SILVA National Orienteering League Round 1 Report

Jones (right) discusses route choices with Ewels (middle) and Round (left).

Jones (right) discusses route choices
with Ewels (middle) and Round (left).

The 2010 SILVA National Orienteering League kicked off in Victoria with 3 races over the weekend.

Race 1 – Multi-loop Mass Start format

Race 1 was a mass start multi-loop race in the complex gold mining terrain at Chewton Diggings.  A well planned event arena enabled spectators to see competitors at seven times during the race. Organiser, Darren Meeking from Melbourne Forest Racers, succeeded in bringing the action of the forest to the public, while Rob Lewis and course setter Simon Goddard provided expert commentary.

There were few surprises in the senior divisions, with the favourites proving too strong.  Julian Dent won by a clear margin from Simon Uppill and David Shepherd who fought it out all the way to the line.

It was closer in the women’s race, but the results still finished as expected, with Kathryn Ewels just ahead of Shannon Jones and Vanessa Round.

Shepherd and Uppill are exhausted after crossing the line.

Shepherd and Uppill are exhausted
after crossing the line.

Leon Keely had a comfortable victory in the Junior Elite Men class, while Georgia Parsons (Cockatoos) surprised some with a breakthrough win in Junior Elite Women.

Results

Splits, Winsplits

Route Gadget

Public Race Results, Splits, Route Gadget, Winsplits

 

Race 2 – Sprint Distance

Rob Walter

Rob Walter

Despite the overnight rain and hail in Daylesford, the 18th Eureka Challenge, NOL #2 and the 2-Person NOL Mixed Relay have been run and won in the challenging goldmining terrain at Bryce’s Gully, west of Hepburn Springs. Roch Prendergast’s tough NOL Sprint course was made just that much more difficult with slippery conditions in the rocky ground in the gullies. Back from injury Julian Dent (NSW) scored a clear 3-minute win over Nugget’s Bryan Keely and Canberra’s evergreen Rob Walter. Vanessa Round showed a welcome return to form to win the Women 21- Elite.  Laurina Neumann (Qld) showed her Bendigo goldfield terrain practice counted with Canberra’s Shannon Jones third. Tasmania’s Oscar Phillips (M-20E) and NSW’s Emily Prudhoe (W-20E) were both well pleased with their victories in Junior Elite race.

Results (including Victorian State Series #1)

Splits

Route Gadget

Race 3 – Mixed Relay

Eureka Orienteers organiser Blake Gordon and  course setter Roch Prendergast present the awards

Eureka Orienteers organiser Blake Gordon and
course setter Roch Prendergast present the awards

The Mixed Relay was a race where the lead changed with each of the 4 legs but the Stingers dynamic duo of Tracy Marsh and Julian Dent edged ahead on the last 1.8 leg to win narrowly from Shannon Jones/Grant Bluett with Susanne Casanova/Simon Uppill third. Rob Plowright’s input certainly made the courses challenging with a good mix of route choice and technical navigation.

Mixed Relay Team Results

Individual Results

Splits, Winsplits

Route Gadget

All photos by Elise Gueyne

Course Setter, Simon Goddard.

Course Setter, Simon Goddard.

Melbourne Forest Racers' Organiser, Darren Meeking

Melbourne Forest Racers’ Organiser, Darren Meeking

Matt Parton limps home in the  background after injuring his ankle while chasing Bruce Arthur  in the finish chute.

Matt Parton limps home in the
background after injuring his ankle
while chasing Bruce Arthur
in the finish chute.

Race 1 Junior Women winners Emily Prudhoe (3rd), Lilian Burrill (2nd), Georgia Parsons (1st)

Race 1 Junior Women winners Emily Prudhoe (3rd),
Lilian Burrill (2nd), Georgia Parsons (1st)

Elite Women take off from the  mass start race

Elite Women take off from the
mass start race

Victorian men wait for their women to return from leg 1.

Victorian men wait for their women to return from leg 1.

Race 2 Elite Men winners Walter (3rd), Dent (1st), Keely (2nd)

Race 2 Elite Men winners
Walter (3rd), Dent (1st), Keely (2nd)

Race 2 Elite Women winners Jones (3rd), Neumann (2nd), Round (1st)

Race 2 Elite Women winners
Jones (3rd), Neumann (2nd), Round (1st)

Race 2 Junior Elite Men winners Phillips (1st), Dow (2nd), Neumann (3rd)

Race 2 Junior Elite Men winners
Phillips (1st), Dow (2nd), Neumann (3rd)

Race 2 Junior Women winners  Prudhoe (1st), Burrill (2nd), Sunley (3rd)

Race 2 Junior Women winners
Prudhoe (1st), Burrill (2nd), Sunley (3rd)