A weekend of new experiences, rain and fun!

Last weekend delivered on it’s promise of quality new experiences, maps and opportunities to get out and explore the bush!

Victorian orienteers were spoilt for choice on Saturday with a Bush Classic event at Kangaroo Gully (a forest on the southern side of Bendigo) and the first ever Saturday Park Event at Eaglemont Flats in East Ivanhoe. The former included everything that we’ve come to love from the Bendigo Saturday series,  Peter Forbes’ courses made use of some intricate remnant gold mining features while also giving us some longer legs where the more confident runners could get up a bit of speed.

All weekend, persistent showers were a little frustrating although they miraculously cleared just before the mass start of the Eaglemont Flats event. As a result, it seemed that participants were big fans of the chance to run on a great colour map of this riverside area. This new format seems to be a big hit particularly with street-o fans looking to experience more parkland orienteering and also just with newcomers to the sport in general as it provides a perfect introduction to the orienteering in a nice casual/friendly environment. Keep an eye out for the next one in this series at Truganina (Altona Meadows) on 5th May.

The map from the Saturday Park Event

 

On Sunday, we were treated to a brand new area for orienteering at Mount Lofty near Redesdale. There was something for everyone at this event, some beautiful open forest which was great fun to run through, cool rock formations to hide controls behind, a good track network for the easy/moderate courses and a section of thicker forest which provided a great challenge for the longer hard courses. It was great to see some our junior stars like Sophie Taverna, Ashley White, Mason Arthur, Archie Neylon and Callum White performing so well and really putting the challenge out there to some of the older and more experienced orienteers!

Check out the results and splits from Sunday’s event and why not draw your route on to route gadget so you can compare against others on your course?

For those craving more bush orienteering, there will be another Bendigo series event next Saturday at the brilliant Korong Spur map and on the following weekend there’s both the Bendigo Night Orienteering Champs and a MelBushO at Hawkstowe, Plenty Gorge.

Course 1 Map from the Autumn Series event at Mount Lofty

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