The AR club only entered two teams in the Mixed category (Short,Long,Medium) of the Victorian Orienteering Club Relays, but they placed 2nd and 3rd, so everyone competing got a certificate. Dry and warm autumn conditions at Eppalock.
The small AR club had an impressively high placings hit rate at the Street-O Monday/Wednesday Summer series presentations on 3rd April.
We even had the 1st/2nd/3rd tri-fector in one of the Power Walking categories !
Congrats to Bruce, Suzanne, Mark, Dianne, Henk, Jenelle, Ewen and Ian (not in picture – he had to head off home earlier).
The Gardiner’s Bend RadiO event on Saturday 9 September 2017 took place on a gloriously sunny spring afternoon and was an opportunity to explore the parkland around Gardiner’s Creek and Ashburton.
6 participants tried out the RadiO combo course – a combination of foxor TXs and street-o controls. 2 went for foxors only.
Darian and Pierre took a conservative approach and collected 5 foxors without giving in to the lure of more far-flung foxors and controls. Neale did a very efficient course and returned well within the time. It was a long course if you tried to collect them all (over 15 km!). Hamish, Monica and Ian succumbed to temptation and had adventures and were late returning – Monica plagued by an injured ankle and Ian chasing reflections from the Monash Freeway wall.
Jack and Peter enjoyed the sunshine and visited the foxors only – Peter taking the scenic route home.
Thanks to all for coming and helping with the setup and pull down.
GARDINERS BEND RESULTS
RADI-O EVENT 9 SEPTEMBER 2017
|NAME||2 PTS||3 PTS||4 PTS||5 PTS||RADI-O||TIME||PENALTY||TOTAL|
|Monica Lo Presti||6||12||15||50||3:11:05||-21||62|
Suzanne O’Callaghan VK3FSZI
While the weather on the day was blustery but fine,
the heavy rain of the last few weeks, has made it soggy underfoot,
however most competitors made it to all 4 Radio Controls.
We had 9 starters in a combo event, with cakes afterwards.
|First Name||Second Name||65 min place||01-05
(or part there of)
(Just remembered 65 Min for the Combo event, scores updated)
Nine runners enjoyed the ARDF competition and fine weather at Woodlands Historic Reserve on 17 July 2016. A short 2m Fox-Or course was also set up with three transmitters for people to try.
All went well apart from Tx 4 antenna wire falling out of the limb I’d thrown it over resulting in a weak signal which made everyone think Tx4 was miles away! This was exacerbated by Tx 5 strong signal, that location was more in the open. Not having set up 80 m before I was learning on the go and I did not install all of the antennas the same way which added to the variables. Kris Ruuska instructed novice James Kanjo in the art of ARDF but they still ran the course in 55 minutes, Jack doing very well equalling their time and making a video with the Go Pro. Some had time to compete in the orienteering as well.
One fox-Or transmitter also had very low power (afterwards I find it was set to low power), this combined with hearing signals from the other two fox-ors, one quite strong due to the topography, made for some extra running about!
Thanks to everyone who assisted and for efficiently collecting the transmitters afterwards.
|Woodlands Historic Park, 17 July 2016|
|ARDF Orienteering, 80 m, 5 Transmitters, course length approx 5.1 Km|
|Place||Name||Start Time||Finish Time||Elapsed Time||Checkpoints|
|2 m Fox-Or, try it – three foxes only.|
|Place||Name||Start Time||Finish Time||Elapsed Time||Checkpoints|
The weather gods shone on us at Abbey Walk and so did the sun. A magnificent afternoon for strolling or running through the creeklands and surrounding streets.
With the five fox-or controls each worth 15 points the main incentive was to find them and perhaps pick up a few low value plate controls on the way. Most RadiO enthusiasts did just that and returned within the 75min time limit to enjoy the “CakeO” refreshments at the Finish.
What a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon
|9 July 2016 – Abbey Walk RadiO CombO Results|
|4||Henk de Jong||67|
|Sat, 23 May, 2015|
Great weather and an interesting area. Ten people competed in the “Radio Combo” event. Well done to Bruce and Kris who got all the orienteering controls and all the FoxOrs. Unfortunately Kris started a couple of minutes late, otherwise the finish might have been neck and neck. As it was, Bruce finished first by a comfortable margin.
