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JWOC fundraiser: Green Coast Rogaine

Show Profile  Neil K Posted: 13 March 2006, 10:18 PM  
Day 1. Green Coast 3 hour rogaine. 27th May.
To be held 40min out of Auckland on the Slater Road Orienteering map.

Day 2. Mountain bike orienteering. New mountain bike orienteering map.

Entry forms out soon.

Show Profile  Neil K Posted: 19 March 2006, 6:46 PM

Show Profile  addison Posted: 7 June 2006, 8:28 PM  
A combination of varying navigation and great views were the feature of the 2006 GreenCoast 3rd Rogaine, held recently just 10 minutes drive North from Parakai.

The event which was held on a private block of forestry, along with some surrounding farmland, featured an intricate track network which was thoroughly enjoyed by all participants. With control points placed on features that were easy (such as track junctions), this event was all about planning and route-choice which is ideal for beginners. However it was some of the countries top orienteers that proved to be extremely strong on the day, taking out most of the grades on offer.

The event was run by Neil Kerrison, a National Orienteering Squad (NOS) member who resides at the location of the rogaine. Neil is the team coach and manager for the Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC) team, which head off to Lithuania to compete at the end of July, with the event used fundraise for this trip. Whilst out on the course, views of both the Kaipara Harbour and the Tasman Sea were on offer. Electronic timing was the order of the day, using the SportIdent system which is used in large orienteering events right around the World.

The sport of rogaining is made for small teams, however individuals were allowed to run in this event but they incurred a 10% points penalty. NOS member James Bradshaw had to run on his own, when his partner pulled out on him at the last minute due to having other commitments. James was one of only two people who managed to get to every control in the allocated time of 3hrs (scoring a maximum 200 points), carving the course out in 2hrs 38minutes. The other to get all the controls was an individual, fellow orienteer Mark Lawson who resides only minutes away from where the event was held. Both incurred a points penalty, but as James was back in a faster time and as no-one got over 180 points in the Open Mens grade this meant that James won.

Twin sisters and fellow NOS members Rachel and Rebecca Smith managed to pick up 185 points to win the Open Womens. This was the highest score on the day, and was matched by the winners of the Veteran Men category. This was a 4-person orienteering team by the name of “The Right Royal Queen’s Gherkins” which consisted of Jeff Greenwood, Guy Cory-Wright, Pete Swanson and Malcolm Law. In the Mixed Open category, the “Bikesmith” team of Kirstine Collins and Grant Burke picked up the win with a points total of 175.

The Veteran Mixed category was headed off by Mountain Biking enthusiasts Roel and Di Michels, with a points total of 161. Team “Old Friends” consisted of Lisa Mead and Louise Porteous, and they took the win in the Veteran Womens category with 125 points. However the former NOS Coaching panel of Wayne and Tricia Aspin cleaned up the Super Veterans category, with 162 points.

The Junior category was won by JWOC team members Sam McNally and Tineke Berthelsen, with both having a shorter period of time as they had to help with the organising on the day. Tineke is sister to Anna Berthelsen, who was placed 3rd in the 2006 Speights Coast to Coast.

This message was edited by Simon Addison on 7 June 2006, 9:29 PM




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