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Locals Competitive but Visitors Take the Chocolates

Jim Russell (pictured bottom left), almost single-handedly, put together the whole 2018 Sprint Canberra Series of five events staged over the Australia Day weekend, from planning the courses to operating the computers and the finish screens, and posting results, splits, etc on the Internet. Canberra’s elite orienteers were competitive on most days, but they were outperformed by visiting orienteers, with the fifth race at ANU being their most difficult.

Each event attracted an average of around 180 competitors, with the event on Saturday evening on the new map of Orana Steiner School being the most interesting for most people.  The main competition was a points-based system which was based on competitors’ best four results out of the five races. The final points table is here and the full results table for the five days is here. The winners of the chocolates, those with the highest points for each course were:

  • Course 1: Men: Will Gardener (Vic); Women: Natasha Key (Vic) (pictured bottom right).
    Course 2: Men: Finn Marsland (ACT); Women: Alison Inglis (ACT).
    Course 3: Men: Elye Dent (ACT); Women: Sophie Arthur (Vic).

I will post a selection of my best pictures taken during the five weeks on Facebook later in the week.