29 July 2014

Next Event 3rd August Winter Urban Rogaine

Similar to our popular summer rogaines. Foot event starts at noon, cyclists at 1pm. Members $5/$3, non members $10/$5. No sport ident this time but BRING YOUR OWN PEN to record the answers.
See events link to the right for more details.

24 July 2014

Tim Robertson wins JWOC Sprint

Great news from Bulgaria with Tim Robertson of Wellington winning the Junior World Orienteering Championship in the Sprint Event. Tim led from start to finish. His lead was never greater than 6 seconds which shows how competitive the event is..

In other news, Nick Annie, Don and Jay are currently at the Swiss 6 day in Zermatt, Switzerland. The races are held at up to 3000m in the mountains so oxygen is at a premium. With 3 days down all of us are in the top half of our grades, but plenty of room for mistakes yet.

See you in the spring

21 July 2014

NZSS Orienteering Champs last weekend

Taranaki entrants: Tom Spencer senior boys championship, Sassafraz M-J intermediate girls championship and Sam Evans intermediate boys championship.

The sprint event  was held in Manurewa’s,  Mountfort  Park  map adjoining  James Cook High School and Leabank School , and by ‘sprint’ it was just that,  a runners map, with dead  flat field area and a basic grid set out of the adjacent school buildings there was nothing that would even challenge a non-navigator. The highest placing’s were rewarded for maximum running speed with a few ‘unknowns’ high in the results coming off the recent cross country nationals event and training.

Tom looked primed for full speed in his warm up at the sprint and in both disciplines finished oh so close to the podium, 4th in both sprint and long. The times were so tight that he was just in the background of the podium, photo bombing it.

The Long course was set in Waiuku Forest north of the Waikato river mouth; this was slightly hilly, open pine forest running with some dunes and pampas grass.
For Sam it was easy to get lost in the biggest field of the event with 87 contestants. Sam ran solidly and consistently finishing high up in 22nd sprint and 18th long. He would have been aided by a more technical course too, with some leg 2nds and 3rds popping into his win splits where the controls were on the technical side.
Sass finished high up in the field too, but without participating in the NISS event had unfavorable early start seeding’s;  mind you standing first on results screen for most of the event running time must have felt good. Her final results suffered like Sam by have one or two legs that were a bit longer that the norm time. She finished credibly 7th in sprint and 8th in long course out of a field of 61.

For the Final day the three combined to run at the Senior Boys level for the relay (orange) this was partially in the forest from the day before and on open hilly farm land. For Sass and Sam this would have been the hardest maps they would have run at the event and they did credibly well placing mid field with their individual results, which is where the team finished 12th (though not classified because they were not big boys, in fact one of them wasn’t even a boy) out of 17 .Tom’s first leg was outstanding. Looking at the win splits for his leg in the field he whooped the field on every leg (bummer that this wasn’t his long course map). He finishing nearly a full minute ahead of the next team, Sass then Sam both ‘appreciated’ the extra pressure supplied from Tom’s early return. Each of the three relay maps where similar but with 2-3 small leg/feature variations that differentiated each map.
Had the maps been more technical our entrants would have finished up higher in their fields possibly, but the event sets were balanced more towards courses that were easily approachable for the majority of the field, where I guess they should be aimed at this age. Counties Manukau Orienteering  did a sterling job running the event with no complaints or errors , the starts ran smoothly even in the cold fog of the relay, the catering organization  was good too.  Lorna Fox will testify to the quality of the coffee and we all needed its warmth both days in the Waiuku forest.

[From the Editor] We need more Taranaki entries at this event in the future. The standard of most of our local juniors would have them finishing highly at a national level. The events are set for the majority (who are non orienteers) so no real technical proficiency is required to compete and do well. Think about it for next year!

06 July 2014

Winsplits for Campbell's Pukekura

Here's the link to Winsplits for today's results.  If spilts are greyed-out this indicates a missed punch.

Preliminary Results 6 July 2014

We're still sorting out the computer ... but here are the preliminary results from Campbell's Pukekura.  Thanks for the great event Campbell.
Red  (18)                              

1 Tom Spencer 56:23
2 Liam Paterson 56:26
3 Brent Simmo 56:53
4 Shaun Palmer 1:08:19
5 Angus White 1:10:01
6 Jerry Tooman 1:10:12
7 Rick Palmer 1:14:07
8 Sam Evans 1:14:41
9 Carey Nazzer 1:21:26
10 Sassafraz Marshall Johnson 1:25:38
11 Mike Fay 1:26:30
12 Len Rodenburg 1:37:29
13 Felix & Issac 1:40:40
14 Phil Hewlitt 1:49:43
15 Lorna Fox 1:52:27
16 Pam Rodenburg 2:07:03
17 Joy Baker 2:22:48
18 Toni & Dave 2:23:03

Orange  (18)                            

1 John Tooman 43:17
2 Lauchie White 45:31
3 Clare White 45:35
4 Rainbow Johnson 46:13
5 Jacqui Sinclair 50:33
6 Peter Wood 51:54
7 Jeremy Brandon 53:01
8 Hazel Maclaren Swift 58:46
9 Brent Taylor & Scott 58:54
10 Team of 6 1:05:25
11 Roland Swift 1:05:49
12 Les & Jacob Thorn 1:10:28
13 Taylah Simpson 1:10:33
14 Dave & Jill Evans 1:17:00
15 Don Baker 1:24:04
16 Francesca Nicola & Meghan 1:25:07
17 Godwin Family 1:38:21
18 Evie Thorn 2:26:30

Yellow  (13)                            

1 Carl Jordan & Issac 15:30
2 Nathan Ryan & Callum 21:07
3 The Simpsons 26:26
4 Connar & Kez Nicholls 28:35
5 Annabel Nadege & Erica 31:21
6 Team Robs 37:31
7 Charlie Bridges 37:34
8 Fiona Maclaren 39:16
9 Tony & Gemma White 43:44
10 Pete Pete 44:58
11 Isabelle Lachlan & Hamish 45:07
12 Adam Bridges 51:51
13 Mark Bridges 56:18