The possibility of thunder storms on Bruce Ridge on Wednesday evening did not deter the 192 competitors who took on the challenging courses planned by Murray Scown (pic on right), Canberra Cockatoo squad member. Murray is currently studying at UNE in Armidale but set some armchair courses successfully transferred to the terrain by his parents, John and Ann.
The assembly area at the north east end of the O’Connor/Bruce Ridge Nature Park was hit by some strong winds but no rain.
The long moderate course traversed almost the full length of the map and provided a longer distance than has been the norm this Twilight Season. In fact, three moderate courses were on offer along with an interesting training activity set by Lukas Funk using most of the same control locations, but on a map devoid of the small MTB tracks and with no visible detail in the control circle.
Prior to the orienteers hitting the forest, an echidna was seen checking out a few control locations and later, as all signs of the event were finally removed, the local grey kangaroo population returned to the area to ensure that all was back to normal.
With the assistance of most of the Abominables the event was a great success. The same force will bring you an event in mid January at ANU. We look forward to some great courses set by Lizzie.
Newcomers to the orienteering in the ACT might notice some unfamiliar names in the results and splits. Those names include two who are among Australia’s best ever orienteers, Tom Quayle and Cassie Trewin. Both are visiting family with their spouses Anna Quayle and Jim Oystein Nybraten.
Tom has the best result for an Australian man in the World Long Distance Championships (13th in Sweden in 2004-pic on right) and in 1998 became one of the few competitors to achieve a HRS (handicap relative speed) of better than 1.0 under Andrew Blakers handicapping system. Serious problems with his legs forced him into early retirement from elite orienteering in 2005. In recent years he has been the Coach of the Australian Boomerangs, the team that represents Australia at World Orienteering Championships.
Similarly, Cassie Trewin was forced out of the sport by a serious back injury while at her top. Just before she departed for an ill-fated trip to Europe in mid-2000, Cassie easily won the Australian Long Distance Championships and the Asia Pacific Long Distance Championships (pic on left), both by impressive margins. Both Tom and Cassie married top overseas orienteers and now live in Sweden and Norway respectively. We are always pleased see to them back home.
Anna Quayle (pic on right) showed she had no jet-lag as she scored the top points (125) in the Runners Shop Twilight Series competition event 7 to relegate two other top women Jo Allison (124) and Lizzie Ingham (123) into second and third place. The next best were Jim Oystein Nybraten 122, Andrew Kerr 121 and perennial competitor Trevor Jacobs on 120 points.
With the best four scores from seven events now being counted, some competitors like Matt Crane have dropped from contention because they have less than four scores. Ingham still leads the competition on 497 points from Allison on 494, with David Shepherd third on 488, followed by Jacobs 484, Kerr 482 and Stephen Melhuish on 481 points. They are the only competitors to average 120 points or more per event; progress points are here.
Event 8 will be at Lyneham North.