Further down the field, there were some very close scores. Judging from the feedback, I think that everyone had a good time.
|Name||2 pt||3 pt||4 pt||5 pt||FoxOr||Total||Arrival|
|Henk De Jong||2||3||3||1||5||80||7|
Hi, my name is Samuel and I am participating in the Boys’ Brigade orienteering program.
We have learned lots and enjoyed the practice it gave us using the maps, compasses and the Sniffers. Our activities have included hiding orienteering stickers around the church and then tracking them using maps and our own ingenuity.
On Friday 21st of June 2013 we had people from the ARDF club come to our Boys Brigade night. Dianne, Bruce, Henk, and Pierre set up transmitters and taught us how to use the sniffers. Then they let us out to find them. We had lots of fun searching for and finding the transmitters. At the end of our evening even our visitors had fun tracking a security guard from Mitcham railway station who had taken one of the transmitters.
So far this year my friends and I have been to two events, one was orienteering, the other was a Radio Sport event. We have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. So I suggest you try it.
Saturday 20th October, 2012
Radi-O Event. Bellbird Dell, Terrara Road. Wantirna.
It was a pleasant day for a run or quiet stroll through the parklands, sniffer in hand.
5 Fox-Or Txs were deployed in the Bellbird Dell parklands. �3 were secreted in the Southern sector relatively close to the start. �The remaining 2 were positioned further North.
8 people participated despite the fact that many (including the course setter) were somewhat sleep deprived following the previous evening�s fox hunt exploits.
Lack of sleep however did not discourage Bruce and Ewen. They covered substantial distances to collect 17 and 12 Orienteering controls respectively, in addition to the 5 FoxOrs.
Newcomers Dennis M (from the UK) and Ian J (a regular orienteer) also tried their hand at FoxOr-ing.
Not having had enough exercise for the day, Ewen then escorted the Stuchbery family (also newcomers to RadiO) around the 3 southern Txs.
Regular RadiO participant, Chalky, completed a regular Street-O course then collected the two northern-most Txs.
|�Stuchbery� family��� (under direction of Ewen T)|
Thanks to all who participated and helped out on the day.
Thanks to DROC who supplied the colour map.
Dianne (VK3 FVXN).
Yep, it was another hot day, but more wind which made it a bit more bearable.
We simply rode from the Uni accomodation to the Start (about 6km) when it suited our respective start times. No need to drive anywhere today. Start times were spaced all through the day.
My own 1st leg was marred by the fact I had no idea where I was for a while. Carolyn J and Murray W also experienced difficulties, but seems I was most caught out. It was only afterwards that Peter C mentioned to me that the start triangle on the map wasn’t located where we were started that I could figure out how I’d got it all so wrong. Anyway, 10 minutes wasted, which is unrecoverable really in this sort of world competition. Still, I gave the rest (which was a lot, over 30km on my GPS) a good shot. Nearly did my trick of missing controls again, but recovered OK losing only a few more minutes.
There were large areas of grassland to pedal over. Some there simply wasn’t a track option; the control was out in an old tank hidey-hole or something. The ground was somewhat bumpy. Murray came a cropper on one of the linear ditches.
There were also 2 maps issued at the start, which was novel. You had to pull the other one out when the 1st one ‘stopped’ at a control. There was yet a 3rd map issued at the 2nd tunnel under a railway line which took you back through Veszprem town (with police supervised crossings) to the finish, after a cruel very steep uphill penultimate leg (pictured), in the city centre.
I ended up 36th (out of 45 in M40), so not disgraced at the bottom. Best result was Carolyn J, dissappointed in her 2nd place. Chris F 12th in the juniors. Peter C also a very credible Top 20 finish at 19th in M50.
Unfortunately Tom G was out of luck again with a puncture at the 2nd map change,so he had to run the section through town. He couldn’t undo the valve stem screw to put a new tube in.
It barely seems like any time has passed, but tonight is the last night, with Banquet, in Veszprem. Tomorrow Murray and I head off towards Bükkszentkereszt, the other side of Budapest, where Gyuri is competing in the Hungarian ARDF championships this weekend. I don’t know what my internet access might be over the next week or so.
