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):
- Sat 2 Aug: Mt Taylor Saturday/JL Event #11
- Wed 6 Aug: The Pinnacle Midday Event #15
Entries for ACT Long Distance Championships (24 August) now open on Eventor
All the details for ACT League # 9 (Teams Event) (10 August) are here and entries now open on Eventor
For tips on how to read maps - see the coaching pages.
Fine Weather Greets Competitors at Foxlow Flats for ACT League 8
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
For the first time this year an Abominable O-men
event day dawned with fine and sunny weather (see photo above) albeit there was
a very heavy frost, but that was before the competitors arrived. Careful, first
time, organisation by Lizzie Ingham had gone into arranging the weather for all
to enjoy the courses and after run picnics.
After setting some challenging courses for
the older orienteers, first time setter, Jacqui Doyle (on right), required the assistance
of Max and Mira (below) to construct a suitable string course for the younger brigade.
Perhaps this should be a requirement of our course setting workshops in future!
Most people enjoyed the challenges set
while some did do a little swimming in the creek. The tussock grass also
disguised numerous wombat diggings which made fast running in the open areas
There were several members who, having
purchased new superfast SI chips, need to remember their new numbers and a
couple who have purchased new vehicles who need to learn their registration
numbers. Even those with old cars could do better than record “white Subaru
crashed” as a rego number!
Thanks to Bob Allison for producing several
versions of the A4 map to enable printing of all maps to be done in house.
Thanks also to all the Abominables who assisted on the day. Jacqui should also
be congratulated for making me persevere with OCAD for the course setting – an
old dog can actually learn some new tricks, but may not be able to remember
But the main reason everyone went to Foxlow
Flats was to earn points in ACT League # 8. Copies of the course maps and many
photos of the day are here. The results are here, the splits are here and the ACT
League progress points table is here. In another cameo appearance Rob Walter
was the top competitor on the day with 102 points, just ahead of Matt Crane on
100, David Shepherd 99, Liz Abbott 97 and Allison 94. After eight events Crane leads with a total
of 552 points from his best five scores, with Jones second on 545 and Liz
Abbott on 514 points. Jo Allison and
Lizzie Ingham have dropped out of contention because they only have four
scores. They will need to score points
in the final two events to be competitive.
With the local season during to a close two
coming events will impact on the outcome of the Inter-Club Challenge and the ACT
League competitions. Those events are:
- 2014 ACT Teams event on 10 August (entries close 6 August), and
- 2014 ACT Long Distance Championships on 24 August (entries close 11 August).
Photos and story by Ann Scown