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Scoop: Barkley has found a partner

IMG_1086.jpgThe trending news in from the Spring event is that Barkley has a new 'friend'. Spotted lying on the event map, the two koalas were resplendent in their orange sleeping bags. Barkley declined to comment on the gossip as he scurried up the nearest eucalypt, and the ACTRA Publicity Officer said the Committee wished to respect Barkley's privacy.

In other news from the Spring event, Claire Edwards and Susie Sprague set a blistering pace to take out the 6 hour event, while Martin Dent, Sam Burridge and Brad Hetharia did what they do well and took out the 12 hours, covering at least 43 kilometres.

It was great also to see visting international orienteering coaches, Katie Reynolds and Charlotte Watson (third in the 6 hour) and Jacob Lindstam (sixth in the 12 hour) savouring the joys of our wonderful sport. 

More photos on our Facebook page or at our Smugmug site. Full results are here.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 November 2016 20:32
 
Barkley (2)'s excellent Spring 2016 rogaine adventure

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I was really excited to be going out for 12 hours; I could hardly contain myself, well actually I couldn’t contain myself and I jumped out of Natalie’s pack after only 5 minutes on the trail. Fortunately a kind soul noticed and returned me to Natalie. After that, I took good care to hold on tight and only came out at controls, or to smell the flowers, or look for something to eat…

 

Here is me in my favourite pouch-almost as good as being with my real mum when I was just a joey.

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 November 2016 17:04
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Spring 6/12 hr in Yanununbeyan National Park

The Spring 6 hr and 12 hr events will be held on Saturday 12 November. Mike and Marg Harrap are setting the event in the Yanununbeyan National Park, Northwest of Captains Flat and just under an hour's drive from Queanbeyan. The terrain is mostly lightly wooded, with the usual forest litter underfoot and some open grassy areas, making for relatively easy progress. Of course it wouldn't be a proper course without the obligatory 'steeper sections' leading to the higher areas (elevation ranges from 800m to 1200m) and some magnificent views of the surrounding hills and farmlands. There are also some well-defined fire trails running through the course. Entries are open.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 October 2016 20:10
 
Day/night events please the punters

IMG_6104.jpgPaul Cuthbert delivered a much-praised course for the night/day events weekend out at Tallaganda State Forest. Swelled by nearly 200 ANU Inward Bound competitors, the night event proved very popular, with 82 teams in total braving the dark side of the weekend. Some hardy souls (and soles?) backed up on the Sunday among the 35 teams in the day event. While several recent weeks of rain made for tough going through the denser patches of forest undergrowth, the weather gods mostly smiled benignly on the weekend, with just one rancorous hail storm thrown in on the Sunday afternoon for good measure.

In the five hour night event, Kieran Macdonell and Craig Cowan tied with Thomas Etheridge and William Tribe on 600 points, but took out first place by finishing 2 minutes earlier. The tussle for course clearability between course setter and elite runners was won by the setter on this occasion,IMG_6078.jpg though Martin Dent and Brad Hetharia had a strong win in the six hour day event accumulating an impressive 1040 of a possible 1500 points. Kieran Macdonnell backed up impressively after his win in the night event, partnering with Dane Roberts to finish second.

Many thanks to Paul and event co-ordinator Stephen Goggs and the other volunteers for two excellent events.

Full results here.

Last Updated on Monday, 26 September 2016 18:06
 
Biggest rogaine ever!

2016 winter rogaine at TidbinbillaClose to 300 people participated each day on Saturday and Sunday at this years winter 4 hour - ACTRA's biggest rogaine ever! The fabulous weather helped create a great day for everyone. In the ANU event on Saturday, David Baldwin, Eoin Farrell and Brad Vallette won with a convincing 950 points. On Sunday, Craig Cowan and Paul Imhoff won the day with 930 points. There were some great results from the younger members with Zoe Cuthbert and Lorien Allen winning the junior category with 450 points. Ella Cuthbert brought home her Dad, Paul to come in with 740 points, 3rd in the mixed open. With 580 points, Jessica Robson, Lee and Clare Rice (plus pram) took out the family category. This event was generously supported by the ACT government aiming at encouraging our younger members so it was fabulous to see 27 family teams out on the course. 

Thanks to everyone who made it happen, Glenn Bridgart for setting the course, vetters Jonathan Miller, Jean Douglass and Ron Simpson. Also to our ACTRA volunteers without whom the event couldn't have happened. Thanks to to all our helpers over the weekend from the ANU, particularly Jackson Bursill who coordinated the students. 

Last Updated on Monday, 15 August 2016 09:21
 
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