Orienteers did really well in the North Face 100km running race last weekend in the rugged Blue Mountains.
Overseas runners took the first 3 places with Kilian Jornet from Spain winning in an incredible 9 hrs 19 mins. ACT orienteers were right up there with Rob Walter placing 8th in 10.55 and Grant Bluett next in at 11.06. Occasional orienteer and former MTBO Australian rep, Julie Quinn paced herself well, and moved through the overseas female runners during the second half of the race and literally sprinted to a 50 second win in a time of 11.39. Julie placed 20th out of the 850 starters and smashed her previous race record by 34 minutes.
The Winter Classic in Victoria saw three tremendous orienteering races held in Castlemaine and nearby areas over the weekend. The overall trophy winners were Laurina Neumann and Bruce Arthur who had the best cumulative times in the open classes. However junior Ian Lawford ran up and impressed with a win in the middle distance event and a close 3rd in the long.