NOL and SA Championships in the Flinders Ranges
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
The 2 SA Championship events doubled as National League
events with the second event the annual Ultra Long event sponsored by Wildfire
Sports of Queensland.
The events attracted a number of interstate orienteers,
elites and other age classes, keen to try orienteering in the outback
terrain of the Flinders Ranges as well as enjoy the magnificent scenery.
The weekend commenced with Tintookies Orienteers presenting the
SA Middle Distance Championships on northern Manawarra on Saturday afternoon. This was a very late location change because the Department
of Water, Environment and Natural Resources did not process the event application
for the use of land in the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park in a timely
manner. Many thanks to Bob Smith and Gil
Hollamby for creating a completely new set of courses in a few days in order for
the event to proceed. This necessitated a
review of the courses in the field during the week, and emailing the course
details back to Adelaide for map printing at Snap Hilton.
Results of this event are here.
Craig Colwell and Fern Hillyard at the last control
The courses all provided fast running in the subtle spur
gully terrain, with areas of thicker native callitris pines slowing competitors at times. The short time frame to prepare for the event
led to one control misplaced to an adjacent gully, however most competitors only lost a
small amount of time as a result.
On Sunday the action moved to Prelina – Manawarra for the SA
Long Championships and Wildfire Sports Ultra Long presented by Onkaparinga
Hills Orienteering Club, with a start near Pugilist Hill. A walk of about 1 km from the car parking
enabled a new assembly area to be used with start and finish in close
proximity. The elite courses were ultra
long with the following lengths:
M21E – 28.2 km – winner was Leon Keely in 151:36 just over
the planned winning time of 150 mins.
Local orienteer and member of the Southern Arrows Simon Uppill was second. Kerrin Rattray and John Nieuwenhoven also completed this challenging course for the Southern Arrows.
W21E – 18.3 km – winner was Belinda Lawford in 121:52 min, a
few minutes over the 110 min winning time.
Natasha Key led until the later part of the course, where some errors
gave the lead to Belinda. Vanessa Round, Bridget Anderson and Olivia Sprod represented SA in this class.
M20 E – winner was Matt Doyle in 106:47, just under the 110
min winning time. Three Junior Arrows ran in this class, Will Kennedy, Angus Haines (still an M16 so running in a higher age class) and Nicholas Congedi.
W20E – winner was Lanita Steer in 82:17, somewhat under the
expected winning time of 95 min as their course did not include some of the
physically tougher terrain used on the longer courses, so their running rate
was faster than anticipated.
Each course had a mass start of 3 loops with competitors passing back through the start area to collect the map for the next loop. Each loop contained some splitting with a butterfly section near the end of the 3rd loop, requiring concentration to be maintained to end. The following files shows all the loops and splitting for elite courses (only one version of the butterfly loop is shown on the final leg).
The map change area prior to the elite Mass Starts
Route map for two competitors who complete the score event: ScoreMapRoutes.pdf
All the results for the elite courses as well as the SA Long
Distance Championships are here.
Thanks to all who presented this event from OH incluing course planner Robin Uppill and controller Jenny Casanova.
Some of the challenging legs on C6 - M45A
Monday’s event was planned by the Saltbush Club
from Whyalla using the Rawnsley Park map.
A range of courses up to 7km in length offered the SA and visiting
orienteers a final opportunity to orienteer in the Flinders Ranges. Again all results are available. Courses were planned by Adrian Watson and the event was organised by John Patterson.
More photos are available for viewing on the SA Facebook page.
Also a big thanks to those who supported the clubs by working on the SI finish over the weekend, in particular Trevor Diment.