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Tasmanian Long Champs & Sprint Relay
Over 100 orienteers took part in the Tasmanian Long Distance Championships at Russells Plains on Saturday. In misty and muddy conditions, participants enjoyed the challenging courses set by Paul Pacque, with several significant route choices testing competitors' skill and stamina. The open women's age class proved to be a battle between two juniors, with Mikayla Cooper defeating Arabella Phillips by a margin of a little over three minutes after a tough, hard-fought race. In the men's open class, the evergreen Jon McComb had a comfortable win over Simon Louis. Full results can be found here.
The weather was kinder on Sunday for the sprint relay, bringing out the beauty of Launceston's Cataract Gorge, last used for a championship event in 2015 at the World Cup sprint. Teams of four battled each other - and the crowds - as they zipped around the paths, bridges and steps of the popular park. Courses set by Kim Nankervis kept everyone on their toes, with the victorious team of Simon Louis, Harrison Gerrard, Mike Calder and Bayley Fisher winning by a comfortable margin.
Entries for St Helens carnival close Friday 18 Sep! Entries are capped.
Entries for the "Carnival that Never Was" close this coming Friday 18 September. Get your entry in now, as entries are capped at 500 competitors. To ensure all local orienteers have the opportunity to enter, this is an exclusive event for Tasmanians only (thanks Mr Gutwein). If you dig orienteering, there are riches aplenty in the tin-mining terrain around St Helens!
Note that due to a forestry control burn the first event (now 'Never Was Chiron') has changed location. To see the overall program and more details for each event see Eventor.
September 20th event at the Waterworks
This is a southern local event being held at the Hobart Waterworks Reserve off Waterworks Road, Dynnyrne. Four courses are available – Long, Medium, Short and Novice catering for all ages and levels of experience. As promised, no courses run around the dams on this occasion and, with an uphill walk to the start, there is more downhill than uphill on all courses. Help will be on hand for any beginners.
Entries close on Wednesday September 16th. For details and entries see Eventor.
State Series points
The state series points have been updated after OST6. The latest tables are available on our website at OST points and Excellence Points Remember that these do not yet include credits for event organisers, NOL contestants, and those people who suffered voided courses, so don't order your champagne yet! These credits will use your points average at the end of the series.
If you haven't already, enter the St Helens carnival now because that includes the next three OST events. With only ten OST events this year, those three could change everything.
Clothing left at the Sprint Relay in Launceston:
- XS grey fleecy track pants
- UQ brand dark grey runners, size 40.5, with sox.
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