Final Sunday Summer Series

Post date: Mar 2, 2020 10:37:12 AM

Competition was close in the final event of the 2019-20 Waggaroos Summer Series of Orienteering conducted around Glenfield Park last Sunday.

Starting from the small park at the corner of Mima St and Bindari Ave participants had to find the answers to questions about Glenfield Park within a set time limit. Points were awarded for correct answers and deducted for exceeding the time limit. Questions included identifying specific features on houses and in gardens, numbers on light poles, and details on signs.

There were 24 questions worth a total of 210 points but they were spread out in such a way that getting from one to another involved careful consideration of the route to avoid excessive distance in spite of the numerous connecting tracks and reserves in the area.

On the 45 minute course most participants focussed on the area north and east of the South City shopping centre attracted by some higher valued questions and as a result scores were close. John Oliver managed to answer just over half the questions and amass 120 points.

Izzi Hutchinson and Chontelle Dailey cut it fine finishing just 2 seconds inside their time limit but they used their time well to score 100 points and finish second. The Buchanan family participating on their second event finished third with a very good 110 points.

Elius Levin tried orienteering for the first time and managed to collect 40 points but gave most of them away when he incurred a time penalty for exceeding his time limit.

6 year old Jarrah Mestan completed the 30 minute course with his mother and scored a good 25 points.

The first bush event for 2020 will be conducted on Willan's Hill next Sunday 8 March starting at 10 am from the picnic shelter in front of the Museum of the Riverina Botanic Gardens Site in Baden Powell Dr.