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Wet and windy at Pommy

posted 12 May 2015, 04:47 by Alex Davey   [ updated 12 May 2015, 04:53 ]
Angela Farrell won her class and the handicap in a wet and windy Waggaroos Mother’s Day Orienteering event at Pomingalarna Reserve last Sunday.

Starting from the western entrance off the Sturt Highway a hardy core of orienteers participated in the three courses on offer that traversed the western slopes of Mt Moorong looking for specific depressions, path bends and earth walls. There were numerous changes of direction and some steep climbs that kept participants focussed on choosing the best route.

Angela Farrell continued her good season with a strong 16 minute win on the 3.5km Moderate course which also earned her handicap honours for the day. Her consistent form has her leading the Waggaroos Orienteer of the Year competition which is based on the handicap results. Wes Campbell finished second and Pauline Moore third.

It was much closer on the 5.3km Hard course which involved a long loop towards the north west corner of the Reserve and then a smaller more physical loop around the central wooded spur. John Oliver took a reasonably direct route to most controls and avoided the steeper climbs by running across the hillsides to reduce the gradient where possible. He finished 73 seconds ahead of Alex Davey. Simon Louis from the Illawarra club near Wollongong finished third.

Julie Gooding took her young son Jarrah around the 2km Easy course finishing some 16 minutes ahead of Kath Oliver.

Next event will start at 10am on Sunday 31 May at Walbundrie about 500m south of the main crossroad in town. This will be the third in the Interclub Competition against Albury. WaggaRoos currently trail 37 points to 34 and will be looking for some strong performances. The event is open to all comers.

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