Dent, Elson take out national sprint titles

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Julian Dent and Grace Elson took out the open titles at the Australian Sprint Championships in York today. For Dent, it was his third successive National League win. He set the time to beat early in the Red Start Group, and none of his opponents were able to come close to him. Dave Shepherd came closest, with Grant Bluett in … Read More

Queensland and ACT tie at Australian Schools Championships

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Queensland and the ACT have tied for the overall title at the 2006 Australian Schools Championships. The event came down to the two senior relays. The ACT won both, leaving Queensland in a position where they needed a second and a third to win outright, and two thirds or a second and a fourth to tie. Simon Mee went through … Read More

Allison, Dent take out WA titles

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Jo Allison and Julian Dent opened the Australian Championships carnival with wins at the WA State Championships held over the weekend. The results keep both in contention for the National League titles, although as both will only have the minimum eight scores, they cannot afford to put a foot wrong if they are to catch the current leaders, Grace Elson … Read More

Twenty years later, another Tassie title to Paul Liggins

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Twenty years after winning his first Tasmanian title in the fog and rain at Espies Craig, Paul Liggins won his second Tasmanian long distance title in mild, but windy conditions at Littlechilds Creek, scene of last years Australian long distance championships. Grace Elson was the sole competitor in the women’s race after Hanny Alston withdrew,  but as the old sporting truism goes, you … Read More

ACT Long Distance Championships

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The ACT Long Distance Championships were held today on Honeysuckle Creek, one of the maps used for the Australian World Cup races in 2001. The area was heavily burnt in the huge Canberra fires of 2003 and has not been used since and the forest is a combination good open running and thick, young regrowth. Andy Hogg set some challenging … Read More

Ben Mather and Rowena Fry dominate Tasmanian MTBO championships

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Ben Mather and Rowena Fry today repeated their 2005 wins in the Tasmanian MTBO championships, held on a new map at Virginstowe State Forest in northern Tasmania. Matt Hope went into the competition with high hopes and a new Yeti bike, but Mather’s experience and strength allowed him an easy win in the 27 Km long course. Rowena Fry’s win in the … Read More

WA Sprint Distance Championships

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The event was held at the Joondalup Education Precinct in Perth’s north and competitors had a perfect sunny day for their speedy progress around the WA Police Academy, West Coast TAFE and Edith Cowan University grounds. With sloping grounds, many stairs and lots of irregularly-spaced buildings the courses proved enjoyable and challenging enough to interest dyed-in-the-wool ‘navigators’. In the Open … Read More

National Orienteering League 2007

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The program for the 2007 National Orienteering League is now released. The 2007 season will see the incorporation of JWOC and WOC trials into the program. The trial races have been planned to not only pick Australia’s best teams for the championships, but also to best prepare our runners in for what is to come at JWOC and WOC. Program … Read More

NSW Long Course Championships

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The NSW Long Course Championships definitely provided tough racing and made the winners earn their state titles. The spur-gully terrain featured areas of undergrowth which at times left competitors cursing but also had patches of interesting rock features and some enjoyable, technical gold mining area. The weather looked bleak in the morning but as most runners headed for the start … Read More

NSW Sprint Championships

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A glorious day welcomed competitors to the NSW Sprint Championships at Lake Alexandra in Mittagong on the Southern Highlands. The terrain was a good mixture of open school buildings, intricate track networks and runnable bush sprinkled with sandstone cliffs. The two start locations thrust the competitors into intricate orienteering immediately, with many inexperienced ‘sprinters’ finding the course a tough technical challenge. Dave … Read More