Previous blog: https://ardf.org.au/WordPress/2012/wmmtbo-bk-relay-team-podium-finish/
Murray had my camera today, so these photos are courtesy of him:
PS: Let me know if you are reading these blogs !! Thanks to those who have sent me feedback. (Only 1 view of the 2nd part of the sprint ? You’re not even trying 🙂)
A long exciting day with many ups and downs.
The relays (3 team members pass onto the next) were held near Osku, not all that far fromn the area I did the model event on the day I arrived in Veszprem.
In the morning the Worlds (open) and Juniors had their go, in the afternoon the Masters. A couple of the juniors were promoted to Open to make up the teams, so we had 2 open teams, 1 junior boys and one M40.
Large open grassy paddocks with drying grass. Riding off tracks is fine, but a bit bumpy in places, so sometimes debatable whether it’s worth cutting a corner or not. Of course some controls weren’t on tracks at all, so riding off was essential.
Good maps will appeat here in time: http://www.mtbo.hu/mtbwoc2012.php/routegadget. In the meantime, here is my relay variant.
The junior race was a nail biting performance, with Chris F coming in an amazing 2nd on the 1st leg, followed by a blistering ride by Marc G maintaining 2nd, but with an even quicker time. Tom looked good on the 3rd leg at the first radio control, but then disappeared from all ken. Other riders came in and finished, still no sign. Poor Tom must had had a gut wrenching time as the seconds and minutes slipped by and the chance of a placing faded into the distance. Turns out he’d become navigationally challenged, rather than mechanical breakdown or injury. They still managed a credible 8th, but the tension was hard to take.
Meanwhile the day grew hotter and hotter.It was painful and exhausting to stand in the sun, so we took to slinking about in whatever shade we could find. Now I know those experiencing winter will be thinking “bring-it-on”, but it was 39Deg by the car thermometer as we departed.
So at 1:30pm Richard R started our 1st leg in M40: http://youtu.be/R9o_Le2Ydsc
Peter C and I waited and waited in the sun for his return. We knew he had to come through the spectator loop first, and also followed the radio control progress on my phone with the live web updates (they provide WiFi at the event site, but only to access the MTBO website).
I headed off on my (2nd leg) dead last. Well, nowhere to go but up ! Despite the conditions I rode OK and navigated reasonably well. I really had no concept of how well I was doing, but turns out I took us from 8th place to 5th place. There were 9 M40 teams started, but 2 had miss-punched already, so we were down to a field of 7. I took 57 mins, Richard had taken 64 mins (but had seemed longer as we were waiting). The top gun UK team who had been leading the field had also miss punched ! Only 6 teams left. We watched the phone as Peter C took us all the way to 4th place with a fast first section, but he obviously flagged a little and dropped us back to 5th (by only a 2 min margin) as he finished. Somehow he lost his water bottle on the course, so we were able to throw one at him as he rode past the spectator.
So, since they have all the first 6 up on the podium at the presentations (held back in Veszprem, always with a precurser of usually tedious singing or dancing troupes, in a rapidly heating city hall), we were actually on the podium in 5th place. For a short while the official results even declared us 4th, and one of the Czech teams “nc” (whatever that means), but this seemed to be modified back again later. Oh well. I wore my Australiana ARDF top, as I had it with me anyway for Serbia later.
Incidentally, due to vagaries of the web entry system, the team name was “Bayside Kangaroos”, so it was a BK podium finish for the day. Certainly beat my last 2 event results anyway 🙂
Tomorrow is our last day of competition here. The Long Distance race. This one apparently finishes in Veszprem city centre (near the rocking horse above) and with a map changeover, so it could be an exciting race.
Probably another hot one …..
Last blog: https://ardf.org.au/WordPress/2012/wmmtbo-sprints-sprung/
PS: Did anyone watch the sprints video(s) from yesterday ? The laptop had to run all night to render and upload them, so apologies that they probably weren’t there when you read the blog orginally. Try again now !
