Saturday 28th November
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.
Once again, there were several newcomers, and some experienced hands who have been missing for a while – a long while in the case of Matt Seward – welcome back!
Thanks to BO for helping to set up, doing the 'meet'n'greet' (Rob and Lois West, Penny and Phil Dufty, Jack Dowling), the Novice Briefing (Rachel West), and collecting controls (Ian Clayton, Rob, Ricky Thackray, Craig, Liam and Amy Dufty, Rachel, and Jack and Sue Dowling). Thanks also to Rosalie McCauley and Melinda Richards for IT support, and Emma Plummer and Jack for assisting with EOD payments.
The Friends of Warwick Bushland have a very well-designed and informative website, which is well worth a look.
If you missed the event, or want to try to find a better route, the courses are now available on MapRunF – thanks to Jack Dowling. Follow the link under Upcoming Events to the Eventor page where you can find instructions and download the map.
See Tony's full event evaluation and report here >>
Overall series standings are available here