Close result in Tatton

Post date: Feb 9, 2020 8:50:55 AM

It was tight at the top in event 6 of the Waggaroos Summer Series of Orienteering event last Sunday.

Starting from Talbot Pl, Tatton participants had to navigate to specific locations to find the answers to questions within a selected time limit. Questions included finding the names of specific houses, identifying particular garden features, and details on signs. Each correct answer earned points and points were deducted for exceeding the time limit.

34 questions were on offer and with so many options from each location participants had to think 2 or 3 questions ahead to make sensible route decisions. Just moving towards the next nearest question was not always the most efficient approach.

Roylene Stanley, John Oliver and Alex Davey had a great battle on the 45 minute course. Each focused their efforts on the southern half of the mapped area but went in quite different directions and although they answered many of the same questions they also differed in which locations they chose not to visit.

Alex Davey chose to include some of the flatter sections near Kimberley Dr rather than climb up to the Brindabella Dr and Atherton Cres areas . By contrast Roylene and John did climb to the higher elevations and chose to visit some of the more southern and western locations.

Despite their different routes Alex and Roylene both amassed a very good 185 points. Roylene visited one more location than John but because John chose more of the higher valued questions he ended up winning with a score of 190.

A tie for second place was then followed with a tie for fourth place. Mel Bradley wheeled Nicholas around in his pusher amassing 140 points the same as the Farquhar family group.

On the 30 minute course Deb Davey focussed her efforts on the northern part of the map and amassed an excellent 160 points. Pro rata this was a better performance than those on the 45 minute course. Alison Lloyd finished second with 50 points.

Event 7 will commence at 9am from the Peter Hastie Oval in Darnell Smith Drive, Charles Sturt University.