SummerGong 3 at Balgownie
SummerGong wrapped up its third week of competition today with some sizzling temperatures to add to the challenge. Thankfully Simon had chosen a beautiful old fig tree as the starting point which provided ample shade for the post-run recovery.
In Week 2 it was a strong southerly sea breeze (more like cyclonic wind) that provided the environmental challenge (that, and the hunt for a parking spot around the very busy Bulli Beach).
In Week 1 everyone enjoyed exploring the Wollongong Botanic Gardens and the laid-back old -fashioned question and answer format was a novel change, not to mention the honesty system for recording your start and finish time.
30 plus people attended the first two events, with a few new faces turning up, and the free kids courses proving popular. Today there were 21 people who came to check out the streets and reserves of Balgownie and Fairy Meadow.
For more photos of the events see our FaceBook page (photos courtesy of Salme).
Summergong concludes next week at Windang – who will take out the series? Our own weather guru Simon is looking a strong contender in the Long course, or will it be dark horse Matt Ryan from Gerringong? In the medium course its Kev Curby and John Hodgson who currently lead the score board. In the short course the enthusiastic Sheddon brothers are in the lead having competed in every week so far. Other enthusiastic juniors who have become regulars at IKO events are Keith’s grandchildren Cooper and Flynn.
SummerGong 1 at Wollongong Botanic Gardens
The Southern Sydney Summer Series finished in December 2017 with IKO hosting two of the 8 events. A big thank you to Kev Curby for organising the event at Monterey and to Margaret Duguid for the event at Rushcutter’s Bay. 32 competitors took part on the map at Monterey, a cool day but comfortable running on Kev’s well set course. Forty-one people participated on the inner eastern suburb map of Rushcutter’s Bay that had been extended to the west to take in the sights and delights of Kings Cross and Woolloomooloo and to challenge runners with the hill climb. These 45 minute score events are well worth a try and a lot of fun.
Congratulations to Sue Froude and Nathan Ardren for coming in 1st place in their categories across the 2017 series.
Junior Men: Cameron Will 4th
Veteran Men: James Stuart 7th David Green 10th Philippe Donnadieu 13th
Legends Men: Kev Curby 4th Keith Jay 9th
Walking Men: Nathan Ardren 1st
Super Veteran Women: Sue Froude 1st
Legends Women: Margaret Duguid 4th Robin Donnadieu 5th
A perfect afternoon for our last event of the year
We couldn’t have asked for a better afternoon for our last event of the year which started from the scenic Minnamurra Headland. Before and after their runs competitors could sit and enjoy the sweeping views over Jones Beach and Kiama Downs. Thanks to Keith for setting the courses. It was a shame we had some technical hitches on the day, but most of us weren’t too worried.
It was great to see the number of kids turn up and give the mini course a go. Philip W. took the honours for the Long Course, and Salme was quickest around the short course.
Thanks to Keith and Margaret for hosting a lovely Christmas buffet, and to everyone who came along to make the night enjoyable.
Merry Christmas !
See you at the Xmas 5 Days or in February at Summergong.
Salme shows us how its done at UOW
I can hear the collective sighs of relief all around now that SL 10 and 11 are over. Sleepless nights and early mornings were all part of the experience for the organisers and course setters. Great organisation by Keith, David and Kev, and great course setting by Natalya, Vicki and Simon. There were some lessons learned with some people saying the State League courses were too easy at Cataract, while the easy courses could perhaps have been a little easier. On Sunday Simon thought his sprint courses were maybe a little long, but it was such a great venue and everyone enjoyed the day that I don’t think anyone noticed!
On Saturday at Cataract we hosted 126 competitors in the State League event (including 8 EODs) and 121 children in the Schools Champs.
On Sunday we had 138 competitors in State League (including 15 EODs) and 113 children in the School Champs.
There were more than 70 different schools represented in the Schools Championships. Greenwich Public School took the honour of Champion primary school, while a continuing strong presence saw Knox Grammar once again take out Champion secondary school.
Channel 9 News turned up to the University around midday on Sunday to interview Ian Jessup and three of the children. All the kids spoke very well about the weekend and what they like about orienteering – what a great experience for them all! Ian, our media guru, did a much better job than any of us could at selling the sport. If you live in the Illawarra be sure to keep an eye out tonight at 6pm on Channel 9.
Ian Jessup explains the sport of orienteering to Channel 9 cameraman
There were lots of positive comments about the new Wollongong Uni map, and the vibe in the grassy glade where we all assembled was very happy and relaxed. Easy access to coffee and good food was a definite bonus!
For photos from the weekend see our new Photo Gallery page where you will find an edited down version of those already posted to Facebook.
Ken did a great job of keeping the starters under control