The weekly e-newsletter of
Bendigo Orienteers Inc.
Issue 11/14: 2 April, 2014
Contact (for this publication): Peter J. Creely: email@example.com (Ph. 5443 1975)
Web site: www.bendigo-orienteers.com.au
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The Black Crow is awarded each year to the club member who is responsible for the most spectacular misadventure of the year. The nominee this time is a Bendigo bloke living in Sweden — it may help some of us feel better about what we did to earn our nomination for the Bird.
The background… it’s the first significant relay of the season, so everyone is expected to make an effort for the club. It wouldn’t do to be late… jules refers to Julian Dent, another expat Aussie in Sweden .
“Orienteering race (måsanstaffetten) 48:08  8.8 km (5:28 / km). First spring relay of the season, i was on first leg for the 3rd team. had a pretty decent run, couldn’t get up near the pack early on and wasn’t running fast enough for it anyway. lost 40-50seconds in each of the circles at 3 and at 8, but apart from that i just wasn’t fast enough, finished 5-6 mins down. was running mostly on my own from 6 onwards with 3 or 4 guys behind and was pretty happy to pull that off without too much trouble. great relay on very nice terrain, the same map as yesterday but using nicer areas. Map: http://doma.orienteering.asn.au/show_map.php?user=ev&map=878…
Bad start to the day, had a bit of a daylight savings alarm clock failure. didn’t trust my phone to put itself forward automatically. so I put it forward myself last night and turned the auto settings off. long story short, the phone put itself forward twice so i woke up an hour early + the hour for putting the clock forward, (the equivalent of 4.30am). drove into town to pick up some others, no one was in the arranged meeting place when i got there (surprise, surprise) waited 10 mins then got on the phone to jules to blow up at him. he p***ed himself and told me to go back to bed and try again in an hour. swore a bit, drove home, had a power nap and a coffee and tried again with more success the second time. was a little suspicious when i turned on the car radio and got Saturday night deep house instead of breakfast radio.
Moral of the story, never trust a windows phone
Diamond Hill, Bush Classic 2. Peter Forbes put on a very interesting (and very well attended) event on Diamond Hill last Saturday. The assembly area was a first: it overlooked the Bendigo Lawn Cemetery (some would say that we had a preview of forthcoming attractions!). It was pretty hot and quite prickly in places, but everyone seemed to enjoy their outing. Anyway, the results and a full write up are on the web so read all about it there.
Victorian Secondary Schools Orienteering Championships 2014
Entries for this event are now being taken!
All event information and entry forms are available on the Orienteering Victoria website
The championships are open to all secondary school students and will be held on Friday 16th May at Plenty Gorge West, Hawkstowe. All juniors planning on trying out for the Victorian State Team should attend as it is one of the two selection races held in deciding the team to compete at ASOC in WA during the September Holidays.
Deadline for entries is Thursday 1st May.
Peta Whitford, Event organiser
Coming Events. Saturday 29 March.
Saturday 5 April. Bendigo Bush Classic 3
Map: Smith’s Reef, Maldon
Organiser: David Brownridge
Course Setter: David Brownridge
Start: 12.30 pm to 2.00 pm
Courses: Courses 1, 2 and 3 difficult navigation, 4 moderate nav. and 5 easy.
Comment: Smith’s Reef – spur/gully with some old gold mining and a good track network.
Directions: From Bendigo : Travel to Castlemaine and continue on towards Maldon. After about ten kms (very approximate so watch out on the right!) turn right at an O sign at the old Gower School . Then follow O signs to the assembly area.
From Melbourne: travel via the Calder and Pyrenees to Castlemaine, then as above.
Next Bulletin 9 April