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The Carnival That Never Was
Over 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.
Spring Twilight Events
The first of these events will be held in the north on Wednesday October 14th at City Park Launceston, followed by an event at Trevallyn Dam on Wednesday October 21st.
In the south, the first event will be held at Sandown Park on Wednesday, 21st October. Four courses will be available, suitable for all ages and levels of fitness from early primary school up. Start times are from 3:30 pm until 6 pm with courses closing at 6:30 pm. Entries close on Sunday October 18th.
Southern Regional Championships
This is the last event in the OST series for 2020 and it is the Southern Regional Championships. It will be held on Sunday, October 25th.
It may even be a badge event, but we don’t think anyone really knows what that means! If it is a badge event then to accumulate points or Badge credits, competitors must run in their appropriate age class or in a more difficult class. Points are awarded for finishing place and time relative to the winner of the class. The event uses the Pittwater Dunes map – it is quite tricky, with lots of wiggly brown lines.
Nine courses are available, to suit all ages, fitness and experience levels. Beginning and occasional orienteers are welcome. This is a complex sand dune area with some bare sand, some marram grass and some runnable radiata pine forest. Some of the tracks are faint and if you cross them at right angles you might not notice them. There may even be a few additional tracks that are not well mapped. The area is generally glorious to run in, but areas of marram grass and bracken are slow. It is generally quite flat and vague so it is easy to lose track of where you are. Best of luck!
We won’t be providing any food – nor even any water, either on the course or at the assembly area. Please bring your own!
As usual, this is a pre-entry event, with entries closing on Monday 19th October. More details will soon be available on Eventor.
OT Annual Awards Dinner - Save the Date!
The Orienteering Tasmania Annual Awards dinner will be held on Saturday October 24, after the final OST event at Pittwater. More details will be available later.
The President would be pleased to receive nominations from members for the President's Award. This award recognises a significant contribution to Tasmanian orienteering through outstanding performance or through contribution to the organisation of our sport. Last year it was awarded to Andrea Schiwy, for her long-term contribution as OT treasurer. See here for past winners of all awards.