Tuesday Evening Park Street Orienteering

For fitness and fun

Everyone is welcome

Enjoy an evening stroll or a more strenuous challenge.  Walk, jog or run – be 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.

Summer Series: October till March (daylight savings) – western suburbs.  Enquiries: Ken, 9337 5417 or email voa@iinet.net.au

Autumn Series: April till June – western suburbs. Enquiries: Ken, 9337 5417 or email voa@iinet.net.au

Tuesday Series events use the MapRun smartphone app.  Download MapRun6 for your phone, or MapRunG for your bluetooth-enabled watch.  Instructions available at the events.

You will also need your smartphone to enter using OTrack. No Smartphone? Ask us to assist – we’ll get you moving!

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Summer Series - October to March; Autumn Series - April to June

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Event Report – Tea Gardens

It was welcome back to park/street orienteering after a week in isolation due a family member having COVID-19, and with the event virtually on my doorstep, on the Tea Gardens map, it was an easy return. During last month’s floods on the Maribyrnong River,  the lower picnic and playground area at the Canning Street Reserve was under water with only the rooftops of the shelters showing, however the council have done an amazing job to clean up the area with hardly any evidence of mud and silt remaining. In the past we have set up the registration and start down on this level, but we decided to use the rotunda on the higher ground just north of the car park, with the start  at the nearby light tower.

Rob set the courses on this map of varying hilly and flat terrains. There were virtually three separate estates – the original grids in the south and north west, and the later established areas in the middle and then the north east. These younger areas are in the hilly sections with curved roads and larger houses. Rob’s courses were set to avoid the use of the river side paths as a route choice but as it turned out, it would have been OK.  There is no access by car into the middle section from either the north or south, but pedestrians can enter by laneways or via the river paths, so by placing seven controls throughout this interesting area, eight to the south, and ten in the varying north, there were plenty of choices available.

The A course runners could omit three controls; were they 1, 18, and 20 in the west, or 19, 15. and 25 in the east? I know the power walkers would have visited the latter three. The high pointer controls were spread across the map and there was no way to avoid the hills if you wanted them all. Number 22 was on the lookout overlooking the reserve with a view towards the city, and it has been a popular control site over the years. The D course competitors could collect their eight controls without travelling too far north, but the easement running north-south through the southern section was not a short cut option, as the council have been unable to cut the grass which is now thick and nearly waist high (to me anyway).

A local scout troupe attended, and they intend to return later in the season, even into our Autumn series, maybe.

Results:

A course: The Shane-Steven O battle rages on as they take it in turns to win, with Stephen C and Andreas maintaining their positions for the minor placings.

B course: Andrew R won for the third time from three starts but Jim and Rodney kept their season alive with good runs for the minor placings. It was welcome back to Mike A, and Phil would have found the terrain interesting on his bike.

C course: All competitors kept their series alive with good results – Louise with a win, Aaron a second and Don, Philippa, and Bill recording high scores.

D course: Rachel won for the second time, with Janet and then Fiona not far behind. Cliff had a consistent run, and both Peter and Helen maintained their position on the ladder.

Power walkers course: Maria, Tim and Jo took the top places, while scout leaders Marcus  and Ben came in fourth and seventh of this larger than usual field. The scouts collected six or seven controls each.

Next week we head north to another Tuckonie event at Gowanbrae with the start in the park on Adelaide Boulevard , which we used for the Saturday event in June (Melways 16 D3).

 

 

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