The first event of this weekend of sprint events was a sprint relay. Teams of two runners both running twice. The map was Roma St Parklands in central Brisbane, a small intricate area with many sections of olive green and some out of bounds areas. A great setting for a relay with the changeover and the finish at the amphitheater in the park. Wendy Read spent many hours making this map and also set the challenging courses.
Womens Relay winners- R Effeney, A Sheldon.
In the womens relay the ACT team of Lizzie Ingham and Mace Neve had the lead after the second leg from the QLD team of Anna Sheldon and Rachel Effeney with the Victorian team of Aislinn Prendergast and Jasmine Neve only 2 seconds behind in third. Anna Sheldon took QLD into the lead on the third leg and Rachel Effeney held onto this lead for QLD to be the winners, two minutes in front of ACT and the second QLD (Heather Muir/Katelyn Effeney) team taking third in front of the Victorian team.
Mens Relay winners- L Dow, I Lawford
In the mens relay the ACT team of Ian Lawford and Lachlan Dow were in front after the first leg and managed to stay there to win by 9 seconds from a very fast finishing WA team of Henry and Oscar McNulty. Oscar having a very fast last leg but not enough to catch the ACT. The Victorian team of Todd Neve and Bruce Arthur held on to take third with the fast finishing juniors from NSW Aidan Dawson and Daniel Hill coming from 11th after the second leg to finish 4th.
The Sprint qualification was held on a new map- Griffith University. A very technical area with many different levels and some intense map reading required. There were two heats for each division with the fastest 5 from each heat progressing to the A final.
The Mens heat A was a much faster heat with Simon Uppill the winner in 17:04 and the fifth qualifier Murray Scown running 18:04. The B heat was won by Lachlan Dow in 17:25 and the fifth qualifier Andrew Brown running 20:01.
The womens heats were won by Lizzie Ingham 16:37 and Hanny Allston 16:41. The junior mens heat A was the fastest with Henry McNulty winning in 17:36. Heat B was won by the Swedish junior Ludvig Ahlund in 17:48. The junior womens heats were won by the NSW pair of Nicola Blatchford and Michele Dawson.
The finals were held on the Kelvin Grove campus of the QIT, a map previously used for a NOL event in 2011. In the womens final Hanny Allston started 1 minute behind Lizzie Ingham and she caught Lizzie at control 9 and was in the lead for the rest of the race to be a comfortable winner in 20:06, Lizzie Ingham second in 21:04 and Rachel Effeney third in 21:47. In the mens final Simon Uppill who started 1 minute in front of Lachlan Dow lead at control 3 and maintained this lead to the finish to win in 20:10, Matt Parton finishing very strongly to be second in 20:40 and Ian Lawford third in 21:04.
Womens placegetters- L Ingham 2nd, H Allston 1st, R Effeney 3rd
Mens placegetters- I Lawford 3rd, S Uppill 1st, M Parton 2nd
In the junior elite classes the womens was won by Michele Dawson in 24:42, Annika Carlberg from Sweden second in 25:51 and Jacqui Doyle third in 27:02. In the junior men, in perhaps the best run of the weekend Henry McNulty was the winner in a time of 19:58 – the fastest time overall for the men. Oscar McNulty was second in 20:26 and Aidan Dawson third in 21:04.
Junior Womens Placegetters- J Doyle 2nd, M Dawson 1st, N Blatchford 3rd
Junior mens placegetters- A Dawson 3rd, H McNulty 1st, O McNulty 2nd
Results and splits for all events are available on Orienteering Queensland website
The second round of NOL events leading up to Easter will be held in NE Victoria on 22nd/23rd March on the challenging maps of Rowdy Flat (middle) and Kangaroo Crossing (long and WRE).