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Winter Classic 2009

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 2 August 2009, 11:09 AM  
Wayne would've loved it. Dunno what he would have thought about today's race clothing tho. In winter he just wore two singlets...

Show Profile  pete s Posted: 2 August 2009, 12:51 PM  
That was one hell of a race - 7.3kms in 2 1/4 hrs!!! Finished covered in scratches, cuts, bruises, even gorse scratch to one eye, but loved every minute of it!

Absolutely brilliant, and huge thanks to Bryan and the team for putting this on - a worthwhile event, and keen to come back for more (should be recovered in 12 months time! :-) )

Show Profile  Jamie Posted: 3 August 2009, 12:32 AM  
yeah likewise! I was learned by Jason and Bill (never even got close to them) but enjoyed every minute of it...

Shows what can be achieved in a crappy wild terrain map, maybe the age of flat open orienteering is over and we will head back to the jungles...

Our course was over 10kms, around 1000m climb and ensured that I spent the afternoon completely broken...just like you should be after an orienteering race!

Show Profile  Bryan Posted: 3 August 2009, 1:04 AM  
thanks for the comments - race results and report and course maps
coming soon...

Show Profile  onemanfanclub Posted: 3 August 2009, 1:21 AM  
Wayne's spirit lives on in at least one of the younger course 1 runners. Overheard post race:

JBW: "...and then I went through this way, and..."
Bryan: "But I mapped that as fight!?!"
JBW: "Yes, it was."

Show Profile  Jason Posted: 3 August 2009, 1:57 AM  
This Classic was certainly tough. I made several poor route-choice decsions up steep slopes, despite Bryan's warnings, and I paid for them mentally and physically.

What I liked most about this year's event was the city location. I got to explore an area I have rarely visited. I didn't have to drive for hours to take part and I can go back there to train whenever I like. The map is also accessible- it only took me 30 minutes to collect the dozen furthest controls- which is an advantage for event planning. And the event centre had parking and all the basic facilities of a sports venue. I agree the Wellington terrain is tough but we are fortunate to have several areas like this around the city.

Thanks Bryan
(and thanks to the council)

Show Profile  magnus Posted: 3 August 2009, 3:10 AM  
Some photos...

Show Profile  mick finn Posted: 3 August 2009, 5:25 AM  
ditto on the map Jason! A real-inner city gem. Good news is that Bryan is keen to bring it back to Wello next year...or something very similar

Video is at

although it will be a couple of hours before the full HD quality is available as its a 2Gb file.

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 3 August 2009, 7:45 AM  
Nice footage Mick. It feels like, well, a RACE.

Show Profile  mick finn Posted: 3 August 2009, 8:00 AM  
thats good; don't want it to look like a tea party, or one of those cruisy o-max thingies!

Show Profile  Bryan Posted: 4 August 2009, 12:30 AM  
Detailed race report and final results available.

Race report can be viewed at:

Official results can be viewed at:

Leg times and maps/courses still to come.

Show Profile  Bryan Posted: 5 August 2009, 4:59 AM  
Some amended results and leg times can be viewed at:

Maps and courses can be viewed at:




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