Orienteering is a sport in which participants navigate around a course using a map and compass. Orienteering ACT is the body that organises and promotes Orienteering in the ACT.
Approaching Events - All are welcome (see "Events" for later events):
- 8/9 Mar: WOW (Weekend of Orienteering for Women)
- Wed 12 Mar Campbell Park: Wednesday evening post-twilight series training event #1 Enter by doodle click on the events page to ensure you have a map.
- Mon 17 March - Street orienteering resumes
Jo Allison Claims Summer Series
Friday, 7 March 2014
Photos from left Jo Allison, Matt Crane, Trevor Jacobs.
Jo Allison has won the 2013-14 Runners Shop Twilight
Series with a final score of 1,119 points from a possible 1,125 based on the best nine scores to defeat Matt Crane on 1,107 and five-time winner
Trevor Jacobs on 1,100 points. This was
Allison’s first win in the 17-year competition, but she has won the ACT Orienteer
of the Year three times. A mother of
two, Allison was one the Canberra Cockatoos leading runners for over a decade,
but she now limits her competition in elite races, preferring now to compete in
the less-taxing masters class. Two
juniors filled the other top five positions; Stephen Melhuish was fourth on
1,089 and Andrew Kerr fifth on 1080 points.
The final points table is here.
The final event was Sprint Distance race at Commonwealth
Park and it was not without controversies associated with the olive green areas
on the map, which are out-of-bounds; see story below. This lead to two high profile elite
competitors disqualifying themselves after the publication of results. The results were not amended, but their
results were not considered for competition points. Their actions were very
honourable decisions and an example for others to follow. The unamended results
are here and the splits are here.
A head to head race between veteran Trevor Jacobs and junior
Andrew Kerr caused them to extend themselves and being the best on the night,
with Jacobs collecting 125 points and Kerr 124; see Facebook photo.
Ann Ingwersen collected her second 123 pointer for the series, relegating
Allison to fourth with Adrian McGarva fifth.
Photos from left Judy Allison, Nick Melhuish, Jesse Piiroinen.
Four people competed in all 16 events (one event was cancelled): Stephen
Melhuish, Judy Allison, James Heyes and Robert Mouatt. The most consistent was
Nick Melhuish with a standard deviation of 1.3 %, and the top improvers, 15% or
more after competing in nine or more events: James Heyes 29%, Jesse Piiroinen
19%, Ryan Stocks 17%, John Harding 17%, Carys Connick 16%, Tate Needham 15%, Lawrence
Another related article appears below