scan0152Over 100 orienteers travelled to St Helens last week to take part in various races in The Carnival That Never Was (TCTNW). After a last minute venue change, we enjoyed challenging middle-distance courses set by Jeff Dunn at The Golden Flea on Saturday 26th September. Sunday introduced us to a fantastic new area adjoining Golden Fleece, The Siamese Race - named after the century-old mining 'race' that cuts deep into the hillside. Thanks to Roger Harlow for the courses and the map. 

Mid-week featured training - including the mental kind - and a fun night event around the St Helens township organised by Cathy McComb. Over 40 people joined Jo Mitchell at St Helens Highschool on Monday night for an introductory mindfulness session. Jo took us through several eye-opening (mind-opening?) exercises and gave us some great insights into how mindfulness meditation can help our orienteering. 

Training of the physical kind was facilitated by Jon McComb over three days, while others enjoyed the numerous mountain bike tracks now criss-crossing the St Helens region. Throw in a 3hr MapRun rogaine, and the result is a few weary (and bruised) legs by the following weekend. 

Unfortunately, Saturday 3rd October featured The Middle Champs That Never Were (TMCTNW), when the Tasmanian Middle Distance Championships were cancelled due to an extreme weather warning for the East Coast district. As if that wasn't drama enough, a not-very-controlled burn blanketed the town in smoke, resulting in the closure of a number of mountain bike tracks and some nervous town residents. As this date was originally scheduled for the 2020 Australian Championships, it was interesting to contemplate what our contingency plan might have been!

Fortunately, the weather gods smiled upon Chris Brown and John Brock, organisers of Sunday's OST event at Littlechild Creek. The area was largely spared of smoke haze, and warm, muggy conditions prevailed. An unwanted side-effect of this seemed to be the awakening of the region's entire population of tiger snakes, resulting in a record for most-snakes-forcing-alternative-routes-across-creeks for any event in the history of orienteering. Despite some cartoon-style air running, orienteers enjoyed some tough, mentally challenging courses before heading wearily home. Thanks to everyone on the organising teams. Further information on the TMCTNW, including refund details, will be sent to entrants shortly. 



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Entry to events is currently by online entry only. There will be no entry or payment on the day. Entries will close at the date and time specified in the Eventor event information, usually during the week preceding the event. In order to enter online you will first need to register as a Casual or Club member of Orienteering Tasmania. Prior to entering please read the COVIDSAFE Participant Checklist.