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Cold and wet at CSU

posted 14 Jul 2015, 04:27 by Alex Davey

Only a few hardy souls stepped out into the miserable conditions to participate in the Waggaroos orienteering event at CSU last Sunday morning.

Starting from the southern end of the Boorooma St Campus the course set by rising junior Kade Mavroudis zig-zagged between the numerous buildings in a way that made the more experienced competitors thinking hard about their route choices.  The miserable conditions made it more difficult to read the map but encouraged participants to move quickly and get out of the rain. Some friendly kangaroos took a keen interest in proceedings and some competitors became spectators at one control in particular.

The 3000m course was exciting. Debbie Davey started well and by the fourth control had established a 7 second lead over husband Alex. That quickly turned into a 10 second deficit after a long uphill fifth leg. As they came down the hillside again Alex built the lead to 30 seconds but then misread the map at the 10th control allowing Debbie to close the gap to 1 second. That was as close as it got and Alex recovered to go on and win by 22 seconds.

Dale Clegg orienteered well and was always close in the first half of the race but a couple a errors on the short 7th and 8th legs cost him dearly and he finished 6 minutes off the pace. Nonetheless his effort earned him handicap honours for the day.

By contrast Will Cronk had an easy victory on the 1800m Course finishing almost 7 minutes ahead of Wes Campbell with the Crossett family a further 5 minutes behind in third place.

Kath Oliver was the only participant on the 1200m Course.

Next event will be on Sunday 26 July at Tabletop. From Gerogery travel south along the Olympic Way and turn left just after passing over the Five Mates Crossing. This will be the fourth event in the Interclub Challenge against Albury. Waggaroos currently trail by 2 points.

The next local event will be in the Livingstone State Forest at 10am on Sunday August 2. From Wagga drive south towards Mangoplah for about 30km and turn left into Burrandana Rd. After 10km turn left to the Livingstone National Park and follow signage to the start.

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