Poland Leads Twilight Series into Christmas Break

Friday, 17 December 2010


Oliver Poland is on course to break Trevor Jacobs ongoing dominance of the Twilight orienteering series, which Jacobs has won for the past four seasons.  Poland has amassed 624 points from his best five scores (four wins and a second) after race nine at Mt Taylor on Wednesday evening and leads Jacobs by two points, with Australian Boomerangs rep Shannon Jones next best on 614 points and a further seven points to Grant McDonald.  The top four in the standings were also the top four on the night, but not in the same order with Jones on 124 points out-scoring Jacobs on 123.

Poland on 36m 20s and Lachlan Dow 39m 44s were the only two competitors to break 40 mins for the 5.1 km Orange 1 course.

Silver medallist in the 2010 World Middle Distance Championships, Peter Öberg (pictured), from Sweden, who is in Australia for a holiday while recovering from an Achilles tendon injury made a cameo appearance at Mt Taylor.  Given the rocky ground, Peter ambled around the Orange 1 course to avoid aggravating his injury.  Johanna (pictured), his wife, had a good hit out to be the second fastest woman behind Jones’ time of 40m 50s and scored 118 points.

Morten Pedersen clocked 40m 09s to finish ahead of Jono Lineen in the O1MM class, but Lineen outscored Pedersen 121 to 119. In the O1WM class Carol Harding’s time of 62m 27s was enough to stave off the challenge from Anna Hyslop.

The times on the 3.9 km Orange 2 course were spread over a wide range, with juniors Ewan Barnett 40m 54s and Luke Poland 36m 46s the only two to break 50 mins.  Dennis Trewin was closest to them with 50m 24s in the O2MM class, Barbara Martin was best in O2WM in 70m 11s, and Alexandra McAndrew was the fastest O2WO in 79m 36s.

The series will have a four-week break before resuming at the ANU on 12 January. With 10 rounds to go and the best nine scores to count, anybody could still win, but beating Poland or Jacobs would be difficult.

The results for Round 9 are here

The RSTS points table is here          The competition rules are here

Poland Re-joins the Lead in Runners Shop Twilight Series

Monday, 13 December 2010


Junior, Oliver Poland has re-joined Trevor Jacobs at the top of the table in the 2010-11 Runners Shop Twilight Series, both are on 499 from their best four scores after eight races.  With Jacobs missing his first race of the series and Julian Dent again a non-starter, Poland made the most of their absences in race 8 at Black Mountain South and clocked 30 min 12 sec for the 5.2 km Orange 1 course, with his time only bettered by Rob Walter recording 28 min 46 sec in the Men's Open class.

Anthony Scott made a cameo appearance to have the fastest time of 31 min 52 sec for the Men's Masters class.  He was the only one in his class to break 35 minutes and for his achievement he picked up 124 points for the second best 'normalised' time.  Walter received 123 points for best-of-the-night time and Ms Consistent, Shannon Jones (pictured), was next best on 122 points, which was enough for her to retain third place overall on 490 points.  Two other very consistent orienteers, Andrew Barnett and Phil Walter, are equal four overall on 486 points.

Red Roos Improver for 2010, Anita Scherrer, was fastest in the very competitive Orange 1 Women's Masters class, in a time of 52 min sec, 1 min 38 sec ahead of Toni Brown.

Pauli Piiroinen and Ann Ingwersen are the only regular Orange 2 competitors in the top 10 standings.  Visiting Tasmanians, Bert and son Conrad Elson, were fastest in their respective classes, Men's Open and Men's Masters, on the 3.7 km Orange 2 course.  Piiroinen was next best in the Men's Masters class and Ingwersen was fastest in the Women's Masters class.

Race 9 will be at Mt Taylor, Kambah on Wednesday 15 December.

The results for Round 7 are here

The RSTS points table is here         The competition rules are here

Map Mates - grab your mates and have some fun and adventure

Tuesday, 7 December 2010


Map Mates is a competition for teams of 2 - 4 kids who are 13 and under. It is running for 5 weeks from Wed 16 Feb 2011 and is being run in conjunction with the Wednesday evening event.

