Canberra "raider" wins at Willan's Hill

Post date: Apr 6, 2017 10:19:22 AM

Tomas Krajca and Kade Mavroudis had strong wins at the Waggaroos orienteering event conducted on Willan's Hill last Sunday.

Course setter, Julie Gooding, confined the courses to the bush land south of Baden Powell Dr by constructing figure-of-eight loops which challenged participants with choices between running across country or using some of the numerous tracks and paths. The pleasant weather facilitated some strong running and most only made minor navigational errors.

Tomas Krajca from Red Roos club in Canberra was just fast! Tomas has been competing well at elite level in Australia and his class showed as he ripped around the 4.6km Hard course in just over 30 minutes. This was half as fast again as second placegetter Alex Davey (Waggaroos) who finished in 47.02. Rod Gray (Eureka) ran well for third place as did Debbie Davey (Waggaroos) for fourth but both were well off the pace.

By contrast the 2.9km Moderate course was a very tight competition. Jenna Linehan (Red Roos) got off to a great start on the uphill first leg and quickly built up a handy lead over locals Kade Mavroudis with Will Cronk ). However Kade was quicker over the next leg and quickly made up the time. Will Cronk also made up time on Jenna over the next two legs but could not peg Kade back. The three were within a minute or so of each other for most of the course and it was only towards the end that Kade asserted his authority to win by just over a minute from Will. Jenna finished third.

The Butcher family traveled from Young to participate in their first orienteering event. Philippa teamed with her older sons Timothy and Patrick in a family competition against Dad, James, and the younger sons Daniel and Fraser. Mum's team won from Dad’s team and indeed recorded the fastest time on the Easy course. Their time of just under 23 minutes was 2 minutes quicker than that of Ashleigh Crossett. Eloise Crossett was a further minute behind. Then it was a close affair with only seconds separating the Farquhar family, Kath Oliver, and James Butcher’s family team.