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Show Profile  SimonB Posted: 27 October 2007, 9:50 AM  
today the canterbury champs weekend kicked off at pines beech. a new map for PAPO just north of christchurch by Kaiapoi. The made reached fame this year as the much acclaimed National Secondary Schools individual map where many runners said they loved the terrain.

today the course were middle distance, elites running 4.1 and 3.6 respectively. a small field though expected had a very good standard of competition with superstars such as the dirty dane cartsen jorgensen, and fresh from his north island experience the one and only Smithsonator. a few wild card entries with potential were Aaron Prince who still retained good form from nationals where he pounded most elites, and also Tane Camebridge and Matt scott had outside chances.

In the womans field a returning to form Jenni adams, and a super consistent lara prince were set to battle it out, with some threat to these fine woman folk from the younger Tessa "doctor it" ramsden and Georgia "the Terminator" Whitla. Last but not least is our newest orienteering Mum Sara Wallen.

So stage set, maps at the ready everyone took off at a million paces per minute. not the best tactic as the map was soon found to be, very technical and needed tight navigation. Tane Camebridge was stoked to find Carsten still at the first control and together they set off, one angry dane and one speedy speedster. however Carstens superiority soon allowed him to drop Tane by the seventh control. although Carsten said himself he was keen for Tane to follow him as he liked his companionship. ok then! Matt Scott was happily completing his course when Carsten came running towards him from the wrong direction at control eleven, Carsten on his way to number 8 decidede to detour a wee bit for some extra navigation fun. Matt was feeling good at this stage, however by control 15(out of 18) Carsten came whizzing past him, this time in the right direction. Alas it was not enough for carsten who's run was riddled with atleast three minutes of mistakes to beat the first starter and newest father of orienteering babies, Aaron prince. Aaron had the earliest run, and was happy with it when he returned. Youth let Smithson and Camebridge down today, maybe tomorrow will be a different story.

Final placings
1. Aaron prince 32:10 ish
2. Carsten 32:50 ish
3. Smithson 38?
4 matt 38?
5 Tane 40 something!!

The ladies! The girls seemed to take Carstens example and try to make some mistakes! easily enough by the third control Georgia had made a 5 minute mistake putting her out of the running, later mistakes cemented her cause. Tessa ramsden was doing just fine when caught by a charging Lara and Georgia, she kept her cool and took a wiser route choice to control eleven. Lara and Georgia over ran it by a good 200m! it was not The second to last control that these two starlets caught her back up. Together they finished down the chute, Georgia 45 minutes, Tessa 43 minutes, and Lara 39 minutes. of course Jenni smoked the field and finished with two minutes on lara in a time of 37:08.

Congratulations canterbury champions Jenni adams and aaron prince!


Show Profile  addison Posted: 27 October 2007, 9:53 AM  
Hey Bloomers, nice job mate.

Wanna write an article for the news section? Would be good if you could just slightly modify the above for it?


Show Profile  SimonB Posted: 27 October 2007, 10:59 AM  
thats just for neil.

Show Profile  Martin Posted: 27 October 2007, 12:09 PM  
yo simon, keen to get the maps put onto routegadget - who is the best person to talk to for maps, courses and splits?

Show Profile  Tane Cambridge Posted: 27 October 2007, 2:00 PM  
39.18 thank you very much simon

Show Profile  Neil K Posted: 28 October 2007, 1:12 AM  
Thanks SimonB

Show Profile  SimonB Posted: 28 October 2007, 7:16 AM  
ummmmm dunno!!! sheesh! ah carsten probably for todays course and might be able to get a copy of yesterdays map file from al cory wright? splits will get put up sometime, dunno what the story is for them though. maybe my mum gets them eventually.

anyway today was the long distance at spencerville which has recently been remapped extensively by michael wood so some excitement. carsten had some funky butterfly/pivot stuff going on involving one loop in young pine/low vis/no features and the other in a newly mapped intricate sand dune area (where Riki found the hung man).

11 ks for the boys and 7.64 ks for the girls with a winning time of 70 odd minutes on both courses by Georgia whitla and Michael Smithson.

Smithson and Aaron Prince battled out on the course as they started three minutes apart, with michael eventually coming out on top, no sprint finish though!

in the girls some little mistakes and blond moments ruled lara and tessa out of the running, which left georgia with a moderately clean run to take the lead!

canterbury elites now focus their mojo's on the south island champs in three weeks time.

Show Profile  SimonB Posted: 28 October 2007, 7:17 AM  
oh yeah matt scott put a hole in his foot too. its pretty sweet.

Show Profile  dennis Posted: 28 October 2007, 2:43 PM  
The details

1 Georgia Whitla 1:11:14
2 Lara Prince 1:19:42
3 Tessa Ramsden 1:31:05

1 Michael Smithson 1:16:23
2 Aaron Prince 1:19:01
3 Tane Cambridge 1:31:59

And Simon B cleaned up M20A on both days!!

Show Profile  addison Posted: 28 October 2007, 3:52 PM  
Any chance of anyone writing an article for maptalk news?

Show Profile  michaels Posted: 31 October 2007, 8:15 AM  
I was annoyed with having 4 split files for the canty champs long distance, so I've massaged the times into a single file, with only small adjustments to make me look better.
See link:

Basically I've changed the order of the splits for those on 1b to get the butterfly into the same order as 1a.
ie for Aaron, Tane, and Dennis their splits #20-24 are now #25-29 and vice versa. I think I'm just confusing everyone now, probably easier to say the pivot control was # 19, 24 and 29

Show Profile  Ellmo1769 Posted: 31 October 2007, 2:37 PM  
Is it just me or did all 8 people run within 1 second of their time on legs 2-3 and 3-4

Show Profile  SimonB Posted: 31 October 2007, 2:39 PM  
just you?

Show Profile  michaels Posted: 31 October 2007, 3:13 PM  
Sadly the si unit was missing from control #3. Hence winsplits seems to have assigned the total time evenly between those legs.

Show Profile  dennis Posted: 1 November 2007, 6:14 AM  
Nice work Michael, heaps more user friendly!




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