If you are interested in joining in contact Toni Brown (6247 8785) or Chris Mill at bluesparksact@gmail.com.

For more information see the attached flyer here.

Trevor Jacobs Ploughs through Mud at Farrer Ridge to Lead Competition

Friday, 3 December 2010


Triple winner in 2007 to 2009, Trevor Jacobs ploughed through the mud and long grass in round seven of the 2010-11 Runners Shop Twilight Series at Farrer Ridge to score his third maximum 125 points this series for his 36m 22s for the 5.8 km Orange 1 course.  Phil Walker made the most of home terrain to clock 40m 9s for the same course to score his first ever 124 pointer.  Junior Andrew Barnett confirmed he is an emerging talent with the fastest time of 36m 18s for the Orange 1 course and earned 123 points for his efforts.  Shannon Jones on 122 points and Grant McDonald on 121 made up the top five.

So after seven rounds, Jacobs has 499 points from his best four scores, just one more than Oliver Poland who did not start at Farrer Ridge, followed by Jones on 489, Barnett on 486 and Walker on 483.  Julian Dent dropped out of the top three because he did start at Farrer Ridge as he has only three scores.  

The wet weather deterred many orienteers, with only 53 competitors starting on the Orange 1 and 2 courses, less than half of the norm, and only 11 competitors have started in all seven events.

 Race 8 will be at Black Mtn on Wednesday 8 December.
The results for Round 7 are here

The RSTS points table is here           The competition rules are here

Also - new Red Roo news

John Harding’s Contribution to Orienteering Recognised

Monday, 29 November 2010


John Harding’s significant contribution to Orienteering was recognised in front of a sell out crowd at Orienteering ACT Annual Awards dinner at Hudsons in the Gardens at the Australian National Botanical Gardens on Sunday evening through the presentation of the Mike Cassells Award for Services to Orienteering (John pictured, with President Rohan on the left).  John started Orienteering in the mid 1990s and since then he has contributed in many ways, in coaching, mapping, course planning, event organisation, etc with his recent highly successful Paddy Pallin try orienteering day being just one example of his contribution.

Andrew Cumming Thom (pictured) received the Services to Coaching Award for his quarter of a century dedication as the coach of the Canberra Grammar Junior School orienteering squad and the Easter Twenty 10 organising committee, Andy Hogg, Allison Jones, Shannon Jones and Natalie Smith (pictured) received the Jim Sawkins Award for Services to Event Management for their outstanding management of the seven-day carnival.

Geoff Lawford (pictured) won his second consecutive Wehner Cup (awarded to the person with the highest points in the ACT League) and his third overall.  He now joins Jo Allison who has also won three cups, but they are still two behind the record holder Jenny Bourne.  Lawford scored 864 points for his best eight scores from 14 events, to win by six points from his son Ian, with Shannon Jones third on 824 points.  Next were the perennial challengers Jenny Bourne on 821 and Jo Allison on 777 points.  The full table is here.

Parawanga won their second consecutive Southern Cross Inter-club Challenge with 850 points from the 15 events, followed by Red Roos on 792 and Bushflyers 762.  The full table is here.

The complete list of award recipients is here.

Julian Dent Joins the Fray

Saturday, 27 November 2010


Dual winner in 2005 and 2006 Julian Dent (pictured) has come into contention in the 2010-11 Runners Shop Twilight Series in scoring his second maximum 125 points in Round 6 at Mt Majura West.  In clocking 26 min 15 sec for the 5.7 km Orange 1 course Dent was the only competitor to break 30 minutes for the course.

Oliver Poland was second fastest in 32 min 41 sec which gave him next best points, 124 and Shannon Jones was next fastest in 34 min 6 seconds and coincidentally scored the third best points, 123.

Grant McDonald who has shown considerable improvement this series was fourth with 122 and Trevor Jacobs had to settle for 121 points, his worst score in over 22 events.

After six rounds, the leaders with the best three scores are Jacobs and Poland on 374, closely followed by Dent on 373, Lachlan Dow on 368 and Jones on 363.

