Australia just pipped in Individual Challenge but ties in relay

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Australia just lost the Individual Australia-New Zealand Challenge, 31 classes to 29 over the three days, but tied the relay 10-10, ending a run of unbroken home success in the Challenge which extended back to 1994. The Oceania Long Distance Championships saw New Zealand win 11-9, a decisive result given the tied score coming into the event. It was a … Read More

Australia levels Australia-NZ Challenge at Oceania Sprint

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Australia has levelled the Australia-New Zealand Challenge, taking 13 classes to 7 at the Oceania Championships to leave the competition tied at 20-20 going into the decisive Long Championships tomorrow. In a reverse of the situation at the Middle Distance Championships, the close classes fell Australia’s way – M20 was won by five seconds, and M65 by eleven – and … Read More

Julian Dent 13th in Sprint Final and Lizzie Ingham (NZ) takes bronze.

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The World Cup sprint final in Wellington today again saw the cream come to the top with pre-race hot tips Matthias Kyburz (Swiss) and Tove Alexandersson (Sweden) taking gold. The main surprise was the blow out in the winning times, usually 12-15 minutes, to nearly 18 for the men and mid 19’s for the women.   The hilly terrain and wide … Read More

NZ take first round of Australia-New Zealand Challenge

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New Zealand have taken the first stage of the Australia-New Zealand Challenge, winning 13 classes to 7 at the Oceania Middle Distance Championships. For a time Australia looked like they might have a chance of becoming the first visiting country since 1994 to win a Challenge event, but New Zealand’s dominance in the junior classes, which were run late in … Read More

World Cup middle race report.

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Swiss runner Fabian Hertner and Swedish star Helena Jansson won the first World Cup race of the season in very detailed and sandy terrain in New Zealand. Very intricate contour details made map reading and orienteering challenging, as demonstrated below. In the men’s event all the top 8 were Swiss and Swedish runners while the women’s top 8 list featured … Read More

Ten Aussies through to World Cup Sprint final.

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The sprint qualifying World Cup event was held today in Wellington, New Zealand. This was on the 1:4,000 “Mr Speaker” map, so named as it finished in front of the Parliament building.   It also featured the Botanic Gardens and other urban areas. Swiss Fabian Hertner again led the way in the men’s event.  However the exciting news was that both … Read More

World Cup and Oceania Championships get under way today

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The World Cup and Oceania Championships get under way in New Zealand today, with a middle distance World Cup races, and the Oceania Middle Distance Championships. Both races will be contested on an area of complex, largely open sand dunes north of Wellington. Australia has 9 men and 10 women taking the field today, led by Julian Dent and Grace … Read More