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South Island Champs in Dunedin

Show Profile  mcroxford Posted: 21 April 2018, 5:04 PM  
Fantastic event today around the Dunedin Botanical Gardens.

The map was prepared at great expense early last year when Dunedin were told they were hosting the Nationals 2018 only to have it taken away when Auckland decided to reuse World Masters maps. Only hope DOC gets some of the money spent back.

I loved the route choice options today. The map was brilliant and the courses excellent. Looking forward to tomorrow's event starting with a bus ride to the top of Signal Hill.

Show Profile  mcroxford Posted: 22 April 2018, 9:27 PM  
Another amazing day in Dunedin! A bus ride to the top of Signal Hill. A quick check of the model map at the top. And then it was off down the hill for frantic crazy navigation on the intricate network of tracks leading down to a school and a superb finish down the athletic track. Well worth the journey.

And sorry. Point of clarification. Auckland apparently didn't relinquish Nationals 2018 but Dunedin were told to start planning them to great expense on the assumption Auckland didn't want them.

Tomorrow's event are the South Island Schools Champs in Wanaka. Looking forward to another brilliant Fraser Mills map.

Show Profile  Neil K Posted: 23 April 2018, 7:44 PM  
Are you suggesting Fraser Mills is a great expense?

Show Profile  mcroxford Posted: 23 April 2018, 8:27 PM  
Depends on what you mean by 'great'. Do you mean Fraser's expense is huge, predominant, numerous or distinguished?

Show Profile  mcroxford Posted: 23 April 2018, 8:27 PM  
PS. Great map today, Fraser...

Show Profile  mcroxford Posted: 25 April 2018, 11:31 AM  
Monday and Tuesday were spent in Wanaka then Queenstown running near or on top of two local iconic hills. Day one was on Mt Iron. A wonderful patchwork of manuka scrub similar to the nearby Hikuwai but on a slope. Day two was at the top of Kelvin Heights with spectacular 360 degree views.

Huge thanks to Fraser Mills and Chris & Emily Forne for hosting the event. Both events should be on your orienteering bucket list.

Show Profile  Jenni Posted: 25 April 2018, 10:34 PM  
Yes completely agree - it was super fun, technical, scenic orienteering. Thank you very much, Em, Chris and Fraser aided by your parents. Even though, Chris, you looked a little more stressed than normal there were still lots of trademark giggles. And the Russian punching system seemed to work well, from a competitors point of view anyway.

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 27 April 2018, 10:14 PM  
These events were followed by 3 days of MTBO Champs at Alexandra, incorporating the ANZ MTBO Challenge. Excellent races masterminded by Joe Sherriff and Jo Wilson with support from Dunedin and PAPO. NZ retained the challenge 18 classes to 3. www.nzmtbochamps.nz

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