Other class winners on Orange 1 course were Morten Pedersen (MM) 37m 23s, Shea-Cara Hammond (WJ) 65m 18s, and Toni Brown (WM) 52m 22s.  Fastest for their class on the 3.8 km Orange 2 course were Luke Poland (MO) 30m 19s, Ewan Barnett (MJ) 29m 15s, Andrew Cumming Thom (MM) 34m 58s, Jo Allison (WO) 23m 57s, Celine Anderson (WJ) 57m 46s, and Ann Ingwersen (WM) 38m 19s.  And on the 2.0 km Green course the fastest were Roy Prosser (MJ) 25m 49s, Ivy Prosser ((WJ) 43m 35, and Trish Batchelor (WM) 26m 55s.

In addition to each of the top three placegetters receiving Runners Shop Gift Vouchers, around five Gift Voucher encouragement awards will be made at the end of the Series.  At the end of the 2009-10 Series vouchers were awarded to the three competitors who finished in all 19 races, so even if you are not in contention for a top prize, if you turn up for every event your efforts might be rewarded.

Race 7 will be at Farrer Ridge on Wednesday 1 December.

The results for Round 6 are here

The RSTS points table is here         The competition rules are here


Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Only 2 days left to buy tickets !

CLICK HERE  to download the entry form for the End of Year Celebration BBQ dinner

Tight Contest in Runners Shop Series

Saturday, 20 November 2010


The 2010-11 Runners Shop Twilight Series promises to be the tightest contest since the Series began in 1996.  Trevor Jacobs, who has won the past four Series, is facing much stiffer competition this season with challenges from the youngsters, Oliver Poland (pictured) and Lachlan Dow, dual WOC representative Shannon Jones, and dual winner in 2005 and 2006 Julian Dent.  

Poland started the series with two 125 pointers, followed by 121 and 124, before being the course planner for race 5.  Jacobs picked up the maximum points for races 3 and 4, after a 123 and 124 in the opening races. Dent missed the first three races, scored 123 in race 4 and took out race 5 from Dow and Jacobs.  And Anthony Scott was also very competitive with a 124 pointer in his only run, race 3.

So after five races, Poland and Jacobs share the lead with 374 points from their best three scores, followed by Dow on 368, Jones on 363, with Andrew Barnett and Pauli Piiroinen sharing fifth on 360 points.  As Dent has only two scores he is not among the leaders.

Race 6 will be at Mt Majura West on Wednesday 24 November.

The results for Round 5 are here

The RSTS points table is here

The competition rules are here or use the link on the Events page

Vale Chris Fifield

Wednesday, 17 November 2010


With sadness, Orienteering ACT wishes to advise of the passing of Chris Fifield, on Saturday, 13th November. Chris, and husband Keith and family, have been orienteering since about 1982/3 as members of the Red Roos Club, previously known as the Red Kangaroos when they first joined. No matter how tough the day might have been Chris could always be relied on for a laugh and a broad smile (as can be seen in the "fairly recent" photograph), and she worked in the background to ensure the Red Roos enjoyed their social activities as much as their orienteering. Chris had also been active in recent times both as a regular competitor and as the Roo Noos compliler for OACT's quarterly newsletter.

 A service for Chris will be held in the Chapel of The Annunciation, Canberra Girls Grammar, Melbourne Ave, Deakin on Thursday 18 November, 2010 commencing at 11am. A Private Cremation will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cancer Council ACT.

Large attendance at Paddy Pallin Day event

Monday, 15 November 2010


Almost 80 people attended Saturday's 'Paddy Pallin Nav Training, Try Orienteering' event at Sports House in Hackett. The 70 attendees at the coaching course run by John Harding were mainly beginners and novice orienteers and they received coaching help from an outstanding panel including Jenny Bourne, Liz Abbott, Grant McDonald, Lachland Dow, Bill Jones, Andrew Cumming-Thom and Carol Harding.
Later finishers in the score event at 5pm were caught in a downpour but this did not hinder Michael Burt who was the top points scorer in the 60 minute event with 260 points. Bernie Morris was the top female with 210, while Matthew Richter and Brook Dixon were best in the 45 minute event with 160 points each. Gary Preston, Ron and Daniel Weber, Steve Hough and Kerrie Muir also found 5 controls to get 50 points in the 30 minute event.

