Encouraging performances by younger brigade at Livingstone

Post date: Mar 26, 2018 9:45:47 AM

A number of WaggaRoos junior orienteers did well at the WaggaRoos orienteering event held in the Livingstone National park last Sunday. Brothers Tom and Jack Janetski won their respective courses and Cameron McDougall had a particularly good second half on the 4.7km Hard navigation course.

The event was conducted in the north western part of the Park. The shorter easier navigation courses encompassed parts of the Multi-function track while the longer harder navigation courses included some serious hilly sections. The 1.7km Easy navigation course still required some cross-country navigation however it largely kept out of the hillier terrain. Tom Janetski won the Easy course by almost 7 minutes despite losing a little time by missing the second control and having to retrace his steps. Grace Hargreaves from Tumut came second with a steady effort on her first orienteering course and Rob McDougall did well to finish third 6 minutes further back.

Jack Janetski competed on the 3.0km Moderate navigation course which challenged participants with route choice decisions about taking the direct line across hills or going a bit further around hillsides to reduce the climb. Jack made a classic parallel error by following the wrong spur line and subsequent gully away from his second control and the only realising his error when came out onto a track. From there his run was almost faultless and his time of 36:15 was almost half that of his nearest rival. Ian McDougall finished second whilst the Iona Judd family group maintained a steady pace around the course to finish third.

The hard navigation courses traversed more of the hilly terrain and required two climbs over the main ridge line. The dry winter and summer has resulted in less undergrowth so despite the hills the forest was reasonably runnable. As a result no-one made any significant navigational errors and places were largely decided by running speed.

On the 3.9km Hard course Deb Davey was impressive winning by just over 40 minutes from Wes Campbell. Deb and Dave Murray just edged out Phil Roy and Loren Edmanson for third place.

Alex Davey had the fastest time on the 4.7km Hard course. However, 14 year old Cameron McDougall did exceptionally well, finishing just 16 minutes behind. Indeed from the half way mark Cameron conceded only one additional minute to Alex and was faster on two of the five final legs.