Stromlo Running Festival kicks off in style

JulianD_2The first ever Stromlo Running Festival took place this weekend in Canberra, providing entrants with unlimited opportunity to compete in numerous running races, talks and seminars. Orienteering featured in the festival, with 2006 World Orienteering Sprint Champion Hanny Allston giving novice orienteers a perspective of orienteering and providing some guidance for their first orienteering event. 

The elite race began at 2pm, providing tough racing conditions in the heat of the day. The World Games format of the sprint race ensured some exciting head to head racing. Two runners started together, running 2 loops each in a different order, before coming back to the finish to pick up their 3rd map for a common last leg.

Hanny Allston (pictured) showed her class and easily took out the womens class, followed by Kathryn Ewels and Jasmine Neve. Julian Dent (also pictured) edged out Grant Bluett and Rob Walter who completed the placings.

There was much prize money on offer and the race attracted most of Australia’s best orienteers. The National Senior Squad members were in town this weekend attending their annual training camp.

Hanny_2Many thanks must go to Bob Allison for making this fantastic new sprint map in the technical area surrounding the Stromlo Forest Park centre. The area will provide many future opportunities for exciting orienteering. 

Elite results can be found here

Novice results can be found here, and splits here.