Good things about today:
- The enjoyable ride on the sprint event (this one just for Masters, the others had a rest day)
- The wonderfully cooling swim in the huge Balaton lake afterwards
- The new bike mechanicals worked perfectly without a hitch
- Murray got a ride in the sprints and had a good time
- The Contour took a great movie of my sprint ride (see below…)
- Carolyn J got a silver medal
- Knee was fine
- Ice cream at the lake
Not so good things about today:
- The oppressive heat continued
- The moment as you watch your split ticket being printed and you see two dashed lines
- The really odd map colouring which the greens looked like yellow, and the near invisible purple control lines
- The realisation I had (yet again )skipped a little 2 control loop without knwoing it at the time (went directly from 5->8 which are very close to each other)
- Dinner at the caf (well it was OK, better than Tuesday’s I thought)
Sorry for the odd placement of these images, but the wordpress blog just appears to have undergone a “media upgrade” and moving images around now seems to be broken.It also randomly ‘forgets’ captions and titles. All very strange !
Peter C finished 37th and Murray 46th in M50. Carolyn C also rode today finishing a credible 13th in W50.
Previous blog here: https://ardf.org.au/WordPress/2012/wmmtbo-middle-middling/
My sprint video (in 2 parts) :
See if you can spot the ooops after the long downhill in the 2nd video (as well as the obvious mistake skipping 6 & 7 in the first). Have a look at the map on Route Gadget to follow the control sequence. http://www.mtbo.hu/mtbwoc2012.php/routegadget, or if not there yet, here is a photo I took of my map:
If anyone bothered to watch my ‘live feed data’ today (in the middle of the night in Aus), you have noticed a sudden drop in my speed at around control 7. There’s a very good reason for this, and it basically revolves around the fact that once your rear derailler has broken off, it isn’t possible to pedal anymore. Well at least I was able to ride down hills and walk otherwise, at least untill I then got a puncture. There has to be something very special about managing to get a puncture once you are walking your bike 🙂
Pure bloody mindedness, and the fact it wasn’t a huge detour, made me decide to finish the course walking. Quite amazingly, I wasn’t last, even amongst those who didn’t miss-punch. I felt I was going pretty well up till things broke, possibly mid 20’s sort of placing, but that’s just a guess.
The team blog will appear at http://ausmtboteam.blogspot.hu
Peter C came 23rd in the tough M50 category, but we just went to watch Carolyn J get her gold for W50. Also well done to Chris F, 5th in Juniors, and that means he also got to stand on the podium. Please Slovakia don’t keep doing well, your national anthem is toooo long !
Update: My bike is all fixed up again by the local bike shop, ready for the Masters sprint event tomorrow morning.
Went into the nearby ‘old town’ for Pizza, wine and ice cream cone afters. Delicious, and have to say a lot better than the organised meals at the uni caf.
Earlier blog: https://ardf.org.au/WordPress/2012/wmmtbo-veszprem-arrival/
OK, so lets stare at the elephant in the room right off ! Yep, this bit of the blog has nothing to do with ARDF. …
It will though, eventually, as this time I’m taking part in the World Masters mountain bike orienteering in Hungary, on-the-way to Serbia. Other things also make it a little more relevant, such as the help I’ve received from our good Hungarian friend, Gyrui.
So yes, I have arrived in Veszprem.
Did I say it’s hot ? Well coming straight from the Auzzie snowfields to here is a bit of a shock, with temperatures in the high 30’s. Gyuri likens it to Death Valley. It’s been that way since I got to Vienna yesterday. The 2-part train journey from there was actually quite pleasant. The last part as you approach Veszprem from Gyor was spectacular, with pitch dark tunnels through mountains (the old MAV diesel train didn’t appear to have operational lighting) shooting you out onto high bridges over gorges.
Murry picked me up at the train station (we are sharing a hire car), then left me to it as he wanted to see his son, Karl, finish in the Juniors sprint race (he did well, actually). I assembled my bike in the University accommodation we’re sharing (luckily on the less sunny side of the building, and only on the 1st floor,so cooler). The odometer sender mount was the only casualty of the air transport (or perhaps even the Bruce transport), but I’ve managed to rig up something with cable ties that appears to work fine.
Murray returned a bit later to give Carolyn J and myself a lift to our model event, held on the sprint map the Open (World MTBO) and juniors (JWMTBO) rode on earlier today. Murray has also scored a free bike for himself to loan from one of the organisers (!), so we could all go for a ride.
