Club sprint at VMG

Post date: Oct 10, 2018 10:53:11 AM

Julie Gooding and Stuart Young had strong wins in the Waggaroos Sprint Orienteering conducted in beautiful spring weather at the Victory Memorial Gardens last Sunday. With two courses on offer being only 1600 m and 1100 m long speed was of the essence. However the zig-zag nature of sprint orienteering courses creates many changes in direction which with the lagoon and garden beds providing natural barriers to direct running meant competitors had to think carefully about the most efficient way to approach each target control site.

The challenge was increased with the control site markers were located in various nooks and crannies or in a way that competitors did not have a direct line of sight. Nonetheless most participants completed their course with minimal difficulty and several were enthused enough to do both courses.

Julie Gooding was fastest around the 1100 m course finishing just over 2 minutes ahead of Rob McDougall. The Farquhar family finished third just ahead of Cameron and Lachlan Granger.

On the 1600 m course Stuart Young took the honours finishing almost 3 minutes ahead of Trent Seaman. John Oliver finished third and Ian McDougall finished fourth.