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eh eh Brucey...

Show Profile  stu barr Posted: 12 November 2001, 6:29 AM  
Check out Team EDGE ORIENTEERING in this years Southern Travervse, with former World Champs Representative Bruce McLeod Link

Show Profile  HeadHoncho Posted: 12 November 2001, 1:31 PM  
And he wasn't looking too bad either - in about 8th place at the start of the night mountain trek at the end of the first day (the first real stage). He feels some teams may have gone too fast on the easy stages around Q'town - time will tell...

Show Profile  fancy_michael Posted: 13 November 2001, 3:36 AM  
Yeah GO the DOC members :o) !!
While we're all cheering on Bruce the legend, it wouldn't be a shame if Jim Cotter (Team Cromwell) did well too! He's another Dunedin Orienteer that's braving the 230km course. Best of luck to all the teams, keep kicking arse Bruce - fly the DOC banner high.

Show Profile  Melissa Posted: 13 November 2001, 4:23 AM  
Jean Cory-Wright was out there too (Team Peel Forest OPC), however apparently she had to withdraw for medical reasons.
Her team is continuing unranked.

Show Profile  darren Posted: 13 November 2001, 8:42 AM  
Ray Pratt's having a go too. Anyone know his team name?

Show Profile  AlanH Posted: 13 November 2001, 9:43 AM  
Ray is in Mainland Great Outdoors - team 21

currently "unranked" but still continuing

Show Profile  HeadHoncho Posted: 13 November 2001, 11:38 AM  
After a significant hiccup last night during a long and arduous mountain trek, Team Edge ORIENTEERING are powering through the field again and currently lie sixth midway thru the mountain bike leg.

Unfortunately Bruce became badly dehydrated and his team had to stop for 3 hours high in the Hector Mountains while he recovered. That saw them slip back to 20th but when on the move again went past 11 teams to enter the transition in ninth at about 1.40 p.m.

A UK team is well in the lead but it is all a bit immaterial. No-one is going to make the kayak leg on Lake Wakatipu tonight so there will be a mass start at 6 a.m. tomorrow and the race will be all on again. So Bruce's stop won't cost them too badly and the 3 hours sleep has already proven useful judging by their pace today.

The mountain trek was much longer than anticipated and the leading team took 15 hours instead of the 10 estimated. So the leading teams will all get into Kingston at the southern end of lake Wakatipu at various stages during the night.

The weather has turned for the worse and more rain and southerly winds are expected tomorrow.

Show Profile  Melissa Posted: 14 November 2001, 4:24 AM  
Bruce's team up to 3rd! Next year how about a full team of orienteers on the West Coast! Or sometime after that the Traverse is rumoured to be coming to the North Island....
HeadHoncho: Having a good time down south? Look out for a big yellow Leppin bus heading your way sometime soon...

Show Profile  HeadHoncho Posted: 14 November 2001, 7:33 AM  
Well so much for the mass start this morning. After getting up at 4.30 am and rushing to Kingston by 6, we found the second mountain trek was as demanding as the first. The leading team from the UK had to pull out which left Team Wombat (with past Rogaining Champ Nigel Aylott in there) in the lead.

Brucie is up to third but they were pretty fkd and so are having a wee sleep. They should still leave the transition in third place and hopefully won't lose too much time to the 2 leading teams. Might be a good move as after the kayak up the lake they have another mean mountain trek over Cecil Peak during the night including the abseil, before getting back on the water and crossing the lake sometime on Thursday morning.

The weather is still pretty sh** although at least the southerly doesn't have too much of a bite and the snow down to 600 metres thankfully didn't eventuate. Unfortunately no improvement in sight but Bruce said before the race he wanted it cold and sh** so he's got his wish.

Show Profile  fraser Posted: 15 November 2001, 7:39 AM  
Edge Orienteering in to 2nd place just an hour and a half behind the leading team!!!

Show Profile  Andrew M Posted: 16 November 2001, 1:50 AM  
Guess who just hit the lead, Bring it home Bruce !!

Show Profile  Jamie Posted: 16 November 2001, 2:40 AM  
woohooooo brucie.......surely just a matter of time....

Show Profile  fraser Posted: 16 November 2001, 2:51 AM  
And it looks like we have a winner!!

Show Profile  stu barr Posted: 16 November 2001, 2:53 AM  
Legend, you little beauty.

Or should we say -

"Good on ya mate...." Pride of the South

Show Profile  fraser Posted: 16 November 2001, 3:08 AM  
Check out the article on Link

Edited by - fraser on 11/16/01 10:09:09 AM

Show Profile  Melissa Posted: 16 November 2001, 3:51 AM  
Good article. In fact all the articles on are better reading than the reports on the official site. Nice to have some quotes etc from members of teams.
Not bagging the traverse site of course as we have been glued to the results leaderboard.
Well done Bruce!
Well done Sasha! As I know only too well the hard work that goes into supporting a traverse team.

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