Illawarra Kareelah Orienteers
2008 Results and Event Reports
annual Xmas event was on what started out to be a rather hot day. Between
fielding phone calls about whether the event was still going ahead in the heat
and getting a few things together for the social event after the run, I managed
to get to
Now that I was organised it was only Ian who looked keen to start – David did not seem to be in a great hurry to get out on the map. He was even less enthused when he found out that some controls in the bush had pieces of coloured paper at them (it saves time in that no-one has to go out and collect controls). All comers were provided for but no one took on the lesser challenge of 30 mins – some opted for 45 mins while the pack went for 60 mins. The 5 point penalty for each minute over the allowed time played a deciding factor in determining the winner of the longer event with Ian Froude pipping Ken by 10 points (Ian had collected 155pts but incurred a 15 pt penalty while Ken collected 135 pts and incurred a 5 point penalty).
Keith looked as though he had come through with the goods but when Jim returned and said that Keith had been at the wrong rockface I had to deduct some points. I was being a bit lenient when I accepted his story that there was a different colour ribbon at the site and that Jim was there as well. And I had rejected David’s answer for the sponsor of the scoreboard until Dayle came in and had the same answer. We quickly worked out that there were two sides to the scoreboard and so the answer was dependant on which direction the scoreboard was approached.
45 minute score event 60 minute score event
Ian Jessop 75 pts Ian Froude 140 pts
Ian Hassell 70 pts Ken Mills 130 pts
Eunice Wilson 65 pts David Green 115 pts
Dayle Green 55pts Keith Jay 95 pts
Kevin Curby 90 pts
Michael & Trisha 65 pts
Mark Zeibell -35 pts
Jim Wislon -40 pts
The Xmas gathering after the run was enjoyed by all present – plenty of good food, drink and company. Helen blew us all away with her creative skills when she brought out the little snowmen desserts she had made.
small group gathered at the
Phil Whitton 32 mins
Dave Green 38 mins
Ian Froude 39 mins
Keith Jay 54 mins
Barry Field 56 mins
Barry Pierce 56 mins
Sue, Peter, Chris 103 mins
Helen & Stevie Mills 45 mins
1st Thirroul Scout Group’s new hall at Mc Cauleys Park provided a great venue on a very windy afternoon for the start and finish of this year’s orienteering event at Thirroul. A fire in the grassland to the south helped mark the location of the start for those who required guidance and added more than a touch of adventure for those who had to run through the fire and smoke.
courses were offered. The long
course (6.3km) headed south along the bike track to Sandon Point and Bulli
before returning up the Princes Highway, crossing through the fire area and
following the coast north to the southern edge of Austinmer, before returning
through Thirroul village and back across Gibson Park. The short course (2.2km) just did the northern loop to Austinmer and
back. Both courses had additional
bonus controls that were generally worth having as they were each worth a 2
minute time bonus.
of the short course runners approaching their first control found themselves
confronted by a policeman stopping people going into the fire area. The control was on a track bend just a few metres away and the fire was
on the other side of the creek, but the policeman didn’t know this and must
have been a bit puzzled to see so many people intent on heading toward the fire
with combustible material in their hands. Some talked their way into passing and others were turned back (a lenient
approach was taken by the timekeeper in these cases). One of the bonus controls was on a bridge downwind of the fire, but at
times it was difficult to see even a few metres which added a degree of
difficulty to an otherwise relatively easy control.
it turned out, some of the long course runners had to find their way down
through the fire itself with smoke and flames on both sides. Thankfully no one came back too singed.
I should add that the course wasn’t intentionally set to go through a
fire, the fire came later, but it certainly added a degree of intrepid adventure
to the occasion and helped overcome the pain of struggling into a strong wind.
well as the regular, highly tuned IKO team bristling with talent, we had several
families including the Prosser’s and friends introducing their young families
to orienteering, a few scouts, and new club members Peter and Sue and Vu, whom
it is great to see on a regular basis.
Our youngest orienteers on the day, Cameron and Keira did a special course with Jim and Eunice that took them down past the playground (which Keira thought was much more compelling than looking for numbers on telegraph poles). Jim and Cameron headed north and collected most of the bonus controls in a very creditable time (which was unfortunately not recorded in the official record). Well done.
A cup of tea, a chat and a ride around the hall on the three wheeled bike made for a pleasant after run wind down. The BBQ afterwards at the Mills’s new Cordeaux Heights residence was very enjoyable and rounded off a lovely afternoon. Thanks kindly to all those who came.
Congratulations to Ian and Marianne Froude who made it a clean sweep for the Froude family (especially if you don’t count a trip to Mt Kembla on the way to Cordeaux Heights).
Our Best Club Event - 2nd August
2008 at Thirroul
2008 at Thirroul
I don’t know how Ken
organised it but this event simulated Beijing, included unmapped obstacles and added fire for interest.
I decided to do the long course
I decided to do the long course
From the Scout Hall, crossed the playing field, kept to the left at the Police Car, turned left at the Fire Engine, right at the street junction and reached the south side of the bridge and our first control. Continued on the path past the next Fire Engine, over the fire hoses, through the smoke and ash and was then able to count the segments of the sewer. Now left of the Fire Engine (keeping away from the fire) over more hoses, left at the next Fire Engine and I can admire the photograph of the Thirroul Jetty. A pleasant jog down hill remembering last year when we came the other way into a strong wind, over the bridge, right at the corner and diagonally across the playing fields into a strong head wind, left at the corner and as we approach the next bridge we have colourful safety streamers to show that it is closed.
Now we have an interesting section with roads marked in red and footpaths and property boundaries marked in different thicknesses of grey but we see the railway wagon, find the required house and count the locks on a gate. A down hill path with fire on the immediate left and fires and many Fire Engines on the right, at the path junction we keep the Fire Engines (two) to the right, push on through the smoke and ash watching the fire bearing down on our left and when we can see the sea notice that the tide is not high so proceed along the beach to the awful blue pump house.
Now we have to find a monument, count the nit pick, no
picnic shelters and admire some coloured shield on a building. On the home
legs through the centre of metropolitan Thirroul and after left and right turns
we have to negotiate a confused area marked as tennis on the map. A haze
of smoke shows that we are going the right way and we return to the Scout Hall.
I think the concept of
controls and bonus controls Ken used makes the event much more interesting and
should be used in the future. The use of fire and the combined South Coast
Brigades did add a lot of colour and excitement but in these environmental
sensitive times should only be used occasionally.
Results Long Course
Course Mens 20-50 years
Long Course Womens 20-50 years
Course Mens 50+ years
Short Course Mens and Womens
Long Course 4.6K
Short Course 3.0K
Congratulations to David, Sharon and Mick who took out first place in the Long, Medium and Short courses respectively.
Long Course 6km 50 mins
Medium Course 4km 50 mins
Short Course 30 mins (2.75km)
Blue (1300 m)