Record numbers at Darebin Parklands

Wow – what an incredible, record breaking afternoon! People just kept on arriving – new mums, new dads, new kids – all excited about their first time orienteering. The ranks of regulars were swelled by over 100 newcomers, almost 60 of them juniors! Welcome everyone, we hope you had a great time and that we’ll see you again at the next Saturday Park Series event in a couple of weeks.

Philippa’s course took in the best of the parkland, made us think about when to cross the creek, climb the big hill, and head out into the streets. It was certainly a challenge to get all the controls. The map enlargement with plenty of detail was very welcome; and I have never actually stood on top of the knoll where no 18 was positioned.

A course had 71 contenders, so congratulations to winner Matt, and the other three who got a full 70 points, namely Steven, Andrew and Mel. Andrew P won B course with 52 points, just ahead of Bryan on 50 and Victoria on 49. Russell claimed victory over a mob of power walkers, scoring 61 points. Ian, Lyn and Rosie all earned 53 points, just pipping Rachel and Daniel on 52.

The Junior Pairs Challenge was also popular – thanks to Rob and Anne for organising. And of course the cake afterwards went down a treat!

Please come along to the next Saturday event on June 16 at Croydon Greens. This is a new map, taking in the former golf course, so this is your chance to tee off and christen it!

 

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