Strong turnout for Tatton street event

Post date: Feb 25, 2014 9:29:51 AM

Geoff Breese, Alex Davey and Jonathan Holland put in the top performances at the Waggaroos Summer Series of Orienteering event in Tatton last Thursday.

Starting in Brindabella Drive participants had a choice of 30 or 45 minute time limits to find the answers to 15 questions about the area. Answers varied in value and there were penalties for exceeding the chosen time limit. A strong turnout ensured competitive racing and it brought out the best in most.

On the 45 minute course Alex Davey and Geoff Breese found all 15 answers to score the maximum 175 points. Geoff was declared the winner having completed the course in an incredible 37:04 against Alex’s 43.31. The fight for third place was just as tight with Trent Seaman (150) finishing just ahead of Zach Lederhose and Pip Dalley, both scoring 145 points. This was a fine effort from Zach who was orienteering for the very first time. Pip is also a beginner at Orienteering however she does have a strong cross-country running background having represented NZ at junior level. Pauline Moore (135) and Brain Coogan (130) were not far behind. Brian’s effort won the handicap honours for the evening.

Other notable performances were from Ladysmith Public School student, Joannah McDougall (105), who broke through to score more than 100 points for the first time and Angela Farrell who completed the course on her mountain bike and scored 165 points.

On the 30 minute course Jonathan Holland showed a clean pair of heels to the rest of the field finishing with a very good 110 points. Catherine Holland made it a family quinella finishing second with 80 points. Wes Campbell scored 70 points to finish third.