image1Competitors enjoyed a gorgeous autumn day at Stonehenge on Sunday. A sun-drenched arena warmed the crowd at the spectator controls, who cheered over 90 athletes speeding through the open wooded farmland.

Seeing the first finishers back from the forest, course-setter Joe Dickinson observed with a grin, “I was hoping for some fast times today and they’ve come through for me!” Dickinson, a Junior World Orienteering Championships representative, was particularly impressed with the depth in the junior girls ranks, predicting, “if they can just get out in the forest, training and racing, they will be fantastic.” The size of the field delighted event controller Jon McComb, with strong numbers across most age classes, remarking, “There have been some excellent performances today. The senior and junior boys know that competition for places on the Schools Team is tight and they need to perform at their best. And the strength of competition across the girls’ classes was awesome - they were racing fast and having fun.”

On a championship day, there were more winners than losers. Many classes were won by orienteers with a couple of years of experience, but plenty of relative newcomers showed that they are improving fast.

Please note, a timing card mix-up denied Verity Leonards a win in the Girls 12A class on the day. The organising team has decided to award two gold medals in this class – Verity Leonard and Michelle Higgins.

In the School categories: the Primary School trophy was won by Australian Christian College, Launceston; the Girls High School trophy was won by Launceston Church Grammar School and the Boys High School trophy was won by The Hutchins School.

A final message from event director Julian Roscoe, “Thanks to all participants and helpers for making the day such a success.”

For final results of the day, click here.