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Event Report - Warwick MetrO 4

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Intrepid orienteers enjoyed a beautiful, if not brisk, day out in the inviting Warwick Bushland last Saturday. Very fast runners managed to win the three courses with less than perfect routes. Isaac Madden took out the Short course by 3 minutes from Ruben Claessens, who is improving every week. Amy Dufty just pipped Jessica Madden by 4 seconds to be the fastest woman.

Liam Dufty had an even bigger margin on the Medium course, leading in Cedric Gros by over 5 minutes. Marlene Flett was fastest woman for the second time, just a minute behind Cedric, and in an impressive first season has quickly picked up the essential MetrO route-finding skills. Caitlin Madden was 2nd woman, which Zali Dale will be keen to avenge next time!

On the Long course Ricky Thackray made it two wins for the day, having earlier blitzed the field at the Garvey Park ParkRun, but fortunately Craig Dufty was just cruising about a minute behind. Ceri Pass was fastest woman yet again, with Veronika Vavrova in second.

Cottesloe MetrO 5

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The Cottesloe Metro event commences from the Main Lawn at the Civic Centre and has a standard Metro component and a small Sprint mini-map component within the Civic Centre like the last event in 2017. There are plenty of controls along the beach areas of Cottesloe and many up into the suburb’s streets and parks.

Parking is available on Napier St, between Broome St and Marine Parade. There is also a large car park at the Marine Parade corner of Napier St, however, parking may be limited depending on how many people spend Saturday at the beach. The assembly area is on the Main Lawn of the Civic Centre on Napier St, opposite the Tennis Club.

Please be aware there is a wedding party taking place in the Sunken Garden until 5pm. Please stick to the main lawn prior to the event start.

Warwick MetrO 4

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This event continues the trend for MetrO this season of being largely in native bushland; in fact the Short and Medium courses can be completed without venturing into the suburbs at all. Warwick Bushland is 60 hectares of original native vegetation. It is mainly jarrah-banksia woodland with scattered tuart trees, and more than 200 species of wildflowers, many of which are still in bloom. Wildlife includes several reptile species (bobtails are very active at the moment), over 60 native bird species, and mammals including bats and bandicoots. The Bushland is surrounded by a fence, which may only be crossed at marked gates and crossing points. When choosing your route between control points you will need to carefully consider the location of these crossing points.

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