A cloud came over just as we started, so the heat wasn’t too oppressive, and I quite enjoyed the ride. The sprint event was effectively a foot-O event on bikes, as there is no requirement to stick to the tracks here, and in fact many of the sprint controls weren’t even placed on a track ! The other bit of good news is that it seems I am able to ride, after a bit of a snowboarding accident last week. Detaching the left hand foot from the pedal isn’t easy though, so I’ll have to avoid falling on that side !
Opening ceremony…what can I say ? I escaped before the traditional dancers got going as the masters aren’t required there.
There is a blog for the offcial team here: http://ausmtboteam.blogspot.hu
Tomorrow is the first real event for Masters; Middle Distance champs. I’m taking lots of water 🙂
This blog covers he last 3 days – for the much diminished group remaining.
Thursday was a low key event on Harding’s Paddock (which was in fact mostly bush) a little south of Ipswich. The map is in the gallery below. A tricky course that lulled you into a false sense of security. A few of us had trouble even on control 1. The other trick was finding the way through the deep green Lantana around the creek. I ended used the dry sandy blue creeks themselves because I couldn’t find the secret path shown to the far west that was harder to find than it looks ! Ewen had a really good event, coming close to my time despite a lower speed. Sausages & drinks after were part of the deal. Still quite warm.
Apparently there is a group of retirees who run events every Thursday for themselves, and others such as Uni students & proffessors also occasionally make an appearance. Rod of this group gave Suzanne and myself a lift to Brisbane when Ewen went back to Stanthorpe to rescue Henk (who is feeling better by the way).
Suzanne & I clambered around Mt Coutha on Friday after being dropped off at the top cafe by Ian, my brother on his way into work. Birthday dinner in Toowong joined by Henk & Ewen.
Today the sprint events were a lot of fun. They were the tricky navigational universitycampus types that really keep you thinking hard the whole way. Apologies in advance for the dodgy map quality in my photos. For a start they were fairly hard to read anyway, but the morning event at the Kelvin Grove QUT campus on Pretex was a lot better than the afternoon, very dark printing, map on plastic bagged paper UQ St Lucia campus.
In the morning we competed in our normal age groups, and I managed a 4th, almost a 3rd place, but for a 30 sec error I made punching a later control 11 on my way to 9 (I have a bit of an unfortunate habit of this). Suzanne had a good run against a very competitive field who would probably do very well against the Elites. A hard, but very brief tropical rain shower doused her just after she started. Ewen had a ‘mp’ which he was a bit bamboozeld by, till he got the map and realised he’d just missed 8 altogether.
In the afternoon we all did a Sunley. Doing a Sunley entails entering Elites in a sprint, even though hopelessly outclassed, just to get a decent run. However, we also took the precaution of entering in disguise. Suzanne (Ingrid, lisped with an outrageous scandanavian accent) had flowing golden locks, Ewen made a pretty below par attempt at Elvis impersonation, and my super-sized afro bore an unintentional but convincing resemblance to a certain Elite called David Sheppard. The other thing you should also note when doing a Sunley is whether the 2 sprints on the 1 day are actually part of the same event (ooops), so they ended up putting us at the end of the chasing starts, after all the morning mp Elites. We also had a very minature Warren Key in Elites (Warren had mp’d in the morning so gave Ashton a go in the afternoon instead; and lil-Warren beat me, as it turns out).
I actually made a pretty good bash at this event, and had I not been tricked by a ‘switch’ control to go direct 7 -> 8/12 -> 13 (the map was very dark and 8/12 -> were in a direct line so an understandable mistake in retrospect, that others also made on my 1b varient), I wouldn’t actually have been last. Oh well, missing out 9,10,11,12 loop is a definite mp. Lil Warren (Ashton) did M21E in 32 minutes, and he is only 10 or something ! Ingrid had the same ‘switch’ control, but was more cautious and finished the W21E sprint properly, complete with the aforementioned much admired golden plaits swinging about. Elvis took his 50 minutes cautiously, but also left the building with an M21E under his ample belt.
Henk was picked up by his sister, and we now have a hire car, picked up with some jiggery pokery at midday today. At least it means we can get to the last event tomorrow. Why they didn’t have the Brisbane sprints on Sunday I have no idea !?
Here’s an edited video of Day 1 Sledge mass start. Unfortunately still quite jerky (David Stratten would be unimpressed), but the raw footage is far worse!). http://youtu.be/dR1_elwgwuA