Results of the score event are here 

Report and photo by John Harding

Next event is:  17th November, @ Radford College, College Street, Bruce (UBD/YP map 48:G1) Also, come and listen to our elite orienteers share their navigation secrets for the next 5 weeks at the Runner's Shop Twilight Series, 5.00 - 5.15pm.

NAV Training this Wednesday at 5:00 pm

Sunday, 14 November 2010


Navigation training for everyone!

New to orienteering? Just want some more tips on how to get round your course?

Come and listen to our elite orienteers share their navigation secrets for the next 5 weeks at the Runner's Shop Twilight Series.


17th November, @ Radford College, College Street, Bruce (UBD/YP map 48:G1)

5:00 - 5:15 pm

The 2010 ACT Primary School Championships

Tuesday, 9 November 2010



The 2010 ACT Primary School Championships were held on Friday 5 November in Weston Park. Though threatening rain it was dry and cool all day.
The event was a lot of fun and a great opportunity for regular juniors to show their skills and for those with less experience to test their skills. There were two courses a very easy (blue) course and easy (green) course which were 2.1 and 2.8 km respectively. The atmosphere was exciting with a long uphill finish through a chute with kids cheering other competitors in. Thanks to the Blue Lightening High School team for organising a food stall.
There were 12 schools taking part and 57 entrants. The school competition was taken out by Canberra Grammar followed by Kaleen Primary and Campbell Primary. Most orienteers competed as individuals, but 12 students paired up and competed in the team categories.
A special part of the day was the help provided by three of Australia's Junior World Orienteering Championship (JWOC) competitors, Belinda Lawford, Lachlan Dow and Luke Poland. They held a great Q and A session with the kids highlighting that orienteering is a fantastic sport where you can compete all around Australia and the world, that there is great camaraderie in the teams and amongst competitors and that less than 10 years ago they were competing in the Primary School Champs in Weston Park.
Then individual winners were:

Years 3 and 4
 Boys EasyPatrick Miller
Majura Primary
 EasySonya McNee-DarrachCampbell Primary
Very easy
Duncan MillerCanberra Grammer
Very easy
Annabelle Mill
Kaleen Primary
Years 5 and 6

BoysEasyBradley Bolton
Canberra Grammar
Girls EasyRebecca Hyslop
Red Hill Primary
BoysVery easyRyan Esplin
Kaleen Primary
Girls Very easyRiley Dickie
Harrison Primary

Thanks to Toni Brown for doing a fantastic job of organising the event, Richard Pywell for setting challenging courses and the JWOC competitors Belinda Lawford, Lachlan Dow and Luke Poland for helping and providing a great Q and A session for the kids and doing the medal presentation. There were also a myriad of other helpers that made the day possible - thanks to all of you.
Report by Chris Mill.

Photo by Leroy & Kerry Dickie

Results can be found here.

DONT FORGET PADDY PALLIN DAY ON SATURDAY 13th NOV! (see article below  in news items)


Saturday, 6 November 2010

Next Saturday, 13th November, Orienteering ACT is participating in a national series of Paddy Pallin Nav Training, Try Orienteering events. The ACT event is being held at ACT Sports House, 100 Maitland St, Hackett.

Beginners and novice orienteers are encouraged to attend coaching sessions in map reading, compass use and navigation from 3pm to 4.45pm then participate in a score event (choice of 30 minute, 45 minutes and 60 minutes) at 5pm in both parkland near Sports House and bushland in Canberra nature park nearby. In a score event there are control flags at various points on the map and you choose which ones you will try and visit and return to the start in the time limit.

Participants will receive a Paddy Pallin pack of goodies including a 4 page brochure on tips for map reading and navigation, a free Paddy Pallin membership form, Paddy Pallin summer catalogue and copy of Australian Geographic Outdoors. They will also go in the national draw for $900 worth of Paddy Pallin products

Participants will need to bring a notepad, blue pen, pencil and highlighter, and a compass if they have one, and come dressed ready to orienteer in bushland.

