Geelong Thursday Evening Park Street Orienteering

For fitness and fun

Everyone is welcome

Enjoy an evening stroll or a more strenuous challenge.  Walk, jog or run Рbe as competitive or as casual as you like while getting to know your parklands and suburbs.

Courses for runners and walkers.
Are you looking for new training options or just a fun way to exercise?
Park Street Orienteering caters for all.

Enquiries: Alan, 0427 777 061 or email [email protected]

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Geelong Event Report – Bayside Bliss

The heat was oppressive for the last event of the Geelong summer series. Fortunately we had already planned on a 45 minute Score event for all. The twist in the tale was the Odds and Evens choice that we all had to make to try and maximise our scores. Given that this was new for everyone, we all had the opportunity to review the course for a few minutes before the start. It certainly didn’t help my cause, but I am assured that the key to success was to plan at what point in your run/walk that you flipped from collecting either odds or evens. I think that even our course setter Glenn M was a little mystified !! Overall it was a resounding thumbs up for this novel concept (thanks John – I think !!)

In A grade, Toby C took full advantage of the absence of Luke H and Andrew T, to crunch out a very respectable 8km + run and 520 points, to finish ahead of Steve G (300 pts). Lee W demonstrated great leg speed in the heat to cover 8.4km + in B grade. Once he gets his navigation choices sorted he’ll be a very formidable opponent, His 440 points was still strong enough to lead in Sofie vG (410 pts) and Don F (380 pts). Chelsea F and Chris F planned their C grade runs well – each finishing with 420 points and a few seconds inside the 45 minute time limit. They led home Steve and Natasha P (320 pts). In D grade, John G and Jacinta L have had some interesting contests throughout the series. On this occasion it was John G (370 pts) doing enough to outscore Jacinta L (330pts) and Tania E (300 pts). In the walking it was one of our Clonard Gangs that lead the way – Carmel B, Louise D and Michael H (all on 320 pts) were winners on the night over a scout grouping of Jacob P, Scott B and Thomas K (300 pts).

This was a challenging concept so well done to all for accepting the challenge with an open mind and a laugh. Before speaking of series winners, I need to make special mention of the StreetO Championships. The Geelong flag was metaphorically flying high with Luke H winning the Open Mens A grade, and Andrew T a strong 2nd in the Senior Mens A grade. This is a tremendous result for both runners who have demonstrated strong form throughout the Geelong series. To achieve these results against the best in Melbourne put these 2 into the elite level for our sport. Well done Luke and Andrew !!

To be eligible for the series win, a participant must have completed a minimum of 6 events in a given grade. For most grades we had clear winners. In A grade, Luke H took the honours, with Toby C nudging Andrew T for 2nd place by the narrowest of margins. We had no eligible females participants for A grade. With 5 straight 1st placings prior to the Xmas break and points for course setting a post-Xmas event, Duncan McL was a deserving male winner in B grade with daylight to myself as next male eligible. Sofie vG did well to narrowly win 1st female in B grade over Zoe F. Natasha and Steve P were the winners in C grade, over Jenny C and Peter B respectively. John G and Jacinta L were clear winners for the series in D grade, with Heather L and Tania E enjoying their series. I was going to call Daniel S the Winx of Walking but he did have one blemish on his card with a 3rd placing in the 2nd event. Apart from this it was wins all the way for Daniel to be a clear winner. Ben K was consistent all series to be 2nd but needed an age handicap to become a serious challenger. Louise D and Carmel B couldn’t be split to take out the series win for the women with Linden Y being the next best.

So that’s a wrap for another series. Thanks to all of you that helped the running of another successful series. Linden Y, Toby C, Luke H, Duncan McL, Zoe F, John G, Heather L, Tania E, Don F, Peter B, Sofie vG, Glenn M, Jenny C – have I forgotten anyone ?? And thanks to everyone that chooses to participate and contribute to the inclusive nature of our sport. Don’t despair because planning is well advanced for a winter series. There is still plenty of opportunities to contribute. I’ll distribute an email next week giving details and asking for your help.

Alan

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