERY hilly course where stamina certainly played a part. However, the excellent course required a lot of thinking as well, proving a great test of all-around skills. Huge thanks once again to Champs Coordinator Ray Howe, who handled proceedings with his usual aplomb.
The results are in, and our winners and placegetters are:
Champions and Gold Medallists – Ian Dodd (Mens Supervet); Denise Pike (Womens Supervet); James Love (Junior Boys); Ian Greenwood (Mens Veteran PW) and Ros King (Womens Open PW).
Silver Medallists – Ian Davies (Mens Supervet); Peter Dalwood (Mens Ultravet); Helen Walpole (Womens Open); Muriel Neilson (Womens Veteran PW); Ilze Yeates (Womens Ultravet PW)
Bronze Medallists – Peter Hobbs (Mens Open); Alicia Dymowski (Womens Open)
Visit our Gallery for some fantastic photos from the event!
Visit the Champs website for a full event wrap, all the results, and lots more photos.
DROC will field 21 Finalists in this week’s Park Street Championship at St Helena on Thursday. We wish every success to Andrew Hester, Peter Hobbs, Michael Dardis, Damian Spencer, Ian Dodd, Stuart McWilliam, Ian Davies, Peter Dalwood, Peter Yeates, Helen Walpole, Sarah Love, Alicia Dymowski, Debbie Dodd, Denise Pike, James Love, Ian Greenwood, Mark Besley, Ros King, Christine Palmer, Muriel Neilson and Ilze Yeates.