The score event at 5pm is open to all orienteers, not just those attending the coaching sessions.

Cost: $7 for students and seniors with a Seniors Card; $10 for everyone else; $27 maximum for families.

Registration: Email John Harding at orienteering@netspeed.com.au with the following information: name, age, orienteering experience (or not), whether you have a compass, which score event you wish to do (30mins/45mins/60mins). Enquiries: John Harding ph 0427 107 033

And, John needs some helpers to run the coaching course. Please let him know if you can assist.

ACT MTBO Championships – Mount Stromlo (West)

Monday, 1 November 2010

They came from near, they came from far – Canberra, Jindabyne, Sydney, Estonia.....


The creeks were up, the tracks were muddy, there were stacks and spills, scratches and bruises, all sorts of stories about misfortune related to an appreciative audience at the finish.


Despite all this, everyone agreed that the courses set by first time MTBO planner, Wayne Gregson, were suitably challenging and worthy of an ACT Championship.


Although the area was small, and mostly comprising of forestry tracks, the allowed use of some of the “SFP” single track (only to be ridden in the prescribed direction) served to create a course planner’s nightmare. Wayne was up to the challenge, setting some long and interesting legs up, down and across the map.


All four courses covered a section west to east and all but the shortest, north to south of the map. With a number of competitors riding “down” an age group, the older classes had fewer competitors than previous years.


Congratulations to all class winners – M21: David Simpfendorfer, W21: Belinda Allison, M20: Scott Bowen, M14: Oliver Mill, M40: Andrew Rowe, W40: Steph Maxwell, M50: Robert Prentice, M60: Bob Allison, W60: Sandra Hogg and M70: Kevin Paine. Full results available elsewhere on this web site.


Thanks also to Ian Booth, Matti Kovalainen, John Scown and David Simpfendorfer for their assistance on the day


Results can be found here.

Splits can be found here.

Ann Scown


Pictured, our guests from Estonia, Mart Pais and Merle Rohtia. (Photo: Ian Booth)



Coordinator of the Monday Evening Street Series

Friday, 22 October 2010


Coordinator of the Monday Evening Street Series



·       Free Entry!

·       Mass Start 6:15 pm, courses close after 1 hour, at 7:15 pm

·       Scatter event – one map for all courses with approximately 20 controls to select from;                       

-        Long (17 controls, approx 7km for the best route)

-        Medium (15 controls)           

-        Short  and  Power Walkers (10 controls)

·       Classes: Womens/Mens Open, Womens/Mens Veterans, Womens/Mens Junior


DATES (8 events)

31st Jan, 7th Feb, 14th Feb, 21st Feb, 28th Feb, 7th Mar, 14th Mar, 21st Mar.

Note 14th Mar is Canberra Day public holiday.



·       Promote the Health Message ‘ Drink Tap Water Every Day’ and provide tap water and cups to competitors

·       Organise advertising in the Canberra Times and The Chronicle, and other publicity (eg cross country club, vets, rogainers etc)

·       Organise Event, Set Courses, Print maps , Put out and take in Controls

·       Organise Results and Points score, and publish results that same evening

·       To send a follow up e-mail and/or information pack to everyone who identifies as being a new participant on the entry card



$3000, to share as necessary with your helpers


1. Campbell Parklands

2. North Lyneham

3. Forrest

4. O’Connor/Lyneham/Turner

5. Parliamentary Triangle

6. Telopea Park (Kingston)

7. Canberra City

8. Hackett/Watson

9. Farrer

10. Hughes

11. Cook

12. Emu Ridge/Bruce



OACT will

·       organise the mapping and production of OCAD files for the selected areas

·       supply controls and associated equipment

·       supply jerry cans for tap water and cups

·       the OACT office facilities are available for printing and photocopying maps

Focus to be on simple organisation, NO SI, NO computers required.


Expressions of interest to be submitted to Geoff Wood (geoffwood@netspeed.com.au) by cob Sun 31 Oct 2010


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